In memory of Grumpy Cat, who went to kitty heaven earlier this year, here’s a compilation of quotes that prove architects are basically Grumpy Cat.
“98% of what gets built today is sh**. There’s no sense of design nor respect for humanity or anything. They’re bad buildings and that’s it.” – Frank Gehry.
Fun fact: One of Frank Gehry’s most famous works as an architect is his own private Santa Monica residence.
Fun fact: Wright was extremely prolific: he designed over 1,000 different structures and completed 532 of them.
Fun fact: Le Corbusier also designed furniture, leading to this delightful quote: ”Chairs are architecture, sofas are bourgeois.”
Fun fact: Hadid was the first woman to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize and designed the Guangzhou Opera House and Broad Art Musuem in Los Angeles.
Fun fact: A man of five names, he went by “Mies.”
Fun fact: He is correct. #goals
Fun fact: All of Barragan’s completed projects are located in his native Mexico. Serenity. Now.
Fun fact: Vignelli designed the famed New York City Subway map.
Fun fact: Mies was really good at pithy quotes.
Fun fact: Frank Gehry is 90 years old and still lives in Santa Monica in the famous house that he built, where he presently does not give a shingle about your feelings. Carry on good sir. Carry on.
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As the United States of America celebrates Independence on the Fourth of July, it’s worth remembering lighting’s role in the American Revolution. Revere’s light signal was a backup plan designed to warn patriots in Charlestown, a borough across the river from Boston, in case Revere was arrested by the British occupying Boston and thus unable to initiate the ride.
The Continental Congress passed an act establishing an official flag for the new American republic on June 14, 1777. President Truman declared June 14 as Flag Day August 3, 1949. Anyone considering displaying America’s flag for Flag Day today or on Independence Day on July 4th might want to give some thought to proper illumination.
Contrary to their domesticated canine counterparts, cats don’t need constant attention. They generally lie low by lounging in the sun or trying to cram their bodies into small undersized cardboard boxes. In fact, most of the time, their humans are in the way. As proof, here’s a collection of architectural photographs where the photographers were inconveniently in the way.
Some of the world’s greatest artists were inspired by light — the way it hit a basket of fruit, or shone off a pearl earring. It’s the combination of dark and light that inherently fascinates us, and in today’s modern era, the only thing that’s changed is the medium. Light art explores this juxtaposition quite literally, through light, but in the form of sculpture, manipulation, colors, and shadows.
Tesla was a prolific inventor and patent holder. One of his primary contributions was alternating current—a development that—dare I say—powers the world we live in today. Critical for lighting. Critical for facebooking. Indispensable for all things (alternating current, not Facebook).