“Benton’s images allow us to slip our earthly bonds and see the world from new heights, his aerial views offering a fresh perspective on familiar landscapes. Surprising and sublime, Saltscapes can be enjoyed equally as a collection of art photography and a portrait of ecological transformation and resilience.”
We are very good at preparing to live, but not very good at living. We know how to sacrifice ten years for a diploma, and we are willing to work very hard to get a job, a car, a house, and so on. But we have difficulty remembering that we are alive in the present moment, the only moment there is for us to be alive.
Architects CMA and SeARCH were focusing on the question if it would be possible to conceal a house in an Alpine slope while still exploiting the wonderful views and allowing light to enter the building when planing the Villa Vals. They decided to build a central patio into the steep incline to create a large facade with considerable potential for window openings. The viewing angle from the building is slightly inclined, giving a dramatic view of the beautiful mountains on the opposite side of the narrow valley.
En el momento que nos fuimos a nuestra oficina y se llevó a cabo con las manos, un martillo, un ratón de ordenador, taladro y soplete. Nos instalamos en las rocas de la región en la frontera de Bohemia Central y del Sur.
Sin una fuente constante de energía tan solo a partir de madera de la Polom, cerca era un objeto negro. En un terreno montañoso se alza sobre los cantos rodados, escondido en el borde que mira a la extraña tierra de los hobbits. Cerrado, decir lo que puede ser, tal vez el arca de Noé. Sólo resiste el mal tiempo, a la espera para lo que fue creado. Sólo después de su aparición especial consigue un sentido claro.
"This studio is built in the heart of an artists’ neighborhood in São Paulo. Located in a flood zone, its construction offered several challenges. The building is designed as a manufactured object, a living body in constant change; it breathes, sweats, ages and regenerates. The water is the main element of this project: rain and ground water are treated and reused through a complex system whose low tech elements such as the pipes, pumps, automatic irrigation, etc., are highlighted, forming a sort of protective shell around the building. The heart of the project is thus exposed on its façade. The building appears to have been designed inside out. By contrast, the interior is sleek and minimalist.”
"We don’t like pictures like this. It is not good to deduce an entire country to the image of a person reaching out for food. It is not good for people to see us like this, and it is not good for us to see ourselves like this. This gives us no dignity. We don’t want to be shown as a country of people waiting for someone to bring us food. Congo has an incredible amount of farmland. An incredible amount of resources. Yes, we have a lot of problems. But food is not what we are reaching for. We need investment. We need the means to develop ourselves."