I am alive! I survived the ANZAC day long weekend without even one warm Northcote coffee. I had to explain to my friendly barista (Elvis - with a lisp) why he had to replace my morning latte with just an occasional hot chocolate on the odd gloomy morning "Awww I'm tho thowwy to hear that Bella" he said. I'll mith him.
I don't usually write about myself on my blog. It usually comes back to bite me if I get all deep and meaningful. But this is hard... I have to quit coffee. *sadface*
After weeks of severe chest pain attacks, I ended up in hospital to find out I have a stomach ulcer. So Docters orders - no coffee. Yesterday I was so grumpy. So angry. Apart from the bad news about Melbourne Storm, I snapped at people and was a bit of a head-case all day really. I hope I get better as the days go by. Wish me luck. x
Herzog & De Meuron's parking garage in Miami named 1111 Lincoln Road. Just completed, it's not just a carpark but it also comprises of retail spaces, private residential "condos" on top, and can cater for fashion and art events.
Although this innovative, ambitious design for flexible and adaptable reuse is a great example of how carparks can extend their function to incorporate other uses... I can't help thinking that this is a totally against a sustainable design vision. Why do some people drive to work each day, while the rest of us catch public transport? Why is it that people who can afford to make a real difference to the environment usually prefer to make a real difference to private luxury and their own image. If more people rode bicycles or caught public transport would there even be a need for a huge expensive car park?
I tend to agree with the comment by Deezeen reader Danillo: April 19th, 2010 "A car park is not a reason to celebrate. This concrete mass is a source polluter and is a failed attempt at beautifying the ugliness of the automobile. I’m a big fan of Herzog and de Meuron but they failed to impress me on this one. Is this the future? Cities dedicated to the automobile, with neglect to the human element? Corb feared this day would come. Let’s get back in touch with the human, the served element of architecture".
Artist Conor Harrington was born in Cork, Ireland in 1980. He lives and works in London with his girlfriend, Chloe Early, also a painter. Conor drinks the big pints and Chloe drinks the little ones. Images via booooooom.
Architectural photographer Iwan Baan recently shot the Observatory House, designed by Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco in Roca Blanca, Mexico. The house is inspired on the Jantar Mantar Astronomical Observatory, built in Delhi in 1724. Isn't is heaven?