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Architecture Inspirations

Inspired by Marty’s talk, I have shared photographs of art and architecture from my travels.

Nazi book burning Memorial in Berlin

There are enough empty shelves in this subterranean room to hold all the books that were burned on this spot in 1933. This installation is unobtrusively in the city square, the platz. At a quick glance, this is easy to miss. There are no labels, no notice, no marker to say, “stop here and reflect on all the knowledge that has been lost because of something as ugly as war.” This taught me a new way to think about space.

Tate Modern, London Artist Timeline

This is quite possibly my favo(u)rite infographic of all time. Each floor of the the Tate Modern (Modern Art Museum) is separated by time periods. The Modern building has a long hallway (shown here) that separates two wings. Visitors can over look the firs floor of the museum that has a changing installation in the lobby. But, above the windows are the artists and movements that made major impacts during that decade. HOW. MARVELOUS. The entire wall is this beautiful work of art, data and history merged together. Luckily the Tate has a takehome size map for sale on their website and in the store.

The Great Mezquita Catedral in Cordoba, Spain

This Roman Catholic Cathedral is so important because it has gone through so many cultural and religious changes. But, just look at those arches. They go on and on and on forever. The colors are so warm and patterns so purposefully bold. It surely says something quite strong about entry ways.

Jodhpur, India: The Blue City

This is a view from Mehrangarh Fort thats walls once protected Jodhpur, the city where my parents are from and family lives. Just imagine an entire city with indigo colored walls. This makes such a unified beautiful statement about Jodhpur. I can only imagine what a site to see it was when the paint was fresh and the blue sang with the sky. Sister city, Jaipur is known as the Pink City.

Movable Type Dashboard, New York Times Lobby

These small boards load snippets of text from all the archived articles of the New York Times by Ben Rubin and Mark Hansen. The installation considers, of course color, text, sound and motion. Sometimes the words move in unity, sometimes in a pattern and sometimes at what seems to be random. Paired with sound makes a beautiful experience. The whole new building, is really a stunning piece of art. It’s free to visit. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1a1uHZdS-M, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWBXv_7Gw2w&feature=related

Nina Mehta is a writer and product design leader in Brooklyn, New York. She began her design career in journalism and has been writing online for 20+ years. Nina is from outside Chicago has since lived and worked in San Francisco, Berlin, London, and Tokyo. Learn about her work at ninamehta.com.

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