Imagination vs reality: how close did these visions come?
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Imagination vs reality: how close did these visions come?
When only breathing light in a crystal palace can warm your winter-black heart.
Conceptual artist Kimsooja's 2006 installation 'To Breathe-A Mirror Woman,' at Madrid's Palacio de Cristal transformed the iron and glass exhibit hall into a prismatic living escape from the chaos of urban life. Mirrored floors, diffraction film on the windows and audio projection of Kimsooja's own recorded breathing created a restorative, dreamlike sensory experience for Madrid residents willing to explore the barriers between the edges of the self and built spaces.
Modeled after London's own Crystal Palace and nestled in the city center's Buen Retiro Park, today the 1887 structure is a contemporary art space curated by the Museo Reina Sofia, marrying history and art and occasionally, magic life-giving vibrations.
Sacred spaces of the year's departed cultural influencers, captured as they were left. Love this photo essay of the treasures and ruins of a life lived by photographer Mitch Epstein for NYT.
After the deaths of these 10 notable people, The New York Times photographed their private spaces — as they left them.
An ode to making peace with what you thought you knew.
'A Concrete Life,' new music video project by filmmaker Amaury Agier-Aurel, transcribes the architectural dream world of Parisian musician Charles Derenne's childhood set to his musical piece '1982.' The deserted residential monoliths of suburban Paris are magnificent but eerie, the perfect landscape for contemplating the softened shimmer visual memory can give to the places we occupied in the past.
NEW! In collaboration with filmmaker Amaury Agier-Aurel, Parisian musician Charles Derenne transcribes the places of his youth in a stunning ode to architecture: bit.ly/2hDveeJ
Citizens of a city under siege are posting their final words to social media as the world watches. Heartbreaking outreach from inside Aleppo.
The shaky cellphone video shows Abdulkafi al-Hamdo, a Syrian English teacher, crouching behind a stone wall, the hood of a yellow Adidas sweatshirt pulled over his dark hair. Rain beats down in the background as he speaks into the camera.
It makes more sense when you know where you started 🌪 Brooklyn music and art scene familiar Dan Hougland is prolific in the art of 'bricolage;' a DIY sort of artistic, musical or even philosophical approach in which a creation is constructed from whatever is available to the artist in the moment, an improvisation. Hougland's work, at times bending toward psychedelic, punk, or absurd, reflects an experience of a city that has alarmed and absorbed him, a trip that never ends. We don't mind joining, to be honest.
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Collage by Dan Hougland #ruinsmag #art #urbanism
Time travel in an electric underground 🚇 The Berlin U-bahn system's 173 stations vary so widely in style and design that transfer from one line to another can feel like traveling between times and worlds apart. While the city's checkered history and evidence of Wall and Wars fade over time above ground, the signs in diverging ideologies and style impulses remain below, making every stop a surprise along the 100+ year old system, from Deco to Futurism to the Cold War's 'ghost stations.' Photo via photographer Karsten Knorr IG @mollorange.berlin #ruinsmag #urbanism #architecture
Humans are always creating complications 🌀
Labyrinths are considered by some philosophers and theologians to be an archetype imprinted within the human mind; representations have appeared in civilizations scattered across the world since ancient times. For centuries physical labyrinths have been a place to plot politics and gossip, meditate, play, chase sex and commit dirty deeds away from prying eyes, while visual mazes have been represented in cathedrals and religious artwork across world religions and in archaic petroglyphs as a devotional pathway.
Even buried deep in the human consciousness the way to enlightenment is a twisted path of good and evil.
📷: Yann Arthus-Bertrand- France’s Reignac-sur-Indre maze #ruinsmag #civilization #alteredstates
People power, congratulations to the Standing Rock Sioux and all the supporters and activists around the country and world who have supported the indigenous tribes fighting for the sanctity and sovereignty of their lands. More battles in store to be sure, but this victory is a well deserved and promising turn.
The decision essentially halts the construction of the oil pipeline right above the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and it also comes as protests at the site continued to grow.
Exploring a dark tower rising from ruin. Ponte City tower in Johannesburg, a pre-apartheid icon of wealth and isolation for a minority white class living in luxury and the sins of segregation. Completed in 1975 at 53 stories high the brutalist structure with a hollow inner core remains the tallest residential skyscraper in all of Africa and an enthralling subject for the imaginative arts.
