Sunday, February 24, 2008

Narrow House

This narrow house belongs to the lady in yellow - Helenita, designed by her, she live in this 1 meter wide by 10 meter tall house in Madre de Deus, Brazil.. Source

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Frank Gehry in the Simpsons

One of the most prominent architects of our time is Frank Gehry, a Canadian living and practicing in Los Angeles, he is best known for his Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and more recently his Los Angeles Disney Concert Hall. However, those who have followed his career would realise that Gehry experimented with various forms in his earlier career in his own house and the Loyola Law School.
He is probably the most published and famous living American architect, and it wasn't a surprise that they would have him featured in a Simpsons episode. Gehry is a guest star in The Simpsons Season 16 Episode 14. When I say 'guest star' I mean he really voiced the part and played himself in the episode. I am placing the screenshots of the episode below, narrating the plot.
The Simpsons visit the neighbouring town of Shelbyville where the people are apparently more affluent than the Springfielders. In fact, the whole town thinks that all Springfielders are stupid hicks. So here's a scene in a Shelbyville play where the Shelbyvillians are portrayed to be clean and proper while the Springfielders are portrayed as stupid hicks.
After the play, Lisa tries to convince them that Springfielders are refined, cultured and articulate as well but gets hooted by the Shelbyville crowd.
Marge as Chairman of the Cultural Committee proposes that the town builds a new concert hall, so that Springfield would be seen as a cultured and refined place. Who should be the architect? Frank Gehry of course!
Here's Gehry's own house, which is the most memorable of his projects and was even deemed 'deconstructivist' for the way the materials were treated. It lies in a state of paradox, seemingly incomplete yet complete.

Gehry checks his mail and finds a letter Marge sends him.
He crumples the paper and tosses it on the ground and gets his inspiration for the Concert Hall.
Gehry then presents his design at the Springfield Town Hall.
The spunky new building impresses the crowd and everyone votes to build it.
The construction begins and it seems that they are building a rectilinear building instead.
Then the wrecking balls come and knock the building into shape.
And once the final form is arrived at...

Gehry gives his thumbs-up in approval.

After it is built, Gehry is seen here trying to get skateboarders off his building.
Soon there is an opening night with all the pomp and splendour.
The interior even looks like the LA Concert Hall! The opening night is a big disaster because everyone leaves the building after hearing the first 4 notes of Beethoven's 5th Symphony. Apparently no one in Springfield (but Marge) is interested in classical music!
The town sells the building to Montgomery Burns and he decides to turn it into a prison. Modifications are done to the building.
And here's the building completed as a prison.
who said architecture wasnt fun?

Monday, February 18, 2008

Dear my love - a personal interpretation of beethoven's music

dear my love
i can see the place where
dreams of ours are ripped bare
no one seems to care

dear my love
i have gone to the place where
everything is there but love is rare
they maybe two but not a pair

dear my love
there are no words to speak
my eyes cannot stop these tears to leak
they see me strong but never have i been so weak

dear my love
the time is gone
medals and crowns you may have won
me that you havent known

dear my love
the darkness is creeping in
thy purity is the only sin
and you know how it has been

dear my love
you have gone so far
levels you set i couldnt par
i still have the love alive for how you are

dear my love
these words are the last
thy ship may be wrecked by i hold the mast
and a promise that i wont regret the past

Dabeer Hemani

Thursday, February 7, 2008

TWA Terminal @ JFK Airport by Eero Saarinen

TWA Flight Center was the original name for the Eero Saarinen designed Terminal 5 at Idlewild Airport — later called John F. Kennedy International Airport — for Trans World Airlines. The terminal had a futuristic air; The interior had wide glass windows that opened onto parked TWA jets; departing passengers would walk to planes through round, red-carpeted tubes. It was a far different structure and form than Saarinen's design for the current main terminal of Washington Dulles International Airport, which utilized mobile lounges to take passengers to airplanes.

Design of the terminal was awarded to Detroit-based Eero Saarinen and Associates. It was completed in 1962 and is the airport's most famous landmark (as well as being a National Historic Landmark). Gates in the terminal were close to the street and this made it difficult to create centralized ticketing and security checkpoints. This building was the first airline terminal to have closed circuit television, a central p/a system, baggage carousels, an electronic schedule board and precursors to the now ubiquitous baggage weigh-in scales. JFK was rare in the airport industry for having company owned and designed terminals; other airline terminals were built by Eastern Airlines and American Airlines. Individually branded terminals included the Worldport of Pan American World Airways and the Sundrome of National Airlines.

Following American Airlines' buyout of TWA in 2001, Terminal 5 went out of service. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey had proposed converting the main portion of the building into a restaurant and conference center, but some architectural critics opposed this move.

In December 2005, JetBlue, which occupies the adjacent Terminal 6, began construction of an expanded terminal facility, which will utilize the front portion of Saarinen's Terminal 5 as an entry point. The peripheral air-side parts of Terminal 5 have been demolished to make space for a mostly new terminal, which will have 26 gates and is expected to be complete by 2008. The building is under restoration and expansion by JetBlue.

Besides being well-known to JFK passengers and architectural buffs, it was also the site of filming of the Steven Spielberg movie Catch Me if You Can.

Architecture and symbolism

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

abstraction of an untitled story

a wish i still have deep inside
promises that didnt mean to abide
going back into the ocean with the last tide
this alien in the world has lost its only guide

fright, scream, tears and pain
moments when you cant see anything sane
the dreams that were to be slain
got to loose everything as tonight i got nothing to gain

the parts of my life i collect togather today
truth is the only thing i have left to say
speaking makes me numb so here my tears pray
feels good showering in the cold winter spray

once smooth memories that are now fine
my messiah wasnt to be time
never did i know my crime
a life sold for quater of a dime

this space has depth in its self
screaming i bleed in this world gone deaf
putting togather all that is now left
lying brusied and broken form a lost quest

these peices that i posses are a treasure now
this the clerfy to the king they bow
last stormy night was when i was to know
the seeds i sowed were still to grow

that gentel touch and the turning of another year
guilt that is hidden in every falling tear
my self is now i fear
the past i once saw is again very near

Dabeer Hemani


the warm morning river

waiting for the sun to rise
no mercy as the baby
failure worth a million tries
the arch of my world is through your eyes

that wish flying on the wind
frustration building within
my virtue is a holy sin
a dead me deserves your grin

to do whats right today
winter come; a bath in the shining ray
no blacks or white; these areas are grey
in mourge, dead, my concious lay

fall as the tears of thy soul
faces rubbed dark as charcoal
these fishes are to break the shoal
this was my way and that was the goal

a purifying act of silence
seeking the easy way to guidence
the destruction was to be immense
me and myself alone in the crowd so dense

the fear starts to grip as the teeth tremble
thy blood is the victory symbol
it may not look like but its able
to rewrite this song and give you another fable

the darkness shows me the way to calm
feel as the river flows down my arm
how good u do when u are to harm
the coldness makes you feel the river so warm

Dabeer Hemani

Tuesday, February 5, 2008