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The suspended orange tree. Ran Morin (born 1958) is an Israeli artist, known for his statues involving full-sized living trees. Much of his work is found in Israel, notably the Olive Tree and surrounding park on the Ramat Rachel kibbutz. He currently lives in New York. Among the city streets of old Jaffa is a hidden work of Morin’s known as the Floating Orange Tree. Finished in 1993, this is a small orange tree that is elevated off of the ground by a large earthenware jug hung by metal chains from the walls of houses nearby. The tree is growing out of the pitcher, trying to break it. Morin sought to emphasize the increasing world of separation between man and nature, as “creatures that grow in containers.”

This statue is hung only a foot or so off of the ground - enough to see its shadow, but not so high that it seems about to fall down.

Morin has used hanging trees elsewhere: another one adorns the lobby of the Dan Eilat Hotel (finished in 1995), and a hanging maple tree can be seen in London’s Regent Park (1994). (at Suspended orange tree)

The #Narkomfin #Building is a block of flats in #Moscow, #Russia, designed by Moisei Ginzburg with Ignaty Milinis in 1928, and finished in 1932. Only two of four planned buildings were completed. The building is squeezed between old and new #territories of United States Embassy at 25, Novinsky Boulevard. A fine example of #Constructivist #architecture and avant-garde #interior #planning, it is presently in a dilapidated state; most units were vacated by residents years ago. Proposed reconstruction, in the best case, will retain only exterior #walls.
This apartment block, designed for #workers at the Commissariat of Finance (shortened to Narkomfin) was an opportunity for Ginzburg to try out many of the theories advanced by the Constructivist OSA group in the course of the 1920s on architectural form and communal living. The building is made from reinforced #concrete and is set in a park. It originally consisted of a long block of apartments raised on pilotis (with a penthouse and roof garden), connected by an enclosed bridge to a smaller, glazed block of collective facilities.

As advertised by the architects, the #apartments were to form an intervention into the everyday life (or byt) of the inhabitants. By offering Communal facilities such as kitchens, creches and laundry as part of the block, the tenants were encouraged into a more socialist and, by taking #women out of their traditional roles, #feminist way of life. The structure was thus to act as a ‘social condenser’ by including within it a #library and gymnasium.

On the other hand, architects of 1920s had to face the #social #reality of an overcrowded socialist city: any single-family apartment unit with more than one room would eventually be converted to a multi-family kommunalka. Apartments could retain the single-family status if, and only if, they were physically small and could not be partitioned to accommodate more than one family. Any single-level apartment could be partitioned; thus, the avant-garde community (notably, Ginzburg and Konstantin Melnikov) designed such model units, relying on #vertical separation of bedroom (top level) and combined kitchen and living room (lower level). Ilya Golosov implemented these cells for his Collective House in Ivanovo; Pavel Gofman for communal housing in Saratov. Ginzburg refined their cell #design based on real-life experience. (at Narkomfin)

The Skolkovo School of Management is a graduate business school located near Skolkovo, Moscow Oblast, in the close vicinity of the capital city of Moscow, Russia. The school, which was founded in 2006, is a joint project by major Russian and international business leaders. #archiprix #moscow #russia #2013 #architecture #architect #archdaily #Skolkovo #Management #graduate #business #school #Oblast #capital #city #joint #project #major #Russian #international #business #leaders

Moscow’s catastrophe or how to get stuck in a traffic jam for 90 minutes to drive less than a mile on an eight lines road. You need to be very centered not to kill anyone… #archiprix #moscow #russia #public #roads #cars #traffic #trip #travel #traveling #architecture #urban #city #chaos #challenges (at Ресторан-кондитерская “Terrine”)

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