I would have never guessed what these beautifully illustrated objects represent. They remind me of molecules and atoms or the various forms in which snowflakes appear to us. But instead of adding a beautiful white layer to the world, these little creatures can cause some of us a lot of trouble during the summer. Ueber den Pollen was published in 1837 by St. Petersburg based German pharmacist and chemist Carl Julius Fritzsche. Here you can flip through the whole book.
“The problem of re-articulating city and architecture forces us to imagine a contemporary type of urban block. This for me is the open or island block - the search for city-architecture relations that are adapted to our time, based on concepts of the in-between, space, heterogeneity. In other words, an assembly of blocks in which the relations between voids and solids is not just a question of contiguity, whereby the architecture is not restricted to the treatments of facade; in which the desire for light and views is not hampered by ‘corridor’ streets. I have examined the possibility of blocks that are freer in volume; I call them open blocks. They are designed to avoid closed courts and the claustrophobic contemporary re-workings of the Haussmannian block. They let ‘singular’ architectures coexist. They let light into the streets. They create landscapes made up of close-up and distant views - in a word, depth. Our architecture can no longer consist of rhetorical, sculpted facades, as in Age I. The relative unity and simplicity of today’s facades must be given ‘flavor’ by terracing visual planes. This is the lesson of Manhattan.”—open block, urban planning scheme (via hellokittyist)