Architecture

Quad Flight Over Cork

I can see myself watching this daily for a week, looking for more and more of Cork’s oddities.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRgYuK4epfM

What I love most about perspectives like this is the inside of city blocks, the cramped mess of buildings that they end up, but usually with little cubbies of light and even greenery. Speaking of which, I had absolutely no idea there was that much green behind Shandon. None. Really must pop in there some day, I’ve put it off for years.

Well done that man. I’d love to know what quad he has, the handling and video are, again, superb. The comments say it’s DJI Phantom, but given the flight time and distance, I’m skeptical. Whatever it is, it puts the cheap Chinese heap I bought to try to shame. :)

Boardwalk in Youghal Hammered

EDIT: Apologies for “hammered”, subconscious hat-tip to the Lahinch photo.

Very sad, €400k invested in this only last year according to De Paper, with plans to extend it another 1.5km. Hopefully the budget is already there for the extension so this bit can be repaired quickly; and better — I’m no engineer but the way the deck is attached to the piles looks very weak to me.

Youghal Town Council, if you’re listening, if you create a ringfenced fund for repair and development of the next section, my family will donate €50 and my business €100. And please post updates on your website.

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Detroit In Ruins

From the Guardian, click through to view another 15 slides. Very sad to see a historic city fall apart like this.

United Artists Theater, Detroit
The ruined Spanish-Gothic interior of the United Artists Theater in Detroit. The cinema was built in 1928 by C Howard Crane, and finally closed in 1974

Tram Junction Rebuild

There aren’t many web videos that could hold my attention for 12 minutes, but this time-lapse of a tram junction rebuild in San Francisco just captivates. I actually went back to watch them pour the concrete a second time. :)

EVOL

Aren’t these fab?

designboom: EVOL is a berlin based street artist that transforms banal urban surfaces, into miniature architectural surfaces through pasting. using pasted paper, EVOL transforms electric boxes, small planters and other geometric city forms, into miniature apartment buildings and other structures. each piece of paper is printed with a repetitive pattern of flat gray walls dotted with plain window frames. once applied to a surface, the paper transforms the form into small building that EVOL often adorns with small characters. EVOL performs this process within different cities and has even been commissioned to do installations in galleries, where he was created entire blocks of miniature buildings.

São Paulo Scrubbed of Outdoor Ads

What I wouldn’t give for a Cork like this!

WebUrbanist: Outdoor advertising is so ubiquitous in almost every urban setting around the world, it’s difficult to walk down a street, take an escalator or sit on a bench without getting slapped in the face with one product or another. But the city of São Paulo, Brazil is like an advertising ghost town: all of its billboards stand oddly blank and empty.

In September of 2007, the world’s fourth-largest metropolis was scrubbed of almost every type of outdoor advertising – even pamphlets. It’s all part of mayor Gilberto Kassab’s quest to eliminate visual clutter, making the city itself the focal point rather than colorful, increasingly desperate marketing campaigns.