[see more of Jake Longstreth's paintings here]
[Swiss cartographer Eduard Imhof's "Mount Everest or Chomolongma", from the Schweizerischer Mittelschulatlas, editions 1962-1976; see also the hand-drawn hillshade which underlies the final atlas version; via but does it float]
[Concretized hydrology; "Water catchement system built by the British military... in order to supply water to the troops who man [Ascension Island]", from photographer Simon Norfolk's series on that island; via The BLDGBLOG Book]
[Couldn't resist posting a second of Chris Foss's Dune paintings; see below for details and attribution]
[The Emperor's Palace, depicted by British artist Chris Foss in production artwork for Alejandro Jodorowsky's unrealized 1975 adaptation of Dune, the cast of which was to include Mick Jagger, Orson Welles, and Salvador Dali (as the Emperor). The soundtrack would have been provided by Pink Floyd. Jodorowsky's Dune collapsed in pre-production after spending a quarter of its budget and producing a script which ran a purported fourteen hours. An exhibition of artwork for that version of Dune, also including work by Moebius and H.R. Giger, is currently showing at the Drawing Room in London. Original link via Blueprint; more of Foss's work for Dune at skiffy and dune info.]
[Detail of photograph from On the Grid, "a project by Adam Ryder and Brian Rosa, [which] explores the landscape immediately surrounding high-tension electric transmission lines in Rhode Island. Starting near the Ocean State Power facility in Burrillville, Ryder and Rosa spent several days walking along various sites of arterial infrastructure."]
A portion of "Untitled, Lincolnshire", photographed by Richard Mosse. Not quite sure where I got the link, because it has been sitting in an open tab for well over a week now -- BLDGBLOG seems likely, if only because he recently did an interview with Mosse.
I am thinking that, if anyone ever takes the obvious step of creating a series of films based on Iain Banks' Culture novels, John Berkey would be the perfect visual touchstone.
[the photography of Josef Schulz, via but does it float]
This particular drawing is "Dedicated sensoring/how to hear with clarity". The drawings are quite nice, managing to be both delicate and imprecise (a bit like Klee?); the title adds a lift1 of melancholy. Beeferman describes the motivation behind the series:
"The Eglin FPS-85 radar is a building used by NASA to track orbital debris. Rooted to the ground, yet gazing toward the sky, this structure epitomizes the persistence and limitations of human exploration. My latest series of drawings picture the universe seen by the Eglin: a rotating mass of detritus, rocks, dust and information streams. I imagined the Eglin's desire to project itself into this space alongside its radar waves, to experience the clutter first-hand."
For comparison, the building itself:
 In landscape construction, 'lifts' are a way of describing the process of laying imported or excavated soil in repeated, measured thicknesses (often eighteen inches) in order to arrive at a desired finished grade with even compaction.
Seen on _urb_:
matt shlian::12 morning glory lane [link]
More drawings and paper engineering can be seen and/or purchased at Matt Shlian's website; while its more or less all quality work, the drawings like 12 morning glory lane, which filter clean lines through computer and pen plotter to achieve distortions that resemble perfected topographies, are particularly evocative, suggesting a midpoint between Maya Lin and Tron (bonus: Tron Sweded).
Seen on core.form-ula:
images via new-territories.com
Project by R&Sie(n), twelve hundred hydroponic ferns and three hundred blown glass beakers add up to one unique wall.
Via we make money not art, this collection of photographs, Alec Soth's Sleeping by the Mississippi, caught my eye:
[images from soth's website]
::Watch an interview with Alec Soth by Minnesota Public Radio
::No post related to the Mississippi is complete without a link to (a) Pruned's series "Geological Investigation of the Alluvial Valley of the Lower Mississippi River" and (b) the 1944 Fisk report by the same name to which the Pruned series refers.