Chicago, like many urban centers throughout the world, has recently undergone a surge in new construction, grafting a new layer of architectural experimentation onto those of past eras. In early 2007, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College Chicago, in collaboration with the U.S. Equities Realty artist-in-residence program, invited Michael Wolf to photograph the Chicago cityscape.
The Transparent City by Michael Wolf
An unusual illuminated wall clock. Lacquered metal frame; two-part face with honeycomb structure in fibreglass and aluminium. Lit with 300 white LED’s; Swiss clock mechanism; titanium hands.
Pixel, by François Azambourg, for Ligne Roset
Two shelving units designed by Alfredo Häberli, cellular construction.
Pattern Shelving, by Alfredo Häberli, for Quodes
Night Vision: The Art of Urban Exploration.
“A booming subculture is on the rise: dubbed Urban Exploration, it involves sneaking into abandoned or off-limits factories, aviation “boneyards,” decommissioned bases, and other derelict features of the military/industrial landscape. Troy Paiva is a foremost photographer of the UrbEx (as it’s known to its devotees) phenomenon, and his distinctive blend of atmospheric night photos and lighting effects are the visual hallmarks of a scene that has drawn the increasing attention of the media and the public—as seen in recent programs on both the Discovery Channel (“Urban Explorers”) and MTV (“Fear”). Illuminated by histories of the sites documented, Night Vision reveals the remarkable discoveries of a new generation of explorers.”
The site where the Gherkin stands was originally occupied by the Baltic Exchange, a masterpiece of Edwardian commercial architecture that housed an expansive trading floor behind its elegant stone facade, the building was destroyed by an IRA truck bomb. A landmark on London’s skyline and architectural history; the sleek and shiny exterior of the offices at 30 St Mary Axe hide its credentials as the UK’s first environmentally progressive, commercial high-rise building. It changed the London skyline forever.
This inviting lounge piece, which counts Eero Saarinen’s famous Womb Chair as well as Hans J. Wegner’s Flag Halyard Lounge Chair among its typological and aesthetic “ancestors”, uses an extremely strong, precisely shaped knit which is stretched over the frame of the chair like a fitted stocking.
Slow Chair and Ottoman, by Ronan & Erwan Bourellec, for Vitra.
With 8 blank hands to affix name of cities from around the world — makes for a truly global clock.
One World, by Peter Stathis, for Artecnica
Louis I. Kahn. (American, born Estonia. 1901-1974). Alfred Newton Richards Medical Research Building, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Overall building complex (final version). 1957-65. Basswood.
Permanent Collection MoMA