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Category: Architecture

Authorities Shut Berlin’s Iconic Tacheles Arts Squat

Tacheles Art by dolce_luna

Tacheles Art by dolce_luna

Berlin’s iconic Tacheles arts centre has been cleared after decades of bureaucratic wrangling over the debt-ridden building.

The massive warehouse in the Mitte district was occupied by artists after the fall of the Berlin Wall and became a major tourist attraction.

But the dilapidated complex has been hampering local redevelopment plans.

HSH Nordbank, currently in charge of the Tacheles, requested the clearance as part of plans to sell the centre.

Read More: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-19473806

Asylums – Jon Crispin

Jon Crispin - Asylums

“My first major project was a documentation of 19th Century New York State Insane Asylums.  The exhibit “Silent Voices” travelled for several years.  The project was funded by The New York State Council on the Arts.”- Jon Crispin Asylums.

Jon Crispin also has a new Kickstarter-funded project photographing the abandoned suitcases of the patients who lived here.  Learn more here:
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/265363123/willard-asylum-suitcase-documentation

New York’s High Line Park | Inhabitat

NYC Skyline Park

The City of New York was originally planning to tear down the High Line, but a group formed, called ‘Friends of the High Line’, to protect, preserve, and renovate the High Line. This eventually lead to a design competition, and the commissioning of landscape architects James Corner Field Operations and architects Diller Scodifio + Renfro to rehabilitate this abandoned space into a lush, green, elevated paradise for Manhattanites.


NYC Skyline Park

New York’s High Line Park in the Sky Opens Today! | Inhabitat – Green Design Will Save the World.

The Case for Working With Your Hands – Tom Vanderbilt for FT

 

“It’s like architecture, but it’s smaller and I can touch it and it’s done in an hour – as opposed to a building which take seven years, and then it gets cancelled.”

By day, Joe Nocella works in a tall, 1950s building in midtown Manhattan for architecture giant HOK, creating virtual models of construction projects. By night, and on weekends, he repairs to his small, unheated shop, 718 Cyclery, on the edge of Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighbourhood, where he builds real bikes – involving equally demanding schedules, clients and just-in-time supply-chain co-ordination. Not to mention the occasional punter coming through the door with a dusty mountain bike that hasn’t seen the light of day in years.

Continue Reading: FT.com / Pursuits – Bike building … with the FT.