The architecture firm of Carrère and Hastings designed the Beaux Arts main branch of the New York Public Library, which opened in 1911 at 42nd St. and 5th Ave. in Midtown Manhattan. The building was declared a National Historic Landmark … Continue reading → . . . → Read More: Visualingual: The New York Public Library by Carrère and Hastings
Work begins on $15 billion Manhattan infill project. Earlier this week, New York City officials celebrated the groundbreaking of Hudson Yards, a new $15 billion office and residential district to be built above the Long Island Railroad’s yard on Manhattan’s west side. The development’s 16 towers will create nearly as much new office and residential [...] . . . → Read More: UrbanCincy: Work begins on $15 billion Manhattan infill project
Would an aerial tram make sense for Mt. Adams?. The number of cities using aerial trams (cable cars) as a means of urban transport is growing. In Cincinnati, the idea of implementing an aerial tram between Over-the-Rhine and Mt. Adams has long been considered. Often times the trams take passengers from low-lying areas to the tops [...] . . . → Read More: UrbanCincy: Would an aerial tram make sense for Mt. Adams?
Our Great American Road Trip included an obligatory stop in Las Vegas, where we had to check out the Fremont Street Experience and, of course, the famous Strip, starting with New York, New York Hotel & Casino. The dense pastiche … Continue reading → . . . → Read More: Visualingual: The Las Vegas Strip
What does the decline of the nuclear family mean for America’s cities?. What has long been considered to be the traditional family household in America is changing. People are living longer, young individuals are putting off marriage, women are increasingly becoming dominant in the workforce, and same-sex couples are taking a more prominent role in [...] . . . → Read More: UrbanCincy: What does the decline of the nuclear family mean for America’s cities?
The Brooklyn-based designer Aymie Spitzer has created Neighborwoods, a series of maps that are drawn by hand and then laser-engraved into unfinished aromatic cedar. Here are Brooklyn, Philadelphia, London, Barcelona, and Paris. Check out Neighbor… . . . → Read More: Visualingual: Neighborwoods by Aymie Spitzer
Portland, OR-based Matte Stephens is sort of the love child of Georges Damin and Mark Coomer, with a hint of Nicholas Takis and a touch of Jim Flora in the mix, sprinkled with a garnish of early Charley Harper. His gouache paintings are very much rooted in the forms and colors of the middle of [...] . . . → Read More: Visualingual: The Art of Matte Stephens
Really, the only reason I would ever want to own my own house would be to be able to wallpaper the walls. Check out Metropolis by Sandberg Tyg & Tapet, a manufacturer based in Ulricehamn, Sweden that calls itself “the world’s slowest wallpaper factory.” This pattern couldn’t possibly be more me. The design is inspired [...] . . . → Read More: Visualingual: Metropolis Wallpaper by Sandberg Tyg & Tapet
I’m baaaack! Phew! 9 days jam packed with adventures in transportation, language, maps, and eating lots of great food. While we were eating our first meal abroad, soaking in the sights and sounds over a glass of wine, my friend Katie looked arou… . . . → Read More: - jenny k -: This is why we go to work every day.
If you’ve paid the slightest bit of attention to me this week you already know. I’m getting ready to go on a trip! Isaac and our friends Katie and Dana and myself are all gearing up to spend the next 10 days in Paris, Brussels, and Amsterdam. I’ve stru… . . . → Read More: - jenny k -: Leaving and it feels so good.
Signage around Town: Over the Rhine Edition: a graphic designer ogles all the amazing signage and ghost signs in OTR. Mushroom House in Hyde Park for Sale: only 349k for one of the most interesting homes in Cincinnati. Three NKY Cities Awarded Best in Preservation: kudos to projects in Bellevue, Covington, and Newport. Chelsea Resident [...] . . . → Read More: Visualingual: Elsewhere
House of Musicians: Digging Cincinnati investigates the history of 1223 Jackson St. in Over-the-Rhine. The New French Hacker-Artist Underground: in Paris, a group has “carried out shocking acts of cultural preservation and repair.” Indeed. Neighborhood Story Project: documenting people and place in New Orleans through interviews and photographs. Complaint Box: Local Hypocrites: loving local versus [...] . . . → Read More: Visualingual: Elsewhere
Working with myriad designers and illustrators, London-based Herb Lester Associates publishes useful, sometimes unusual maps and guides for the world’s great cities. Above is a collaboration with Oslo-based designer Peder Bernhardt on a fun “Swinging London” hankerchief for the store A Bathing Ape. An Uncle’s Guide to London points out kid-friendly activities and places, while [...] . . . → Read More: Visualingual: City Maps and Guides by Herb Lester Associates
OTR Flags: coming soon to Washington Park in Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati. A Last Look at the Holiday Cocktail Lounge: quite possibly the best dive bar in the world closed its doors last Saturday. A Tiny Apartment Transforms into 24 Rooms: architectural cray-cray in Hong Kong. Heavy Equipment Playground: fun in Las Vegas, “where you can relive [...] . . . → Read More: Visualingual: Elsewhere
Paris-based Felice Varini, originally from Locarno, Switzerland, considers himself a painter, not an installation artist, but his work is deeply rooted in the exploration of vantage points within 3-dimensional space. Varini paints primarily on architectural spaces such as buildings and walls. Each work has a single vantage point in which a precise geometric shape appears. [...] . . . → Read More: Visualingual: Trompe L’oeil Installations by Felice Varini
Marisa Seguin was born in Vancouver, BC and now lives in Milwaukee, where she’s studying illustration. Her series of illustrated city maps is very sweet and includes Milwaukee, Vancouver, Paris, Venice, and San Francisco [I love that Milwaukee is part of a series that includes a couple of grand European cities]. Check out Seguin’s portfolio [...] . . . → Read More: Visualingual: Map Prints by Marisa Seguin
Designed by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa, the Crown Fountain is located in Millennium Park in downtown Chicago. Videos of city residents are projected on two 50-foot tall towers that look like small Modernist buildings, but which are actually fountains, with the faces acting as contemporary gargoyles. The faces intermittently spew water from their mouths [in [...] . . . → Read More: Visualingual: Crown Fountain by Jaume Plensa
Montpellier-based artist Armelle Caron deconstructed several city maps, rearranging the blocks by shape and size and organizing the pieces into tidy rows, in a bizarre reinterpretation of the notion of the “city grid.” Above, a deconstructed map of the artist’s hometown of Montpellier. Below, the original map: Below, Paris, with its many triangular blocks: Below, [...] . . . → Read More: Visualingual: Deconstructed Maps by Armelle Caron