Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Most Interesting People of 2010, in no particular order

I suppose now that Barbara Walters has picked her most fascinating people of the year, it's time that C&UW do the same. As consolation for her letdown list, we promise that Justin Bieber is nowhere in sight in ours. Here they are, in no particular order (well, the order is how quickly I found pictures of them):

Jon Hamm
Jon Hamm - Jon Hamm had three significant roles this year:
1. Don Draper boozing and fornicating his way into a shell of himself on everybody's favorite TV show (a joke... the ratings have never surpassed 3 million even during season premieres; compare that with 20 million for Dancing with the Stars).
2. The FBI agent from The Town whose brief scene with Blake Lively makes her look like a real actress (no small feat).
3. Shooting to the top of every lady's list of celebrities that they get a free pass with, including everyone's favorite ne'er-do-bachelorette, Liz Lemon.

Jackie Weaver - in a movie chalked to the brim with unforgettable performances (thank you, whoever keeps giving Guy Pearce amazing roles, and please continue to do so), Jackie Weaver outshone every single one as Smurf in Animal Kingdom. It's the kind of movie that comes back to me in the weirdest moments, when I'm sitting alone on a bench in an art gallery, say, or walking down an untoward alley looking for my escaped cat. I can't talk any of this up enough, so I highly suggest that at first chance, you see it for yourself.

Ijhal, design by Wiel Arets Architects

Wiel Arets Architects - Well, that's enough Hollywood for C&UW, and now onto the architects that have had significant years, or have come onto my radar in big ways. WAA, a Dutch studio, did so by winning the contract for the Ijhal, part of Amerstam's Centraal Station. Anyone who has been to Amsterdam surely must remember Centraal, which sits at the crux of the many railway lines servicing the Netherlands, the city's trams and buses, and ferries servicing the IJ bay. Truly the focal point of the city, WAA does a phenomenal job projecting renovations which will significantly modernize the historical site.

Boris Johnson, for his certifiably loony idea to have escalators span the Thames. I'm not going to add any further comment, just read the last line, look at the picture, read the last line again, and then slowly shake your head. Brits!

New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
Kazuyo Sejima - To be fair, congratulations are in order to all of SANAA, which also includes Sejima's partner Ryue Nishizawa, for winning 2010's Pritzker Prize. However, Sejima's only the second woman to be awarded this honor, after UK's Zaha Hadid in 2004. Ladies in architecture! This is one glass ceiling which hurts me more than any other, and I will take every stone that can be thrown in its general direction because it will only take one to bring the whole thing down. And how apt is the metaphor of glass ceilings when talking about architects! I really pat myself on the back for that one. Shown above, their most recent completed project, the New Museum in NYC.

Andrew Maynard - Because I am quite certain that if C&UW continues to praise him, Mr. Maynard will have to respond to my exceedingly gracious invitation to have a cup of coffee (or tea! I'm not picky!) sometime. Honestly, dude's the reason the phrase "easy on the eyes" was ever coined. And also he does beautiful work, like the Mash House, seen above.

The President and Vice President of the United States - Because I wanted an excuse to paste this picture again. Wasn't it a great one? Oh, and thanks for the health care!

Honorable Mentions, by means of links to their Twitters: @hitRECordJoe@kanyewest@RealRobertWebb@colsonwhitehead@SteveMartinToGo

Enjoy the rest of your 2010, readers! And have an immensely lovely 2011.

Monday, November 22, 2010

the most existential LSAT question ever encountered

existentialism on test day

Friday, November 19, 2010

lucky ecstacy

Depression hurts. Cigarettes can help.

Or at least turn you ungodly attractive:


Friday, November 12, 2010

bldgblog pulls a c&uw

As you've probably guessed, I'm quite a fan of bldgblog. me personally. I can't speak for any of the other editors of the esteemed c&uw. Percivus von Percival, for instance, is asleep so we will never know his true feelings on the matter of bldgblog. We'll say for the purposes of this blog that they are also in favor.

So it isn't troublesome that they took a page right out of the c&uw playbook and did a post on the bridge and tunnel. For those who need a refresher: bridge / tunnel .

Click here for the bldgblog post.

C&UW would be a pretty boring weblog site if not for the pictures stolen from other sources. So, to compliment the above, and with the admission that with a few pretty simple clickthroughs you could find the same on your own:

Queensboro Bridge
an American tunnel

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

via @louispotok

2011 Typographic Wall Calendar
Project by Harald Geisler

This is serious. This is calendar ART. This is art that is a CALENDAR. This is, may I repeat myself, serious. And striking.

"The keys have to be arranged by hand and photographed line-by-line to achieve high resolution and minimize lens distortion. The 2010 prototype was a gigantic image of 323 Megapixel (15119 x 21378, 1,83 GB Photoshop RGB).
The size of the print is B0 (70cm x 100cm / 27.56in x 39.37in). The large format is needed to reproduce the keys in their actual size. It will be printed in four color offset on thick paper and UV coated to protect the print from scratches and the colors from bleaching. The UV coating also makes it is possible to write on the print with whiteboard markers."

Dear readers, how rare it is I make imperatives. Yet, now, here it is: Pledge. I am.
And you should support those things that I like because my liking things is a direct comment on their worthiness. Of course.

takeoffs and landings

Gibraltar Airport, runway, Mediterranean Sea, etc. 'can't you see?'

Who Flies There:
Air Malta, British Airways, EasyJet, Iberia Airlines, and Monarch Airlines.

Difficult to maneuver, flanked on all sides by international (Spanish not British) airspace, and yet it would all be kosher if not for:

"The most challenging aspect... defies logic."
"They [tourists] think it's a car park. You have people in air traffic control saying 'you can't stop in the middle of the runway'."

See Also: Courcheval Airport, France; Princess Juliana Int'l Airport, St. Maarten

Saturday, November 6, 2010

just a brief comment on the election...

Rand Paul, Senator Elect, Kentucky, 1963-
"I think you don't have a right to happiness -- you have the right to the pursuit of happiness." -Rand Paul

Paul Rand, American graphic designer, 1914-1996
"Art is an idea that has found its perfect visual expression. And design is the vehicle by which this expression is made possible. [...] Design is the foundation of all the arts." -Paul Rand

Discerning citizens are urged by the editor of c&uw to please not confuse the two.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

those cities in which i most often ride trains

rules: one photo for each, none to be repeated. no trains in photos.

A rendering of NYC if the East River were to be filled in to close the gap between Manhattan and Brooklyn
Lake Shore Drive (LSD), easily my favorite road in our nation, also the favorite road of all road travellers for vomiting out of a cab

Apparently flood waves over London Bridge weren't working, so instead just a picture of London (?) as seen through the eyes of the beholder. ie drunk.