Tag Archives: Paris

Akos Major II – Conversions

This is the 2nd post today about the work of Akos Major. I find his shots extremely interesting since he manages to combine very complex targets in clear (almost minimal) results

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ciao for now

Le F.G

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Awesome Stereoscopic 3-D GIFs From 1930s Paris

hotographer Alexis Isaac was passing by a second-hand store in Paris when he saw a collection of stereoscopic glass plates. Isaac was intrigued by the camera that captured the images, a type of viewer that took transparent film instead of paper. The combination of the stereograph and the glass plates creates a startling 3-D effect, bringing the ever romantic vintage Paris back to life. While some 3-D animated moments are a bit hokey, these captivating photos of the French countryside have absolutely stolen our hearts.

via the huffingtonpost

Stenop.es project // apartments turned into pinhole cameras

yo yo, we present you a super.crazy project via prote[dot]in

An experimental photography project in Paris and Pushkar, India has transformed an apartment in each city into a giant pinhole cameras. The Stenop.es project, devised by French photographers Romain Alary and Antoine Levy, used the interior of the two apartments to function as a canvas for a projection of the cityscape outside.

To get it to work, the photographers firstly has to darken a room in each apartment and cover it with foil. They then made a small pinhole in the wall that let a beam of light from outside into the space. This was then magnified and turned into an internal projection, which was beamed on to the objects and surfaces inside the room. The images that resulted – which included buildings, traffic and passersby – were all captured by a video camera, and added to a sound recording from the street outside.

The Pinhole Movie Project is an ode to city life and watching the array of images is a beautiful, visual experience. To see the videos and find out more about the project, just visit the Stenop.es website.

I know the images above seem already inspiring but to get a better understanding of the project you should take a look at the video bellow

 

Behind the window – European Street Design Challenge

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Interesting post about the European.street.design.Challenge via ArthurDesign (+)

The European Street Design Challenge workshop started by some conferences in the PICNIC area to share with us Paris and Amsterdam’s vision of creativity and to explain us the schedule of the three coming days. We then went in the Waag Society which is settled in a castle in the Red Light District and which hosted us for the whole workshop.

As soon as everyone was ready we jumped into what we believe was the first thing to do: understanding the people and the area.

Understanding

Tourists represent a major part of what the area is, therefore we first walked in the Red Light District of Amsterdam to understand what we feel as tourists when going around with not much information about the area.

 To compare our feelings we mapped where we felt good and/or bad in the district and we discussed why.

We then listened and discussed with Birgit Büchner (see right picture), Project manager for Museum Our Lord in the Attic and Henny Tinga from the Salvation Army who gave us an historical and cultural point of view of the area. They also shared with us some problems they encounter everyday in the Red Light District such as the number of tourists in the street, the noise they generate and the fact that they don’t see the treasure of the area.

To have different points of view of the district we went down in the street and talked to people: waiters, bartenders, massage shop owners, inhabitants, etc. After speaking with many people we came up with one new conclusion: some people feel like this place is the best ever!

After having these keys to see the district from different points of view, we all went downtown again and indeed, we saw all these old buildings and we were especially astonished by the beautiful view you have from all bridges crossing the canals. And this is the moment where we came up with an other conclusion: it is quite difficult to see this aspect of the area at the first glance.

Vision

Based on all the information we gathered we came up with one conclusion: if the district has an incredible cultural diversity it has unfortunately a disproportionate visual diversity.

We believe that this disproportionate visual diversity is just a matter of point of view. This is the reason why we decided to solve the problem: how can we give people the opportunity to change their point of view of the Red Light District to better see its historical and cultural aspects?

To build a concept that would solve this problem and represent our values at the same time, we listed two key elements that we believe could help people see an other face of the area: contemplation and information.

Ideation

We then brainstormed to translate those elements into a concept. To do so we wrote, made quick mock-ups and scenarios.

Concept

At the end, we all agreed that the best place to make people change their point of view is in the middle of the Red Light District meaning, on the canals.

The bridges offer a unique view of the area which is really beautiful especially thanks to the trees and the old architecture.

 We believe the first step to change one’s point of view on an area is to give him the opportunity to contemplate it. Therefore we propose to create a place on top of the canals to give people a chance to do nothing but admire the area.

 Once people are in the position to see the district from an other point of view we believe they need information to increase their knowledge on the area. As this needs to be seamlessly provided we suggest to build screens that use augmented reality to add an informative layer on top of the reality. This layer is added on top of what people see from this place. Plus, tweets related to the area are displayed on the screen to let people share their thoughts and for the local people to share events and more.

As we want to help people see this other aspect of the district ,we suggest to use this augmented reality screens all across the canals. This way people can easily learn about the area.

To push the idea of changing people’s point of view we want to shock them by making them the one that people are looking at.

Finally we would like this place and those interactive screens to be a interface for sharing different strong points of view. To do so, we would like to invite artists to use these to express there points of view and engage people through it. The previous scenario could be the first idea going in this way.

Presentation

On the final day we presented our process, vision and solution to an audiance and a jury.

We finally had the chance to win the contest!

Now I hope our proposal will be an inspiration for the future evolution of the Red Light District in Amsterdam!

Team members: Anabelle Eugenia, Manon Ely, Franck Noel and Renaud Larivière.

* Stay tuned for : a Thesis project from Arthur Bodolec in connection with this topic

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Urban Scale Wars // uninhabited city of Marnehuizen

Good morning rockstars (lol)

Marnehuizen is a Dutch false and uninhabited city included in the military camp of Marnewaard, near Groningen.

The city provides the army a stage to simulate future urban combats, emergencies and raids, and it consists of a number of streets, some dwellings, a section of railways with a train station, a bank, a supermarket, a warehouse and even a sewers systems. Europe prepares for what is already happening in Athens and what is probably going to happen again in metropolis under siege like London and Paris.

Paintball – Counterstrike – Riots all combined in real life

via: socks studio (+)

 

Photography // Philipp Klinger

Good.Morning little Giraffes,

After popular request following posts on Photography, Architecture & Cityscape like :

- How to make HDR shots ☞ Click

- Architecture & Photography by Wolfgang SieversClick

- Christian Stoll Photography ☞ Click

We present you the beautiful work of Philipp Klinger, based on capturing architectural and urban elements though his lense

e.n.j.o.y

The rest of the photos,
are displayed bellow due to lack of space in the post and for better navigation in the gallery bellow ☟

Big up to Klinger for this fantastic work (+)

 

OMA // 24 hours Museum, Paris

!opening in Paris at the Palais d’Iéna [yesterday]

The 24-hour Museum, a collaboration between AMO, Prada and artist Francesco Vezzoli, opens in Paris on Tuesday night at the Palais d’Iéna, a modernist pavilion built by Auguste Perret in 1937. The one-off event – including an opening night party, public and press tours, and visits by schoolchildren – will be a staging of a “fake” museum, examining the modes in which art is presented and consumed, and the role of the museum as a social condensor.
AMO’s Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli comments: “This is a new step in the ongoing collaboration between AMO and Prada. For us, it’s an opportunity to question the conditions of the museum we so often encounter.”

AMO has designed three types of exhibition spaces for the concrete interiors of the Palais d’Iéna: one classical and propagandistic, framed by the monumental curving stairs; one experimental contemporary, featuring a cage surrounding the main hall, illuminated with pink neon; and one named “Storage or Salon de Refusés”, inspired by forgotten museums and warehouses. Vezzoli’s statues – featuring the faces of contemporary celebrities – will be installed throughout the spaces.

The result is an ephemeral “total museum” that hosts a sequence of rituals unfolding through the 24 hours.

via OMA (+)