ABOUT designKULTUR

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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 …

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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 …

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(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!

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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.

Enjoy!

Cheers,

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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  1. Hi Michael,
    I have used your site as a reference for my thesis. Thank you very much for the wealth of information! I was wondering if you could email me your full name so that I can cite it properly.
    I was also wondering about a photo on your about page. The name is venez_e672.jpg
    Is this from Expo 67? It is such a great photo.

    Thanks in advance,
    Sarah Fox

    1. Hello Ms. Fox
      Thanks for writing. I’ve updated my “About” page to include my full name.
      Re the photo – yes, that’s the Venezuelan pavilion @ Expo 67.
      The original source of the photo: http://www.dchillier.com/expoextra/
      Best with your thesis!
      Cheers,
      Michael Francis McCarthy

      1. That’s great thanks!

  2. Hi Miguel –
    Thanks for the compliment. I’m not sure which photo you’re referring, but none of Tange Kenzo’s are mine. I usually try to reference every photo I use – did you try clicking on the image you’re interested in? My best guess was that it came from en.wikipedia KENZO TANGE – try there for great CC photos! Best, Michael

  3. Hi Michael,
    Congratulations for this site. It is great!
    I am reaching you because I am editor of a culture magazine and would like to use a picture that you have in your site (
    Kenzo Tange’s Olympic Pools). Is this yours? Would I be given permission to use it?

    i would very much appreciate it .
    Thank you
    Miguel Conde

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