In 1830, Sewall Short and Noah Bradford submitted a patent application for the submarine explorer. In their application, they claimed that they had created a water-tight suit, different from any diving apparatus known before.
Drawing of Submarine Explorer, 02/18/1830
Strasbourg Cathedral, France, Completed 1439
This architectural sketch (top) dates from around 1260 - it is among the first architectural drawings ever created. The details shown in the drawing do not exactly match the finished building; the drawing might have been used as a conceptual guideline, rather than a precise blueprint.
Musée de l’Oeuvre Notre-Dame, Strasbourg, Inv. no. 2
Craig Ellwood was a construction company created by Jon Nelson Burke and three partners in the 1940′s in Los Angeles. The name was chosen after a liquor store located in front of the firm offices and it lately became widely associated with many modernists buildings spread all over California. This success lead the firm’s “front-man” Burke to actually change his own name into “Craig Ellwood”, somehow literally embodying this fictious character.
The last architectural work attributed to Burke/Ellwood, before he retired in Italy starting a career in painting, is a 263,52 m x 43,92 m neutral plan spanning over a scenic landscape, a metallic structure reminding a stretched Miesian building.
The Art Center College of Design in Pasadena is an inhabited infrastructure, a two level continuous floor filling the request for large and uninterrupted work spaces. The exposed steel structure becomes an actual bridge when it crosses a creek and a roadway, and you can actually “drive” under it in google maps
Elaine Lustig Cohen, A Type Specimen page, 1950
Buckminster Fuller, Shelter for a Russian Farming Cooperative, (1932)
This design was an elegant combination of compression and tension elements that could be raised with just a pulley and the farms tractor. Unfortunately, like so many of Fuller’s "Dymaxion" projects, this design stayed on paper and was never built.
Red Devil cutting shears advertisement in the pages of XXth Century Sheet Metal Worker magazine.
Chicago: The American Artisan, 1910.
Steven R. Smith/Ulaan Khol: Ending/Returning
*Special Edition 2LP w/handmade Chapbook*
*Special edition exclusive to the label/artist & Experimedia with chapbook made by Steven R. Smith specifically for this release. The 12 page chapbook features artwork to accompany each song and is hand-numbered out of only 200 units worldwide.*
On Ending/Returning Steven R. Smith has recorded the same set of songs first as Steven R. Smith and then as Ulaan Khol. Ending is a quiet, minimal record as Steven R. Smith while Returning is a blown-out, maximal record as Ulaan Khol.
Ending/Returning was mastered by Patrick Klem and cut to vinyl by Paul Gold at Salt Mastering. The double LP is pressed on high quality virgin vinyl and packaged in a lavish gatefold jacket. The front and back panels of the jacket are printed in silver metallic ink on a white background while the inside gatefold is a beautiful full color aerial photograph of lava fields from world-renowned German photographer Bernhard Edmaier.
The music of Californian multi-instrumentalist Steven R. Smith ranges from sparse solo guitar improvisations that evoke the crumbling American landscape to his re-workings of Eastern European folk tunes under the Hala Strana moniker and dense blown out psychedelic fuzz guitar workouts under the Ulaan Khol, Ulaan Markhor, or Ulaan Passerine monikers.
Smith’s music can be summed up as a struggle to contain a series of opposites : light and darkness, sorrow and joy, despair and hope. On his new double album Ending/Returning both ends of the spectrum have been distilled down to their core as Smith has recorded the same set of songs first as Steven R. Smith and then as Ulaan Khol. Ending is a quiet, minimal record as Steven R. Smith while Returning is a blown-out, maximal record as Ulaan Khol.
Ending/Returning was recorded in Smith’s Worstward Studios on all analog equipment and is one of the last albums he recorded entirely in analog as his 8-track reel-to-reel tape deck broke down at the end of these sessions. The piano featured on Ending (which is rarely heard in Smith’s work) was recorded at a rehearsal space in Pasadena.
Ending/Returning follows Smith’s album Cities released by Immune in 2009. Smith has also recently released recordings on Soft Abuse, Brave Mysteries, Burnt Toast Vinyl, and his own Worstward Recordings label.
Wall-painting scheme for the studio of Paul Klee's Master House
Bauhaus Dessau, designed by Walter Gropius (1926)
Tempera, silver bronze, and pencil on paper, 24 × 34 cm
The walls are painted to match the architectonic divisions of the room precisely. Just as the room is divided into two sections, the ceiling is divided into two rectangular fields of color. One of them is black. Flooded by the milky light from the horizontal ceiling lamps, this black fills the hall with a cool repose. At the edges of an architectonic section the surfaces are equal.
Bauhaus color: Rare color images by Bauhaus students (Herbert Bayer, Farkas Molnár, Joost Schmidt, Peter Keler), with text by the Polish modernist Tadeusz Peiper