Awesomely Hilarious (but Fake) Architecture Selfies

IM Pei at the Louvre in 1981

Dear God, I love ArchDaily. Especially when it comes to cute April Fools gags (not jokes, but still funny)…

The architecture website recently published a post that stated that “in response to the recent popularity of ‘selfies’ in social media” that the so-called Society of Architecture Photography (SAP; get it?) searched all through their archives to find and release some rare images “architecture selfies.” The collection of photographs consist of images taken by architects themselves in front of their works. ArchDaily’s Vanessa Quirk reported that SAP’s Director, Chantelle Archambault, told stated that:

“We weren’t sure if we would find any at all, but we were pleasantly surprised to find seven – even one of Le Corbusier at Chandigarh in 1961. I suppose it’s only natural – architects consider travel an integral part of their creative process, and a pilgrimage to a built work is one of the most rewarding experiences an architect can claim.”

If you want to check out this awesome gallery of the newly released “architecture selfies” – including photographs of Mies van der Rohe, Zaha Hadid, Philip Johnson and more – check them out after the break! Continue reading “Awesomely Hilarious (but Fake) Architecture Selfies”

Bjarke Ingels on “Hedonistic Sustainability” at TEDxEast

Bjarke Ingels’ architecture is known for being luxurious, sustainable and community-focused. In this TED lecture, he showcases his playful designs and unlikely architectural solutions, ranging from a factory chimney that blows smoke rings, to a ski slope built atop a waste processing plant (which was from a design competition he recently won).  It is often described that “theory meets pragmatism meets optimism” in Ingels’ architecture, as his think-big philosophy comes from his hands-on, deeply-thought-out, grassroots (from the bottom-up) understanding of the needs of a building’s occupants and local environment.   Continue reading “Bjarke Ingels on “Hedonistic Sustainability” at TEDxEast”

Architect Rem Koolhaas was on “The Simpsons!” Mind. Blown!

In a recent episode of “The Simpsons” entitled “A Totally Fun Thing Bart Will Never Do Again” (Season 23, Episode 19) that aired April 29th, noted architect Rem Koolhaas made a brief guest appearance.  In the scene, he is seen teaching and lecuring a group of students, while working as an architecture instructor.  Koolhaas, as seen in the above image, sports a half-bald hairstyle and is holding a … Continue reading Architect Rem Koolhaas was on “The Simpsons!” Mind. Blown!

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