Hey everyone ! Since recently I had a surge of new followers, I decided it was time to recommend some of my favorite architecture tumblrs out there, with a word or two on their content and why I like them. They are fairly tumblr-famous, but if you don’t know any of these, please do check them out. Most blogs here present original content (as in, either produced by the blogger or posted by the blogger. Not infinite reblogs). In no particular order :
BETONBABE. A mostly black and white architecture image blog, curated by viviane hülsmeier, a student from berlin currently at princeton. Also, she responds when strangers (me) write her email.
THE PAPER CITY. Henry Stephens is an architecture student from New Zealand, with incredible hand drawing and collage skills.
MIKA SAVELA. somehow, like me, Mika didn’t create a clever tumblr identity (unless ‘savela’ means something in finnish and is not his last name). Either way, very nice architecture thoughts on modernism and its golden age (the sixties!), straight from the north. Vintage magazines !
ARCHIVE OF AFFINITIES. Beautiful architectural images, exquisitely edited/curated. Plans, sections, drawings in general, some models as well. Very elegant.
IIDESU/ENTROPY. “Nothing but eye-candy”, says the slogan. Minimalist approach on photography and architecture. Its the tumblr I would have loved to do, if I could just stop talking. writing. you know. But I am quite happy to follow it.
ROLLERDISCO. For all your blimp porn needs.
BOUWKUNST. Bouwkunst is the art of building, in dutch. Timeless modern architecture. Lots of well executed concrete images. He loves, as I do, Juliaan Lampens.
SUBTILITAS. Everyone already follows Subtilitas, ‘brooklyn-based architectural designer’. Strong and coherent format: one image of an oeuvre, perfectly credited, with links to larger images and more information on the work. Very professional. Also, I kind of based my tumblr theme on his.
ETHEL BARAONA. Even though I’m not particularly fond of her tumblr’s design (the little squares won’t let me look at the pretty pictures !), she posts some seriously interesting stuff. Also, she is responsible for the excellent DPR BARCELONA blog, which is more than just pictures/films/books.
PYTR75. A belgian architect, who also has a blog, and posts almost non-stop art/architecture/photography.
RESPECTA. Why hasn’t this been updated in so long ? It used to be just perfect.
WHITE LIGHTNING BLACK RAIN and KORUT. Less architectural, more eye-candy. Korut does reblog a lot, but since I guess he follows completely different people from me, most of the times his reblogs are the first time I see those images.
and finally CHAZ HUTTON, the person who got me into tumblr in the first place, and the closest thing I have to a “tumblr-friend” (or should I say “tumblr-mate” ? He is australian, after all).
There you are. I’ll do a blog roll someday soon.
Play Time Paris
just found out about mika savela’s quite interesting tumblr feed, through things magazine. I’m quite partial to tumblrs that present ‘original content’ instead of simply reblogging everything. which is kind of ironic, since I am reblogging this. but please don’t overthink it, and I’ll try not to overthink it as well.
Jacques Tati’s Play Time (1967) is a very poignant (as well as elegantly grey-toned) visualisation of the future that the ideals of modernism were propagating. It’s also a view of an imaginary futuristic Paris that, well, has never really been the essence of Paris. The set construction was a huge undertaking. In some scenes, to cut costs, sized-up photos were used as interiors and life-sized cutouts as people instead of having to hire extras.
(pics via Diane Skilton)