Former Yugoslavia’s brutalist beauty a photo essay

Socialist Yugoslavia reconstructed a land destroyed by fighting with concrete to show the power of a state between eastern and western power Genex Tower is unmissable on the highway from Belgrade airport to the centre of the city. Its two soaring blocks, connected by an aerial bridge and topped with a long-closed rotating restaurant resembling a space capsule, are such an unusual sight, the 1977-build tower has become a magnet for tourists despite years of neglect. The tower is one of the most significant examples of brutalism an architectural style popular in the 1950s and 1960s, based on crude, block-like forms cast from concrete. Serbia. Brutalism was popular throughout the eastern bloc but the former Yugoslavia made it its own …

12 Pictures Illustrate The Change In Home Interior Fashion Over 600 Years

As old as the birth of architecture, the art of interior design probably arose in ancient Egypt, and evolved to the point where we live today. project to illustrate how interior design has evolved over the past 600+ years. More info: Facebook | Twitter | Renaissance (1400 – 1600) Image credits: “Art and culture were reborn as the French Renaissance spread across Europe. Architects found a renewed enthusiasm for ornate decoration and fine detail, inspired by a new sense of humanism and freedom. Arabesque and Asian influences revitalized the decorative arts, and careful attention to symmetry and geometry brought a new sense of harmony to European interiors. Baroque (1590 – 1725) HomeAdvisor Beneath the gilded finish, the frame of the …

Pillow Talk to Bonnie and Clyde: the greatest Wayne Fitzgerald main titles

The esteemed designer, who died this week, left behind a career of work on some of Hollywoods biggest and most-loved films This Monday marked the death of main title designer Wayne Fitzgerald at the age of 89. One of the great movie and television craftsmen of the past half century, if you dont recognize Fitzgerald by name, youre probably still familiar with his body of work, which included a filmography boasting more than 450 credits and which earned him three Emmys over the course of his career. Alongside the likes of Saul and Elaine Bass, Dan Peri and Pablo Ferro, Fitzgerald turned the craft of title design so often taken for granted into an art form unto itself. The full …

Giorgio Armani: ‘Japan always keeps its soul’

The fashion supremo on how a simple table sparked his love for Japanese design I loved how spare those tables looked, the restraint and grace. What I find so particularly interesting is the sense of calm that pervades all things Japanese. On top of that, I am struck by how in Japan modernity mingles seamlessly with history. The Japanese manage to convey the sense that they are able to look both backwards to tradition and forwards to the unknown future with equal ease. This is quite a cultural accomplishment. In 1981 my interest for the Japanese aesthetic, fuelled by a steady diet of Kurosawa, of old and new, went full-blown in one of my most iconic collections an epic commercial …

Here Are 21 Pics Of Beyond Perfect Concrete Work To Satisfy Any Perfectionist

It could be a bit odd to admit sometimes but most of us find various things really satisfying. And luckily, the Internet is this happy place where you can find anything and everything, regardless of what your idea of perfection is. Whether it’s neatly planted trees casting shadows in a picturesque manner, 10 same-looking cute little doggos, a row of cups placed on the kitchen counter with amazing precision – you name it and the Internet will provide. But this time, it was a man working for a concrete company who decided to please the eyes of all the perfectionists of the online world. Scroll down to check out their work! #1 Concrete is the material to thank for most …

Children From The US And Mexico Play Together On These Seesaws Built On The Border Wall In Defiance Of Trump

Like something out of a fairytale, a set of shocking pink seesaws sprang up right in the middle of the United States border wall with Mexico. Quite unsurprisingly, the seesaws became an instant hit. Children (and adults!) flocked to have fun on them, not minding the metal border wall that separated them. Image credits: The seesaws were installed right across the US-Mexico border between El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juárez in Mexico. The geniuses behind this brilliant and playful idea were two professors. They are Ronald Rael, a professor of architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, and Virginia San Fratello — an associate professor of design at San José State University posted videos and photos of the seesaws in …

If You Care About Cities, Apple’s New Campus Sucks

The new headquarters Apple is building in Cupertino has the absolute best door handles. The greatest! They are, as my colleague Steven Levy writes, precision-milled aluminum rails that attach to glass doors—sliding and swinging alike—with no visible bolts. Everything in this building is the best. The toroid glass of the roof curves scientifically to shed rainwater. And if it never rains again (this being California), well, an arborist selected thousands of drought-tolerant new trees for the 175-acre site. Not every Apple employee will get to work in the new building—ouch!—but 12,000 will. Of course, it only has 9,000 parking spaces, but that’s supposed to encourage people to take an Apple shuttle to work. And once they arrive, they’re not going …

Jony Ive Has Left the Building He Designed

“I want to buy from somebody who’s fanatic, not indifferent. You know they’re going to put that amount of care into the details.” It’s always been about the details with Jony Ive, who as of today is no longer the resident god of design at Apple Inc. Sure, when discussing the amazing string of products he’s worked on, Ive often will talk about the big sweeping concept behind this or that stunning device—the iMac, the iPod, the iPad, the iBook, the iPhone, and even some stuff that doesn’t begin in “i.” But you wind up talking about a screw you can’t see, or a subliminal curve, or some exotic polymer that produces the perfect stately gloss. That “fanatic” quote, extracted …

Join raises $4M seed round to build a better construction planning platform

Startup Join wants to modernize the back office for an industry that’s everywhere, but maybe not top of mind, especially when it comes to project management software: Commercial construction. The company has raised a $4 million seed round, co-led by Signalfire and Building Ventures and including participation by existing investor Bolt. The startup’s core product is a collaborative decision-making platform designed to facilitate more effective working relationships between everyone involved in the preconstruction phase of a building project, including owners, contractors, designers, tradespeople and suppliers. The platform includes visualization tool, including timeline and budget planners, along with trend predictions so that you can see how changes to the plan will affect the project overall. It also includes permission-based account access …

The skyscraper infinity pool sorry, but where’s the diving board?

It is meant to be a boundary-busting punch for the sky. But this design for a rooftop London pool is just another high-rise ego gimmick In 1924, swimming pool designerno apparent means of escape, as if the digital people are in some kind of sublime prison cell for the super rich. We are assured there is in fact a way in and out, courtesy of a rotating spiral staircase which rises from the pool floor, and that this is an entirely buildable proposition that includes an inbuilt anemometer to vary the water level and access to the pool. Underwater swimming … how the pool could look Photograph: Compass Pools The designer, Alex Kemsley, said, the building started life as a …