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The architecture of the automobile

By RANTING

OK, so we have already discussed cars¬†on this site, but that was regarding the ever-expanding girth of both us, and the automotive metal which we wrap around ourselves before hurtling through the landscape at great speed (OK, much less speed through the cityscape…). But what about the relationship between architecture, and the car itself…?

Those of us who are ‘up’ on our history should no about Modernist¬†predilections¬†for machine-inspired goodness, and will probably even recall Le Corbusier’s¬†reverence¬†for¬†Citro√ęn, naming his Maison Citrohan after that company. Corbusier’s Ville Radieuse is one of the most famous urban schemes that was predicated on the speed and efficiency of the automobile, and he certainly wasn’t alone in the conflation of Modern urbanity with automotive¬†dominance¬†– even FLW’s arcadian paradise,¬†Broadacre City¬†is reliant upon this.

 

Corbusier’s dalliance with automotive design for… Read More

The Flickr Travelogues – architectural eye-candy from Toronto

By Flickr Travelogues

There seems to be plenty of recent¬†architectural¬†activity in Toronto, which, being in a prime geopolitical position between the US and UK, is able to draw some big name architects from both sides of the Atlantic (not to mention also being the hometown of one Frank O Gehry…). Anyway, here is a selection of great images from Flickr… ¬†click on the images to see them larger…

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 Art Gallery Of Ontario by © Michael D'Amico mdworld@hotmail.com 

Art Gallery of Ontario (extension); Architect: Gehry Partners, LLP

Images by: Art Matters,¬†¬© Michael D’Amico mdworld@hotmail.com, and¬†wvs Read More