Archive | September, 2012

Empty Streets Melbourne Revisited by Martin Rowland

26 Sep

Melbourne was established in the early 1850’s after the discovery of gold. It grew very quickly and became one of the richest cities in the world. As time has passed however, Melbourne has continued to grow and instead of the compact urban form enjoyed by many European cities it is dominated by sprawl. Continuous growth in population has seen huge demand for residential land. As land values have increased so too has pressure on industrial land to be redeveloped for housing. It is a compelling problem because the displacement of employment for residential purposes begs the question “where will people work and how will they get there?”.  And surely it isn’t just the architecture that is being displaced… These are empty streets.

From Melbourne to Doha by Dan Avard

24 Sep
Thirty-five degrees Celsius – that’s pretty warm. Forty-two degrees Celsius – that’s about my limit. I thought so anyway. Between February and August in 2007, that all changed. In February I moved cities, from Melbourne to Doha.  It might as well have been to a different world. 
A city’s form should match and follow it’s environment.  Melbourne is full of nooks, crannies, warm fireplaces and cosy cafes.  Melbourne winters are cold, damp and legendarily long. As a city, we’ve adapted to meet the challenges of our environment.  When Perth, Adelaide and Sydney were at the beach – we were perfecting our espresso, our wine bars, our heavy coats, our complaining about the rain. Our buildings are edifices of grey, our fashion a shade darker. In winter, our photographs are all low angled light, reflections off rainy surfaces. In summer, low angled light, festivals, colour and flesh. Melbourne is (can be) as cosy, refreshing, hot, grey and yellow as you want.  As the season demands. It’s rarely white (I begin to wonder though, why so many of my Melbourne photographs are in black and white). 
Landing in Doha was a shock. It was “winter”and twenty-five degrees Celsius. What was to come? Doha perplexed me. Our modern view of the capital of Qatar is of steel, glass and concrete sky-scrapers overlooking the water.  Doha (as I knew it) is all low rise, cream-white buildings of concrete and earth, and construction. Always construction. Tiny nooks, narrow streets and broad, flowing boulevards work together to funnel the day’s traffic slowly around the roundabouts. It is an indoor society and nocturnal – partly influenced by culture, partly by the weather. By summer, the legendary shamals were blowing in off the Persian desert and Gulf, bringing with them fifty or more degrees of heat and eighty per cent or more humidity. My photographs of Doha are of nights, indoors, desert haze, construction and blinding white light.

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City Focus – Washington DC – by Roberto Samayoa

18 Sep

Empty Streets – Shawn Hoke NYC

14 Sep

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Empty Streets 4 – Gerard Dominguez

12 Sep

Apostolos Maikidis – Tokyoscopy

8 Sep

If the city is an organism, as urban planners put it, then we should probe into it and, thus, ourselves. Tokyo here is of course seen in a clinical way, but this is a type of clinical exam, after all.

City Focus: Paris by Tone Bringsdal

7 Sep

City Focus – Paris

You read the name of the city and have already visualized the Eiffel Tower. However, Paris possesses a different kind of urban beauty; even in its infamous (and not so visually attractive) architectural accomplishments, reaching for the skies way below the tip of the legendary tower.

But a city will reveal itself only when you let yourself get lost in it.




Wojtek Mszyca – Katowice, Poland

4 Sep

Refraction Photos

1 Sep


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