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Dire Straights: 10 More Tilted Leaning Towers

[ By Steve in Architecture & Public & Institutional. ]

Towers gonna tower, at least for a while. Just like rust, however, gravity never sleeps and these ten tipsy towers will sooner or later have a rude awakening.

We see your Leaning Tower of Pisa and raise you San Michele degli Scalzi, the Leaning Church of Pisa. No doubt the builders of San Michele degli Scalzi weren’t out to compete with the infamously tilted icon but given enough time (the church dates from the 11th century) and considering the Pisa region’s notoriously waterlogged soil, deviation from the straight and narrow was pretty much inevitable. Kudos to Flickr members Charlie Handsome and Fabio Di Lupo for the above images of the church snapped in 2013 and 2007, respectively.


maison Clemenceau access pavilion . saint-vincent-sur-jard TITAN . renders: © Air Studio Access pavilion refurbishment in Saint-Vincent-sur-Jard, western France. _

Open Spaces in Residential Development in Boulogne Billancourt by Mutabilis

The district of Boulogne Billancourt, land of the old Renault factories, is based on a masterplan that connects the city and its geographical characteristics, the Seine and its valley, with a network of generously planted public spaces. Location: BOULOGNE BILLANCOURT, France / Client: SPLA Val de Seine Aménagement, ICADE Promotion logement, BPD Marignan / Landscape […]

Not Quite Mothra, But Close: Multi-Story Butterfly Shadowbox Murals

[ By SA Rogers in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ]

Throughout the last year, dozens of terrifying monstrous butterflies as big as pterodactyls have begun landing on the facades of buildings throughout France, Austria and other European countries. Many of them appeared in Spain during September 2017 during the Festival Asalto, an international urban art festival showcasing mural artists. But, don’t worry, Mothra isn’t on the loose, after all, despite the incredible troupe l’oeil effect.

France-based street artist Mantra, who typically paints human subjects, has spent much of the last two years on a more entomological bent. His multi-story butterfly murals are framed and shaded like shadowboxes, making the giant Lepidopteras in the fourth stages of their lives look like preserved specimens under glass.

Picnic at the Border: Artist JR Hosts Bi-National Meal at a Giant Table

[ By SA Rogers in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ]

At one small point on the United States-Mexico border, where two towns named Tecate are separated by a fence, residents of both countries sat down to the same picnic at a gigantic table printed with ‘The Eyes of the Dreamer.’ This new event, held on October 8th, comes just weeks after the artist rolled out a massive 65-foot-tall photographic installation of a toddler peering over the fence from the Mexico side.

Vallet de Martinis

Vallet de Martinis
Business incubator . Miossens Vallet de Martinis architectes . photos: © Stéphane CHALMEAU Business incubator in Miossens, south-western France. _ Dans le cadre de la construction de la pépinière d’entreprises, une forte exigence environnementale est exprimée dans le programme. Dans notre projet, cette question structurante est traitée conjointement avec la problématique de la qualité d’usage, … Continue reading Vallet de Martinis

MAD Architects Redesign Turns Ugly Paris Tower into Giant City-Scale Mirror

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Offices & Commercial. ]

Tall, dark and brooding, the infamous Maine-Montparnasse Tower is an unexciting skyscraper, especially by Parisian standards, but that could all change if MAD Architects converts it into a city-scale mirror. Their renovation proposal employs clever optical tricks to reflect and invert the surrounding cityscape.

When it was built, Montparnasse was the tallest building in France and heralded as a technological achievement. But unlike the Eiffel Tower, which was controversial at first but became a symbol of the city, this skyscraper never gained iconic status — in fact, it led urban building heights to be capped at seven stories. Some quip it has the most beautiful views in the city, in part because those views don’t include the building.