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Monday, May 18, 2015

Pictures of People Along the Cheonggyecheon River, Seoul...


Continuing on from a related earlier post, a few additional pictures that were taken from the banks of the Cheonggyecheon River in Seoul, only here, rather than musing about the architecture and urban setting, focusing more on the various individuals and clusters of people that occupy and liven its extended open air, but below-ground-level, stretch - the individuals, couples, families, and groups of people, young and old, for which it was built in the first place... 











Friday, May 15, 2015

A Walk Down Cheonggyecheon River, Seoul...


The Cheonggyecheon river runs through downtown Seoul, forming a delightful urban addition to the city. Opened in 2005, this manmade intervention functions as an 'inverted High-Line', of sorts, forming a benign, tall, glass and steel veneered, chasm between the more exclusive north-side district of offices and shops, from the more domestically scaled cluster of commercial entities on its south-side...

The river is clearly artificial, starting from choreographed waterfall at it's eastern, city, end - flowing, babbling and gurgling, at various speeds, patterns, and exuberance down west towards the Han river, apparently about ten kilometers down the line (I never had a chance to walk that far)...

Whilst its beginning is quite 'architectural' - made up of large blocks of granite, slate, and concrete, it's outlines begin gradually to blur, fade, and restyle themselves into something a bit greener and less controlled, more casual, as one proceeds downstream...

Overall the Cheonggyecheon River is a truly admirable and courageous urban intervention that other cities, each in their own way (its spirit and collegial intentions), should aim to emulate...


Overlooking the start of the Cheonggyecheon River...

Looking back, towards the waterfall from which the river commences...


People relaxing by one of the numerous bridges crossing the river...

The river is flanked by tall buildings on both sides,  amplifying the below-ground-level-feel of the river even further...

It's become a populated route an unwinding spot...

The further down one advances, the greener the river's peripheries become...

The river from a higher viewpoint...

The river at sunset...

Friday, May 1, 2015

The Comet Vase...


Another project from the archives. The Comet Vase was an early attempt at making something both 'practical' as well as directly reflective/ innate to the means of fabrication. In this instance FDM was used to make the design. 

In an early rendition of the vase the stl file geometry was faulty, resulting in the top end of the piece being partially unwound, a 'fault' that was allowed to remain and become a feature in the final design. 

The vase consists of a set of hollow, extruded, tear-drop-shaped, cylinders or pipes that have an opening at the top, and taper to a thin tip at the bottom. The vase is supported by three evenly spaced cylinders supporting the units above...

Currently we've in the process of recreating this design to be remade out of metal, or a metal finish, material...

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