Howard and Nester Artists


Nature is the starting material for Nils-Udo's works. He creates works from sand, stones and logs that seem almost surreal in their purity. We show pictures.

The natural installations by Nils-Udo are geometrically graceful. From branches, leaves, stones or lava he composes works that fit into the respective landscape, but break with its grown disorder. Much of his work is placed in hidden places that can only be reached on foot. There its nests, lava roads and dune avenues are exposed to wind and weather. Over time they pass. Transform back into what they were originally: wild nature.

A.mudhif / muˈdiːf / (Arabic: المضيفal-muḍīf) is a traditional reed house made by the Madanpeople (also known as Marsh Arabs) in the swamps of southern Iraq. In the traditional Madan way of living, houses are constructed from reeds harvested from the marshes where they live. A mudhif is a large ceremonial house, paid for and maintained by a local sheik, for use by guests or as a gathering place for weddings, funerals, etc.

Located on 420 acres in the high desert, spiritual center dedicated to the "science of the future."

For those seeking to understand the “physics” of their minds, or perhaps just a higher sense of consciousness, the Institute of Mentalphysics may be just the thing they were looking for. Built by Frank Lloyd Wright and his son Lloyd Wright in 1946, the Institute of Mentalphysics sits in the high desert of Joshua Tree, California. Based on enlightenment philosophy, the Science of Mentalphysics is advertised as "a portal to your inner being."

I first immersed myself into the history of Pruitt-Igoe through the documentary "The Pruitt-Igoe Myth" on Netflix. A fascinating and tragic documentary about the attempts to create a social utopia through architecture by offering a housing complex that promised to rid the city of crime and poverty and provide fair housing to those in need.

Unfortunately (and not to my surprise) the result instead led to two decades of tower and ultimately the destruction of the entire complex.

Utopian idealism was the foundation of futurist architects during the 19th century. Their ideas were systematic in their visions but invariably unrealizable. Through the dissolution of past architecture, great minds such as Minoru Yamasaki (The creator of Pruitt-Igoe) were unable to achieve a state of utopia within a society they did not readily understand. Their unwillingness to reevaluate past architectural pursuits isolated their futurist notions and didn’t allow for progressive planning with respect to societal needs.

To begin to understand the utopian visions of past influential architects we must begin with the primarily influential novelists that spurred the ideas of the future. In 1883, Diothas; or, A Far Look Ahead was released by the author John Macnie under the pseudonym “Ismar Thiusen”, that broke ground on the realizations of how a future society could live. Following that, Bellamy’s Looking backward was released in 1888. Two years later Caesar’s Colum: A Story of Twentieth Century by Ignatius Donnelly was published and finally following these novels was Garden Cities of To-morrow by Ebenezer Howard. Published around the same time, these four fictional novels truly laid the foundation for the visions of architects and resulted in the chaotic urban planning of North America. The conception of urban utopias began in fictional writing. It was the perfect platform for the development of an idea without the necessary responsibility of actually creating it.

I highly recommend the above books as well as the documentary which until recently could be found on Netflix.

Here is a link to a great write up on Pruitt-Igoe in ArchDaily.

To help this cluster of houses blend into their setting in a Mexican forest, architecture studio Taller Hector Barroso chose to cover the walls in a render made using local soil.