Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Now and Then, Here and There

Though, admittedly, sometimes it feels rather dull and mundane, there are certain perks of being an art history student. For one, I don't only have classes in classrooms - sometimes we go to museums and train to be curators. For another, we get to do presentations of artworks - in my case, architectural works - in situ, which is refreshing and awesome. Last week, I got to present this housing development, the Rothenbergsiedlung. It was built in late 1920s/early 1930s by Otto Haesler. The architecture of this site is groundbreaking, mostly, because a.) the buildings were first made out of steel frame and b.) the flat roof was rather controversial and unconventional at the time - as opposed to the outdated trend of half-timbered houses. There's also a laundry house for all of the residents to use: the first floor is for washing, the second floor for drying. The second floor is facilitated with a drying room - which feels so much like a green house inside - and a drying cabinet - which is divided into vertical drawers that you can pull out and you can hang your laundry on the railings inside of it. Notable characteristics of Haesler's design are the ascending height of the buildings - which fits the hilly ground of the area - and the high windows in some buildings - which pushes into the building instead of sticking out so that people can tuck in a cupboard or two under them. Time has passed since the buildings were first established, renovations had been made and new houses had been added. For instance, these houses behind me. They create a contrast to the everlasting broken white of Haesler's buildings. To be quite frank, though, I actually like them better. They give a touch of suburbia on the outskirts of town.

Atmosphere blazer (as top) // Esprit lacey black dress // Tally Weijl belt // Mom's backpack // Primark socks (gifted) // Vintage penny loafers

Much like Haesler's buildings, which was harshly criticised way back when but is now considered rather innovative, this blazer also used to NOT be a staple in my wardrobe (since all I ever wore was tees). Sometime later I was overcome by the realisation that this blazer has all these beautiful characteristics, which I adore. Sometimes you've got to give yourself time to change your perspective. But also, that sometimes you had to pay a little bit more to get the things that worth your while, like these penny loafers. I've been kind of obsessed with penny loafers since I re-watched Nancy Drew. The whole story of why these loafers were called penny loafers in the end crack me up. They're probably a little spendy compared to my other shoes but they also have better quality than most. I know, this is kind of strange for a preppy look - I mean, lacey dress for an everyday wear? Come on! - but I like accommodating lace to my everyday wear. As opposed to semi-formal lacey dresses, this dress is rather loose and compatible with the routine of running errands and doing chores.

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