Things We Love

Things We Love: Mud Brick Spiral by Elín Hansdóttir

  • Posted on: 5 September 2012
  • By: Tony


Exterior installation made from traditional Berber mudbricks (earth, water & hay) in the village of Tassoultante, 14 km from Marrakech City. The structure was realised in collaboration with 8 local masons and craftsmen as well as Dar Al-Ma’mûn artist residency.

More pics here. Images from the making of the installation here.

(via VVORK)

Things We Love: Abandoned Walmart is Now America’s Largest Library

  • Posted on: 4 September 2012
  • By: Tony

There are thousands of abandoned big box stores sitting empty all over America, including hundreds of former Walmart stores. With each store taking up enough space for 2.5 football fields, Walmart’s use of more than 698 million square feet of land in the U.S. is one of its biggest environmental impacts. But at least one of those buildings has been transformed into something arguably much more useful: the nation’s largest library.

More at WebUrbanist 

Things We Love: Seven Gates of Jerusalem

  • Posted on: 24 August 2012
  • By: Tony

"Seven Gates of Jerusalem" is a performance that premiered on the date of the composer’s 75th birthday. Combining classical music, ballet, and animation, the concert proved to be an extraordinarily creative idea, while the two orchestras and three choirs involved in the project illustrate its sheer scale.

Initially conceived as a television production, the performance later spawned an Emmy Award-nominated musical/dance film.


I love the inteplay of classical work and current technology. More on the concept and creation can be found here.

(via @travisbedard)

Seven Gates of Jerusalem (trailer) from Platige Image on Vimeo.