The World’s Most Beautiful Buildings

The World’s Most Beautiful Buildings

Karrie JacobsTravel + Leisure | Feb. 16, 2012, 7:50 PM | 4,022 |
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This post originally appeared at Travel + Leisure.

These are the world’s most beautiful buildings? Are you kidding?

A hundred years ago, naming the world’s most beautiful buildings was easy: the Parthenon. Sure. The Taj Mahal. Absolutely. Hagia Sophia. No argument. But now, in part because the whole notion was chewed up and spit out by those troublemaking Modernists, we’re just learning to think about architecture in terms of beauty again. It’s open season.

We readily admit our choices for the world’s most beautiful buildings are questionable. They include Gaudí’s controversial Sagrada Família cathedral (arguably a top sight) in Barcelona—a building that teeters on the boundary between love and hate. We see that edge as the exact place where beauty happens. Beautiful is not the same as pretty; it’s a strong word, suggesting big emotions.

Beauty also elicits reaction, like the goose bumps you get when you see another of the world’s most beautiful buildings: the tremendous curl of the Akron Boys and Girls Club II roof rising from its flat, dusty small town Alabama surroundings. Or the dumb “Wow!” you might utter when you first step into the soaring atrium lobby of the Burj Al Arab in Dubai. The 60-story sail-shaped hotel is one of the most talked about properties on the planet because of its sheer size and unique architectural vision. It’s no surprise the hotel is a national icon, a source of local pride that also lures thousands of travelers to the Middle East’s most forward-looking city each year.

Yes, certain themes are evident in our choices of the world’s most beautiful buildings. We love buildings surrounded by water; the interaction between water and daylight is always magical. (Why do you think the Lincoln Memorial has a reflecting pool at its doorstep?) And we are head over heels for flamboyant uses of pattern and color. The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, for example, is positively psychedelic.

So are we consistent? Nope. But however capricious our choices may seem, we don’t take beauty lightly. After all, the ongoing search for beauty is what travel is all about. It’s certainly the best reason we know to leave the house.

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Incredible Pictures Of The Intricate Architecture On Manhattan’s Gold Coast

Incredible Pictures Of The Intricate Architecture On Manhattan’s Gold Coast

Matthew Kassel | Feb. 8, 2012, 5:36 PM

 

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Sometimes I avoid marveling too long at the buildings here in New York because I don’t want to look like a tourist. But those who don’t marvel are missing out. New York gratifies the gesture of looking up, perhaps more so than another city in the world. 

Often, though, you can’t make out the finer details of tall buildings with the naked eye. So last weekend I went up to the Gold Coast—the most opulent section of the Upper East Side, roughly between 59th and 78th Streets and Fifth and Lexington Avenues—with a giant lens on my camera to capture some of those details.

You’d be surprised at how much work has been put into them: the frozen, ironic face of a grotesque I photographed looks like it’s in on some joke that nobody will ever know; the cornices that stick out from the tops of the buildings hide all sorts of stone flowers and filigree and lions’ faces in their shadows.

For the sake of simplicity, I only photographed buildings along Fifth Avenue, and with the exception of the Ukrainian Institute (whose details are so funny and shocking), I stayed between 59th and 78th Streets.

The pictures are rounded up here in order, from south to north, so you can take a stroll up Fifth Avenue and look at them yourself. You might want to bring a pair of binoculars. It’s worth it.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/photos-architecture-manhattan-upper-east-side-2012-2?utm_source=inpost&utm_medium=seealso&utm_term=&utm_content=3&utm_campaign=recirc#ixzz1nf1Yb6ki

ARQUITECTO CHINO PREMIO PRITZKER

For The First Time, A Chinese Architect Has Won ThePrestigious Pritzker Prize

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Wang Shu, a Chinese architect known for his ancient-meets-modern designs, is the latest winner of the 2012 Pritzker Architecture Prize, according to Architectural Record.

He is the first Chinese recipient to receive the award–a bronze medal and $100,000.

