Like the buildings seen on the History Channel, Mårtensson's buildings, with the passing of time, begin decaying, crumble, and eventually disappear from whence they came. While we often think of our greatest cities as permanent and eternal, Mårtensson's clever project, if a little gross, reminds us of the fragility of the manmade world against the power of nature.
Welcome to Architizer's doomsday cult. We've decided to celebrate the breaking and decay of the West Antarctic Ice Shelf with the breaking of our readers' hearts. Experts predict that sea levels will rise 10 feet in the next few centuries, which means we should probably start to emphasize basic swimming in our educational curriculum, build entire underground communities à la Atlantis, and take a cue from Silicon Valley execs who are quietly investing in floating self-sustainable cities. Architects are offering their own solutions as well — MVDRV and Morphosis create above-above ground housing, while BIG and OMA build Manhattan's storm barriers. In short, some cities will grow in resiliency, invest huge amounts of capital, trust in urban planning and architecture, and others won't. Here we rank cities from 1-10 in terms of survival. via nsidc.org Paris - 10 Was Paris the only one to listen to the "City On a Hill" speech? Paris is built 114 feet above sea level, meaning your honeymoon Instagrams are safe. Rotterdam - 9 As the waters rise on your one-story duplex in Ft. Lauderdale, the Dutch will be standing on the shores of Rotterdam saying, "Told you so!" And for ...
Neglected Buildings Find New Life In Warped Recreations
Ofra Lapid's evocative series "Broken Houses" gives decaying structures a new endurance.
Poetic Images Of Lithuania's Ex-Soviet Discos
All DISKO images courtesy of Andrew Miksys In the small towns and villages beyond Vilnius, the Lithuanian capital, the rituals of youth take place in the decaying remnants of Soviet culture houses that have been repurposed as discos. The term, closely tied with the music genre of the same name, brings to mind glitz and golden decadence but when juxtaposed with decaying architectural fragments fosters a poetic melancholy. These Lithuanian village discos, as well as their patrons, are the subject of Lithuanian-American photographer Andrew Miksys’s series DISKO, to appear in book form this September (DISKO from Kominek Books). The artist writes: During the last ten years, I have spent many weekends photographing in village discos in Lithuania. Most of these discos are located in Soviet era culture houses. Sometimes I would rummage around the back rooms and find broken Lenin paintings, Soviet movie posters, gas masks and other remnants of the Soviet Union. I was quite fascinated by all this debris of a dead empire. It seemed like a perfect backdrop to make a series of photographs about young people in Lithuania, a crumbling past and the uncertain future of a new generation together in one room. See more images ...
Carsten Güth's Beautifully Terrifying Photos Of Bunker Homes
In her "Private Bunker Series," photographer Carsten Güth depicts suburban abodes that look completely shut off from the outside world. Though not specifically built to seal interior spaces from impending doom (see: our best places in which to ride out the apocalypse), the houses in Güth's photos appear to have no windows or doors, creating a haunting, surreal effect. It's difficult to put a finger on what emotions these photographs elicit, but something about their isolation and seclusion feels nightmare-ish and claustrophobic, but still eerily beautiful. Why these homes were designed to be so inaccessible is unclear, but Güth channeled this confusion into a creepy mystification. [via thefoxisblack]
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Before The World Ends, Be Sure To Enter The A+ Awards!
You may have noticed that the world is ending. As of now, we've all got less than 7 hours left on the clock. We're not sure if our readers in Asia will get this transmission (you guys, eh, there?), but we hope so. But yeah, according to reputable sources and ancient prophecies, the world will cease to exist at the end of today. Now, time is a-wasting, so we ask you, what will you do with the last several hours you've got left? Quit your job? Fill up on glorious amounts of empty calories? Finally call your mom back? Then again, there's also the possibility, however unlikely, that life will continue past midnight, in which case you might not want to find yourself holed up in a bunker without escape, littered with plastic wrappers of long-vanquished Twinkies, and your dying iPhone programmed only with songs from an "End of the World" mixtape. OR without having not entered the A+ Awards. That's right, tomorrow is the last day to enter the Architizer A+ Awards. We suggest you take the opportunity today to do so, lest you miss out on winning! First thing's first, check out our guide to A+, the best ...