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As the last episode of our personal favourites of Bofilltopias, please welcome the grandiose Les Arcades du Lac. Built in 1982 and the first project of many to be realised by Ricardo Bofill in France, Les Arcades du Lac was part of the ‘nouvelles villes’ scheme, where entire cities were commissioned outside of Paris to [...]

Historic Mobility & the Emergence of Cultural Hotspots

Art historian Maximilian Schich and design researcher Mauro Martino illustrate the historic mobility of intellectuals. The animation connects birth and death places through the centuries. It reveals the emergence of cultural hotspots like Rome, Paris as well as German Kleinstaaterei and the conquest of the new world.


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 [...]

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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MASA was founded in Istanbul by graphic designer and artist Vahit Tuna in 2008. In 209 artists Isabel Schmiga and Sandra Teitge initiated the project in Berlin. MASA − meaning table in Turkish − is a mobile space itself, hosting each time another artist. The project aims to compose an area for the artist to play with and [...]


These apocalyptic appearing press photos of the latest events in the Ukraine were published yesterday by the spanish newspaper El País.
Immediately touched by the anarchic brutality of a real event I started to notice that the images would arouse a certain sense for surreal beauty just at the same time they had a shocking impact [...]


Anyone who has ever spent a Sunday afternoon in Brixton will not dispute the fact that black hairdressers are artists. But if you think that’s exaggerating a little, check out Nigerian photographer J.D Okhai Ojeikere’s archive of nearly 1000 impressive hairstyles, no less, as a monument to hairy creativity. Sadly, Ojeikere passed away last weekend.
Photography [...]


What drives the science team of the Pioti project to document each millimeter of the around 300.000 stone engravings of Valcamonica in the Italian Alps? Using highly potential 3D laser scanners they suceed in simulating a landscape of the ownknown and yet unsolved secrets behind those rock drawings, which were carved in sandstone around 12.000 [...]


Today, of course, the Internet is ablaze with Beyoncé announcing her new album with an accompanying set of a whopping 17 videos, since one simply won’t do anymore these days, and certainly not for the Big B – ‘big deal’ we say and turn up the volume of Our World, the brilliant one hour-tribute by [...]


There were times when Angela Merkel had problems with maps, too . Considering that, one should not be harsh on the others. No more comments…