Was one of Brooklyn’s finest in Harlem in 1939? This Sid Grossman photo of “Harlem Loiterers” from the Prints Collection at NYPL’s Schomburg Center for Research In Black Culture has created quite a stir since being posted to the Center’s Facebook page the other day. Why? Because the man on the right looks a heck of a lot like Jay-Z (for evidence, check out these photos of Jay-Z when he visited The New York Public Library in 2010). Cue Twilight Zone music, right? Schomburg’s Curator of Digital Collections Sylviane A. Diouf found the photo while researching an exhibition, and said, “I was immediately struck by the similarity to Jay-Z and actually laughed out loud … I still hope somebody will tell us who that young man really was.”
So is Jay-Z a time traveler? Is this someone else - anyone know who? What do you think?
Sections (graphite, ink, photoshop).
Aqueduct at Chatelard, Robert Maillart.
Billon, Vincent Kohler (via).
Reminds me of the good ol’ days… (via r/InfrastructurePorn).
Abstract (draft 2)
Through “Latent Infrastructures” I speculate on the changing role of ecology and infrastructure in Pittsburgh. The city’s economy has shifted from that of a mecca of industrial production to a contemporary service model, and our constructed response to the terrain we inhabit must also change accordingly. My project seeks to reactivate the Two Mile Run valley through a variety of landscape strategies providing for greater access and an improved reading of the historical and topographical conditions of the site. The project builds from an understanding of patterns of infrastructural and urban development characteristic of Pittsburgh, but also injects new concepts to develop a landscape that supports varying levels of engagement. This piece of landscape infrastructure will fill a gap in the fabric of the city, creating a coherent natural/artificial environment and elucidating latent landscape strategies. The area is invigorated through a set of infrastructural components that provide physical and metaphysical access to the forgotten valley. Such an holistic concept of the relationship between the city and nature will provide fertile ground for the growth of a populace that is prepared to repair our fractured relationship with the Earth.
“The Landscape as Three-Dimensional Design,” by Clemens Steenbergen. From Composing Landscapes: Analysis, Typology, and Experiments for Design.
This essay speaks to a number of my attitudes regarding the thesis project, and I hope for critics to read it before my review (more on this shortly). Annotated to reflect some of the aspects that I find important to my work. Original PDF here.
“Certainty is a prison.”
Photos (cellphone) from my ride to the South Side Slopes this weekend. Visited some of the Loysen + Kreuthmeier gateway interventions and incline sites. The upper panorama is the former site of the Knoxville Incline’s top station, and the Mt. Oliver incline ran just east of this location.
please describe an architect in 30 words or less.
ok, thank you, life magazine.