James Barkman is a 22 year old lifestyle, documentary and adventure photographer who has been living off his beat-up van and traveling around the United States, experiencing the nomadic life and in the process, creating content that showcases a mystical side of adventure.
The last few years have been greatly challenging for architecture in India.
Moving away from straight forward commissions, clients have started seeking comfort in announcing competitions for projects of varying scales, and letting an expert jury panel make the decision of whose design is best suited in terms of context and sustainability.
While the idea of competitions is to nurture talent, whether this really happens entirely depends on who constitutes the jury, the level of transparency with the result and the generally unspoken art of lobbying.
On the last day of 2016, I found myself in the middle of a seemingly unending road along the countryside, thinking about the year that was. A lot unfolded in the last twelve months and looking back, it becomes rather hard to summarize all the events that took center-stage. In terms of Politics, Technology, Law, Climate & Natural Disasters and Health and Medicare, 2016 might have been the year that set precidents to how we deal with these issues in the future.
That being said, I aim to highlight a couple of the most important ones while trying to avoid making this article into one of the many list-based, click-bait content that will soon fill your social media feed.
When it comes to shopping at supermarkets, the most dreadful part of the experience is undoubtedly, lengthy checkout lines. Stores have been getting bigger and inventories are growing more diverse; the ease of billing however, hasn’t changed much over the last decade.
It’s been a long while since I’ve posted anything here, and what better way to change that than a mesmerizing showcase of Iceland!
Tobi Schnorpfeil is a German filmmaker and triathlete who recently shot his journey on Iceland’s ‘Ring Road’. The ‘Ring Road’, also called Route 1, is a 1,332 km road that runs around the island and connects most of the inhabited parts of Iceland.
Shot over a period of two weeks, Tobi captured the mystical landscapes, rugged terain and icy blue waterfalls of Iceland in a manner that generates curiosity and leaves the viewer in awe of nature.
What makes the documentation stand out even more is the cinematography that’s gone into making the video. Tobi uses an Alpha 7s to shoot most of the footage with a large number of wide pans captured with the DJI Phantom III drone.
The video gets an original sound track by JMComposing and surprisingly enough, Tobi talks the viewer through the video, rather than just music playing in the background.
For the explorer in each of us, ‘Iceland’ is the perfect motivational piece to get out of our comfort zone and travel to the distant and far out reaches of the world.
We live in a world filled with causes – political and social – that aim to make society more Utopian. With the growth of the internet, reactive action is more easily achieved and in some cases, becomes a lifeline for large masses of people (like this petition to dismiss Trump’s candidacy).
A lot of social causes can be found around the web these days and while most of them are fighting for the larger good, they tend to fall short when it comes to the content they showcase. Campaigns aren’t well designed and in the end, their kickstarters or call-for-action campaigns don’t work like they were intended to -they are never convincing enough.
Fireflies, a cycling group, was started in 2001 to raise money for a charity that supports blood-related cancers. Over the last fifteen years, Fireflies has grow from just five riders to over a hundred who cycle from Geneva to Cannes across the high Alps, raising more than £1.7m for Leukemia research and treatment. The ride covers more than 1000kms over 18 mountains in a 7 day period.
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In the Fireflies promo, the video showcases the hardships faced by the riders who have to encounter grueling terrain and riding conditions, all for a cause they deeply believe in. What really drives the point home is their tag line – for those who suffer, we ride.
The Fireflies group rides every June and donations and sponsorships are most welcome.
Just yesterday, the internet was shaken up when Ken Block, founder of DC Shoes and renowned World Rally Championship driver, released the Gymkhana 9 video.
The video was made in partnership with Forza Horizon 3 -the much awaited sequel to the well appreciated racing game series – and was to be shot in Australia at the Sydney Opera House. However, due to legal restrictions, Gymkhana 9 was shot in Buffalo, New York.
I graduated a couple of years ago and during our days in the studio, we were taught some basics of architecture and the tools that would help us put forth our ideas to an audience.
At that time, people across India had just begun to accept the large role that technology had begun to play in the field of architecture and the acceptance of a parametric design where curves and surfaces were governed by something more than just ‘gut-feeling’.
‘Rebel Architecture’ was a documentary series produced by Doha based Al Jazeera that showcased architects from around the world engaging in practices that break away from the stereotypical genre of architecture and focus on creating spaces that enhance the community and society.
In Ho Chi Minh City, architect Vo Trong Nghia is working to solve problems caused by the population crisis and the dwindling green spaces in Vietnam.
With Vietnam occupied by a ginormous number of motorcycles, pollution levels have skyrocketed and residents are at high-risk. To add to the woes, the architecture of the city has failed to reflect a much needed upgrade to face the fast changing society.
Vo Trong Nghia has been shaping his work to reflect his appreciation for natural ventilation and the implementation of green spaces, both, inside and outside the built space.
With the ‘House for Trees’, the emphasis has been on generating a dialog with the green spaces by moving them above the living spaces and creating a canopy that shades the site. Over the years, Vo Trong Nghia has become an acclaimed architect for his use of bamboo and implementation of green spaces within each of his works.
In the ‘Wind and Water’ bar, the entire structure was conceived as a bamboo dome that sits around a moat of water, without the use of any steel or concrete.
One of the most remarkable projects carried out by the architect is the low-cost housing designed on the banks of the Mekong Delta. The houses are made entirely of pre-fab concrete with an infill of leaf panels.
By rigorously enforcing a type of architecture that focuses more on the environment while still meeting the end goal of consumerism opens up an extensive array of options for how we are going to design our cities and how the masses are going to occupy and build spaces in the future.
I love WordPress! I’ve been running my website on this platform for almost four years and can’t seem to think of moving elsewhere. On several occasions, I find myself navigating to Squarespace or Photoshelter and ogling at their beautifully designed themes however momentarily. These services are beautifully crafted for the full-time photographers and artists but for someone like me, the customization options and the ease of use of a service are prime.
Therefore, I’ll remain loyal to WordPress, regardless of all the bells and whistles the other services showcase. The entire platform is easy to navigate, gets frequent updates and bug fixes, has a great support forum and help with any form of functionality is always one plugin away…