140608_Thought for the Day
Built between 1883 & 1885 by the Newcastle firm Armstrong Mitchell & Co. this hydraulic crane is the only one of its kind left and is to be found in the Venice Arsenale. The Venice in Peril Fund is working towards it’s restoration. In the meantime blue straps help to keep the ballast tank from bulging.
140607_Thought for the Day
On show at the Venice Bienale is a study of the shifting boundary between Italy and the countries with which it bounds as it runs through glaciers. In ‘Italian Limes’ the authors write ‘Natural borders (limites de re), apparently unquestionable and self-evident, unveil the political dimension intrinsic to the problem of representing territory. Unlike artificial boundaries (limites de dicto, based on abstract numerical coordinates), natural frontiers are subject to the complexity of continuous ecological processes, and depend on the technology and norms we use to represent them. Their definition evolves along with our ability to define space and time.’
140523_Thought for the Day
The initiative group 'Een Gooie Bak' are working on a possible use for an underground room measuring 16 x 16 x 120 metres. It may become a laboratory for sustainable development through the innovative way in which so-called ‘light-bodies’ bring daylight and air into the underground trough.
The project is part of 'My Town' local community initiative which is to become ‘a testing ground for economic, social and governmental renewal’.
140519_Thought for the Day
Hand-made measured drawing of old fisherman’s homes on the island of Marken. Owing to the lack of room on the raised grounds, called ‘werven’, the houses are built shoulder to shoulder.
A plan of a ‘plat-bodem’ - or ‘flat bottomed’ boat - is drawn in one of the houses to see the likeness of boat and home, in their scale, size and construction.
140515_Thought for the Day
Photograph of what is most likely a ghillie’s hide, by which a game keeper or deer stalker could remain hidden by stretching a tarpaulin over the frame. These latter often have grommets at the corners and along the sides, helping to keep frame and its skin tied down to the ground in high winds.
It is a lightweight architecture and easily packed on one’s back.