Dieter Schmid, plastic house, 1963
Canongate. Edinburgh, Oct 2013.
Scottish Parliament. Edinburgh, Oct 2013.
"Some days after hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, I found an image in Time magazine, taken from the air soon after the storm’s passage, of the smouldering remains of some coastal community. This image, like many others taken that day and the days to come, documented the awesome scale of the destruction caused by the hurricane, but in a landscape which differed very much from the worst-flooded wards of New Orleans, so well-covered in the news media. In this picture alone I discovered a wealth of information and understood the need to be there and capture these traces of living which I found hauntingly familiar. My photographer and I went to Gulfport, Mississippi with our cameras, rented a skylift, and shot film. Gulf Coast Slabs is the result of this work."
- Clay Ketter
The human brain, its nervous projections, layers, and cortical blood vessels
Though we’re probably subconsciously aware of our brains on a day-to-day basis, most of us generally don’t pay much direct attention to them. Of course, lots can go wrong in the mind, resulting in mental illness, physical illness, and in the worst cases, death.
But aside from everything that can go wrong in the brain, did you know that the mind, despite being only 2% of the average body mass, uses almost 25% of the oxygen we consume, and over 70% of the glucose we ingest? It’s a tiny organ, but it manages almost everything outside of the parasympathetic nervous system, and it requires a relatively high energy input (especially compared to other organs in the body) just to function on a daily basis.
The cells in the brain require, on average, twice as much pure energy as other cells, just to function, and when you’re focusing hard on a big paper, or trying to brainstorm and be creative, your mind is in overdrive! Even if you haven’t moved in two hours, if you’re focusing hard on an essay and coming up with lots of great ideas, your lunch isn’t going to last long, with what your brain is demanding.
Since it’s not a muscle, and you’re not necessarily doing anything physical when you think, it can be hard to believe that the brain needs so much energy.
However, the cerebellum, and especially the frontal and prefrontal cortices (where our personality and “creative minds” exist, for the most part) demand more energy than our stomachs, livers, spleens, and kidneys combined! Depending on how your brain is wired, that fact can make it extremely exhausting to deal with other people, as you’re engaging your prefrontal cortex to a high degree. Thinking hard and being creative can sap your energy, too - that’s why I always had an apple or banana to eat midway through my morning courses!
Ghetie’s Atlas of Avian Anatomy is book with beautiful illustrations and is available for download on the page linked below.
Arabic Machine Manuscript. 16th Century.
Tree canopy projection for carrying out surveys of forest ecology - Ishigami, Jun’ya, Another scale of architecture
Stadt der Zukunft / City of the Future
"Hansaviertel was constructed for the 1957 International Building Exhibition between the Tiergarten and the route of the railway. The area was planned in 1953 and implemented between 1955 and 1960 and is considered a model of modern city planning and of the classical modern or post-modernism of that time.
"What the Mac Pro video puts on display is Apple’s unique talent for bringing together disparate manufacturing technologies to produce incredible precision at extremely high volumes. Sure, having $140B in the bank and the ability to bring a mind boggling number of zeros to a purchase order has its benefits, but plenty of resource rich product companies would never think of combining processes in the manner that Apple does routinely (see: injection molding, machining, polishing and coating an iPhone 5c case). With the Mac Pro, Apple has elevated a relatively low-precision/low-tolerance process (deep draw stamping) used to make my dog’s water bowl and toilet brush canister into the creation of an aerospace grade piece of desktop jewelry.”
Asiad Village, New Delhi, India, 1982