BEAUTÉ BRUT: Middle East Technical University

Middle East Technical University is located in Ankara and one of the prominent figures of modern architecture in Turkey. Its Faculty of Architecture building has recently received The Getty Foundation’s Keeping It Modern grant which is an initiative focused on supporting model projects for the conservation of modern architecture.

The Middle East Technical University (METU) Faculty of Architecture Building located in Ankara is considered the premier example of modern architecture in Turkey. Originally housing administrative offices and the university’s central library, the building was conceived in the 1950s to reflect a political agenda that valued innovation and new models for learning. Designed by Turkish-born architect couple Altuğ and Behruz Çinici as a manifestation of a forward-looking nation, the building incorporates striking nods to the International Style, as well as regional interpretations of modernism. In 1966 the building became the Faculty of Architecture. (The Getty Foundation)

 

 

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Image Credits: SaltOnline, Cinici ArchitectsMETU Faculty of Architecture Visual Archive, worldarchitecture.org, worldarchitecture.org

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BEAUTÉ BRUT: Simon Fraser University

Erickson’s design was regarded as innovative in several key aspects. Its mountain top location inspired Erickson to reject multi-story buildings, which he felt would look presumptuous. Instead, Erickson turned for inspiration to the acropolis in Athens and the hill towns of Italy, where the mountain was incorporated into the design itself. This concept is evident in many aspects of the university’s design. For example, the manner in which the buildings are terraced to remain in harmony with the contours of the landscape and the emphasis upon the horizontal rather than the vertical expansion of the buildings themselves.

Another innovative aspect of the design was its rejection of the traditional separation of faculties and departments into individual buildings. In emphasizing the universality of the university rather than the specialization of knowledge, Erickson wanted to facilitate interdisciplinary work and a closer relationship between faculty and students. To this end, the design incorporated buildings which would house several departments as well as classroom space. This measure satisfied the practical requirements of both students and faculty by reducing the travel time between classes, as well as fostering an intimate learning environment. (Simon Fraser University)

 

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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