from time to eternity

Illustration for Einstein Tomb  by Lebbeus Woods 1940-2012
“I’m not interested in living in a fantasy world … All my work is still meant to evoke real architectural spaces. But what interests me is what the world would be like if we were free of conventional limits. Maybe I can show what could happen if we lived by a different set of rules”  New York Times. August 25, 2008.

R.I.P. Mr Woods

Lebbeus Ships

Gritty sci-fi urban fantasies by Edinbourgh’s Ian McQue.

An alternative reality or a post-apocalyptic future?

Ian’s blog.

The name of the last ship suggests an hommage to a great artist and architect Lebbeus Woods.

Couldn’t have chosen better inspiration.

waterproof public space

A public space/water barrier proposal by Lebbeus Woods in the area of  Malecón in Habana. The proposal consist of a series of independent terrace segments , each one resting on heavy steel hinges .When the weather is nice, the segments form a six-kilometer long terrace, cantilevered over the sea.

In case of a storm or a hurricane (that occurs in the region every 50years), a ballast system within the terrace segments is activated and rotates them on their hinges into a near-vertical position. This creates a strong, high seawall that holds back the surging water and protects the neighbourhood from flooding.

When the storm passes and the water recedes, the segments rotate back into their original positions and the public space is given back to the city. Simple as that!