Clearing Up

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1989 July: Peter Buchanan: What is wrong with architectural education?
1989:July: Peter Buchanan: What is wrong with architectural education?

— 8 months ago


sisii showroom, kobe, japan/yuko nagayama & associates

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So why not

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— 8 months ago with 569 notes
Good? Actually, not enough: hangers

What do we see when we look on these smooth designs - it’s genius, plain and modern. But it’s not that good as it seems. Of course.
Lets talk about hangers - that is an everyday common thing, but it’s powerfull. They’re working every minute, while we are away and yet not have ask ourselves the question “what should I wear tomorrow”. Indeed, its a living organism that helps to care and hang our jackets, shirts and to avoid mess, well, mostly to avoit mess.
Mine are not so good - they are sleek and fabric often slips off it, that’s making me angry early in the morning.

Seriously, talking about hangers, possibly I wouldn’t be as much concentrate on materials as on form: I want an average hanger to have hooks on the sides, top covered with thin rough lines of rubber - anything that’ll help them actually hang there and to safe my time.

But apart from a mood shifting there’s another side effect of hangers - while you are away they are shaping your cloth, protruding sticks deforms jacket back, wired hangers makes a “nipple effect” on shoulders - forcing it to leave a sharp sideways crease and too many hooks makes even holes in some fragile fabric. Sometimes the garment is so heavy itself, (heavy incrustated at the bottom for instance) that material get pulled and deformed, causing tears or ripped fabric.
So there’s no universal solution for clothes keeping, but there’re lot of techniques for saving each sort of material and type of the garment.
I think it’s a good thought for a fashion design sphere as well.

by Yulia Nemova

— 1 year ago
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Clearing Up: A New Old Way →
two years later something really began to clear up.


Two weeks of the voluteers working camp in Granara left and now there is a time to sum up .

In field of architecture the main idea of
Granara camp is to create buildings of the local raw resources they already have and to buy the cheapest but ecological material from
internetional distributor…

— 1 year ago with 1 note


A new sound installation by Zimoun in an abandoned chemical tank in Dottikon, Switzerland.

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— 1 year ago with 1741 notes


caveat, this is sort of a self-involved and potentially obnoxious architecture update, as it involves my house.

ok. one of the reasons i moved to l.a was to have more space. having lived in nyc for decades i had become very, very accustomed to living in very small spaces. and i like small spaces. but then l.a beckoned, with it’s promise of guest bedrooms and washer/drier rooms and guest bathrooms.

space. which, along with light and nature, is the most precious urban commodity (well, i guess friends and family and health could be included). but space.

many of my friends in nyc and london have an almost resigned, defeated, and fetishistic approach to space. i’ve seen new yorkers turn closets into offices (or in my case: a closet into a bedroom. i still sleep in a closet when i’m in nyc. granted, it’s a pretty comfy closet). i’ve seen londoners turn tiny attics into guest bedrooms. and so on. no effort is to small to increase the square footage of a new york or london apartment by even a few feet. and then there’s l.a, with it’s sprawling gigantic-ness and it’s HOUSES. people live in houses here. with guest bedrooms and space.

so, when we were renovating my house we got around to renovating one of the guest bedrooms. a beautiful bedroom overlooking hills and a lake. but when the house was done i realized that i already had a couple of guest bedrooms, and no desire to have more guests. so rather than have another guest bedroom i decided to have the strangest of urban luxuries: an empty room that has absolutely no purpose.

i know, it seems like an absurd indulgence. and i guess it is. but i have a room with no purpose. just a beautiful empty room. sometimes it gets used for yoga, sometimes people use it for meditating, sometimes people use it for sleeping. but most of the time it just sits quietly on it’s own, calm and empty, almost like my own james turrell room.

i hope i haven’t offended you with my empty room, or with these pictures of an empty room. i can see how new yorkers in particular would have a particular antipathy towards an empty room. which might be one reason why more and more of my new yorker friends are moving to l.a.



— 1 year ago with 154 notes