White-flight from Jo’burg’s downtown following the democratization of post-apartheid ushered in a dangerous time for the tower; organized crime and decay overcame the building even as black locals formerly forbidden to reside outside the inner servants’ quarters sought homes in the hundreds of units with sweeping outer views. The tower became a white whale metaphor for the struggles faced by a city seeking to shake a history of terrible inequality. Developers have had several stops and starts in reclaiming the monolithic reminder of past evils, but progress has come as working and middle class residents have taken up the mantle of occupying such an unsettling and storied space.
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Turn up, turn it out 🇺🇸 Peak 19th Amendment today, 96 years in the offing. It's not every day you get to be a part of history; whichever way you lean go have your say. Photo | Lee Balterman for Life Magazine #ruinsmag #electiondaymood #justvote
A city's agony transformed 🏆 American sports are not unique in passion or obsession, but as a product of a city's identity they are unrivaled. The Chicago Cubs have made the famed North Side the territory of the 'lovable loser,' the accursed, the unserious, the disappointed, for over a century. Despite--or possibly because of--the decades of terrible teams and almost-winners the Cubs wove a fabric of legacy; loving a team that never rewards you with the ultimate victory is a martyr's mantle, a responsibility passed down through generations not to be taken lightly. Last night, in extra innings of the 7th game of the World Series against the Cleveland Indians, the Chicago Cubs closed a chapter on the longest drought in professional sports and took home a championship trophy to the ecstatic neighborhood of Wrigleyville, named for and designed around the ballpark at its heart. Professional sports revenues are growing in the US even as taxpayers are casting reasonable doubt on the direct value of a team to its city. Major League Baseball made $9.5B last year alone, but the financial benefit directly to a community that harbors a ball club, especially a losing one, is a diversified (local business revenue, tourism, jobs), and often dubious payback for the cost of building and maintaining facilities. Not so with the Chicago Cubs, whose loyal fans and iconic ballpark have always been a mainstay of North Side revenue and culture; beyond the hard numbers the value of a shared identity and a fandom that extends tentacles across a nation passed down for generations is something that can't be quantified. 📷: Photographer Scott Strazzante captures longtime fans leaning on a police cruiser outside Wrigley Field during Game 3 | Pictorial via ESPN online #ruinsmag #civilization #sports #chicagocubs
Mind the double entendre or you might wake something wild 🌬 Nasty Women and Bad Hombres rise up to dance in the quake of a floundering candidate who forgets that words are powerful matter of myriad meanings: overnight Janet Jackson's 90s hit song "Nasty" reveled in a 250% surge on Spotify while benevolently rogue urls surfaced, such as www.nastywomengetsh*tdone.com and www.badhombres.org. Thanks to this deft fumble, with 18 days to go the Democratic Party finally has some pop culture-perfect slogans that the public can get behind (and on top of). 🎛 Image by the inimitable Maria Kochetkova in Downtown Los Angeles #ruinsmag #nastywomen #badhombres #alteredstates
"So well-known and fascinating was old Rangoon that it drew the likes of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, who lived there as an honorary consul of Chile in 1927, and English writer and poet Rudyard Kipling." - International reporting from the author of Relics of Rangoon
As an untempered development boom surges in Yangon, an uncertain fate is placed on the architectural icons of Old Rangoon.
Walk this way.
A transportation initiative in Spain’s second-largest city seeks to ease traffic and pollution and make better use of public spaces.
Can changing the clocks change your life?
A unique look inside the French Time Bureaus which operate beneath the radar, manipulating the gears of society to create smarter cities.
I dreamt I left the noise and found you in the desert where the low trees grow 🍄 Lucid Stead, an installation by American artist Phillip K Smith III in Joshua Tree, CA. A 70 year old desert shack transformed into an art-piece oasis in the home place of so many walkabouts and dusks that never end. Braving the hot days and cold nights in one of SoCal's most storied destinations for hiking and hallucinating, the homestead's alternating timber and mirrored panels create the illusion of transparency; paired with shifting colored light projected from within from sunset til dawn the cabin is in a constant state of quiet change, much like the desert where it lives (yet surely evoking much the opposite in the altered minds of visiting nighttime adventurers.) 👁 Photo | Steve King h/t Dezeen #ruinsmag #art #alteredstates
“A city is a state - of mind, of taste, of opportunity. A city is a marketplace - where ideas are traded, opinions clash and eternal conflict may produce eternal truths."
