venice yeah, go there. march is a good time to go, i think. i want to go back because i was only there for a day and a half but i loved it.
marseille i remember being quite rough but it's good to go and see the unité.
― jed_, Thursday, 15 January 2009 15:06 (4 years ago) Permalink
I would say Copenhagen is well worth the visit!
― hyggeligt, Thursday, 15 January 2009 15:07 (4 years ago) Permalink
Copenhagen is rich with stuff - see the Flickr stream and sets of user seier_seier_seier. Really interested in going myself. Here's an email seier wrote me when I was considering a trip:
difficult question, copenhagen in two days...
copenhagen is pretty expensive (as is the rest of scandinavia) especially when coming from the u.s., so I'll recommend you a youth hostel which opened recently in a central office tower (not a tower by american standards, but by danish...you'll see).
the same site mentions an even more central hostel opening in april. might be worth checking out:
helsinki and stockholm has some OK hostels too, I would look for the hostel in the olympic stadium in helsinki and the hostel on an old boat in stockholm, if I were you.
stockholm, btw, is my favourite city in scandinavia - it is beautiful, has great nature, landscape, architecture, and wom...its a nice place.
now, what to see....if the weather is good, I would go for places rather than buildings, in bad weather (of which we have plenty) vice versa...
places to see would be:
strandvejen north of copenhagen, the coastal road leading through the well off suburbs to the north, great on a summers day, will take you past lots of fine sites, including good buildings like arne jacobsen in klampenborg:
and utzon's related housing projects in fredensborg and elsinore:
there is a fine renaissance castle in elsinore which inspired shakespeare a few years ago...can't miss it.
the louisiana museum of modern art in humlebæk is a hugely influential building from the fifties, taking the formal out of the museum and putting in nature instead. lots of contemporary architects has named this building as an inspiration, including nouvel, foster and herzog + de meuron.
oh, hang on, from elsinore the thing to do would be to take the ferry to sweden (30 minutes) and drive to klippan to see the lewerentz church
now, that's a whole day in a rented car, so maybe you'll prefer to stay in the city...
there's christiania free town, www.flickr.com/photos/seier/1244185274/in/set-72157603843053592/, a good place to see in the evening, food and bars and a very different street scene.
should the sun shine, the island of amager, formerly known as the ass hole of copenhagen, is seeing some very interesting change these years...on a sunny afternoon, former working class and industrial neighbourhood "islands brygge" is full of young copenhageners sunbathing and swimming in the habour. it is really lively and some of the gir...MVRDV has one of their best buildings nearby:
further east, on the amager coast facing sweden, is another interesting industrial area undergoing radical change. surrounded by large scale infrastructure like a wind mill park, the airport and the bridge to sweden is a new beach, a huge piece of landscaping very popular with the locals already.
and there's the old town, of course, lots of cafés and shops and the odd arne jacobsen building...
if you are just going for the buildings, I would not miss:
- the foyer of the national bank, arne jacobsen 1961-1978. central copenhagen.- bagsværd church, utzon. 20 minutes by train from copenhagen.- klippan church, klippan, sweden. about 2 hours by train, I think.
― Doctor Casino, Thursday, 15 January 2009 17:30 (4 years ago) Permalink
thanks for that - going to weigh up copenhagen further but it would involve two flights. venice seems like the right choice for a lot of reasons and might be possible w/ some juggling but oslo currently £11 return for four nights is going to be hard to beat even though a cheap hostel has yet to make itself known
― conrad, Thursday, 15 January 2009 17:51 (4 years ago) Permalink
Very true. Try and end up at Ordrupgaard. Recently reopened with new wing. Bakken in the Dyrhaven nearby is trippy and good fun (I also think it might be the world's oldest fairground, I spent far too much time there growing up as it was free in unlike Tivoli).
Merely a legend alas. The crown jewels are there so well worth a look.
Yes. Avoid visiting if there's a rehang because the permanent collection isn't huge for the trip involved. Another good gallery is the Glyptotek near Radhuspladset. Carlsberg money built and filled it. Lovely stuff.
Sadly not any more. They've closed down the drug stalls on pusher street and basically developers are moving in. Very sad now. I was there recently and was followed by four police officers. I am obviously sketchy looking.
A harbour tour is also a good idea. That way you get to see the Black Diamon of the royal library from the water and get closer to the new opera house. Rosenborg slot is a baroque palace in the centre of town near Norreport. It was one of Christian IV's vanity projects and well worth seeing.
