In 1974 published his best-seller : poems in the shape of questions, observing whatever surrounded him , with the wonder of a child. Is in this spirit that the project is founded: to observe and question the “territories in process” we live in, rather than to “answer” them. These questions will lead authors and lectors into the realm of further observation and, if lucky, further questioning. The aim of this “book” is to become a device or tool for thinking, observing and understanding the landscape, city, and space. The (New) Book of questions will document , in the format of questions, different perceptions of the territory during a year (Nov. 8th. 2012 until Nov 8th 2013).
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The open-air sculptured memorial to UTA Flight 772, a French passenger plane blown up over the Nigerian in 1989.
Nakagin Capsule Tower, Tokyo, Kisho Kurokawa, 1970-72. View this on the map
Modesty Blaise | 1966
The film story sees former crime boss Modesty Blaise (played by Italian actress Monica Vitti) being recruited by a branch of British Intelligence to help prevent a diamond theft, which leads to Blaise getting into conflict with Gabriel (Dirk Bogarde), the head of the diamond theft ring who maintains a compound in the Mediterranean where his right-hand woman, the Amazonian Mrs. Fothergill, alleviates her boredom by killing people. - Via
The King Kakakaua Building. It’s as diverse as Hawaii with Midcentury modern, Streamline Moderne and Art Deco features with Asian inspired hardware and accents. (at King St & Kalakaua Ave Intersection)
The Miss Hawaii Building - It has a shave ice place, Japanese food and a typewriter place(!) All things I associate with Hawaii. (at Miss Hawaii Building)
Monarchy Promenade - A historical historic walking tour of Honolulu’s capitol district from 1966. I love the cute little map with Honolulu’s then unfinished state Capitol among the 19th century buildings. It should be re-issued. All the buildings remain in Honolulu’s downtown and I think people would appreciate its nifty midcentury graphic design.
This Building’s Got Swag
Newport Balboa Savings and Loan | (Peruvian) Architect: Wenceslaus Sarmiento | Newport Beach, CA | Photo: George Elton Watson - Via
Richard Haas, Homage to the Chicago School, In Progress, 1211 North LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois, 1980
For many years, the world’s greatest source of mercury were the mines at Almadén, Spain, which produced some 250,000 metric tons of mercury over nearly two millennia of operation.
So when Spain decided to build a monument to the mine (which was long worked by criminals and slave laborers, most of whom died of mercury poisoning), they commissioned American sculptor Alexander Calder to build a graceful fountain which, instead of water, would pump pure mercury. It was to be displayed at the 1937 World’s Fair.
At the time, the inherent beauty of the liquid metal was well understood, but its toxicity was not. Today, the fountain resides in the Fundacio Joan Miro in Barcelona, Spain, and continues to pump pure mercury, though now it does so behind a pane of glass to protect viewers from touching or breathing fumes produced by this deadly work of art.