invisible cities

A Paris Made to Be Destroyed

Before Radar was invented warfare tactics could rely on visual tricks and trompe-l’oeil as a means of passive defence. The half-accomplished project of a Sham Paris outside Paris (Faux Paris, 1918) was a fake city to be largely exposed and

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A Paris Made to Be Destroyed

Before Radar was invented warfare tactics could rely on visual tricks and trompe-l’oeil as a means of passive defence. The half-accomplished project of a Sham Paris outside Paris (Faux Paris, 1918) was a fake city to be largely exposed and

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we build it every night

<  At night, it’s like Dubai is waking up, exactly when the temperature is going down. During these hours, the future face of Dubai appears. The buildings are set out against the darkness by their construction lights. Each lit-level marks

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we build it every night

<  At night, it’s like Dubai is waking up, exactly when the temperature is going down. During these hours, the future face of Dubai appears. The buildings are set out against the darkness by their construction lights. Each lit-level marks

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oma/amo & the spectacle of failures

In a world of perfection and appearances, we become more and more eager to peep at failures. Specially, we enjoy finding out that celebrities and myths also belong to our everyday realm. With irony, sense of humor and a great

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oma/amo & the spectacle of failures

In a world of perfection and appearances, we become more and more eager to peep at failures. Specially, we enjoy finding out that celebrities and myths also belong to our everyday realm. With irony, sense of humor and a great

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floods reaching prisons

Removed from Society: The Prison System and the Geography of Nowhere by Chase Dimock < As the threat of Hurricane Irene loomed off the eastern coast last week, it was discovered mere hours before its arrival in New York that despite

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floods reaching prisons

Removed from Society: The Prison System and the Geography of Nowhere by Chase Dimock < As the threat of Hurricane Irene loomed off the eastern coast last week, it was discovered mere hours before its arrival in New York that despite

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columns of air and threads of cloud

  Barefoot, one enters a white curved room, apparently empty. The most relevant objects seem to be the fire protection systems and mechanical pipes above and the air-conditioning grilles. There are also tiny rope barriers preventing visitors from trespassing a

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columns of air and threads of cloud

  Barefoot, one enters a white curved room, apparently empty. The most relevant objects seem to be the fire protection systems and mechanical pipes above and the air-conditioning grilles. There are also tiny rope barriers preventing visitors from trespassing a

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london passwords

< Because words pass, then; because they pass away, metamorphose, become “passers” or vehicles of ideas along unforeseen channels not calculated in advance, the expression “passwords” seems to me to enable us to reapprehend things, both by crystallizing them and

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london passwords

< Because words pass, then; because they pass away, metamorphose, become “passers” or vehicles of ideas along unforeseen channels not calculated in advance, the expression “passwords” seems to me to enable us to reapprehend things, both by crystallizing them and

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berlin trash connection

Pfand is a magic and highly used German word for deposit; it functions as a sort of informal contract between two parties or even a contemporary form of barter. Usually involving small valuables, it is largely used for returnable bottles.

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berlin trash connection

Pfand is a magic and highly used German word for deposit; it functions as a sort of informal contract between two parties or even a contemporary form of barter. Usually involving small valuables, it is largely used for returnable bottles.

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Town Studies

There is a tiny black square in the middle of a landscape. Endless topographic curves are only interrupted by a black frame. The landscape is suddenly cut and that is the end of the town. The black square is not

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Town Studies

There is a tiny black square in the middle of a landscape. Endless topographic curves are only interrupted by a black frame. The landscape is suddenly cut and that is the end of the town. The black square is not

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time traps

Summer solstice has arrived again this week; some architecture pieces have celebrated it worldwide. Solar observatories date back from Neolithic and Bronze Age and are still able to trap time for a few minutes every year. They often consist of

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time traps

Summer solstice has arrived again this week; some architecture pieces have celebrated it worldwide. Solar observatories date back from Neolithic and Bronze Age and are still able to trap time for a few minutes every year. They often consist of

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invisible mass graves

05/05/2011 the Spanish Government released the long announced map of mass graves of Dictator Franco’s regime. It is an open-source archive detailing the position of the 2,232 sites and their current status. Most corpses have not been touched yet (green);

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invisible mass graves

05/05/2011 the Spanish Government released the long announced map of mass graves of Dictator Franco’s regime. It is an open-source archive detailing the position of the 2,232 sites and their current status. Most corpses have not been touched yet (green);

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Island Hopping

As documented by Mauricio Guillén in his Island Hopping [2005], security huts in upscale Mexican neighbourhoods turn open streets into permanent borders flowing along independent archipelagos of wealth. These “Casetas de Vigilancia” are public space invaders, military extensions of highly

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Island Hopping

As documented by Mauricio Guillén in his Island Hopping [2005], security huts in upscale Mexican neighbourhoods turn open streets into permanent borders flowing along independent archipelagos of wealth. These “Casetas de Vigilancia” are public space invaders, military extensions of highly

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Concrete Islands

In his metropolitan adaptation of Robinson Crusoe Concrete Island, Ballard relocated the Pacific Ocean to London urban periphery. Waters turned into elevated roads and the jungle island into an asphalt roundabout; a crashed Jaguar replaced the crashed plane. And the

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Concrete Islands

In his metropolitan adaptation of Robinson Crusoe Concrete Island, Ballard relocated the Pacific Ocean to London urban periphery. Waters turned into elevated roads and the jungle island into an asphalt roundabout; a crashed Jaguar replaced the crashed plane. And the

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mapping homelessness

A nomadic settlement is as complex to map as the sky can be. Clouds are constantly moving and reshaping, regrouping and vanishing; some methods like isobar curves can represent graphically lines of equal pressure. But air flows with its temperature

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mapping homelessness

A nomadic settlement is as complex to map as the sky can be. Clouds are constantly moving and reshaping, regrouping and vanishing; some methods like isobar curves can represent graphically lines of equal pressure. But air flows with its temperature

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ghost shelters

There is a place in the centre of Berlin which used to be an overground bunker, providing shelter up to 4,000 people at a time inside its 1,50 m thick concrete walls. Later, it was a prison, a cooling storage

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ghost shelters

There is a place in the centre of Berlin which used to be an overground bunker, providing shelter up to 4,000 people at a time inside its 1,50 m thick concrete walls. Later, it was a prison, a cooling storage

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