Obscure Design Typologies: Gorilla Enclosures

The Gorilla Enclosure as design typology presents a concentrated version of architecture as a total design project: design not of discrete objects but as the design of environment. One could think of the enclosure as a kind of imaginary world, an island contained within cage, glass, fence or wall. Inside, they operate both as a […]

Steven Meisel: Desire, Fear and Beautiful Stupidity

Steven Meisel is back with another “controversial” Vogue shoot – the latest in a series that’s been dubbed  ‘atrocity porn’ and previously seen swine flu, war and terrorism as scenarios within which to act out fashion imagery. This time it’s the Gulf oil slick that’s aproviding the topical leverage in that old environmental-disaster-as-edgy-fashion-forward aesthetic muse […]