Ultra Ruin in Taiwan by Finnish architect Marco Casagrande

February 25th, 2014 by LB

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“Ultra-Ruin is a wooden architectural organism that is growing from the ruins of an abandoned red brick farmhouse in the meeting place of terraced farms and jungle. The weak architecture follows the principles of Open Form and is improvised on the site based on instincts reacting to the presence of jungle, ruin and local knowledge.”

For more photos of Ultra Ruin see Marco’s post here. For my other posts on Marco Casagande’s work see Chen House and Apelle House.

I have always liked Marco’s work. His use of materials has an ancient feel – you often can’t tell if it’s modern or very, very old. The locks/door handles on this house are both beautiful and ingenious.

Taiwan is lucky to have a climate that allows free flow between indoor and outdoor area and you can see this realized in all Casagrande’s projects there.

This is a beautiful tree house – or system of houses between tree bridges – sitting fairly lightly on the land.

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Video: the real story of 439 Powell Street, the Ming Sun building

February 16th, 2014 by LB

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This video, Behind the Walls of 439, corrects a great deal of the misinformation generated by the City of Vancouver. Good job by local television students.

Pretty heartbreaking.

“This is the story of the displacement of people with less power.”

Aaron Swartz 1986-2013

February 10th, 2014 by LB

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Over time this tragedy just seems to become more painful, rather than less.

More here and everywhere.

On another note, February 11 is Today We Fight Back. If you are reading this on Feb. 11, click on the banner below – and if you are in Canada etc. click on the “Not in the USA” line on the bottom to send a message to the NSA and co. about internet freedom and spying.

Doormat

February 10th, 2014 by LB

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By High Cotton.

“The Olympics have always been a little gay”

February 7th, 2014 by LB

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Don’t you want me, baby?

Ad by the Canadian Institute of Diversity and Inclusion.

Via nextimpulsesports.

Secos & Molhados – Sangue Latino

February 6th, 2014 by LB

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Oh 1973, I am so happy to see you yet again. Last week it was Sensations Fix, and then yesterday someone posted Sangue Latino by Secos & Molhados. I hadn’t heard it in years. Brazil does glam folk rock. So very beautiful.

 Secos & Molhados - Sangue Latino