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.
Torre David is an unfinished skyscraper in the heart of Caracas’ former central business district. 45 floors high it’s the third tallest building in Venezuela. For some reasons the tower has been under construction for over 21 years, and it is unlikely that the building will ever be finished. Nevertheless, the uncompleted tower gives house to over 750 families that squatted the building since 2007 and made it into a huge vertical informal community. The self-organized ‘vertical slum’ that arose is a one-of-a kind urban phenomenon that shines a very interesting light on urban development and its social aspects. Urban Think Tank has written an amazing book about Torre David, one of the world’s largest vertical informal Communities.Read more →
Last year we reviewed the fourth issue of Klebstoff, the world’s first and only magazine that consists entirely of stickers. Printed in a limited edition of 1000, Klebstoff features great sticker designs by a wide range of graphic talents from around the world. Some weeks ago we received the magazine’s colorful fifth issue, that was co-produced by Berlin-based Lodown Magazine.Read more →
Moleskine, purveyor of quality stationery, has added books to their repertoire. As of late, the brand has been branching out to better reflect our contemporary nomadism. These include city guides, reading accessories and, the latest addition, books. Moleskine’s new collection, called Inspiration and Process in Architecture, is dedicated to four key figures/offices in contemporary architecture: Zaha Hadid, Giancarlo De Carlo, Bolles+Wilson and Alberto Kalach.Read more →
At the ‘beach’ of Amsterdam’s new suburb Almere, our friends of DUS Architects have built an illegal temporary summer house slash hotel which opened its doors three days ago. The construction, which is built in one night, is completely made of typical plastic bags filled with sand. Gecekondu literally means ‘built overnight’. Gecekondu is a…Read more →