2. arkitekcher:

    Badel Block  |  O.C.A - Office for Contingent Architecture
    - Gonzalo del Val, Gonzalo Gutierrez, Valentín Sanz, Toni Gelabert, Sergio del Castillo & Alejandro Londoño

    Contingent, neither impossible nor necessary; i.e., both possible and non-necessary.  “World is neither predictable nor causal anymore as religions or philosophy or science tried to convey through history. World is only probable, it is getting more and more statistically quantifiable.” Uncertain environments in which architecture acts require contingent responses. Contingency determines the potential of architecture. It loads architecture with dormant ways-of-being whose appearance cannot be determined a priori. Contingency forces us to approach the project with the desire of uncovering the systems (structures and dynamics) that give us the possibility of being-different. Contingency is the framework for chance.

    Architecture should be able to deploy contingent structures capable of hosting chance and even encourage it. We propose a place as an open field which forces users acting and deciding as it deploys as an unstable system capable of promoting that chance; a system capable of promoting conditioned changes in its structure (gravitational, programmatic or expressive). Objects are inserted in place to keep it in a permanent state of excitement, they become reactive in the presence of other agents in the context. This is the task we assume: creating links and letting new realities emerge through the establishment of these connections. We must allow the blanks to be filled by links between objects instead of filling them with the objects themselves.

    The OCA (Office for Contingent Architecture) is responsible for the construction of ductile and temporary communities that keep their environment in a constant state of imbalance. Every precise order that is generated through the OCA is a final order; and it is an order only referred to itself.

    (via homeisaplaceinthehills)


  3. arkitekcher:

    Sogn Benedetg Chapel  |  Peter Zumthor

    Location: Sumvitg, Switzerland  |  Photography: Hélène Binet

    (via homeisaplaceinthehills)


  4. JAMES ABBOTT McNEILL WHISTLER, Nocturne in Black and Gold

    (Source: athenagray, via homeisaplaceinthehills)



  6. ricgaspar:


    Uno de los muchos callejones deTaxco en donde se pueden encontrar los mejores talleres de plata que Guerrero tiene, para mi gusto uno de los pueblos más hermosos que poseé México.


  7. tiny-librarian:

    Looking up at the ceiling of Marie Antoinette’s bedroom at the Palace of Versailles.


    (via lunareast)


  8. placeinsun:

    at Pula


  9. benfluffshaw:

    Places I’ve been, 2/+∞ : Pula, Croatia

    (Source: ughwarts)


  10. cubillismo:

    Aldo Rossi, Plan of a Foundry, Ercolano, Italy, 1964

    Compare with Mies’ Plan for a Brick Country House from 1925.


  11. oupacademic:

    History Today asked some leading historians about the books that they have found most stimulating over the past 12 months. (via Books of the Year 2013 | History Today)


  12. travel-photos-vpa:

    Palmyra House / Studio Mumbai


  13. ysvoice:

    | Arabian fort castle of Qal’at (circa 13th C.) - Palmyra, Syria  |  by © Rolf Bach


  14. feuille-d-automne:

    La cour du Dragon par Eugène Atget  en 1900.



  15. andreinandrea:

    Bautizado como la “Torre de David”, el edificio iba a ser sede de un nuevo centro financiero en la urbanización San Bernardino, pero fue abandonado alrededor de 1994 después de la muerte de su creador, David Brillembourg y del colapso del sector financiero venezolano. 

    Es un edificio a medio construir que se levanta en el centro de la ciudad,  y que se ha convertido en un barrio para cerca de 3.000 personas.

    Fotografias por: Jorge Silva.

    Jorge Silva Desde el 2003 es fotógrafo staff de Reuters basado en Caracas, Venezuela, donde ha cubierto todos los acontecimientos políticos de los últimos años. Ha trabajado en casi todos los países de latinoamericana y entre sus coberturas destacan viajes con tropas a Iraq y Afganistán, el terremoto de Haití y la Copa Mundial en Sudáfrica y los Juegos Olímpicos en Atenas y Londres.