Check his shots of Venice for more inspiration Conrad. Again, thanks to Doctor Casino I have been following for the past few months. It is a great stream!
― hyggeligt, Thursday, 15 January 2009 20:40 (4 years ago) Permalink
I have some Venice and surroundings here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/doctorcasino/sets/72157601373054872/
― Doctor Casino, Thursday, 15 January 2009 21:17 (4 years ago) Permalink
this is my favorite thing in the world at the moment:
by Levitate Architects
― jed_, Friday, 16 January 2009 14:58 (4 years ago) Permalink
haha I thought that first shot was an elevation and was like "whaaaaaaat?"
That design is a really fantastic thing.
― Tina Fey's narrative bonsai (I DIED), Friday, 16 January 2009 15:02 (4 years ago) Permalink
haha, did the same thing!
― Doctor Casino, Friday, 16 January 2009 15:09 (4 years ago) Permalink
that stairbookcase is insanely beautiful: the top image reminds me of this mad dream i used to have as a child about a rabbit-warren library with walls made of earth ane books.
― king lame (c sharp major), Friday, 16 January 2009 15:32 (4 years ago) Permalink
i posted that stairbookcase to the What do your books look like? thread on ILB and stet said:
That looks great, but is functionally crap: you'll kick dirt into the books as you climb, and the ones at eye level are furthest from your eyes.
which kinda boggled me.
― jed_, Friday, 16 January 2009 15:43 (4 years ago) Permalink
well yeah but it's more of a limited space solution than it is a most perfectly accessible behind glass eye level book collection solution.
― Tina Fey's narrative bonsai (I DIED), Friday, 16 January 2009 15:58 (4 years ago) Permalink
dezeen maybe needs to work on the color balance for those video interviews they're doing - ross lovegrove looks like a DEMON! I was going to post the pic here but it's actually too frightening so I'll link instead.
― Tina Fey's narrative bonsai (I DIED), Friday, 16 January 2009 16:43 (4 years ago) Permalink
ross lovegrove IS a demon. did you watch the Aranda\Lasch one? fancy themselves a bit, don't they?
― jed_, Friday, 16 January 2009 16:48 (4 years ago) Permalink
I just watched it - my gosh I hate it when designers think they're doing something scientific when they're just aping the aesthetics of science.
― Tina Fey's narrative bonsai (I DIED), Friday, 16 January 2009 17:01 (4 years ago) Permalink
well exactly. so they do some actually quite beautiful faceted tiles etc. that's good enough! the introduction where one of them keeps reiterating how serious they are actually made me feel quite depressed.
― jed_, Friday, 16 January 2009 17:07 (4 years ago) Permalink
I would be so supportive of them if they said "We like triangles and crystals because they are pretty! We make very expensive things that kind of look like them."
― Tina Fey's narrative bonsai (I DIED), Friday, 16 January 2009 17:11 (4 years ago) Permalink
Yeah, the thing is in twenty or thirty years it'll be quite clear that some designers were aggressively interrogating the possibilities of new materials and computer-aided-manufacturing, and others were picking up on the look...but while the former MAY end up more valorized, it's the pretty-looking stuff (from either camp) that will rack up big prices at vintage stores.
Thinking specifically of midcentury furniture here - some of it was made by material geeks trying to figure out how to do things that were never possible before, and some of it was made by people who thought outer space was super neat, but all of it's kind of great.
― Doctor Casino, Friday, 16 January 2009 17:16 (4 years ago) Permalink
i couldn't actually work out whether they were trying to take the piss by going on about how serious they were? or do they just have zero sense of humour?
― jed_, Friday, 16 January 2009 17:17 (4 years ago) Permalink
also, i still don't get the Bloomframe exactly - why not just...have a balcony?
― Doctor Casino, Friday, 16 January 2009 17:17 (4 years ago) Permalink
I think they were taking the piss, but trying to be funny by talking about how serious you are only works if you're funny.
― Tina Fey's narrative bonsai (I DIED), Friday, 16 January 2009 17:20 (4 years ago) Permalink
i just see it as another way to have a balcony. it's neat and clever and seductive!
― jed_, Friday, 16 January 2009 17:20 (4 years ago) Permalink
Well yeah, transforming stuff is kind of guaranteed to be cool in my book.... but would you ever actually have it in the closed-up position?
― Doctor Casino, Friday, 16 January 2009 17:27 (4 years ago) Permalink
I guess it depends on climate really..
if you were in glasgow the question would be - would you ever actually have it in the open position?