Wang, 48, launched his architecture firm, Amateur Architecture Studio, with his wife in 1998 in Hangzhou. He has a master’s in architecture from the Nanjing Institute of Technology, and has been the head of the department of architecture at the China Academy of Art since 2000.

His most recognizable works include the Ningbo History Museum (2008), Ceramic House in Jinhua (2006), the Xiangshan Campus at the China Academy of Art (2004, 2007), and the Vertical Courtyard Apartments in Hangzhou (2007).

The Pritzker Prize, which is sponsored by The Hyatt Foundation, was founded in 1979 to honor living architects with talent and vision. The award ceremony this year will take place in Beijing on May 25.

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Ellen von Unwerth: la fotógrafa del fetichismo

¡Ay mi oreja!

Mujer pantera

¿De que color son tus ojos?

Pensadora de Rodin

Mujer cuidando su línea

Mujeres guepardo

Monto en mi caballo alazán, cuelgo su pañuelo de mi lanza y cabalgo sobre el viento para liberarla de su prisión

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LA INVENCION DE HUGO

La Invención de Hugo: una carta de amor al cine


24.02.2012Raquel Moreno. Siga al autor en

Once nominaciones a los premios Óscar, el Globo de Oro a la mejor dirección, Dos premios BAFTA… Estas son las cartas de presentación de la adaptación de la novela de Brian Selznick La Invención de Hugo Cabret, por parte del director Martin Scorsese.

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Y la cinta, en líneas generales, se lo merece. Estamos hablando de la primera película en 3D del famoso director de Queens, que cuenta con un reparto interesante, donde destaca por su buen hacer Ben Kingsley y el joven Asa Butterfield, y hasta Sacha Baron Cohen parece en su sitio, aunque su interpretación sea la menos vistosa de todo el coro.

La Invención de Hugo es una cinta para toda la familia, donde el amor por el cine, la inocencia, y el París más mágico, se mezclan para contarnos las desventuras de un joven huérfano que intenta descubrir el secreto que esconde un autómata encontrado en un museo por su padre.

Con este punto de partida, y alrededor de la Estación de tren de Montparnasse en París, la acción que comienza con una preciosa secuencia desde el aire para deslizarse entre los viajeros y el vapor desprendido por las locomotoras, cuenta con un ritmo parsimonioso y dulce, que solo en momentos muy determinados se vuelve acelerado. La delicada recreación, el tratamiento de la luz y el carácter nostálgico que desprende cada fotograma del largometraje, nos ayudan a comprender los verdaderos sentimientos que desea transmitirnos Scorsese.

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La cinta rezuma esperanza y magia, pero su mayor carga emocional parece la melancolía que ataca con especial vehemencia al pequeño Hugo y al triste Georges Méliès, incapaz de afrontar su propio pasado. En contraposición, esta el personaje que interpreta Chloe Moretz, cuyo único afán es vivir las aventuras que solo puede conocer a través de los libros.

¿Y en qué personaje se refleja Scorsese? Pues en todos. Por un lado es como Hugo, persiguiendo respuestas hasta quedarse sin aliento. Por otro lado, es el triste George Mèliés, que añora el cine de antes, el que se hacía desde el cariño, para contar historias que solo podíamos ver en nuestros sueños. Pero también es Isabelle, la joven deseosa de vivir y también contar historias.

En definitiva, La Invención de Hugo es una historia llena de magia y amor para toda la familia, que busca emocionar y entretener a partes iguales, y donde solo el dilatado metraje puede considerarse pega. Pero ojo, porque aunque larga, no aburre.Suerte en los Oscar.

Dirección: Martin Scorsese
Intérpretes: Asa Butterfield, Ben Kingsley, Chloe Moretz, Emily Mortimer, Christopher Lee, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jude Law, Helen McCrory, Richard Griffiths, Ray Winstone, Frances de la Tour, Edmund Kingsley, Michael Stuhlbarg, Angus Barnett, Catherine Balavage.

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