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This post is a good way to combine my last two. Take Le Corbusier’s social housing masterplans along with my recent obsession with all things space (did you know the International Space Station is now the brightest object in the night sky after the moon? It is! Work out when you can see it next here) and you get these incredible visions of our future in space.
Comissioned by NASA in the 1970s, they are artist impressions of what our future homes in space could look like. I don’t know about you, but I’m so in.
(Thanks to my housemate for forwarding me the link to these)
Today is Ada Lovelace Day; A day of blogging that celebrates women in technology. Even though it has little to do with the usual content of this blog, I wanted to take part. My current job would not be available to me, were it not for the pioneers who have helped clear the way. Whilst many will choose to focus on those who have contributed to the computer sciences, women’s earliest roles in science and technology were in ‘observational’ sciences, in helping their husbands and fathers with experiments at home, in botany, or in female medicine. To recognise this, and in keeping with my own interests, I have chosen a very early example…
Caroline Lucretia Herschel was one of the very first female astronomers, and one of the first women to really achieve recognition for her work in science. Born in 1750 she worked alongside her brother William, and independently, disocvering new objects in the night sky and developing ever more powerful telescopes.
Her early work was almost completely in aiding William, and she stated that the assistance she provided him, hindered her own work and desire to explore. William soon discovered Venus and was enlisted as the King’s Astronomer to George III. Caroline continued to help him in his work discovering the true shape of the Milky Way, the icey poles of Mars and infrared radiation. They worked closely together until he was married and a strained relationship with his new wife gave her the oppurtunity to practice on her own before reconciling her relationship with William.
Caroline discovered eight comets, the dwarf galaxy Messier 110 (a companion of Andromeda, see above) and in 1798 published a Catalogue of Stars recognising errors in Flamsteed’s previous index. When her brother died, Caroline did not stop, producing a catalogue of nebulae and continuing his work.
Caroline’s hard, innovative, work was widely recognised and she was the first woman to recieve a Gold Medal from the Royal Astronomical Society (another was not awarded until 1996). She was also to become one of the first female honorary member’s of the society, along with Mary Somerville and of the Royal Irish Academy. In 1935 a small moon crater was named in her honour.
She died in 1848, a full 160 years ago. In every way she was a true early pioneer in technology, who overcame the politics of her era to be fully recognised for her achievements.
I’m a fan of concrete and of utopian, socialism-influenced, architecture. A day spent at The Barbican, exploring the work of Le Corbusier then, is a day well-spent. His ideas, I think, were more influential than the buildings that were actually created. His incredible urban plans for Paris and Algiers were a gateway to his smaller scale projects like the Unité d’Habitation, and others, such as the Barbican itself, that followed.
Proposal for the centre of Paris
Le Corbuiser’s plan for Algiers
I’m finding Snjezana Josipovic’s photographs completely astonishing. I’m not really sure what else I can say, except check out her Flickr and her website and hope that one day soon some of these incredible portraits will be available in a nice big book. She makes me wish I could take such wonderful photos of my friends.
I don’t really understand the fashion industry. They’re all showing their ‘fall’ collections now whilst I’m just getting warmed up to the idea of Spring. I reckon I might just as well combine the two though, so here are just a few of the things, designers and looks I have been enjoying, and am hoping to wear in the next few months.
Basically, I want anything involving tailored shorts or trousers, striped or nautical, or, y’know, a kitten.
Occasionally I wonder if all of my favourite photos are too much of the same style; I quickly realise I can’t help it though. In a funny way, I think they capture my preferred asthetic for life. Nothing too grand, slightly bleak, nothing too polished or shiny, all very real. Many of the photographers I’ve featured thus far with this style have been American, Josh Murfitt isn’t. He’s in the UK and seems to find all the little corners I love, and that make Britain my home.