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hello, my name is Jen. This is mostly a place for reblogs of art stuffs, science stuffs, and cute stuffs.

art blog: day by atmosphere // art sites: DA , pixiv

fleck-tesseract:

Voyages over Edinburgh, New York, and Paris

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— 1 year ago with 211 notes
#art  #cities  #travel 
seventypercentethanol:

The city, the Scientist says, is built on an enormous salt lake, and for three months every year, during the rains, the entire plain would be converted into a mirror; the town and it’s people reflected action for action, point for point.
They continue towards the town center, he in silence, and the Scientist with his explanations; indicating the fluted columns which hold the buildings above the lake, the iridescent mother of pearl tiles, the deep and narrow canals, and see how the entire city is designed to reflect upon itself during those three short months. All were identified in the tired, cynical manner of a man who is revisiting a place so that its wonders no longer beguile him.
It was because this was his first time here, that he did not realize the city’s secret until he glances down at the Scientist’s feet: although the images in the lake may mirror them, action for action, point for point, a mirror is never truly of equivalent value of that which it reproduces.
The Scientist’s mute doppelganger was not speaking of cities, or fluted columns or iridescent tiles, instead what he is saying is this; I will take you to a thousand different lands, wonders beyond wonders, forever if you wish it, only do not go back there, to that half life that is life but not living, not just for yourself but selfishly for me, for I will be lost and lonely without you.
It is only then he realizes that they themselves are mirrors, distorted reenactments on clouded glass.
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The city, of course is the one Marco Polo calls Valdrada.
Sorry I haven’t been around as much of late/late with replies but I’ve been mulling over numerous life changing decisions, one which involves a total change of career, and perhaps a move halfway across the world. I talked to my folks about it, and they actually support my push to go into the arts.
Also I am not really a pretentious shithead, not usually.

seventypercentethanol:

The city, the Scientist says, is built on an enormous salt lake, and for three months every year, during the rains, the entire plain would be converted into a mirror; the town and it’s people reflected action for action, point for point.

They continue towards the town center, he in silence, and the Scientist with his explanations; indicating the fluted columns which hold the buildings above the lake, the iridescent mother of pearl tiles, the deep and narrow canals, and see how the entire city is designed to reflect upon itself during those three short months. All were identified in the tired, cynical manner of a man who is revisiting a place so that its wonders no longer beguile him.

It was because this was his first time here, that he did not realize the city’s secret until he glances down at the Scientist’s feet: although the images in the lake may mirror them, action for action, point for point, a mirror is never truly of equivalent value of that which it reproduces.

The Scientist’s mute doppelganger was not speaking of cities, or fluted columns or iridescent tiles, instead what he is saying is this; I will take you to a thousand different lands, wonders beyond wonders, forever if you wish it, only do not go back there, to that half life that is life but not living, not just for yourself but selfishly for me, for I will be lost and lonely without you.

It is only then he realizes that they themselves are mirrors, distorted reenactments on clouded glass.

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The city, of course is the one Marco Polo calls Valdrada.

Sorry I haven’t been around as much of late/late with replies but I’ve been mulling over numerous life changing decisions, one which involves a total change of career, and perhaps a move halfway across the world. I talked to my folks about it, and they actually support my push to go into the arts.

Also I am not really a pretentious shithead, not usually.

— 2 years ago with 275 notes
#nameless stories  #amei's arts  #cities  #art  #illustration  #invisible cities 

qinleng:

These images are now available as prints here!

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— 2 years ago with 1112 notes
#cities  #illustration  #art  #painting  #houses 

illustratedvancouver:

Swing City, a utopian fantasy concept of a city, imagined by Roger Kemble, with P. Stephen Babiak and John R. Chislett as contributing assistants. From the October 1968 issue of Canadian Architect, pp 58-65. Presented here are a couple closer detailed cross sections of the concept, post number 2.

Think back to 1968 if you will, and imagine a city filled with ambition, idealism, and poised to begin an explosion of vertical construction. It was the year Vancouver’s International Airport terminal opened, the Pacific Coliseum, as well as the Centennial Museum and H. R. MacMillan Planetarium, and Arthur Erickson’s MacMillan Bloedel Building too. SkyTrain was still almost 2 decades away, but the second drawing prominently features a monorail system, an integral transportation choice in a city which seems to have left the traditional street behind. This plan radically challenges all prior conventions, seeking extremely modern and modular solutions. It seems obsessed with scalability, and not so concerned with feasibility or sustainability. Would these ideals allow uninhibited human achievement, or would it transform the city into the Borg? A final post will include some of the explanatory text that accompanied these drawings.

— 2 years ago with 10 notes
#cities  #vancouver  #illustration 
drawgabbydraw:

I found Vintage Kids’ Books My Kid Loves on Blogspot, but Burgin also posts here on tumblr. Definitely recommended if you like children’s books!
otherstuffmykidloves:

Moose, Goose and Little Nobody by Ellen Raskin ~ Four Winds Press, 1974 

drawgabbydraw:

I found Vintage Kids’ Books My Kid Loves on Blogspot, but Burgin also posts here on tumblr. Definitely recommended if you like children’s books!

otherstuffmykidloves:

Moose, Goose and Little Nobody by Ellen Raskin ~ Four Winds Press, 1974 

— 2 years ago with 126 notes
#cities  #illustration 

plushturtle:

theantidote:

Inspired by another post here on Tumblr, I decided to look into the Kowloon Walled City in Hong Kong a bit more, it truly was one of the most amazing and terrifying places on earth.  Being slightly smaller than an NFL stadium, the structure was built of 350 smaller interconnected buildings and hosted, at it’s peak, a population density of 5 million people per square mile.

To put those numbers in perspective, this would be like taking the entire population of metro Philadelphia, the 4th largest in the US, and putting it in 1 square mile instead of 1,744.

The area was also largely ungoverned and unregulated.  Factories, apartments, schools, temples, churches, shops, cafes, hotels and almost anything else one could imagine were housed within the structure that never had a full blueprint of it done. Buildings were built onto buildings, expanded, rebuilt, and re-purposed as needed without a central authority of any kind.

Within the structure, natural light was almost non-existent, and an unknown number of miles of jury-rigged wires provided electricity to everything.  Water constantly dripped down to the lower levels from both rain and leaking pipes, while garbage filled every passage.  A constant yellow haze filled the structure and there were never any government safety inspections.

The Kowloon Walled City was demolished in the early 1990s as part of the deal that returned Hong Kong to the Chinese from the British. The entire area is now a park.

I find places like this fascinating, it is just incredible what we, humans, build and live in. This, hive, for lack of a better term, was one of the most interesting structures I’ve yet looked at.

For a documentary shot inside of the Kowloon Walled City, check here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lby9P3ms11w

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— 2 years ago with 22002 notes
#photography  #cities  #hong kong 
sandman-kk:

huge fan of public transportation. there is something about relaxing on a train passing by rural and city life. you get a taste of the world in one trip

sandman-kk:

huge fan of public transportation. there is something about relaxing on a train passing by rural and city life. you get a taste of the world in one trip

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— 2 years ago with 19 notes
#trains  #travel  #cities