Everyone knows Pixar. The company, started by George Lucas, bought by Steve Jobs and inspired to greatness by John Lasseter has had many animated hits. Like Toy Story, Finding Nemo and The Incredibles.
Recently I got interested in their creative culture. My interest grew while reading the book ‘A Pixar Touch’, by David Price. Since I’m interested in architecture, I wanted to find out if their unique creative culture is reflected by their headquarters in Emeryville, California. Not surprisingly the answer is yes.
For some reason, I’m intrigued by the abandoned Six Flax amusement park in New Orleans. The amusement park closed its doors just before hurricane Katrina hit, it never reopened. It’s located in one of the hardes-hit areas in town. The only ride not flooded was Batman: The Ride, which was later rescued from the park and moved to Six Flags Fiesta in Texas.
Above is a video of the abandoned and sometimes spooky amusement park. It’s beautifully made by photographer Teddy Smith. I wished I could go to New Orleans and visit this Six Flags park with my camera. Unfortunately, the park will be demolished and sold for scrap metal in 2011.
When I was in New York City, I went to a lecture by renowned architect Steven Holl at GSAPP, Columbia University. One of the subjects he spoke about was his famous horizontal skyscraper in China. The Vanke Center in Shenzhen.
The way he spoke about this particular project was fascinating. I don’t remember everything he spoke about, but I do remember his passion when talking about this project. The Vanke Center is a long mixed-use complex which includes office spaces, apartments, a hotel and a public landscape.
I love photos. Especially the ones published by National Geographic. That’s why I had to post the photo above. It’s one of the winners of the National Geographic Photo Contest 2010. Submitters could choose between three categories: People, Places and Nature. Photos were judged on creativity and photographic quality.
The photo displayed above is the winner in the category Places. The jury loved the spooky and futuristic feeling of the photo. The winning entries are publicized in the November issue of the magazine.
Several years ago I started my architectural studies in the Netherlands. Since then, my life accelerated. I lived in five different countries, biked all across the Netherlands, designed a mega church and started working as director. Oh, I also co-founded a company. And I feel like I’m just warming up!