Brutalist Washington Map

Brutalist Washington MapBlue Crow Media’s second architecture guide map dedicated to Brutalist architecture, is out now.

The guide features 40 leading examples of Brutalist architecture in and around Washington, D.C., from the Hirshhorn Museum and the J. Edgar Hoover Building (FBI HQ), Dulles Airport and Georgetown’s Lauinger Library to lesser known buildings like the the Woman’s National Democratic Club Annex, National Presbyterian Church and Reston’s Lake Anne Plaza.

The reverse side of the map features an introduction to Brutalism and post-war construction in Washington, D.C. by Deane Madsen along with details for each building, and metro station, including the location, date and the architect or practice responsible.

Perfect for a walking tour or framing, this map measures slightly larger than A2 open, folds to slightly larger than A5 and is protected by a wide band.



Adam Hillman’s Colorful World

© Adam Hillman

Visual artist Adam Hillman is obsessed with aesthetics, but totally in a good way. Adam creates satisfying colorful patterns using everything from LEGO bricks, to various foods and candies.

“I’m always thinking about possible ideas, but the best photos I’ve created come about very organically,” Adam once said. “It takes an average of two hours to execute an arrangement, not including the time it takes to conceptually formulate it.” Looking at these eye-pleasing projects it seems that Hillman can transform even the most mundane objects into something truly beautiful.


© Adam Hillman

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Alexander Brodsky Unfired Clay Architectural Reliefs


Betts Project is pleased to present Reliefs, an exhibition of Russian artist and architect Alexander Brodsky in London. The exhibition presents sculptures in Alexander Brodsky’s signature unfired clay as well as a series of previously unseen drawings, made especially for this exhibition.


Acclaimed as ‘the most important Russian architect alive today’, Brodsky first made his name in the 1980s with a striking set of architectural etchings, produced in collaboration with his great friend Ilya Utkin. Over the last 30 years it is difficult to think of a more influential, more compelling set of architectural drawings, for Brodsky and Utkin not only reinvested Soviet design with all of the intelligence, history and humour it had lost over the previous half century, but they did so with images that were as original as they were engaging. These drawings would be exhibited all over the world, and their success led to a period when Brodsky lived and worked in the US. Back in his beloved Moscow since 2000, he has continued to work across the boundaries of art and architecture, completing a number of pavilions, interiors and galleries, while also exhibiting drawings and large relief models in his now signature unfired clay. Brodsky’s architecture remains restrained, blurring the line between art and architecture, combining low cost, local and reused materials to produce buildings that are both traditional and modern. His unfired clay artworks as well as his buildings act as a reminder of the fragility of the city.alexander-brodsky-reliefs-untitled-2014-unfired-clay-84x175cm-courtesy-betts-projectalexander-brodsky-reliefs-untitled-2014-unfired-clay-135x83cm-courtesy-betts-project Via

Alpine Shelter in Slovenia

© Anze Cokl

More than 80 years ago, visionary minds of alpine climbers in Slovenia decided to build alpine shelters in the Julian Alps. In 1936 there were no access roads. What used to take climbers and hikers days, takes a couple of hours nowadays. With better infrastructure and general access however, parts of Triglav National Park’s most sacred places still remain pristine and less visited.

Bivak II na Jezerih by AO was thus conceived on the basis of the 1936 bell-shaped original, retaining traditional outline, but with major improvements to construction, use and finishing materials and details. All with functionality and ease of installation and maintenance in mind.

© Anze Cokl
© Anze Cokl


Nature’s Power Through the Lens of Jason Weingart

Jason Weingart’s devotion to storms and extreme weather began long before he picked up a camera in college. In third grade, when the rest of the kids were watching videos, he asked to see tornados on VHS. When people fled inside to escape from bad weather, he entered the fray.

© Jason Weingart

After chasing storms for seven years, Weingart has learned to predict his circumstances and keeps himself as safe as possible. He’s studied meteorology and co-authored a book on weather patterns and photography. These days, he takes on his own students, teaching them the ways of navigating volatile situations. Every time they get a shot of their own, he relives the first time he captured that first bolt of lighting years ago.

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Bahá’í Temple of South America

© Daniela Galdames

The Bahá’í Temple of South America by Hariri Pontarini Architects, situated in a seismic zone on the outskirts of Santiago, Chile, uses light for its spiritual and design inspiration. Its billowing, structurally robust form won a two-phase international competition requesting a nine-sided, domed structure with nine entries—a requirement for the design of Bahá’í Temples. This is the final continental Temple to be built. Designed through physical models in conjunction with state-of-the-art digital technology, the Temple combines advanced engineering solutions, cutting-edge material innovation, and computerized fabrication methods to create a light-filled space for prayer and meditation at once monumental and intimate.

© Daniela Galdames

Zema Vieira’s Detailed Illustrations of Brazil’s Facades

© Zema Vieira

While using technical drawings, Zema Vieira makes architectural illustrations by using only AutoCAD without any further techniques. Her body of work became a project called “Fachada Frontal” or “Front Facade.” In it, the artist depicts buildings from cities around the world, with a particular focus on Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Learn more about Fachada Frontal here or follow the project on Instagram or Facebook.

© Zema Vieira


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