Longing for the Absence of Design

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Pavement on a streetcorner, somewhere in southern Europe. Photo: RM

In a world where almost everything is designed, it can be a relief to come across something that has obviously NOT been designed. What characterizes design? Continue reading

Constructional Jam Session

Power Transformer Folly

Power Transformer uilding with folly in Bagnols-en-Forêt, France Photo: RM

After the construction of this small power transformer building on the outskirts of Bagnols-en-Foret  (Var, France) there were some bricks and tiles left over. This probably made the construction workers decide to go on a little more, this time improvising, without construction drawings, as a kind of constructional jam session after work. The result was a sloping piece of wall next to the house, covered with tiles, containing an asymmetrical gate. Continue reading

Bee Hotels

Bee Hotel in Arboretum Trompenburg, Rotterdam. Photo: RM

Bee Hotel in Arboretum Trompenburg, Rotterdam. Photo: RM

The parallels between wildlife and the human world are numerous. Since humans find it necessary to help certain species with their housing by making nest boxes and the like, animals have to deal with all the problems that also occur in the human real estate market. Continue reading

Christmas Time

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Christmas decorations, the Netherlands.

It’s Christmas again: the most wonderful time of the year. We celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ by stuffing ourselves with food underneath a decorated spruce. Cozy, sure. But how did we get here? How far has our civilization drifted for our most important holiday to take the form it has taken today? Continue reading