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BOFILLTOPIAS #04: LES ESPACES D’ABRAXAS

Gracing the cover of our new issue on Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill is a view of his monumental housing project Les Espaces d’Abraxas, built in 1982 near Paris. While Bofill’s projects of the 1960s and ’70s already qualify as large, Les Espaces d’Abraxas embodies a new phase in his career with structures that are simply vast: Les Espaces stretch over 47,000 sqm.

Moving away from the more intimate details of previous housing details, Abraxas plays out themes of inside and outside, grandeur and privacy on a scale that is breathtakingly intimidating. Incorporating elements of Neoclassicism and Baroque, it is a utopian fantasy that has, over time, acquired an entirely different set of meanings and associations. But while utopian ideals might be bound to fail, megalomania always retains a certain appeal.

All images by Taller de Arquitectura


THR WB CK UE AY

Yeah, it’s not Thursday, but rereading Thomas Frank’s Harper’s Weekly piece “Chicago Is the Future,” some nostalgia surfaced for the music of  that ‘lost generation.’ Gross commercial appropriation aside, the passion at the root is true.

COLOUR–BODY–CONTRAST

yes, yes, you see it right. these beautiful erotic pictures, full of strong contrasts were shot by julia noni for fat magazine. she is german and she’s a woman – we like that!

Cuts In The Middle

Now that the Internets have survived this and Sir William Benjamin Bensussen aka The Gaslamp Killer has recovered just fine from his insane scooter accident – it’s been a year, and see above -, he’s going to go crazy (as usual) at Berlin’s Gretchen tomorrow night. Wicked!

SUMMER TUNES

Summer, sweet summer – we can’t get enough of it. Neither can our previous cover star Ryan McGinley, who has turned his summer road trips – initially intended over five years to add up to 365 days of summer – into a yearly routine. While the results tend to repeat themselves a little, don’t our summer routines as well? Certainly one has to hand it to him: no one does summer quite as well and gloriously as Ryan McGinley.

Photography by Ryan McGinley

TUESDAY MUSIC: INTERPOL

Finally, Interpol have announced a new album and if the new single All the Rage Back Home is anything to go by, not much has changed in the last few years and that’s all right with us.

MONDAY MUSIC: THE ACID

We mentioned them a little while ago and we’ll mention them again, as The Acid’s splendid debut album Liminal is out now. Utterly glorious bass ballads for the 21st century.

Special Books

Some books are more special than others…

For 40 years, Gerhard Steidl has combined the roles of printer and publisher, resolved to personally check each sheet leaving his printing shop in Göttingen. This perfectionism, combined with an unconditional love for books, for the traditional printing craft, and a commitment to the quality standards of manufacturing (in the original sense of the word, made by hand), has gained worldwide attention. The most internationally renowned photographic artists vie for the opportunity to collaborate with Gerhard Steidl, to conceive and produce the perfect publication with him.

Embark on a trip with German printer and publisher Gerhard Steidl to his book world.

TRUISM OF THE DAY 30: MASSIMO VIGNELLI

We’re always up for a good snippet of advice, so these beautiful posters by Colorado-based studio Berger & Föhr in tribute to and compiling some words of wisdom by design heavyweight Massimo Vignelli, who sadly passed away this May, are exactly our glass of ice-cold lemonade.

LIFE 1964: “New York’s Negro Ghetto Erupts”

50 years back, on July 16 fifteen year old James Powell was shot and killed by Lieutenant Thomas Gilligan. It happened on a hot thursday.

Life magazine reports on page 14: “The Harlem Riots: New York’s Negro Ghetto Erupts”.

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