L'Espirit d'Escalier

L'Espirit d'Escalier

"A caelo usque ad inferos" - "From the sky to the depths of hell"

"Veni, vidi, vixi" - "I came, I saw, I lived"
This is Terra Nova.

The name's Mark. I'm 20. In my third of a total of FIVE years of architecture school. MA, USA native currently residing at CMU in Pittsburgh, PA.
Don't be fooled by the classy theme; this blog is nothing more than a useless collection of my thoughts, humor (both intelligent and inane), wit, whims, wisdom, hopes, fears, joys, sadnesses, and, occasionally, my stupid adolescent passions, by which of course I mean that mysterious thing we call "love." So, don't take this blog too seriously. Don't start a religion based on it.
At least not without paying me royalties first.



“Enter Pyongyang” is another stunning collaboration between city-­branding pioneer JT Singh and flow-motion videographer Rob Whitworth. Blending time-lapse photography, acceleration and slow motion, HD and digital animation, they have produced a cutting‐edge panorama of a city hardly known, but one emerging on the visitor’s landscape as North Korea’s opening unfolds.

North Korea was the last country seemingly immune to change—but no longer. Recent years have witnessed mobile phone penetration, a surge in tourists, and even a marathon. Numerous special economic zones have been launched in cooperation with China, Russia, and South Korea, with railways planned linking all countries in the region. “Enter Pyongyang” captures not just the city, but this dynamism and sense of potential.

This video is the single most significant multi-­media contribution to transcending clichés about North Korea as a society defined by reclusiveness and destitution. To travel there is to witness a proud civilization, though one caught in a Cold War time-warp. Korean cultural traditions are meticulously preserved and displayed in authentic richness. Anyone who has witnessed the awe-inspiring Mass Games knows that, with great sacrifice, North Koreans can pull off a performance unparalleled in its precision.

Learning about one of the world’s most secretive cities.

(Source: vimeo.com, via alwaysinstudio)


Another night of unrest in Ferguson. The community seems to be stepping in and stepping up to prevent looting, but SWAT/riot police are back in action. #staywoke  

(via weavingthunderstorms)


I saw the story of Luis Rodriguez going around with the gory image of his dead body and thought his family likely wouldn’t appreciate his likeness posted around after what has been a truly horrific moment in their lives. So, here are the same informative tweets without the images.

May he rest in peace and may his family have justice.

(via weavingthunderstorms)



Tangible Media

MIT’s Tangible Media is coming along nicely,

"Almost like a table of living clay, the inFORM is a surface that three-dimensionally changes shape, allowing users to not only interact with digital content in meatspace, but even hold hands with a person hundreds of miles away. And that’s only the beginning.

(via psychokeller)


Justin Plunkett


South African designer Justin Plunkett’s “Con/struct” series has more in common with the digitally-fabricated renderings of speculative architecture than documentary photography, but it illustrates an eerie collision of both formats. The images are built from a combination of photography, 3D modeling and substantial post-production editing, to form street-level perspectives of futuristic urban fantasies

(via barelytherearchitect)