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LONDON’S KINETIC RUSH HOUR.

London’s early morning energy is brilliantly captured by Chris Searson for a film entitled <a href=“”http://vimeo.com/6017188" target="_blank">Rush Hour. In this experimental short video, he captures the frenetic pace of London’s AM traffic. We loved it.

When we travel, one of our favorite activities is watching a city wake up. It reveals so much. As Chris describes his work: “Inspired by Koyaanisqatsi, the film uses time lapse photography techniques to create the visuals. A DSLR was set up to take a frame every 2 secs with a shutter speed of around 0.3 – 2 secs with an ND8 filter was used to create a motion blur which helps to increase the sense of rush and movement within the film.” Click Read More for additional photos, information and to watch the video.

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Featured in: TOURISM / Categories: art & design, culture, film

CRITICAL MASS VS CRITICAL MANNERS

In Vancouver cyclists have spawned an alternative to Critical Mass with a new gathering entitled Critical Manners. If you live in a major city, you’ve probably witnessed Critical Mass first hand. Generally occurring once a month, cyclists gather to ride through the city in a huge group with the purpose of spreading bike awareness and to bring attention to their daily challenges when sharing the road with apathetic automobiles. Despite peaceful intentions, it is disruptive, effects traffic flows and at times clashes with authorities. That’s where Critical Manners is different.

As reported by The Providence: “A new group, Critical Manners, has emerged after Friday’s controversial Critical Mass ride in Vancouver. The first Critical Manners Bike Ride will be on Aug. 14 in downtown Vancouver. According to organizer Jennifer Watkiss, the riders will stay in bike lanes and obey all traffic rules. ‘We ride Friday, Aug. 14, at 6 p.m. through the streets of Vancouver,’ Watkiss said on her website. ‘We’ll be easy to miss, since we’ll be staying in bike lanes or on the far right side of the road, obeying all traffic signals and otherwise doing our best to share the road effectively with all other vehicles and pedestrians.’” Overall, we’re interested to see how effective this will be versus Critical Mass. Click Read More for additional information.

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Featured in: TOURISM / Categories: transport, culture

BARCELONA'S MERCABARNA-FLOR MARKET

This isn’t your typical flower market. Using a bold spectrum of colors and lines mixed with a keen sense of futuristic stylings, the architects at Willy Muller have upped the ante on organics. Located in Barcelona, Mercabarna-Flor is a refreshing interpretation of what a flower market should be. There’s nothing understated here. Approximately 15,000 square-meters are dedicated to flowers, plants and accessories. Click Read More for additional information and photos.

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Featured in: TOURISM / Categories: architecture, shop, service

400 UMBRELLAS CHILE

Here’s an interesting installation that could easily be considered the sequel to The Red Ballon. The airy suggestions, the signature red and the romantic small town provide a story that can make any object – in this case the umbrellas – the star attraction. At the University de Talca in Chile, students Jaime Latorre and Pablo Retemal converted an open mall into a convered destination sheltered by 400 umbrellas. Although the exhibit took place last year, we felt it was noteworthy because it displays the innovative beauty coming from students invested in their community – great energy. Click Read More for additional information and photos.

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OS GEMEOS MURAL NYC

One of our favorite art duos, Os Gemeos, land in NYC with their latest project featured at Bowery and Houston. Last summer we enjoyed the Keith Haring Tribute Mural and this summer’s work promises to equally delight. Animal Magazine’s Will Sherman got out there and snapped a few quality pics of the work nearing completion. Click Read More for additional information and photos.

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LAST CALL FOR NAKAGIN

Ahead of the curve is good. But there’s a danger in being too far ahead of the curve. One of our favorite architectural feats, Kisho Kurkawa’s Nakagin Capsule Tower, may be seeing its last days. The New York Times published an interesting article asking, “How old does a building have to be before we appreciate its value? And when does its cultural importance trump practical considerations?”

When we visited the Nakagin a few years ago – it was an impressive building that didn’t seem to get the respect it deserved. As the Times points out, “A rare built example of Japanese Metabolism, a movement whose fantastic urban visions became emblems of the country’s postwar cultural resurgence, the 1972 Capsule Tower is in a decrepit state. Its residents, tired of living in squalid, cramped conditions, voted two years ago to demolish it and are now searching for a developer to replace it with a bigger, more modern tower. That the building is still standing has more to do with the current financial malaise than with an understanding of its historical worth.” Could this be the last days for the Nakagin? We recommend checking it out before it’s too late. You can read the full article <a href=”http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/07/arts/design/07capsule.html “ target=”_blank”>here.

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Featured in: TOURISM / Categories: architecture

THE ARCHITECTURE OF WAR

The sharp and story-telling photography of Richard Mosse focuses its gaze upon the transition of Saddam’s palaces from the US Military back to the Iraqi government. Richard recently sat down with Flavorwire to discuss his work and what he saw while on a month-long tour of Iraq. It’s a fantastic read. Be sure to check it out.

In response to why Richard decided to photograph Saddam’s Palaces, he states: “I used to read out-of-date New Yorkers at the gym while I was a graduate student at Yale. I would sweat over the periodicals and carry some four year old magazine back to the Stairmaster. I chanced upon Jon Lee Anderson writing fresh from the US invasion of Baghdad way back in 2003. Anderson describes the US invasion in superb detail. I think his correspondence from around the time of the invasion is some of the best war literature I’ve encountered. Anderson described wandering through one of Saddam’s palaces and recounted a grand vision: Children’s scooters lay on the floor in some of the downstairs reception rooms. In one bedroom, there was a brand-new McCulloch chain saw on a sofa next to the bed, its yellow box on the floor. There were four more chain saws, still in their boxes, in a walk-in closet. I thought to myself, for f@%#’s sake, take a picture! So then, in my final year of graduate school, I wrote a grant proposal under the working title, The Accidental Monument. I proposed to photograph Saddam Hussein’s palaces in Iraq.” Click Read More for additional information and photos.

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Featured in: TOURISM / Categories: global affairs

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