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The Sea Organ (morske orgulje) is is a natural musical instrument, seventy meters long with thirty-five organ pipes built under the concrete. The musical pipes are located so that the sea water and wind movements produce musical sounds that are heard by passers by so that it achieves a communication with nature and promotes a unity of architecture and environment. As sea forces and energies are unpredictable in terms of tides and winds, this organ offers never-ending concert of numerous musical variations in which the performer is nature itself.





The New French Hacker-Artist Underground

By Jon Lackman

“Thirty years ago, in the dead of night, a group of six Parisian teenagers pulled off what would prove to be a fateful theft. They met up at a small café near the Eiffel Tower to review their plans—again—before heading out into the dark. Lifting a grate from the street, they descended a ladder to a tunnel, an unlit concrete passageway carrying a cable off into the void. They followed the cable to its source: the basement of the ministry of telecommunications. Horizontal bars blocked their way, but the skinny teens all managed to wedge themselves through and ascend to the building’s ground floor. There they found three key rings in the security office and a logbook indicating that the guards were on their rounds.

But the guards were nowhere to be seen. The six interlopers combed the building for hours, encountering no one, until they found what they were looking for at the bottom of a desk drawer—maps of the ministry’s citywide network of tunnels. They took one copy of each map, then returned the keys to the security office. Heaving the ministry’s grand front door ajar, they peeked outside; no police, no passersby, no problem. They exited onto the empty Avenue de Ségur and walked home as the sun rose. The mission had been so easy that one of the youths, Natacha, seriously asked herself if she had dreamed it. No, she concluded: “In a dream, it would have been more complicated.” …”

The Proper Way to Eat a Pig – New York Times
By Marine Hanel
Published: April 4, 2013

“On a recent morning in Portland, Ore., Camas Davis was teaching nine high-school kids how to butcher a pig. A 17-year-old named Mady called dibs on the front trotter, slicing through the skin near the pig’s ankle, then using a hand saw to cut through the bone. Nathan, 15, moved up the leg and worked through the hock, while Karina, 16, eyed the shoulder. Pushing up the sleeves of her red cardigan, she placed her blade between the fifth and sixth ribs, scored the flesh, then gave the knife a long pull, separating the shoulder from the carcass, but leaving intact the coppa — a muscle around the pig’s neck — in case anyone wanted to roast it. …”

The City as Museum and the Museum as City

In an age of rapidly-changing cities, is it time for city museums to embrace a new outward-looking, activist mission? As keynote speaker at the recent International Council of Museums CAMOC conference at the Museum of Vancouver, renowned urban planner Larry Beasley raised the challenge. This is an edited transcript of his address,“The City as Museum and the Museum as City” on October 24, 2012.


“The project is led by two actors Studio HT as part of the class of the Design Build Program at the University of Colorado Denver. Learning Cube is a simple framed structure with a shipping pallet as a filler. Meanwhile, the rough materials of construction and careful design provides smooth presence. This building is the meeting point for meetings and classes, sell products, and to exit from the Colorado summer sun. Right in the heart of downtown Denver, Stapleton Airport grounds of reclaimed, is a working urban farm 2003 acres. Students from the University of Colorado Denver built two major projects to improve agricultural operations and also to make a definitive statement about sustainable design as part of the Denver program FEED. Using materials gathered a team rescued most high design public gathering shelters and milking barn that is not easy to give or using simple materials.”

Secret Gardens

By Marc Lostracco

“Located in the shadow of the Ashbridges Bay wastewater treatment plant lies a decrepit, listing chain-link fence along the foot of Leslie Street. The entire area is industrial and isn’t too pretty to look at, but behind the rusted gates of the ramshackle barrier lie 240 little squares of bright green, with splashes of purple, red and yellow.
The Leslie Street Allotment Gardens are one of 20 municipally-run public facilities, which apparently total more than 2,000 individual plots citywide. It is here in Toronto’s secret gardens where apartment dwellers and health foodies can grow their own vegetables, plant wildflowers, or just spend a silent, zen-like day with their fingers in the dirt. So, why doesn’t the City want to talk about them?”

Caste is a creative think-tank and production studio for projects in design, image-making, communication, arts, and culture.

Example of work for Victory Barber:

cute shop out of portland

love their products, along with a very helpful site

Custom-made Danish bikes –

RGB’s technique consists in the overlapping of three different images, each one in a primary color. The resulting images from this three level’s superimposition are unexpected and disorienting. The colors mix up, the lines and shapes entwine becoming oneiric and not completely clear. Through a colored filter (a light or a transparent material) it is possible to see clearly the layers in which the image is composed. The filter’s colors are red, green and blue, each one of them serves to reveal one of the three layers.

Green Graffiti by Edina Tokodi

“Electroland is a team that creates objects, interactive experiences and large-scale public art projects. Each project is site-specific and may employ a broad range of media, including light, sound, images, motion, architecture and interactivity. Participants can interact with buildings, space and each other in new and exciting ways, creating new relationships between people and public space and shifting the boundaries of private experience in the public sphere.”

New cafe on University of Toronto campus. Goodbye Hot Yam, hello Harvest Noon.

New photoblog on architecture and design in Calgary.

Some pictures of Spark, the new Calgary science centre, below:

“Calgary’s art scene is in the process of getting a bold facelift, with a new visual arts centre planned for the new year. The 15,000-square-foot space, to be called the Esker Foundation, is set to open in early 2012 and is the work of local philanthropists and art patrons Jim and Susan Hill. The centre will be located in the Atlantic Art Block in Inglewood, which was chosen for its easy access to downtown…”

Museum of Contemporary Art Calgary (MOCA) | IMCA and MOCA announce Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to guide their joint efforts to establish a new home for a dedicated Museum for Contemporary Art in Calgary.

Sequin Graffiti by Theresa Himmer


Paved, but Still Alive
By Michael Kimmelman
Published: January 6, 2012
We need to take parking lots more seriously, architecturally, and to think of them as public spaces, as part of the infrastructure of our streets and sidewalks.


106 of the most beloved street art photos – 2011

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