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Hooligan Sparrow

Posted on March 15, 2016 by Toothpicker

The Chinese human rights activist Ye Haiyan
 
Last week I attended the opening night of the Human Rights watch film festival to watch a new documentary called 'Hooligan Sparrow' by young Chinese filmmaker Nanfu Wang.
The filmmaker originally wanted to make a film about the abuse of sex workers in China, but ended up [...]

This post was posted in London, Films & documentaries, Social issues, Human rights and was tagged with documentaries, Film festival, Human rights, Hooligan Sparrow


Iceland's Museum of Design and Applied Art

Posted on February 23, 2016 by Toothpicker

 
There are many museums in the centre of Reykjavik, so I am not sure how many tourists would venture out of the city to The Museum of Design and Applied Art located 6 km away from the centre. I managed to board onto the correct bus (number 1 from the City Hall [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Travel, Contemporary crafts, Design, Iceland, Icelandic design and was tagged with art and design exhibitions, ceramics & potteries, Iceland, Icelandic design


Reykjavik's street art

Posted on February 19, 2016 by Toothpicker

 
Street art has become a global cultural phenomenon in the 21st century. What started as a subversive culture in the 1970s/80s New York has now evolved into a contemporary art movement.
While numerous street artists employ this medium to express their political views towards their governments and society, there are many who simply [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Street art & graffiti, Iceland, Reykjavijk and was tagged with graffiti/ street art, Iceland, Reykjavik


Reykjavik's contemporary architecture

Posted on February 16, 2016 by Toothpicker

 

Harpa concert and conference centre

 
This is my last entry on the architecture in Reykjavik, which focuses on the contemporary buildings in the city.
The most distinguished contemporary building in Reykjavik has to be the Harpa Concert and Conference Centre, opened in 2011. Designed by Danish architecture studio Henning Larsen Architects and Icelandic studio [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Design, Contemporary, Iceland, Reykjavijk, Icelandic design and was tagged with contemporary architecture, Iceland, Reykjavik, Icelandic design


The Nordic House by Alvar Aalto

Posted on February 12, 2016 by Toothpicker

 

 
I am a big fan of Finnish Modernist architect Alvar Aalto's work ( you can read my previous entry on him here). Although most of Aalto's buildings are located in Finland, he did build a few outside of Finland in his later years, and The Nordic House in Reykjavik is one [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Finnish design, Design, Modernist & Art Deco, Iceland, Reykjavijk and was tagged with alvar aalto, Finnish design, modernist architecture, Reykjavik


Modernist architecture in Reykjavik

Posted on February 8, 2016 by Toothpicker

 

Háteigskirkja Church
 
Reykjavik has a vast array of modern architecture, and the Nordic design style is discernible. Walking is the ideal way to explore the city's architecture, and I was grateful to have brought my warm snow boots.
 
Churches
The designs of the Icelandic churches are intriguing, and I wished that I had more [...]

This post was posted in Uncategorized, Architecture, Travel, Design, Modernist & Art Deco, Modernist design, Iceland, Reykjavijk, Icelandic design and was tagged with art deco architecture, modernist architecture, Iceland, Reykjavik, Icelandic design


Guðjón Samúelsson's Modernist architecture in Reykjavik

Posted on February 4, 2016 by Toothpicker

Hallgrímskirkja church in the centre of Reykjavik
 
If you visit Reykjavik, then it is impossible to miss its prominent landmark church - Hallgrímskirkja. At 73 metres (244 ft), it is the largest church in Iceland and the sixth tallest architectural structure in Iceland. Designed in 1937 by Guðjón Samúelsson (1887 – 1950), the State [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Modernist & Art Deco, Modernist design, Iceland, Reykjavijk, Icelandic design and was tagged with art deco architecture, modernist architecture, Iceland, Reykjavik, Guðjón Samúelsson, Icelandic design


Nostalgia for the Icelandic sky

Posted on January 28, 2016 by Toothpicker

Sunrise in Reykjvik
 
One of my favourite documentaries of all time is Chilean documentary film director Patricio Guzmán's 'Nostalgia for the light'. The poignant, insightful and stunningly beautiful film was set in Chile's Atacama Desert, and it is a meditation on life, history and the universe. The film touched me on many levels, but [...]

This post was posted in Photography, Travel, Nature, Social issues, Iceland, Reykjavijk, Climate change and was tagged with nature, climate change, sunset, Iceland, Reykjavik


Designs for the homeless

Posted on January 16, 2016 by Toothpicker

In my last entry, I focused on the growing issue of homelessness in London, now I want to examine the solutions designers have come up with to tackle this issue.
Last year, London architectural designer James Furzer's ‘Home for the Homeless’ project won the top prize in FAKRO's International Design Competition.
Furzer has designed [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, British designs, Social issues, Design, Homelessness and was tagged with architecture, British design, homelessness, Dutch design


An encounter with London's homeless

Posted on January 12, 2016 by Toothpicker

Left: A rough sleeper in Islington; Right: the same problem can be seen in the streets of Glasgow

 
I don't believe in New Year's resolutions simply because if I want to make changes, I would not wait until the beginning of the year. However, a new year has motivated me to do [...]

This post was posted in London, Social issues, Homelessness and was tagged with London, paris


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