ECO-MOWING FOR PARIS?
This charming furry sight is part of eco-forward Paris Mayor, Bertrand Delanoë’s grand plan is to make the City of Lights a greener place.
Used widely on farmland and for profit the non-rural Urbanists are calling the sheep's efforts "eco-grazing”. Two four foot-tall sheep from the Breton breed will live and, more importantly, eat in a half acre patch of park.
Tourists and locals alike can gape at this pastoral sight in the city’s 19th Arrondissement, the home of the Conservatoire de Paris, one of Europe’s premier music schools.
Happily for the sheep they’ll...
B E A U T I F U L B O O K C O V E R S
Came across this lovely photo stream on Flickr, very inspirational and textural. A real treasure trove of lovely graphic designs, I foresee more and more beautiful productions of books as the Kindle and it’s like take over.
Erskine Caldwell - Snälla vita herrar (by Book Cover Lover)
LONDON TUBE MAP | GEOGRAPHIC REALITY
The 1931 diagram was drawn up by an English engineering draftsman, Harry Beck in his spare time while working as an engineering draftsman at the London Underground Signals Office. Following this principle of spending time following his interest, the designer Mark Noad has taken his inventiveness in graphic design and created a map that ensures that the stations are geographically-accurate in relation to each other, though scale in the outer zones appears to be a bit of a debate.
Click on the photo to see the full map and the other variations, e.g. pedestrian...
892 UNIQUE WAYS TO PARTITION A 3 X 4 GRID
D U B B E R L Y D E S I G N O F F I C E P O S T E R
The three by four grid is used so often in design, whether in buildings or in layouts the proximity of the proportions to the Golden Ratio and the simplicity of the ratio make is very useful. This is maths made beautiful. For the full rules on the posters creation go to the Dubberly Design Office website: http://www.dubberly.com/ or you can download a pdf of the poster here
Such a wonderful sky tonight as I came out of the National Theatre, I’d been to see and incredible performance by 127 of The Children and the Animals took to the streets; amazing script and brilliant staging, but that is another story and you can read the reviews in all the broadsheets. All I can say is that if it tours in a town near you, GO!
Anyway it was a clear beautiful sunset and the face of Big Ben was lit up making it seem transparent, the blue lights riming the Eye or as I prefer to think of it as the ‘Big Wheel’ (you will never ever ever get me on it again, once...
TWIN TOWER CLOUD by MVRDV REMINISCENT OF 9/11
The Netherlands based international architects MVRDV have designed a pair of connected apartment buildings in Korea that some have complained are eerily reminiscent of the September 11 attacks on New York’s Twin Towers.
The design features a 260m tall building and a 300m tall building connected by a “pixelated cloud” structure. But some think the cloud makes it look as though the two buildings are exploding.
Not surprisingly their form has caused a storm in the USA where their silhouette reminds Americans of that terrible moment...
TRANSITORY GARDENS | UPROOTED LIVES
The transitory lives of the rarely noticed:
Jimmy’s garden on the Lower East Side of Manhattan - an assortment of stones and garbage bags, five tires, a chair, a skid, a refrigerator shelf, some ailanthus trees and goldfish, a wooden fence, and a pond with water carried by hand from a nearby fire hydrant - was recently bulldozed by the city. Jimmy then disappeared.
Anna’s garden is surrounded by a tall chainlink fence and filled with a menagerie of dolls and stuffed animals. The animals are whole, the dolls are maimed. Anna is a recluse who speaks...
PERIODIC TABLE FOR URBAN DESIGNERS
Great punning from Stephens Planning and it looks like a lot of fun went into the creation of this periodic table, which describes the elements of urban design and their relationships, gravitas and influence. Love it!
I’m a nit worried that I might have blogged this before, if so please forgive my late night ramblings and just enjoy the experience all over again…