March 10th, 2014 (Photos: © Oliver Lins)
Midtown is a geographic area of Manhattan in New York City. It is home to some of the city’s most iconic buildings, including the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, and the United Nations Headquarters. It contains world-famous commercial zones such as the Rockefeller Center, Broadway, and Times Square. It’s the busiest single commercial district in the United States and ranks among the most intensely used pieces of real estate in the world. The majority of New York City’s skyscrapers, including its tallest hotels and apartment towers, lie within Midtown. The area hosts commuters and residents working in its offices, hotels, and retail establishments; many tourists, visiting residents, and students populate the district. Some areas, such as Times Square and Fifth Avenue, have large clusters of retail stores. Sixth Avenue in Midtown holds the headquarters of three of the four major television networks. It is a growing center of finance, second in importance within the United States only to Downtown Manhattan’s Financial District. Times Square is the center of Broadway theatre.
See our related posts: United Nations Headquarters, New York and Times Square, New York. Typography Impressions.
Categories: Architecture, Typography
February 26th, 2014 (Photos: © Oliver Lins)
Haydarpaşa is a neighborhood within the Kadıköy district on the Asian part of İstanbul, located on the coast of the Sea of Marmara and bordering to Harem in the northwest and Kadıköy in the southeast. It is a historical area with almost solely public buildings from the Ottoman Era. The Haydarpaşa Terminal or Haydarpaşa Terminus (Turkish: Haydarpaşa Garı) is a major intercity terminal and transportation hub in Kadıköy. It is one of the busiest rail terminals in Turkey and also has bus and ferry connections.The terminal has a beautiful main building (opened in 1908) which houses the headquarters of District 1. It is the western terminus of the Istanbul-Ankara Main Line and of former Baghdad Railway (İstanbul-Konya-Adana-Aleppo-Baghdad) as well as the Hejaz Railway (İstanbul-Konya-Adana-Aleppo-Damascus-Amman-Medina).
On our last visit people were still free throughout Turkey, commuting and communicating as desired – let’s hope they will be again soon!
See also: Port of Haydarpaşa, Istanbul, Turkey. Part I – Container Terminal
Categories: Architecture, General, Typography
February 12th, 2014 (Photos: © Oliver Lins)
February 6th, 2014 (Photos & Text: © Oliver Lins)
Vienna offers very interesting retail storefront views which span through many decades. Just like it’s architecture has to a considerable part been spared from destruction during those World Wars, so have business facades and a respectable number of shops. Unfortunately this does not apply to some of the people who successfully ran viennese retail before World War II.
In this typography series we offer more than just one view on the past. Instead we will show a vivid mix of all kinds of facade letterings and designs reaching back to the first half of the previous century.
See also “Viennese Retailers And Storefronts – Typography Impressions. Part I.” as well as “Vienna By Night – Typography Impressions“.
January 30th, 2014 (Photos: © Oliver Lins)
The United Nations Headquarters complex was constructed in stages with the core complex completed between 1948 and 1952. Rather than holding a competition for the design of the facilities for the United Nations Headquarters, the UN decided to commission a multinational team of leading architects to collaborate on the design. The American architect Wallace K. Harrison was named as Director of Planning, and a Board of Design Consultants was composed of architects, planners and engineers nominated by member governments. The board consisted of N. D. Bassov of the Soviet Union, Gaston Brunfaut (Belgium), Ernest Cormier (Canada), Le Corbusier (France), Liang Seu-cheng (China), Sven Markelius (Sweden), Oscar Niemeyer (Brazil), Howard Robertson (United Kingdom), G. A. Soilleux (Australia), and Julio Vilamajó (Uruguay). The property was originally a slaughter house before the donation took place. While the United Nations had dreamed of constructing an independent city for its new world capital, multiple obstacles soon forced the organization to downsize their plans. The diminutive site on the East River necessitated a “Rockefeller Center” type vertical complex, thus, it was a given that the Secretariat would be housed in a tall office tower. During daily meetings from February to June 1947, the collaborative team produced at least 45 designs and variations. After much discussion, Harrison, who coordinated the meetings, determined that a design based on Niemeyer’s project 32 and Le Corbusier’s project 23 would be developed.
Today some building developers of New York would be advised to take a look at “Turtle bay” more often – a good place to get some grid-system inspiration before choosing an architect …
January 21st, 2014 (Photos: @ Alexander Lins)
In his work Boris Petrovsky deals with the correlations between imagination, drawing, concept and object in a medialized world. Investigating the construct of reality is what characterizes his objects and interactive installations, which transform to “processors” of communication, information and it’s contexts via light, sound and kinetics.
On show until 01 Feb., 2014 at Galerie Feurstein.
Categories: Art, Typography