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H. Lee Waters’ Movies of Local People

H. Lee Waters Film Collection at Duke University Libraries – from 1936 to 1942 North Carolina photographer H. Lee Waters made hundreds of captivating short silent films of local people. During the Depression, when many couldn’t spare hard-won wages for a portrait but did allow themselves the luxury of going to the movies, …

Libraries and the mystery of Toynbee tiles

Toynbee tiles – If you’re in the mood for a real-life mystery that involves imagination, single-mindedness over spans of time, great ingenuity, a fair amount of what many might describe as wackiness and that remains, despite knowing who the person behind the tiles is, at its heart still an enigma, …

Skyscraper over moving trains (video)

  Instructional Video of the Day: How to Build Skyscrapers Over Moving Trains – 2:46 min video shows method of construction to be used by ‘mega-developer’ Brookfield in Manhattan West.   The company intends to develop two 60-story towers without interrupting train traffic, though a dozen tracks connecting Penn Station to …

Great library, website adventure

  Saw this great Venetian library renovation in Lotus 151 (p 42) by Michele De Lucchi, the Biblioteca di Storia dell’Arte in a wing of the Fondazione Cini, a former dormitory for Benedictine monks.   If you have a few minutes, treat yourself to a visit to De Lucchi’s website, aMDL …

Animated ABC of architects / Home libraries

The ABC Of Architects: An Animated List of Famous Designers And Their Buildings – one and a half minutes of fun, famous buildings by famous architects animated by Andrea Stinga and Federico Gonzalez of Ombu Architecture.  Their tumblr site has more famous architects condensed to a wonderful graphic essence.  It’s worth browsing through …

Hashima Island, coal mining to Bond

The History of Hashima, the Island in Bond Film “Skyfall” – transcript of PRI spot on the Japanese island, devoted solely to coal-mining, that was “recognized as the most densely populated place on earth…ever” until 1974 when it was abandoned.  Includes a 15-min video documentary.   Image source.

Strange world of the Quay Brothers

If you’re in New York anytime through Jan 7 check out the MOMA exhibition Quay Brothers: On Deciphering the Pharmacist’s Prescription for Lip-Reading Puppets.  The exhibit features sets from the brothers’ stop-action animated films, along with posters, book art, and other works on paper.  It’s in the film work, though, …