Staying with the subject of shipping containers used in architecture, I have been thinking about the nineties; the years that I spent all those rainy sunday afternoons watching MTV. I’d like to bring up this video that comes with the famous song ‘Lemon Tree’ of Fool’s Garden. For me it was my first confrontation with the concept of replaceble houses. The makers of this video unconsciously must have influenced the current urban practise.
Being the main facilitator of global exchange of commodities, hereby an important trigger of globalization, the ISO container has had an immense impact on transnational relations. Introduced for cargo handling in the shipping industry, containers have later grown increasingly popular as elements of architectural design. As construction material, their history of travels across the world might…Read more →
Some time ago I stumbled upon the work of some great offices who dedicate their energy to producing fine temporary inflatable spaces. Lately we wrote about the project ‘Hovercraft Modernism’ by Raumlabor Berlin. One of their other projects is the Kitchen Monument. This is a bubble that fits perfectly in raw urban settings, in dark…Read more →
Once upon a time, Fotomat was a widespread suburban phenomenon in the United States. With over 4,000 drive-through photo kiosks mainly located at parking lots nearby supermarkets or strip malls, their appearance characterizes the suburban spirit of the mid-eighties. Most of these remarkable Fotomat kiosks have been abandoned since the service provided by the company…Read more →