Like graphic designer Romain Jacquet-Lagreze, Australian photographer Peter Stewart creates vertiginous eye candy from the courtyards and plazas of colourful buildings around the world – in this case, the illuminated residential blocks and skyscrapers of Hong Kong (pix 1-4, 6-7), Perth (pic 5), Guangzhou (pic 8) and Paris (pix 9,10).
Further to the Construction Industry Federation’s call for an increase in house prices.
John Gallen writes:
“I contacted them [CIF] via Twitter. I wanted to know why they saw it that “house prices need to increase in order for the building of residential properties to become more cost effective”.
The basic response is that although land has come down since the boom years in varying degrees other costs have not. I asked for detail of these other costs. I got this breakdown of how much to build a typical 3 Bed Semi-d. It comes in at €197k just to build it. Excluding VAT.”
Earlier: The Only Way Is Up
…the player interacts with the specially designed interface-cube. The interface-cube holds electronic components to keep track of rotation and orientation. This data is sent via Bluetooth to a computer that runs the Puzzle Facade designed software. This software changes the lights and color of the large-scale Ars Electronica’s media facade in correlation to the handheld interface-cube. Due to the nature of this building and its surroundings, the player is only able to see two sides at the same time. This factor increases the difficulty of solving the puzzle, but as the player is able to rotate and flip the interface-cube, it is not a blocking factor.
Music: Photonic Belt by Lenticular Clouds
A man, a heavy bucket, a rickety two story ladder and the counterweight of two – or possibly three – solid brass gonads.
All in a day’s work.