Lyrics on a page by someone somewhere who likes this song as much as I do.
I like to think I have an eclectic ear. I grew up in the Middle east as a child and hung out with a lot of expatriate kids from all over the world and we listened to Arabic music, Michael Jackson, Snoop Dogg, Meatloaf and the occasional Bollywood beat. When I was a teenager I immigrated to Southern Africa where I listened to a lot of rap, RnB, Kwaito and reggae. Once I was old enough to get into clubs the house music started getting into my system.
Music coming out of the US, UK and Europe has always been easily accessible to most people, but I often spend time searching for bands in the Eastern and Southern parts of the world. There’s a lot of interesting music, especially of the electro variety, coming out of South America, India and South East Asia.
This a sweet chilled electro track by 24 year old Sahej Bakshi who is Dehli-based Dualist Inquiry.
Plus here’s his version of a smooth bootleg remix of Pretty Light’s track Finally Moving… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpaimkZ7dTI&feature=related
This is a project in Ahmadabad, India for a an aquarium shop owner who needed a home for breeding his fish and a weekend retreat for his family.
The way the concrete counter weights, the recessed ponds and the concrete planar walls are balanced proportionally and structurallymakes for a very simple and elegant structure.
My final thesis at architecture school was investigating and analysing an ‘Oriental Plaza’ which had existed for non-white traders and artisans since the days of Apartheid in Cape Town, South Africa. My thesis proposed a re-interpretation of it for the contemporary and more importantly democratic context it found itself in post-1994.
Part of the research I did was looking at Kowloon city in Hong Kong. It is a settlement that has been around since 960 and today has a population of around 40 000 people. It is a self built, dense, shape-shifting urban settlement and unlike anything I had ever seen before.
These are some detailed drawings I had as part of my research drawn by town planners to capture and quantify the population and the as built.
In my previous post Build I spoke about building architectural models. I recently received the gift of a Lego model of Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth house. I got completely lost in putting it together, and in a good way.
Here are some images of the Farnsworth and Sydney Opera Houses in Lego-style.
Taking an old space and inserting a modern element needs to be very delicately designed. I prefer the less is more better attitude, but to be honest it’s not always the approach to take, but in projects like these by Universal Studio and Ong & Ong it definitely looks like the right one.
One of the things I do is design systems of orientation…in more technical terms signage and wayfinding. Working on projects like this I often ask myself where are people coming from, where might they stop, and sometimes the lines between sociology and signage get blurred.
In my research and experience, design elements that lead the way for people while they’re going about their lives is not as easy as designing a graphic to be put on a steel plate and mounted on a tree or a wall somewhere. You can make it an adventure for people, show them a different way to go other than the same trodden path.
Here are some images from my R+D collection of original and interesting signage designs.
The one assignment I could never complete at architecture school was a model. I either left the roof off, missed a few walls or decided to ‘features’ things out at the last minute. I focused on design and thanked the industry for building contractors once I graduated. But the more building sites I went to, the more I appreciated the craft of building. Since we can digitally render models we don’t really build models anymore, which is pretty strange since you would rather have the something you can touch and feel as opposed to a photo shopped picture of it.
These are some images I have collected of models over years.