BEAUTÉ BRUT: Brazilian Museum of Sculpture

Paulo Mendes da Rocha’s Brazilian Museum of Sculpture in São Paulo, Brazil is a simple yet provocative design that uses a large beam to give the museum a presence, while also fulfilling the need for shade and shelter for the exterior plaza. (Archidose)

Though MuBE took shape in the late 1980s, significantly after Brutalism’s heyday, it is a striking example of the Paulista School style—the international movement’s Brazilian iteration. As such, Mendes da Rocha—who received a Golden Lion at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale and the 2006 Pritzker Prize—embraced the large-scale, bulky forms that raw concrete naturally facilitates, manifested in the nearly-200-foot beam atop the museum. Containing offices, an art school, and open, concrete galleries, the museum itself is built largely below ground, so as to respect the surrounding green space. (Rachel Lebowitz)

 

Image Credits: Archdaily, Danda, Artsy

 

Labadie Collection: Hidden Treasures Now Online!

A very timely collection has been released online by University of Michigan, Labadie Collection, reminding the US its resistance history!

 

We are excited to share with everyone these Labadie Collection posters. Acquired over the past 100 years, they range in topics from anarchism (our strongest collecting area) to civil liberties, anti-colonialism, anti-war/pacifism, feminism, labor, youth and student protest, ecology, Occupy, and more. Due to their format, until now, we have only been able to provide very limited access. Our hope is that they will get more use now that everyone can view them. (UMICH)

 

Good job UMICH, click here to amaze yourselves 😉

A New Goldmine: David Rumsey Map Collection

I have recently found this goldmine! David Rumsey Map Collection!

An amazing collection of high resolution maps to download. Check it out!

The historical map collection has over 67,000 maps and images online. The collection includes rare 16th through 21st century maps of AmericaNorth AmericaSouth AmericaEurope,Asia,Africa, Pacific and the World.

 

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Beauté Brut: The Barbican Estate, London

A spring strut through the Barbican estate, London

Barbican Estate by Chamberlin, Powell and Bon

Barbican Estate by Chamberlin, Powell and Bon

Barbican Estate by Chamberlin, Powell and Bon

Barbican Estate by Chamberlin, Powell and Bon

Barbican Estate by Chamberlin, Powell and Bon

Barbican Estate by Chamberlin, Powell and Bon

Barbican Lakes, Photography: Iamashbash

 

The Barbican Housing Estate is a residential development in a central part of London called the ‘Square Mile’. The Square Mile is the historical centre of London, where the original city of the Middle Ages grew out from. It is called the Square Mile because the original fort wall that protected the City encloses an area that is roughly one square mile.

The Barbican Housing Estate contains 2,013 flats and houses, is built round a lake and a collection of gardens. It hosts the largest arts centre in Europe in the heart of the development, the Barbican Arts Centre. (The Barbican Housing Estate)

 

Image credits: barbican.org.ukdazeen, urban75, thespaces.comWalking Tour of Barbican

 

Beauté Brut: The Alexandra Road, London

Alexandra Road Estate

Architectural Press Archive / RIBA Library Photographs Collection

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Alexandra and Ainsworth Estate 7, South Hampstead, London, Neave Brown, Camden Council’s Architects Department, 1972-1979 Photo: Simon Phipps:

Residents on the Alexandra and Ainsworth Estate have made a documentary film exploring the ideas behind the design of their landmark estate and in the process interviewed neighbours, the architect who designed the estate and others. An intergenerational group of residents worked with arts and educational charity, digital:works, to decide on themes and questions to explore. Throughout the production the residents learnt practical film making skills, conducted interviews and operated the camera and sound.
Rowley Way speaks for itself. (rowleyway.org.uk)

Image Credits: bdonline, municipaldreams, greatbuildings, camden50alexandraandainsworthlondon-architecturenew-brutalism

Beauté Brut: Trellick Tower, London

Lost Destination: Trellick Tower

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Whenever space is enclosed a spatial sensation will automatically result for persons who happen to be within it… it is the artist who comprehends the social requirements of his time and is able to integrate the technical potentialities in order to shape the spaces of the future. – Ernö Goldfinger, Architect of Trellick Tower

Image Credits: Steve, Dorothy, Galinsky, Guardian