Josie Northern

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Peter Gentenaar’s Ethereal Paper Sculptures Float in the Air Like Jellyfish

Peter Gentenaar‘s art was born out of the limitations of what he could (or couldn’t) create with store-bought paper. So with the help of the Royal Dutch Paper Factory, he built his own paper factory and devised a custom beater that processes and mills long-fiber paper pulp into the material you see in his artwork. He saw the potential that wet paper had when reinforced with very fine bambooribs, and he learned to form the material into anything his imagination would allow.

Gentenaar describes the process: “By beating my pulp very long, an extraordinary play of forces occurs during the drying processes of my paper sculpture. The paper will shrink considerably, up to 40%, and the forces associated with this put the non-shrinking bamboo framework under stress. The tension between the two materials transforms itself into a form reminiscent of a slowly curling autumn leaf.”

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Promo video made for the Triangle Assembly Project showing the laser-cutting of our stencil.

The TAP is an urban intervention that aims to bring attention to the Youth Evening of Arts at the Kits Neighborhood House. more info >

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#KitsTAP  #Kitsilano  #Khatsahlano  #urban intervention  #architecture  #fuckyeaharchitecture  #youth art  #participatory design 


Social Seating: 14 Public Benches Foster Urban Interactions

Breaking, bending, twisting and warping wood, this ongoing series of installations fosters new forms of interaction within cities, challenging that most iconic piece civic furniture: the public bench.Award-winning artist Jeppe Hein from Copenhagen (currently working in Berlin) has installed his Modified Social Benches at indoor galleries and outside in cities around the world.To their creator, these are about more than just sculptural expression – on their origins: “Out of investigating architecture, communication, and social behavior in the urban space, a series of bench designs was born.”

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Surya Kund, a large stepped tank and geometric marvel, at the Modhera Sun Temple, Gujarat, India.

Photos taken by Bernard Gagnon.

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#5Q4 with Benjamin Dillenburger →

Interview series that I co-created with the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at U of T.

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#digital grotesque  #3d printing  #3d printed room  #daniels faculty  #University of Toronto  #fuckyeaharchitecture  #5Q4  #benjamin dillenberger  #sculpture  #grotto  #architecture  #architecture school 


Google Street View pictures offer vivid portrait of Detroit’s decline 

It’s one thing to hear about a city falling apart, but another thing completely to actually see it happening before your eyes.

To put things into perspective, a Redditor compiled these gripping photos of Detroit over the years. Taken through Google Street View, these photos capture the same homes, buildings and street corners as they fall into disarray. It’s a heartbreaking look at a city caught in different moments of free fall.

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"Lovely Planet is the speed shooter of my dreams, and it can be yours, too, from July 31st onwards. Its no-reticule aiming demands the pre-emptive precision of a top Quake player charging through its heart-daisy world. You can’t aim shots, and guessing them is sloppy, so you feel them, relying on invisible trigonometric connections between your eyes, hands, and the screen.”

Lovely Planet blossoms on July 31st. It’s so kawaii.

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Space Age magazine cover, March 1952.


Space Age magazine cover, March 1952.

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Prototypes for an urban intervention project in collaboration with Kits House.

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#urban intervention  #cardboard  #fuckyeaharchitecture  #kitsilano  #khatsahlano 

Transits of Venus in 1874 and 1882. 


Transits of Venus in 1874 and 1882. 

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It reminds me of the “bike to work” movement. That is also portrayed as white, but in my city more than half of the people on bike are not white. I was once talking to a white activist who was photographing “bike commuters” and had only pictures of white people with the occasional “Black professional” I asked her why she didn’t photograph the delivery people, construction workers etc. … ie. the Black and [Latin@] and Asian people… and she mumbled something about trying to “improve the image of biking” then admitted that she didn’t really see them as part of the “green movement” since they “probably have no choice” –

I was so mad I wanted to quit working on the project she and I were collaborating on.

So, in the same way when people in a poor neighborhood grow food in their yards … it’s just being poor– but when white people do it they are saving the earth or something.

comment left on the Racialious blog post “Sustainable Food & Privilege: Why is Green always White (and Male and Upper-Class)”  (via lullabysounds)

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Fig. 26. Volcano in activity. & Fig. 27. Subsequent feeble activity. 1887.


Fig. 26. Volcano in activity. & Fig. 27. Subsequent feeble activity. 1887.

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