Venice Architecture Biennale 2012 included a major project developed by architect and Yale School of Architecture Professor Peter Eisenman.Titled The Piranesi Variations, this multipart endeavor focused on Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s 1762 Campo Marzio dell’antica Roma, a folio of six etchings that depict his fantastical vision of what ancient Rome might have looked like, derived from years of archaeological and architectural research.
Shortly after the Second World War, the Soviet Union constructed a massive industrial city-complex in the Caspian Sea off the coast of Azerbaijan. Home to over 5,000 workers, it was an intricate maze of oil platforms linked by hundreds of miles of roads and featuring a park, cinema, and apartment blocks. Called Neft Dashlari, the ocean city is still in use today, but it’ll be only a matter of time before the sea completely consumes it.
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La petite ceinture — the little belt — is an abandoned railway line, 32 km long, that circles Paris. Built in stages from 1852 to 1900, the line connected the main stations of the city’s five major railway companies. It closed to passenger traffic in 1934, facing increasing competition from the newly opened Métro; meanwhile freight traffic declined over the years, and by the mid-1980s the line was abandoned.
Xi Si Bei [Urban Carpet: Brown] 2009
Carpets are representing different maps of Hutong areas in downtown Beijing with a size of approximately one square kilometre and a population of 30000. Each of them has been isolated and presented as autonomous town within the big city. They are embroidered by hand with the same technique of the propaganda slogans on large fabrics used by the communist party during the seventies. The carpets have been filled with white wire wool insertions.
Topography is a study of the Italian hill town of Assisi. After learning about countless examples of urban development in relation to site design and topography, we were asked to choose a building or urban condition which existed according a strict relationship to its site, and explore the condition through the construction of a physical model. A short series of drawings and diagrams of Assisi were completed as a supplement to the physical model.
Turns out there’s a direct correlation between the number of trees a neighborhood has and its monetary wealth — and we can see how this dynamic plays out in space. Environmental journalist Tim De Chant mapped it all out for us on his blog, Per Square Mile, where he worked up a small project called “Income Inequality, As Seen From Space.” De Chant took satellite images from Google Earth that compared two neighborhoods from selected cities to show income disparities. READ MORE»