― jed_, Friday, 16 January 2009 17:29 (4 years ago) Permalink
No, the question would be - why do you actually live in Glasgow? Ba-dum-CH!
― Doctor Casino, Friday, 16 January 2009 17:33 (4 years ago) Permalink
i'd laugh at that if i didn't take myself so seriously.
― jed_, Friday, 16 January 2009 17:34 (4 years ago) Permalink
I beg your pardon; I know next to nothing about Glasgow and am just free-zinging.
― Doctor Casino, Friday, 16 January 2009 18:01 (4 years ago) Permalink
― jed_, Friday, 16 January 2009 18:17 (4 years ago) Permalink
ok were the designers of Jenga paid off for this
― roxymuzak, Friday, 16 January 2009 22:01 (4 years ago) Permalink
also, "free-zinging"! cute.
― roxymuzak, Friday, 16 January 2009 22:02 (4 years ago) Permalink
I blogged about Michael Graves :/http://theskyscraperblog.blogspot.com/2009/01/something-about-hating-michael-graves.html
― roxymuzak, Saturday, 17 January 2009 04:18 (4 years ago) Permalink
Great Blog Name!
― mehlt, Saturday, 17 January 2009 05:39 (4 years ago) Permalink
― roxymuzak, Saturday, 17 January 2009 21:20 (4 years ago) Permalink
hi, what's happening in architecture? has spaceinvading replaced our lovely thread?
― jed_, Thursday, 29 January 2009 11:28 (4 years ago) Permalink
And I guess things have got worse since then. Mentions Newhall in Essex, which has some quite interesting smaller houses.
― The Unbelievably Insensitive Baroness Vadera (Ned Trifle II), Thursday, 29 January 2009 11:42 (4 years ago) Permalink
Reversible Destiny Housing by Arakawa and Madeline Gins
― Doctor Casino, Thursday, 29 January 2009 13:36 (4 years ago) Permalink
Ooooh speaking of Spaceinvading these are great: http://www.space-invaders.com/ I saw a good few in Paris (including on Picasso's chimney). Great fun!
I've a few on the flickr account thingy but can't post private pics to ILX sadly...
― hyggeligt, Thursday, 29 January 2009 20:05 (4 years ago) Permalink
Ha, I've seen a few such things too, never realized it was a movement (or whatever)!
― Doctor Casino, Thursday, 29 January 2009 20:14 (4 years ago) Permalink
― jed_, Monday, 9 February 2009 20:58 (4 years ago) Permalink
― jed_, Monday, 9 February 2009 20:59 (4 years ago) Permalink
It's not the actualy 'square' that went up in flames, no? 'Just' one of the buildings next/across it?
Anyway, a sad thing. They had Rem Koolhaas on Dutch TV and he was pretty gutted.
― Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 9 February 2009 21:03 (4 years ago) Permalink
ah yes, the news reports on this are pretty confusing. still an unfinished koolhaas building goes up/down. sad.
― jed_, Monday, 9 February 2009 21:05 (4 years ago) Permalink
which i think is hideous but there's little point in discussing that now.
― jed_, Monday, 9 February 2009 21:09 (4 years ago) Permalink
It looks like an uncomfortable chair. Still RIP and all that...
― hyggeligt, Monday, 9 February 2009 21:20 (4 years ago) Permalink
ha, yes it does!
― jed_, Monday, 9 February 2009 21:21 (4 years ago) Permalink
symbol of 2008 starchitect culture inadvertently becomes symbol of 2009 starchitect culture
― Tina Fey's narrative bonsai (I DIED), Monday, 9 February 2009 21:38 (4 years ago) Permalink
I think you can. At least I have in the past.
― The Unbelievably Insensitive Baroness Vadera (Ned Trifle II), Monday, 9 February 2009 21:53 (4 years ago) Permalink
guys, teach me about Lebbeus Woods and where to start with his work
― mh, Tuesday, 10 February 2009 01:18 (4 years ago) Permalink
Anarchitecture: Architecture is a Political Act is good.
He's a good thinker and a great draftsman - he started out doing renderings in Saarinen's office! Super radical unusable proposals, but at heart he's a big classical softie with all the attendant ideas about the shape of a city reflecting the shape of a culture that you see in Boullee or Alberti's work.
― Tina Fey's narrative bonsai (I DIED), Tuesday, 10 February 2009 03:40 (4 years ago) Permalink