Architectural sketches are fascinating – outdated in an age of digital design and artistic in an incredibly technical profession.
Architecture student Adelina Gareeva drafts her work by hand, creating extremely detailed architectural portraits by putting pencil to paper rather than stylus to tablet:
Steps that go nowhere, pedestrian walkways that dead-end into elevated bridges, doors that open out into mid-air; these structures are called ‘Thomassons’ and are what happens when workers demolishing or rebuilding an outdated structure leave part of it behind.
The term was coined by a Japanese artist, Akasegawa Genpei, based on Gary Thomasson. Thomasson was an American baseball player who was traded to Tokyo team the Yomiuri Giants, for a massive fee. for a two year contract. As soon as he hit Japanese soil though, he instantaneously became terrible, setting 1981s all-time strikeout record. However, due to being on a 2 year contract, the team had to keep him on.
For Akasegawa, Gary Thomasson was “useless” and also “maintained.”
The lovely thing about this story is not only finding out that a common urban phenomenon has a name, but also that this name has such an evocative genesis:
Benjamin Lloyd is a Kiwi tattoo artist who gives hospitalised children fake body ink on using non-toxic ink stencils.
He recently tatted-up all the newly admissions at Auckland’s Starship Children Hospital. It’s a fantastic act of charity and you can see from the smiles how much it means to the kids:
Rescued street dogs were trained as ‘Ball Dogs’ at the Brazil Open. They are adorably terrible: