written by:
August 28, 2009

This week at Dwell as the chilly summer gives way to the warmest, sunniest months in San Francisco's calendar, the troops have rallied up a collection of links from around the Web for your Week in Review reading curiosity, including webcams documenting the progress of construction projects, microphilanthropy for emerging artists and design solutions for salad droughts. Read on...

thanet earth sarah

Sarah: Thanet Earth at Pruned

Alexander Trevi, the author of the blo Pruned, often pens breathless paragraphs of far-out speculation on the future of the planet by way of the land. This week he wrote about Thanet Earth, a greenhouse of genuinely epic proportions being constructed in the UK on the Isle of Thanet in Kent. An article about the project in a 2008 edition of The Guardian said that these greenhouses alone will boost the UK's year-round vegetable supply by 15 percent, growing 1.3 million plants in seven greenhouses, each longer than a football field. Trevi articulates aspects of such a undertaking that straight-arrow news reporting leaves out, such as the potential of a salad-starved population of "phantom EU neo-gypsies displaced by the econopocalypse" and the extreme technological control that such large scale operations represent. Simply as a design, Thanet Earth is something to marvel at.

construction camera britt

Aaron: Architectural Progress Webcams

I confess that though I find these construction webcams supremely boring, I cannot stop looking at them. The first (above) is for Herzog and de Meuron's long-awaited Elbe Philharmonic in Hamburg Germany and the second is at the other end of the architectural spectrum: Target Field, the 2010 home of the Minnesota Twins in Minneapolis. Perhaps its the idea of very incremental progress, or the perpetual documentation a webcam affords, or the idea that at any given moment I can check in on how a building actually takes shape, but I've been surprisingly rapt. I confess to having checked in both of these fairly frequently, and it looks like Target Field is much closer to completion. I suppose the architectural equivalent of watching paint dry is actually watching paint dry, and though this isn't far off, it's certainly captured my attention this week. (Elbe Philharmonic via The Rest is Noise)

nytimes jordan web artists

Jordan: Dollar by Dollar, Patrons Find Artists on the Web

While it might be tough to believe that there's funding floating around these days for new artistic endeavors, finding the financial backing to support your projects isn't necessarily an impossibility. Reporter extraordinaire (and friend) Jenna Wortham wrote a great profile in the NY Times this week of Kickstarter, a Brooklyn-based start-up that connects people with plans to people with cash. Benefactors are incentivized with different bonuses based on the amount of money they're pledging, and if the necessary amount isn't raised in the alloted time then there's no commitment from anyone. When goals are reached, however, it seems the individual sponsors are getting as much pleasure and satisfaction out of the deals as the creative folk who are subsequently allowed to see their dreams realized. Click on through to the article for an encouraging read, and check out Kickstarter's site for more info.
Image by Chang W. Lee / Courtesy The New York Times

workbench richard whitehall miyoko

Miyoko: Workbench: Richard Whitehall

Seed magazine has a recurring feature called Workbench, in which it shows the desks of big thinkers and creators, like Oliver Sacks, and breaks down its contents. The magazine recently gave us a glimpse of what fills the workspace of Richard Whitehall, an industrial designer at Smart Design. Zoom in and out of the image and read why Whitehall keeps a Flip camera, two syringe molds, three soap dispensers, and more next to his computer.

Amanda: Two Weeks - Grizzly Bear from Gabe Askew 

I am really impressed that Askew, a CG designer who works for an architectural visualization company called Focus360, created this beautiful piece as a fan video in his spare time, and did it only because he felt a connection to the song and not because he was commissioned by the band. I love his use of light, movement, and depth of field, as well as the overall old-timey, diorama-like feel of the art direction. Askew painted all the textures by hand in Photoshop, and used 3dsmax, Vray and After Effects. Amazing.

Join the Discussion

Loading comments...

Latest Articles

45 dva 2270 persp1 cmyk 0
The prospect of retirement doesn’t just signal the end of a career; it offers the chance to recalibrate and re-prioritize in life.
July 25, 2016
You don’t have to choose between sustainable energy and curb appeal.
July 19, 2016
jakemagnus queensland 1
Each week, we tap into Dwell's Instagram community to bring you the most captivating design and architecture shots of the week.
July 06, 2016
content delzresidence 013 1
Each week, we tap into Dwell's Instagram community to bring you the most captivating design and architecture shots of the week.
June 29, 2016
abc malacari marwick stair 01 0
A simple set of stairs is a remodel’s backbone.
June 28, 2016
Design Award of Excellence winner Mellon Square.
Docomomo US announces the winners of this year's Modernism in America Awards. Each project showcases exemplary modern restoration techniques, practices, and ideas.
June 27, 2016
monogram dwell sf 039 1
After last year’s collaboration, we were excited to team up with Monogram again for the 2016 Monogram Modern Home Tour.
June 27, 2016
switch over chicago smart renovation penthouse deck smar green ball lamps quinze milan lounge furniture garapa hardwood
A strategic rewire enhances a spec house’s gut renovation.
June 26, 2016
young guns 2016 emerging talent coralie gourguechon treviso italy cphotos by coralie gourguechon co produced by isdat planche anatomique de haut parleur1
Coralie Gourguechon's paper objects will make you see technology in a whole new way.
June 26, 2016
green machine smart home aspen colorado facade yard bocci deck patio savant
Smart technology helps a house in Aspen, Colorado, stay on its sustainable course.
June 25, 2016
Compact Aglol 11 television plastic brionvega.
The aesthetic appeal of personal electronics has long fueled consumer interest. A new industrial design book celebrates devices that broke the mold.
June 25, 2016
modern backyard deck ipe wood
An angled deck transforms a backyard in Menlo Park, California, into a welcoming gathering spot.
June 24, 2016
dscf5485 1
Today, we kicked off this year’s annual Dwell on Design at the LA Convention Center, which will continue through Sunday, June 26th. Though we’ve been hosting this extensive event for years, this time around is particularly special.
June 24, 2016
under the radar renovation napa
Two designers restore a low-slung midcentury gem in Napa, California, by an unsung Bay Area modernist.
June 24, 2016
Exterior of Huneeus/Sugar Bowl Home.
San Francisco–based designer Maca Huneeus created her family’s weekend retreat near Lake Tahoe with a relaxed, sophisticated sensibility.
June 24, 2016
light and shadow bathroom walnut storage units corian counter vola faucet
A Toronto couple remodel their home with a special emphasis on a spacious kitchen and a material-rich bathroom.
June 24, 2016
Affordable home in Kansas City living room
In Kansas City, an architecture studio designs an adaptable house for a musician on a budget.
June 23, 2016
modern lycabettus penthouse apartment oak vertical slats office
By straightening angles, installing windows, and adding vertical accents, architect Aaron Ritenour brought light and order to an irregularly shaped apartment in the heart of Athens, Greece.
June 23, 2016
kitchen confidential tiles custom cabinetry oak veneer timber house
A modest kitchen addition to a couple’s cottage outside of Brisbane proves that one 376-square-foot room can revive an entire home.
June 23, 2016
feldman architecture 0
Each week, we tap into Dwell's Instagram community to bring you the most captivating design and architecture shots of the week.
June 22, 2016
Blackened timber Dutch home
A modern dwelling replaces a fallen farmhouse.
June 22, 2016
hillcrest house interior kitchen 3
Seeking an escape from bustling city life, a Manhattan couple embarks on a renovation in the verdant Hudson Valley.
June 22, 2016
Atelier Moderno renovated an old industrial building to create a luminous, modern home.
June 21, 2016
San Francisco floating home exterior
Anchored in a small San Francisco canal, this floating home takes its cues from a classic city habitat.
June 21, 2016
modern renovation addition solar powered scotland facade steel balcony
From the bones of a neglected farmstead in rural Scotland emerges a low-impact, solar-powered home that’s all about working with what was already there.
June 21, 2016
up in the air small space new zealand facade corrugated metal cladding
An architect with a taste for unconventional living spaces creates a small house at lofty heights with a starring view.
June 21, 2016
young guns 2016 emerging talent marjan van aubel london cwai ming ng current window
Marjan Van Aubel makes technology a little more natural.
June 21, 2016
urban pastoral brooklyn family home facade steel cypress double
Building on the site of a former one-car garage, an architect creates his family’s home in an evolving neighborhood of Brooklyn.
June 20, 2016
Modern Brooklyn backyard studio with plexiglass skylight, green roof, and cedar cladding facade
In a Brooklyn backyard, an off-duty architect builds a structure that tests his attention to the little things.
June 20, 2016
the outer limits paris prefab home living area vertigo lamp constance guisset gijs bakker strip tablemetal panels
In the suburbs of Paris, an architect with an eco-friendly practice doesn’t let tradition stand in the way of innovation.
June 20, 2016