MVRDV releases new book outlining possible typological interventions on the rooftops of Rotterdam: a solution for the scarcity of space in the city
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Axonometric views of NYC as inspiration
Axonometric views – parallel projections – inspire us because of their mix of precision and artistry. Here are some great NYC examples.
Calles de Coca and Bodegones, Lima
There is an amazing website – Old Book Illustrations – which has a nicely searchable database of (surprise) old book illustrations, like the above image: Calles de Coca and Bodegones, Lima.
NY Times Real Estate drawings
I have always loved the New York Times real estate section drawings which serve as filler amongst the luxury condo advertisements. These typological diagrams are quite nice, and show how much can be communicated using so little work.
Inspiration: Jan Kattein Architects
Description Jan Kattein Architects is a London-based architecture, urban planning, placemaking, developer, etc firm which uses architectural practice and design as a tool for dialogue and exchange, empowering the community. Their projects are small, scrappy, and amazing. Discussion I’ve been most obsessed with Blue House Yard (Instagram), a temporary redevelopment of a former carpark including…
Inspiration – Magic: The Gathering
Note: This inspirational entry is way outlandish, and at the far end of what I envision the form of the final field guide. Wildlife Treasury is closer to what I imagine this project to entail, both in terms of form factor and content. These posts are an attempt to pull back the curtain on the…
Inspiration: Aircraft Identification Cards
Description Physical deck of cards, or a pamphlet, which aid in identifying aircraft (usually enemy aircraft), for use by both civilian and military users. Often uses a mnemonic to make recall easier, for example: the US military uses “WEFT” as a mnemonic for the major features of an aircraft: Wings or rotors to provide lift,…
Inspiration: Wildlife Treasury
Description The Wildlife Treasury was a subscription-based card collection, featuring an encyclopedia of the world’s animals. The first package included a bright green plastic case to put your card collection in, and then each month additional cards would come in the mail, where you would have to sort them. Discussion I loved these as a…
Inspiration: NACTO Design Guidelines
The National Association of City Transportation Officials is an association of 81 major North American cities and transit agencies formed to exchange transportation ideas, insights, and practices and cooperatively approach national transportation issues. As part of their work, they have been publishing some excellent guidebooks drawn on established case studies and best practices from their…