― Herb Caen
[Photo: Ye Rin Mok, of Doug Aitken's Station to Station]
Can an infamous landfill's transformation from waste to wilds break the outdated stigma of Staten Island? "Freshkills Reconsidered", now on RUINS with original photography by Sam A. Kweskin
RUINS's Sara Cline and artist Galen Pehrson featured in the Radicals section of the Flaunt Oh La La Land issue, out now.
CONTENTS: 1) Double-Double from In-N-Out Burger. We called this sustenance. 2) Unpaid parking ticket. You can have the towed car that comes with it. 3) The
There is no prior greatness that's been lost, no before nor after, when it comes to the spirit. There's always been ugliness, and always beauty; the push to tip the scales in favor of beauty is an evolution we all serve. Remembering New York and her people today 💜 Photo | Magnum Photographer Thomas Hoepker, Downtown Manhattan with World Trade Center towers, seen from 'lover's lane' in New Jersey. New Jersey, USA. 1983 #september11
Oaklyn Rising: What happens when you drop an entirely new neighborhood into a rapidly gentrifying city? (via Curbed)
What happens when you drop an entirely new neighborhood into a rapidly gentrifying city?
A military coup attempt is underway in Turkey, and its breaking through Twitter. (via WIRED)
On Friday afternoon the images started rolling in on Twitter. Was it a terror attack, or a coup?
"Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars." - M.L.K. #Dallas
[artwork by Trash Riot]
561 people have been killed by the US police in 2016, and its only July. This rate is 70 times higher than other first world nations. What happened to "serve and protect"? What can we learn from other nations? RUINS takes a look at excessive force through the lens of five cities. #altonsterling #philandocastile
To Protect and Serve has varying definitions across a global stage. Here, a look at excessive force through the lens of five cities.
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Stunning is an understatement.
The outcome reflected populist sentiment and is sure to have far-reaching effects on Britain’s place in the world and the future of the E.U.
For a brief departure from reality, try Galen Pehrson's "The Caged Pillows", premiering now on RUINS @ ruinsmag.com.
“Everything we build we’ve taken from nature. The ideas, the materials, the way things feel and look." - photographer Sam A. Kweskin on the built environment.
The peculiar reason why the cornerstones of Hong Kong’s vibrant street food scene are disappearing.
Inspired by American media, the cornerstones of Hong Kong’s vibrant street food scene are disappearing in the wake of a Westernized food truck trend.
"No national leader in the history of humanity has ever faced this question. Will we survive, or will we disappear under the sea?" - Prime Minister of Tuvalu, Enele Sosene Sopoaga
The island nation of Tuvalu considers a complicated future as it sinks into the sea.
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"Twenty-Twenty and I had known each other since the days of jumping over our own legs at house parties, and we both came up at a time when hip hop was a participation-based, dues-paid-up-front thing." - from Adam Mansbach's Stupid Trife Sh*t
The famously wry author of Go The Fuck to Sleep sketches a semi-autobiographical portrait of 90’s Brooklyn and rap dreams gone up in smoke.
Does a failed 1960s plan for a supersonic jetport in a rural stretch of New Jersey reveal a blueprint for a city ahead of its time?
It’s hard to know exactly when you enter the Pine Barrens. There’s no clear border; instead it’s a slow immersion, suburbs and exurbs giving way to rural spaces, and those in turn transforming into something more primal.
"...talk about jeans, and drugs, and juice, and SUVs, and vacations you won’t ever take. It’s very interesting for us to work here because it makes us concentrate on what we do." - Sebastien Chenut and Zoe Cassavetes
Zoe Cassavetes + Sebastien Chenut Talking Walls is an intimate glimpse into the lives of creative couples as they casually document a day in their life and interview each other. Our inaugural piece explores the creative partnership between Zoe Cassavetes, the award-winning filmmaker, and her French…
"For any given year, there are roughly four earthquakes in excess of magnitude 7.5 worldwide. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, larger earthquakes can have larger rupture surfaces which radiate long-period energy." - Adam McCauley
AND MOUNTAINS SHOOK | June, 2016 TEXT AND IMAGES BY ADAM MCCAULEY A visceral firsthand look inside the aftermath of the Nepal earthquake.
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