This construction made by architect Alexander Lefebre and artist Jetske Verhoeven popped up during the alternative art event Kunstvlaai in Amsterdam. It’s a small temporary movie theatre used to show a film by Jetske Verhoeven about abandoned places. The construction called Upon, refers to ‘once upon the time in the west’ and is inspired by the good old saloon you can find in a stereotypical Western movie. 730 Orange crates were used to create an experience comparable with visiting the dilapidated houses and motels in the Wild West. Here on the prairie the ever blowing wind is always tangible through the open windows and doors of the abandoned wooden cowboy houses. The open spaces in the walls of this cottage provide an additional atmosphere supporting the projected film. Check out the (Dutch) video below to find out more about Upon.
Urban Shit reports about a great installations walking in New York City’s Bryant Park a couple of weeks ago. This female iPad head could have easily been an art project reflecting on current avatar culture. Maybe some critical statement about modern social media use as a replacement for real-life contact, and the devaluation of public…Read more →
Today I stumbled upon a nice article by Rebel Art about a wicked, unusual mobile bar in Berlin that consists of four old vans. According to its inventors, “Wientjes’ mobile bar is a cloak-and-dagger pub that deals with gentrification quite self-ironically”. Four furniture lorries drive around the city, each equipped with one quarter of a…Read more →
Next week, on Thursday 4 October, we’re bringing Europe’s finest city, design and culture bloggers to Amsterdam for Blogging the City, a one-day festival where the ‘blogosphere’ discusses the urban future. Ahead of the event, we’ll introduce you to some of our speakers through a series of short interviews. First one is Martijn de Waal, Amsterdam-based journalist and researcher and one of the founders of The Mobile City, a blog run by an independent research group that investigates the influence of digital media technologies on urban life, and the implications for urban design.Read more →
On Saturday August 15 we are giving a lecture at DUS Architects’ Gecekondu summerhotel at the mini island of the Amsterdam Architecture Institute (ARCAM) in the city centre. We will be there talking about The Pop-Up City and where the city is going. Come along and celebrate summer. Our lecture will be in Dutch. Check…Read more →