Lideta Market by Vilalta Arquitectura

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Source: Curbed

"an imposing, ethereal, jewel box"

In a city where glass cladded buildings are springing at every corner, it is so refreshing to see this beautiful concrete structure. The design team's research resulted in a building that is responsive to the existing environmental conditions. The perforated shell of the building will allow for much needed ventilation and light, the solar panels and rain water collection will address the city's water and power supply shortages. Hopefully, this will be a start of a new wave of design thinking.

Read more about this building here.


The 1960s architectural legacy of Addis Ababa.

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Source: Selamta - The Magazine of Ethiopian Airlines

Such a beautifully written article about the building that were built in the 1960's in Addis Ababa. These mid-century buildings are my favorite and have studied them back in school. Their timeless beauty amazes me and I really wish we could find ways of respecting their surroundings and also make efforts of renovating and maintaining them.

In the period that followed over the late 1950s and early 1960s, Addis went through a massive urban makeover that proved extremely prolific architecturally. The all-powerful emperor attracted some well-known international architects to help realize his dream of presenting Addis as the capital of a united Africa. In his memoirs, Italian architect Arturo Mezzedimi — who worked very closely with the emperor for some 23 years — quoted him as saying: “It is necessary to show people that it is possible to construct grand buildings here, too, by erecting a couple of high-profile structures, with the maximum possible use of home-produced material.”

Read the original article


Six Legendary Architects Design Rugs to Benefit Afghan Women

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Source: Architectural Digest

Ordinary floors are about to get some extraordinary help from a handful of top-tier architects. Frank Gehry, Michael Graves, Zaha Hadid, Robert A.M. Stern, Margaret McCurry, and Stanley Tigerman have designed rugs for Arzu Studio Hope’s new Masters collection. However, Arzu’s mission is about much more than making beautiful carpets—the Chicago-based not-for-profit organization is dedicated to improving the lives of Afghan women weavers and their families, based on a model of social entrepreneurship.

Read the original post.
Inspirations behind the designs.



Beautiful Beyond Words

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I read The Kite Runner back in 2008 and since then I have been in love and very much intrigued by the Afghan history. A Thousand Splendid Suns and The Bookseller of Kabul were subsequently added to my library. I have enjoyed all three books a lot, they are my most favorite books of all time.

Recently, I came across an ad on the newspaper about a concert by ensembles of Afghanistan National Institute of Music and it was to be held at Carnegie Hall right here in New York! The whole thing sounded magical – music from a country I’m smitten over, music from a war-torn country, music from people who suffered for decades and were forbidden to play any sort of music…and at a prestigious venue – this event was not to be missed! A few years ago, this wouldn’t even have been possible.

The performance was beautiful beyond words, it brought tears to my eyes. The whole thing was much more than a musical concert. I see these passionate and skillful youngsters, who make up the ensembles, as the bright hope of a nation yearning for peace and stability. And I hope the rich history and tradition of Afghanistan will come to life through this selfless endeavor.


More readings:

Afghanistan National Institute of Music
How do You Get to Carnegie Hall? Start in Kabul.
‘Bolero’ on Instruments Ravel Never Dreamed Of - Afghan Ensembles at Carnegie Hall



How Would You Like Your Graphic Design?

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There are times when things just need to be explained using a spectacular Venn diagram. I made this last night whilst sitting on a screened in porch by an outdoor fireplace when it was late. Design is a funny thing, not as funny as a Kangaroo jumping on a trampoline, but let’s be honest what is as funny as that? I’ll give you a little hint: nothing.

Anyway, I love design, but it has its limitations in the creation process. Hopefully this helps you understand what those are limitations are, and helps you choose how you would like your design work in the future.

Your thoughts?

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This is Your Life

How to Find Your Purpose and Do What You Love

by Maria Popova

Source: Brain Pickings

Why prestige is the enemy of passion, or how to master the balance of setting boundaries and making friends.

“Find something more important than you are,” philosopher Dan Dennett once said in discussing the secret of happiness,“and dedicate your life to it.” But how, exactly, do we find that? Surely, it isn’t by luck. I myself am a firm believer in the power of curiosity and choice as the engine of fulfillment, but precisely how you arrive at your true calling is an intricate and highly individual dance of discovery. Still, there are certain factors — certain choices — that make it easier. Gathered here are insights from seven thinkers who have contemplated the art-science of making your life’s calling a living. Read the original post.

Sophie Blackall_Subway Art

What Caught My Eyes...

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Noticed this beautiful work of art on the subway this morning. Such a beautiful representation of the different array of subway riders. Loved it!

The following text excerpt is from Sophie Blackall's Blog
Needless to say I love the subway. I glean all my characters from my fellow passengers. The same sorts of things which attracted me to Missed Connections, I find on the train: subtle interactions, eccentricity, beauty, sorrow, secrets, kindness, generosity, excellent hairdos. Every sort of person imaginable and unimaginable. For this poster, I measured my allotted space very carefully and figured out I had enough space to draw 34 people. I had to whittle and whittle my list of favorite characters. The surfer standing with his board in a puddle of water didn't make it. Neither did the gorgeous elderly drag queen, the man with the enormous orange velour armchair or the disheveled mermaids. I'm sorry. I still love you. Read more here.


FREITAG Flagship Store

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The following text is from the architects Annette Spillmann/ Harald Echsle, Zurich

The FREITAG SHOP ZURICH is completely built from rusty, recycled freight-containers. Lovingly they were gutted, reinforced, piled up and secured. Zurich’s first bonsai-skyscraper: Low enough not to violate the city’s restriction on high-rise buildings. High enough to send shivers down anyone’s spine. Read more.

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Ge'ez Adorned

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Do you ever have a moment when you think about what would become of you if rebirth and reincarnation were doctrines we all live by?  Today I stumbled upon the works of Wosene Worke Kosrof and his beautiful works of art made me wish to be reborn with his skills.

Wosene uses the Ge'ez (Amharic) alphabet as the main element of his "word-play" art works. And it's amazing how the alphabets and words transcend their everday function to be transformed into contemporary fine art. What an inspiration it is, to look at his bold and visually stimulating pieces! I learned from his recent interview by The Reporter, he's getting ready for a grand exhibition at the National Theatre in Addis Ababa. Below are a few quotes from the interview and also selected images of his art works. Enjoy!


Life goes on like a circle which is punctuated by sadness, happiness and sorrow. That is where the power of words becomes apparent in the healing or in curing process, they play the main role in making us human being...

Words are like human beings to me. For more than four decades we lived together, sometimes we love each other, sometimes we hate each other. We have a relationship like human beings, sometimes they make me angry because I try to get their voices like I do it with other people...

Sometimes ignorance seems peaceful but it is a very dangerous thing. We should offer the youth the schooling they need starting from their foundation. It's good to know about a Kenyan painter or a Tanzanian weaver, we are connected in many ways...

When I do things the priority is my country. I am doing this by myself and it is a long path. Sometimes this makes you depressed and sad,

Art has many uses - to live in harmony, to know about our roots and identity - and I am a captive of those alphabets. I prefer to be true to myself and my identity. All the alphabets tell about the trials and tribulations of life we pass through as human beings...

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