Saturday, December 11, 2010



                                                           Iman Maleki 

Born in 1976 in Teheran. From an early age he was fascinated with paintings. Age 15 he studied with Morteza Katouzian, de greatest realist painter in Iran & since had many successful showings of his paintings. The most important exhibition to date was the “Exhibition of Realist painters of Iran” in the Contemporary Museum of Art in Teheran(1999) and the “Group Exhibition of KARA Studio Painters” in the SABZ galerie(1998) and the SA'AD ABAD Palace(2003).
Look like photo’s... but these are actual PAINTINGS!


He is consired to be the best realist painter in the world!

Unbelievable technique and talent...

Bringing Life, Giving Water and Peace, via a Skyscraper in Sudan - eVolo | Architecture Magazine

Citing experts and news articles, architecture student Hugon Kowalski says that the unrest in the Darfur region of Sudan, where over 200,000 have been killed and 2 million have fled, has, in reality, been caused by the scarcity of water, and the subsequent struggles to claim some of this precious resource. Amazingly, researchers at Boston University discovered, in 2007, an underground lake in the region that, though now dry, could be refilled as an artificial lake. This reservoir could then be tapped to bring plentiful water, and quite possibly peace, to the war-torn area.
The skyscraper that Kowalski has designed taps into the underground lake and brings it to the surface for distribution. In addition to housing the water pumps and treatment facility, however, the building also has a hospital, school and a food storage center, centralizing many life-bringing and saving services into one vital tower.
The building is made of brick, which will be made on-site and baked, energy-free, by the hot desert sun. The building will also be environmentally responsible by utilizing water turbines and solar panels.
Because of the diverse services housed within, Kowalski says that the building can simultaneously stimulate the economy and help untie under one roof the very different populations of the people of Darfur (Sudan being Africa’s largest nation, and one of its most diverse religiously, ethnically and linguistically). This mission of peace via architecture seeks to ameliorate one of the recent past’s most horrific crises.
Bringing Life, Giving Water and Peace, via a Skyscraper in Sudan - eVolo | Architecture Magazine

The Museo Nazionale dell’Automobile is reopening!



[ 18.12.2010; ] On the occasione of the 150th anniversary of the Unification of Italy, the “new” Museo Nazionale dell’Automobile in Turin will open after three years of renovation.
In the presence of the Head of the Governement Giorgio Napolitano and on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy, the “new” Museo Nazionale dell’Automobile in Turin will reopen after three years of renovation. A new innovative and modern design, given to the architect Cino Zucchi and ot the stage designer Francois Confino, who in Turin had already set up the Museo del Cinema, has changed the shape of the museum. But, after all, it has been given it a new essence and a new mission: it is not just an architectural renovation, but a real intervention that aims at finding a more dynamic place to the museum within the Italian cultural world.

Turin is the “Italian capital of the car”: from industry to design, from planning to engineering, from research centers to production. So, it does not concern only on production, but it is a cultural and social phenomenon that is enhanced and expressed throught the transformation of the museum. The highest level of the Museo Nazionale dell’Automobilein Turin is managed by the President Giuseppe Alberto Zunino, the vice President Fiorenzo Alfieri and the Director Rodolfo Gaffino Rossi.

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