The past two years of my life was dedicated to passing my ARE’s, however now I will be getting back to blogging, sifting through the masses of creative content to curate a unique platform. I’m not new to blogging, but the domain changed from ra-nyc.com, to boywithstick.com, to tlntd10th.com and back to ra-nyc.com. Most of the post format should be familiar, if you’ve visited any of my blogs in the past. Some new features will include architectural conceptual projects, graphic design and other design related things that I previously didn’t mix in.
Maurer United Architects
Dutch architecture is easily some of the most playful and experimental architecture in the world. In school, I developed a strong interest in graffiti and it's potential for aesthetic exploration in architecture and also it's relationship to the city as a constantly changing collection of art. This interest was fueled by a project I had in Doug Garafolo's studio at UIC, where we designed a skatepark in Grant Park. (to see my design for that studio, click here.)
Skateboarding, graffiti, architecture and urbanism all were my focus for around 5 months during school and it is something I'm still developing while I work on various media (architecture, graphic design, painting, drawing, clothing, etc). Maurer United Architects is a firm that is capable to do very modern, minimal and graphic architecture as many Dutch architects do, but MUA is experimental and free enough to work with graffiti artists and design skateparks, bowls and urban furniture. The project that really caught my eye was their work with ZEDZ, a graf artist (below). They're a firm I check up on regularly to see what their studio is working on.
If you don't know who Zaha Hadid is, you now know who the most influential and popular architect (starchitect) since Frank Gehry. And if you don't know who Frank Gehry is, he has been an architect that's revolutionized the profession by experimenting with forms and developing spacecraft software to design architectural forms. His breakthroughs in technology opened the doors for curvy, experimental forms that previously unthinkable and unachievable.
Zaha Hadid is an architectural mastermind that has taken formal exploration using 3d design software and creates amazing forms with graphic expressions using windows, openings and materials. Many architects use forms that resemble 3d graffiti, but Hadid's designs will definitely strike this comparison more than most.
Besides other obvious factors like being such a prominent female architect, she's also Iranian. There is a huge concentration of wealth in the Mid East, but Hadid has work all over the world. She is really the biggest thing in architecture for the past decade and she's at the top of a rapidly changing architectural profession. Regardless of what many modern architects think about the functionality of her designs, she has definitely opened up the world of architecture with her deconstructivist designs.
Harlem, NYC Sometimes, I use photography as a tool to explore places. Freezing time and capturing a fraction of a second is one way of understanding the world. My background is in architecture and sometimes architects approach the world as if it's static because it allows us to focus on the nature of buildings. Photographing city life has always been an interest of mine because it connects architecture to people and every day life. The following photos are from one day wandering through Harlem, NYC in research for the Woosah video and the "X" t-shirt design collaboration.
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