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James A. FitzPatrick - Traveltalks

Thanks to Allan Hyde's (yes, Godric) twitter post I have discovered this, now silly, travel-logs from 30's and 40's produced by Mr. James A. FitzPatrick.



Copenhagen 1937



James A. Fitzpatrick (February 26, 1894 in Shelton, Connecticut – June 12, 1980 in Cathedral CityCalifornia) was a movie producer, director, writer, and narrator, best remembered for making documentaries. After completing training in dramatic arts, he worked, for a while, as a journalist. In 1925, he entered in films by filming travel documentaries for British and American viewers.[1] [2] MGM distributed the series under the umbrella titles "Fitzpatrick Traveltalks" and "The Voice of the Globe". ForParamount, he produced "Vistavision Visits". Many of the movies were in Technicolor. These brief documentaries are often shown on Turner Classic Movies prior to the broadcast of relevent movies. (Wikipedia)


It is so great to see for example Copenhagen before WWII or Chicago before Sears Tower. Or how "thanks to the modern technology it is possible to reach Old Amsterdam from New Amsterdam in just incredible 18 hours".


Pierre Koenig / Case Study House #22 - Stahl House

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Case Study House #22, aka Stahl House, is a modernist styled house in the Hollywood Hills section of Los Angeles, California that was designed by Pierre Koenig. Photographic and anecdotal evidence suggests that the architect's client, Buck Stahl, may have provided an inspiration for the overall structure.[1]



Diller Scofidio + Renfro / The High Line Park, New York

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High Line Park
529 West 20th Street, Suite 8W, New York, NY
The Official Website of The High Line

The Second phase of the High Line Park is completed recently doubling the park's length, connecting three neighborhoods along the West Side. One mile long New York City park  is built on a 1.45-mile (2.33 km) section of the former elevated freight railroad spur called the West Side Line on the lower west side of Manhattan; it has been redesigned and planted as an aerial greenway.

Dominique Perrault / Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris

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Official Website of Bibliothèque nationale de France
Gallica – The Digital Library of Bibliothèque nationale de France
Address: 12 quai Panhard-Levassor, Paris 13e, France 
Established 1792
30 million items (14 million books and publications)
The National Library of France (Bibliothèque nationale de FranceBnF) is located in 13th Arrondissement in Paris. It is intended to be the repository of all that is published in France.
On 14 July 1988, President François Mitterrand announced the construction and the expansion of one of the largest and most modern libraries in the world, intended to cover all fields of knowledge, and designed to be accessible to all, using the most modern data transfer technologies, which could be consulted from a distance, and which would collaborate with other European libraries. Surprisingly, the library does not maintain a wireless network. 

MVRDV / Westerdok Apartments, Amsterdam

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Credits: Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs, Nathalie de Vries
Stefan Witteman, Frans de Witte, Anton Wubben
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Built: 2002-2009
Area: 6.000 m2
Client: O.M.A. (Ontwikkelings Maatschappij Apeldoorn)
Program: 46 apartments and a day-care centre
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This great residential building from MVRDV in Amsterdam’s Westerdok island shows how the good concepts don’t have to be complicated.
Openness as design concept: The minimal amount of materials used, glassThe building with a total surface of 6000 m2 contains 46 apartments and a day-care centre.
Each apartment has a balcony of varying depths which stretch as bands along the entire facade, offering varied outside spaces and views over the western docklands of Amsterdam. The floor-to-ceiling glass façade can be fully opened and contrasts with the other buildings within the so called ‘VOC Cour’ port redevelopment that are mainly made of brick. , steel and concrete, results in maximum openness for the façade.
The urban plan is a closed city block with buildings of differing heights surrounding a central court. After two earlier urban plans failed, the client O.M.A. (Ontwikkelings Maatschappij Apeldoorn) has in fact determined the current urban plan. The MVRDV building is located inside the court with one façade facing the waterfront of the Westerdok.
MVRDV on the official site
 

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