My passion for architecture, design, and urban planning was sparked by the discovery of Brasília — the City of the Future — in an old copy of National Geographic when I was in grade four.
Those two domes and the original “twin towers” thrilled me. This was the future! I knew then where I wanted to travel to when I grew up!
Here’s what started it all:
That one article convinced me that Oscar Niemeyer was a demigod and that architecture was an important and intriguing subject.
My interest in design, culture and the environment grew when I saw images of Montréal’s expo 67 in other magazines. More visions of the future …
My love-hate relationship with Japan (I’ve lost count, but I think I’ve travelled to Japan at least 15 times and lived in Tokyo for a year) began with Japan’s answer to Montreal: Expo ’70: “Progress and Harmony for Mankind” in Osaka. I fell for Kenzo Tange and Taro Okamoto …
(Arthur Erickson, Le Corbusier, and Richard Meier are other gurus of mine.)
Over the years I’ve travelled a fair bit, making architectural pilgrimages and delving into other cultures, teaching myself about some of the things you’ll find in my blog. I believe in lifelong learning!
I hope you’ll enjoy my visual scrapbook and perhaps learn a few new things or be tempted to research them yourself.
I believe that we’re now living in a “snippet culture,” so I try to keep my writing to a minimum and let the images, videos, and links speak for themselves.
I’m trying to act as a web editor, finding the best links to expand the topics of my posts.
I try to reference all the images I use that aren’t mine: most of the images on designKULTUR click back to their source. Please let me know if I’ve overlooked your credit.
MICHAEL FRANCIS McCARTHY
P.S. About the name of my blog: as my interest in architecture blossomed as a child, I found the Bauhaus to be an inspiration. The German spelling of “culture” in designKULTUR is my homage to that generation of European designers who had such a tremendous influence on design, culture + environment.
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