Fong Qi Wei
'Time is a Dimension' series, 2013
The Centennial Chromagraph is a life-size representation of the history of the University of Minnesota School of Architecture. The project is an exercise in data spatialization: using computational design tools to generate formal and spatial constructions with large quantities of data—in this case, information collected over the 100-year history of UMN’s architecture school.
The installation consists of 100 robotically-routed plywood ribs, joined together with 8,080 colored #2 pencils. The curvature of the ribs expresses major historical eras and periods of the School—the tenures of its leadership, the buildings it has occupied, the colleges it has belonged to—while the color of the pencils reflects the changing composition of the School’s degree programs over the past century. For example, the tenure of Ralph Rapson as head of the School of Architecture is evident in the large thirty-year curve that swells out in the center of the piece. Similarly, the prevalence of the Bachelor of Architecture degree, which began in the 1930s and lasted until the late 1990s, is legible in the large number of red pencils that extend across that 60-year period.
I should start by saying that this house is one of my favourites. True, I could say that about many things featured here, whether an architectural or interiors project or a fantastic piece of design, but some projects are just special. And C/Z House is one of those projects; the kind of house that I would love to live in.
Why? Well, simply, this house manages to be both beautifully minimal and contemporary while sitting in complete harmony with its surroundings - even though a black timber-clad house might not sound harmonious within such a rugged natural environment. But looking at these photos it is, right?
Red Beach, China
Red Beach is located in the Liaohe River Delta, about 30 kilometers southwest of Panjin City in China. The beach’s unique color is caused by a type of plant called Suaeda vera or Shrubby Sea-blite which is a coastal species that flourishes in the saline-alkali soil. The plant remains green during the summer but in the fall, when the plant has matured, it takes on a deep red color creating a stunning red sea landscape. Most of Red Beach is a nature reserve and closed to the public. Only a small, remote section is open to tourists.
Yayoi Kusama’s “Fireflies on the Water” light installation at the Whitney Museum, 2012. Photos taken by Gabrielle Plucknette and are owned by the New York Times.
Can I get married here