Necessity as the mother of invention: Photos of homes in unexpected places

Iwan Baan is not as interested in what architects build as he is in the beautiful ways that people appropriate the spaces once the planners are gone. In his TED Talk, Baan — whose breathtaking image of lower Manhattan after Hurricane Sandy hangs on at least one of our walls — shows incredible images from communities thriving in ways that seem quite opposite to the uniformity of suburbs.

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Watch Iwan Baan’s TED talk: Ingenious homes in unexpected places

In the center of Caracas, Venezuela, stands the 45-story ‘Tower of David,’ an unfinished, abandoned skyscraper. But about eight years ago, people started moving in. Photographer Iwan Baan shows how people build homes in unlikely places, touring us through the family apartments of Torre David, a city on the water in Nigeria, and an underground village in China. Glorious images celebrate humanity’s ability to survive and make a home anywhere.

Photographer Iwan Baan captures the many ways people shape their shared built environment from glossy starchitecture to handmade homes.

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Iwan Baan received the Architizer Relevance award, presented by Lisa Phillips – Director of the New Museum in New York

Architizer A+ Relevance Award Winner Iwan Baan
Honored with the Architizer A+ Relevance Award, presented by New Museum director Lisa Phillips, Iwan Baan is among the most talented architectural photographers working today. His art lies not only in capturing the building as an object, or in mastering composition, but also in capturing the urban context and human life both within and beyond his subjects’ walls. He shows architecture as most people see it, transcendent but also in touch with day-to-day life.

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Iwan Baan wins Best Magazine Cover of 2012 – Designboom

Famed Amsterdam-based photographer Iwan Baan has just been announced the winner for the best magazine cover of 2012 for his post hurricane sandy image of New York taken from a helicopter. The image, showing the partial aftermath of half blacked-out Manhattan island, was featured as the cover of the ‘the city and the storm’ issue of New York Magazine.A  series of events lined up perfectly that night to enable him to get in the air to shoot close to 2,500 images.


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