Tower of David, Caracas - by Iwan Baan

Architecture, Infrastructure & Living

With a background in architecture, I have always been interested in my surroundings, the built environment, how it makes us feel and how people interact with it. Photography has the ability to capture the beauty of both buildings and infrastructure – and to convey our perception of these spaces.

A couple of current exhibitions exploring this theme are:

  • Building Images – produced by Sto Werkstatt and Arcaid Images. This exhibition explores the importance of photography in communicating architectural ideas and concepts. Showcasing photographs by 14 talented architectural photographers who all recently competed in the Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards.  The images are stunning and the exhibition is open until 28th february 2015 at Sto Werkstatt in Clerkenwell, London.
Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards 2014 Overall Winner and Interiors: Heydar Aliyev Centre Cultural Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects. Photo by Hufton and Crow.

Winning photo by Hufton and Crow of the Heydar Aliyev Centre Cultural Centre.

Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards 2014 Runner-Up - Buildings-in-Use: Encants Flea Market by B720 Arquitectura. Photo by Inigo Bujedo Aguirre.

Photo by Inigo Bujedo Aguirre of Encants Flea Market.

 

  • RICS Infrastructure Photography Competition –  organised by The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. This annual competition has been launched to promote the importance of major infrastructure projects and their contribution to British society. All shortlisted and credited entries will be showcased in a two week exhibition in RICS Parliament Square Offices in London, and as part of RICS Infrastructure Conference.
Infrastructures Winning photograph - 'Double Travel' by Rita Testa

Infrastructures Winning photograph – ‘Double Travel’ by Rita Testa

 

Infrastructures - 'Forth Bridge' by Dominic Smith

Infrastructures – ‘Forth Bridge’ by Dominic Smith

 

Infrastructures - 'Surveillance' by Marek Emczek Olszewski

Infrastructures – ‘Surveillance’ by Marek Emczek Olszewski

 

Ingenious homes in unexpected places

Exploring how people interact with buildings and use spaces, Iwan Baan, an urban documentary photographer, has captured some amazing images from Venezuela. The Tower of David is an unfinished, abandoned skyscraper in Caracas, where eight years ago, people started moving in and making their homes.

Public space, Tower of David, Caracas - by Iwan Baan

Public space, Tower of David, Caracas – by Iwan Baan

Adding colour, Tower of David, Caracas - by Iwan Baan

Adding colour, Tower of David, Caracas – by Iwan Baan

Working, Tower of David - by Iwan Baan

Working, Tower of David – by Iwan Baan

Tower of David Gym - by Iwan Baan

Tower of David Gym – by Iwan Baan

 

Watch Iwan Baan’s TED talk – Ingenious homes in unexpected places:

Iwan Baan’s talk gives us an interesting insight to what extent we can adapt to, but also change our environment to create a place to live, a home, full of individuality. What we choose to surround ourselves is an expression of who we are as individuals and what’s important to us.

 

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