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Nine Architectural Photography Tutorials to Help You Get the Right Shot

Illustrations from "Complete self-instructing library of practical photography," vol. III, p. 56, ed. by J. B. Schriever (American School of Art and Photography (Scranton, PA: American School of Art and Photography, 1909). Courtesy New York Public LibraryCapturing the perfect architectural photograph can be far more difficult than one might anticipate.

In light of this, ArchDaily compiled a list of nine architectural photography tutorials to help you get the right shot every time.
Larnach Castle, Dunedin, New Zealand. Image by Stephen Murphy

Interconnection: projection mapping winner of iMapp Bucharest 2016

Interconnection is the winner of both Jury’s Choice Award and People’s Choice Award at iMapp 2016 – that is, the 2016 iMapp Bucharest international Video Mapping Competition, “one of the biggest 3D video-mapping shows in the world, an international competition that brings design and contemporary art directly on the facade of approximately 22,000 square meters of the [Romanian] Parliament Palace (click here to see what the Palace looks like in daylight before video mapping transformations). The project, by Limelight Projection Mapping, required the use of 104 video projectors. Make sure to view it full screen.

h/t Slate

Revelations about the scope of Angkor Wat’s communities

This fascinating article in the angkor-wat2New York Times describes how archaeologists have recently been able to shed light on the vastness and advanced level of the settlements of the Khmer empire (802 to 1431 AD).  The obstacles of the thick jungle setting has made excavation very difficult, but a new technique using “lidar” (Light Detection and Ranging) remote sensing technology has enabled the most sophisticated and detailed survey to date.

Structures of Landscape

ENSAMBLE STUDIO, Domo (detail), from "Structures of Landscape" (Image Courtesy of ENSAMBLE STUDIO)

The new Tippet Rise Art Center, on an 11,500-acre working ranch north of Yellowstone in the shadow of the Beartooth mountains in Fishtail, MT, was founded as a site for monumental and site specific installations. One of these installations, the ongoing project “Structures of Landscape” by ENSAMBLE STUDIO, currently features large-scale outdoor sculptures Beartooth Portal, Inverted Portal and Domo (shown above) that are “[e]qual parts shelter, sculpture and landscape.”

via ArchDaily, including a slide show of the installation’s images and models

The Museum of Lost Objects

The so-called Islamic State defacing the Lamassu in Nineveh in 2015 (image: BBC)In the ancient city of Nineveh, a statue of a winged bull survived undamaged for 2,700 years – until IS took a pneumatic drill to it last year (see above).

With hundreds of thousands of lives lost, millions of people displaced and some of the world’s most significant heritage sites destroyed, the wars in Iraq and Syria have had an enormous cost. While the historical artifacts that have been bombed, defaced and plundered can never be restored – they are very well remembered.

The Museum of Lost Objects, a 10-part story and podcast from the BBC, traces antiquities or ancient sites that have been destroyed or looted in Iraq and Syria through local histories, legends and personal stories and recreates these lost treasures and explores their significance across generations and cultures, from creation to destruction.

For additional information on digitally preserving sites and objects threatened by IS, see the Million Image Database Project.

Happy 100th Birthday, Dada!

Hugo Ball in 'cubist costume' reciting his poem 'Elefantenkarawane' at the Cabaret Voltaire, 23 June 1916. Hugo Ball/Emmy Hennings Estate, Robert-Walser Archiv, Zürich (image courtesy DADA Companion)February 2016 marks a full century since the term “Dada” was first coined at Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich.

via A.V. Club; for resources on Dada, visit here and here

 

PS: It’s not a very festive birthday for the Cabaret Voltaire, however, as its future is uncertain

LACMA promised John Lautner-designed house

John Lautner, James Goldstein House, View of living room (image courtesy LACMA)What do The Big Lebowski, Rihanna, and James Turrell have in common? LACMA, of course!

The museum announced that fashion and basketball aficionado James Goldstein promised the gift of his John Lautner-designed home, its contents, and the surrounding estate, nestled in the hills above the city. Featuring an iconic angular roof and expansive views of L.A., the house stood in for Jackie Treehorn’s abode in the cult indie film, hosted Rihanna’s birthday party, and shares its lush tropical grounds with a remarkable Skyspace, Above Horizon.

via LACMA Unframed


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