1. Ghost Towns

    Politicians never tire of telling us that we aren’t building enough houses in the UK, but maybe developers shouldn’t be too hasty to break ground on a rash of new estates before taking a look at what’s happening to our neighbours in the Republic of Ireland. “Build it, and they will come” may be true for baseball stadia in Kevin Costner films, but it doesn’t seem to ring true for houses in the north and west of Eire, as photographer Valérie Anex found out.

    Anex visited the counties of Cavan, Leitrim, Longford and Roscommon in 2010 to investigate how the aftermath of the Irish property crash of 2008 has shaped (and scarred) the landscape. So-called “ghost estates” are defined by government statisticians as developments of more than 10 houses in which 50 per cent or more are unfinished or unoccupied. Thousands of eerie, desolate shells stand as a lasting legacy of the economic crisis, a blot on the landscape for locals and a permanent reminder that the good times don’t last forever. Anex has published her findings in the form of an 84-page book in English and French; Ghost Estates can be ordered by emailing publishers Uqbar.

    (Source: weheart.co.uk)

  2. tipsforarchitectureschool:


    Projekt życia zbliża się wielkimi krokami?
    Może zamiast wizek pyknij makietę.

    Poniżej wybitny przykład- projekt i model Kingi Szeląg.

    ‪#‎dyplomfever‬ ‪#‎somuchverymuchtodo‬

    Here is another one!!  Great detail but also very simple. Look at the connections!!

  3. MOTRIL Footbridge, Spain By Gijón Arquitectura

    The proposal meets the pedestrian continuity between the gardens of the Explanadas and the Park Pueblos de las Américas, bridging the difference in height between these two areas and freeing the passage of the Avenue Virgen de la Cabeza, main entrance city traffic.

    The structures have been used are organic hexagonal design which allows easy adaptation to the surrounding environment, from host in its structure existing trees and adapt on the slopes to facilitate pedestrian traffic, allowing the movement of persons with motor disabilities.

    The support of these structures are based on the lower bound for the Avenue, to emerge as ways to strengthen the gateway tree and at its upper bound. The conditions that have been taken into account are derived from the road shot, whichever save a minimum height of 5m gauge across the width of the Avenue.

    The structure was built with steel of varying thickness, so that the cutting and folding of the thin surface to create a continuous structural element gap. The clearances of the structure have been closed on its upper face by opaque surfaces that allow pedestrian traffic. In its lower face seals are sandwiched glazed incorporating LEDs, which allow both an illumination of the structure and the Avenue.

    The manufacturing process of the structures, continues with advanced manufacturing systems in which the architect must produce all the cutting of their projects through the programs of parametric design and scripting.

  7. thisbigcity:


    via Copehagenize.com

    Do the ducks feel safe? That old classic!

  8. Scotland’s Huge Kelpies Sculpture Complete

    Scotland’s £5million horse’s head sculpture is set to open to the public this weekend

    The two monuments – named ‘The Kelpies’ after Scotland’s mythical Loch-inhabiting water horses – are part of a £41 million revamp of land between Falkirk and Grangemouth.

    Called the Helix Project, the 350,000m² programme – backed by the Helix Trust in partnership with Falkirk Council – features a lagoon, woodland areas, public artworks, footpaths and a cycle network.

    Standing 30m-tall the horse’s heads, designed by Glasgow-based artist Andy Scott, ‘pay homage to the working horses of Scotland’.

    Scott, commented: ‘It is almost eight years since I did the first sketches of the project on the table of my then girlfriend and now wife’s kitchen in Amsterdam, so to see them completed is both humbling and fantastic.’

    ‘I have always been fascinated with horses and the heavy horse was at one time the driving force in industry until after the Industrial revolution.  There is an ancient and almost primal link between man and horse and The Kelpies you see here today are an outstanding exemplar of art and engineering coming together to deliver something really special for the people of Falkirk and Scotland.’

    Tim Burton, of Yorkshire-based SH Structures, which was responsible for the construction, added: ‘The delivery of this project has involved a mixture of traditional skills, technical innovation and the most up to date 3D modelling techniques. As well as being a stunning piece of public art it is also a fabulous piece of engineering.’

    Dundee-based Nicoll Russell Studio’s competition-winning £1million visitor centre, which is located inside one of the horse’s heads, is due to complete later in the year.

    (Source: architectsjournal.co.uk)

  10. 3leapfrogs:


    Caja Madrid Tower by Norman Foster.

    Photo: Jose Gariddo.

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    (via dailyfotojournal)