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instagram | Inside Panama’s Biomuseo

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On the Isthmus of Panama—the narrow land bridge that connects North and South America—a striking new museum has opened its doors after nearly a decade of construction.

Designed by famed architect Frank Gehry, the Biomuseo (@biomuseo) celebrates the key role the isthmus played in the biodiversity of the planet, enabling species to migrate between the continents after it formed some three million years ago. More than 4,000 square meters (43,056 square feet) of gallery space host an immersive theater, interactive exhibitions and a series of larger-than-life models of prehistoric species.

The unique design of the structure takes its inspiration from the surrounding environment. The signature overlapping steel plates that make up the roof take their bright color scheme from the coloration of species native to the tropical region, and the building’s largely open-air floor plan reflects the tradition of local structures designed to cope with the warm climate in natural ways.

For Panama graphic designer and art director Raul Correa (@rauloo), the architecture and exhibitions come together to create a memorable experience. “The museum is a very photogenic and artistic place,” he explains. “The first time I visited, it was like being transported into a story—and I could understand how the Isthmus of Panama completely changed the world. It’s a fascinating story.”

Peter ZUMTHOR alters LACMA plans in order to protect LA Brea Tar Pits

Peter ZUMTHOR alters LACMA plans in order to protect LA Brea Tar Pits

Brooklyn waterfront: More than six decades have passed since Dumbo’s Empire Stores warehouses served a purpose, but by the end of next year, the abandoned mid-19th-century coffee warehouses will be home to tech and fashion companies, retailers, and restaurateurs. 

Brooklyn waterfront: More than six decades have passed since Dumbo’s Empire Stores warehouses served a purpose, but by the end of next year, the abandoned mid-19th-century coffee warehouses will be home to tech and fashion companies, retailers, and restaurateurs. 

GUASTAVINO arches | City Hall Subway Station | 1904 | 
Palaces for the People: Guastavino and the Art of Structural Tile  | Museum of the City of New York through September 7, 2014

GUASTAVINO arches | City Hall Subway Station | 1904 | 

Palaces for the People: Guastavino and the Art of Structural Tile  | Museum of the City of New York through September 7, 2014

PHOTO of the day | May 5, 2014 | Zaha HADID’s planned High Line condominium

PHOTO of the day | May 5, 2014 | Zaha HADID’s planned High Line condominium

mobylosangelesarchitecture | 

i don’t know why i love crumbly abandoned buildings so much.  the entropy?  the humility?  the odd narratives they radiate?

in any case: i love crumbly abandoned buildings.  and, lo and behold, hollywood is full of them.  well, not detroit-style full, but compared to most western cities l.a has a pretty amazing abundance of abandoned buildings.

there’s the fear with an abandoned building, that it will succumb to the sad trajectory of: abandoned building>parking lot>construction site>crappy beige new awful thing.  and then you look at the new crappy beige awful buildings and hope that someday they will succumb to entropy.  hopefully sooner rather than later.  as even crappy beige awful buildings are slightly redeemed by entropy and abandonment.

here’s a big abandoned building, almost a complex.  crumbly and stolid at the same time.  sandblasted by desert wind and sun.

moby