Oil City: The Gas Stations of Iraq

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In the words of the artist Eugenio Grosso:

Petrol stations in Iraq are a family business.

Most of those, in fact, do not belong to any company, as there is such a big amount of oil in the country that anybody can decide to open its own station. Therefore, the features of each station are very different one from another. There are luxurious golden ones and rusty stalls standing lonely in the middle of nowhere.

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This series of images was shot on the road that stretches between Sulaymaniyah and Kirkuk in Iraqi Kurdistan. It is only 112 km long and it is dotted with petrol stations at almost every kilometer. The city of Kirkuk, currently in Kurdish control, was at the centre of a dispute between the central government and the KRG (Kurdish Regional Government). Who controls the city in fact also controls the 10% of the whole Iraqi oil reservoir. 

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Ex of In House in New York

The Ex of In House in Rhinebeck is an experimental guest house developed directly from the ongoing Explorations of “IN” project at Steven Holl Architects.

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© Paul Warchol

Instead of subdividing the 28 acre site into five suburban plots, the land was joined as one rural preserve. Instead of building today’s typical “McMansion” of several thousand square feet, a single house of 918 ft2 is placed in the center of the site. A compressed form intersected by three spherical voids, the house has a kitchen at its center and is realized as one large room on three levels. Instead of fossil fuel, the house is heated geothermally. Instead of grid power, the house has electricity from the sun.

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The Home and Studio of Artists Pedros Reyes and Carla Fernandez in México

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The Mexico City home and studio of Mexican sculptor Pedros Reyes and his fashion-designer wife Carla Fernandez features crazy paving floors, as well as a staircase and double-height library rendered in coarse concrete. Fernandez and Reyes, who trained as an architect before moving into contemporary art, designed the house for a plot in Coyoacán – a borough in the south of the city once home to famed Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.

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St. Mary’s Cathedral in Tokyo Photographed by Edmund Sumner

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© Edmund Sumner

Growing up within a family of architects and designers Edmund Sumner developed a deep-rooted understanding of appreciation of architecture and design. Through Photography, he hopes to promote contemporary architecture to an increasingly visually sophisticated public. ¹

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© Edmund Sumner

This series documents St. Mary’s Cathedral in Tokyo designed by Kenzō Tange. In all of his projects, there is a recurrent theme that Tange has verbalized, “Architecture must have something that appeals to the human heart, but even then, basic forms, spaces and appearances must be logical. Creative work is expressed in our time as a union of technology and humanity. The role of tradition is that of a catalyst, which furthers a chemical reaction, but is no longer detectable in the end result. Tradition can, to be sure, participate in a creation, but it can no longer be creative itself.”²

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Edmund Sumner 2 Pritzker Architecture Prize Kenzō Tange Biography

The Overview Effect

A stunning and unique collection of satellite images of Earth that offer an unexpected look at humanity, derived from the wildly popular Daily Overview Instagram project.

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Overview by Benjamin Grant © 2016 by DigitalGlobe, Inc.

Inspired by the “Overview Effect”—a sensation that astronauts experience when given the opportunity to look down and view the Earth as a whole—the breathtaking, high definition satellite photographs in OVERVIEW offer a new way to look at the landscape that we have shaped. More than 200 images of industry, agriculture, architecture, and nature highlight incredible patterns while also revealing a deeper story about human impact. This extraordinary photographic journey around our planet captures the sense of wonder gained from a new, aerial vantage point and creates a perspective of Earth as it has never been seen before.

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Overview by Benjamin Grant © 2016 by DigitalGlobe, Inc.

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CASA O in México

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The fusion of exterior and interior areas, the integration of the surrounding and the landscape are main subjects of “Casa O'” by Despacho Arquitectos HV which is located in one of the most exclusive areas of Mexico City.  The aim for the specific design with our clients is to unfold an intimate landscape, in which different places and sceneries coexist, seeking to achieve functionality within an harmonious architectural with spaces surrounded by lush vegetation.

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