July 11, 2007

The beauty of decay

0000005048I've been a fan of the Opacity website for a couple of years. It started as a portfolio site for an american photographer who visited old, abandoned buildings. It has since grown to be more about the exploration of the buildings themselves, and often includes the building's history, and any plans for the site in the future.

Most of the sites are american, but there are a few from a recent visit to Britain, and some recently uploaded Belgian ones.

The photographer has a great eye for capturing the eerie atmosphere of these places, and finds humour and beauty in a lot of the little details.

I'm generally jealous of what he gets away with, but I'm too much of a scaredy cat to try this kind of stuff myself. There are many more abandoned buildings of this nature in America, due to the fact that land isn't at a premium over there. In Leeds at least, anything vacant for more than five minutes is converted into 'luxury apartments'. Hmph.

December 06, 2006

There's a world going on...

01 Some beautiful prettification in Gloucester Road underground station by the lovely Chiho Aoshima (well I assume she's lovely by the looks of what she's created down there). Put more art in public places please!

October 09, 2006

Workplace Design

Design_council_1 Really good and timely (given our move this week) article on workplace design.

http://www.designcouncil.org.uk/workplacedesign

I quote "Today, there is widespread acceptance that the traditional habitat for white-collar work - the modern office - has significant shortcomings in terms of planning, layout, facilities and aesthetics. These shortcomings prevent organisations and individuals from working to their full potential in terms of innovating effectively". You're not kidding.  With our constantly malfunctioning air conditioning coupled with coffee splattered meeting rooms we should give ourselves credit that we manage to produce any creative work of merit.

Interestingly in the survey of British Managers - top of a wish list was a break-out area for relaxation and thinking, which offers an escape form the pressures of the desk.  I couldn't agree more and indeed I'm eager to look at options aimed at creating such a space in our new Design area in Leeds. 

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