Showing posts with label Design. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Design. Show all posts

Friday, December 19, 2014

Whose Ordered Plan?

The British say this is a work of madness:

An eccentric architectural plan thought to have been drawn by George III during his period of "madness" has been discovered at the British Library.

It is part of a huge collection of papers put together by the King during his reign from 1760 to 1820.

The loose piece of paper was tucked inside a volume about the Palaces of Hanover in Germany.

The diagram of a building was drawn in ink over a pencil outline "in a rather savage way", according to experts.

Peter Barber, head of map collections at the British Library, said the drawing, scribbled on the back of an order of service from St George's Chapel in Windsor, was "not an ordered plan".

It looks like someone was working out some ideas; if this is what madness looks like, oh well.

We have to remember that this was drawn with a crude implement, dipped in ink, and probably not in the best of light. It could have been a sketch to work out some ideas or it could have been the work of someone trying to amuse themselves. It could also have not been drawn by George III at all and it could have been done by a servant or someone at his direction.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Asamkirche Balcony

A shot looking up at the ceiling and balcony, Asamkirche, Munich.

I visited the place in the summer of 2011, and it was a spectacular example of the macabre and the gothic and the weird. Atlas Obscura has picked up on that and you can see some more photos here...

Saturday, September 27, 2014

It's All About the Bridges

Something interesting happened for a truck driver on the Rock Creek Parkway this morning:

A semi-truck that became wedged under the overpass of the Whitehurst Freeway bridge on Rock Creek Parkway Friday is severely impacting traffic.

All northbound lanes of Rock Creek Parkway at Potomac Freeway SW, just north of Virginia Avenue, will remain closed for an undetermined amount of time.

Southbound traffic is open but will periodically go down to one lane as needed as officials work to extract the truck.

This is not exactly the fault of the thinking that led Robert Moses to deliberately build bridges that would keep buses--and, thus, the "poor"--from accessing infrastructure on Long Island, but it does look like a situation that cries out for infrastructure and investment.

The bridge in question is pictured below. Note how old it is.

The bridge in question went into service in 1964, which was the height of the Moses era. Now, it could very well be that the semi in question was "overly tall" in some way or operated in an unsafe manner. It could very well be a case where a smart kid could walk up and tell them to let the air out of the tires so that the truck can be "unstuck" from where it is. Or this could be another example of how we have failed to make the improvements we need.

Tell me we don't have a missed opportunity to make things right in here somewhere...