Poem No. 197: “The Bridge” – Poem by Octavio Paz

Gedichte, poems
Sheik Zayed Bridge / Abu Dhabi designed by Zaha Hadid

Between now and now,
between I am and you are,
the word bridge.

Entering it
you enter yourself:
the world connects
and closes like a ring.

From one bank to another,
there is always
a body stretched:
a rainbow.
I’ll sleep beneath its arches. 

Strong Women No.13: Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun & Dina Ali Lasloom – “No Family Affair”

Insights, Reisen, Travel
Rahaf successfully escaped and got asylum in Canada

INCREDIBLE +++ Hundreds of women – like Rahaf and Dina – have tried to escape Saudi Arabia in recent years, fleeing the strict male guardianship laws that control every aspect of their lives.

Shame on all countries, organizations and people who let the women down for some sticky, dirty (oil) money.

“The women who make it and the ones who don’t.”


Bildergebnis für dina ali lasloom
Dina Ali Lasloom – trapped in Manila on the way to Australia for asylum seeking.
Bildergebnis für dina ali lasloom

Tipp No. 85: “: The Only Truth” Digital Arts & Paintings by Tammam Azzam (Syria, now: Dubai)

arts, Insights, Kunst
Photomontage – Klimts “The Kiss” as graffiti on Syrian ruins
Bon Voyage Series
Syrian LIberty Statue (l-h-s); Bon Voyage Series (r-h-s)


“Desparation is the Only Truth”

Born in Damascus, Syria in 1980, Tammam Azzam received his artistic training from the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Damascus with a concentration in oil painting. Alongside a successful career as a painter in Syria, Azzam was a prolific graphic designer, an experience that would inform his digital media work after relocating to Dubai with the start of the country’s conflict.

The initial phase of Azzam’s work was distinguished by a ‘hybrid form’ of painting with applications of various media that allowed him to arrive at tactile interactions between surface and form that multiply as compositions evolve. These semi-abstract works use unconventional materials such as rope, clothespins, and other found objects in order to accentuate the depth, texture, and space of laboured picture planes, creating a visible tension. Although outwardly different in appearance, the series that resulted from these early experiments were inspired by the artist’s changing perceptions of specific urban environments.

Following the start of the uprising in Syria, Azzam turned to digital media and graphic art to create visual composites of the conflict that resonated with international viewers. These widely distributed works are informed by his interest in the interventionist potential of digital photography and street art as powerful and direct forms of protest that are difficult to suppress. In early 2013, Azzam made worldwide headlines when his Freedom Graffiti print went viral on social media.

Recently, he has returned to painting with Storeys, a series of monumental works on canvas that communicate the magnitude of devastation experienced across his native country through expressionist compositions of destroyed cityscapes. Chronicling the current state of his homeland, Azzam delves into a cathartic exercise of reconstruction, storey by storey. Alongside these new paintings, he has produced a significant body of giclée prints and installations that depict the facets of cities through similar themes.

Insight No. 49: Zaha Hadid – “The Queen of the Curves” (Architect & Designer) – REPAIRED GALLERY!!! Sorry.

arts, Insights, Kunst, Oddities, Reisen, Travel
Leisure and entertainment venue in Sharjah /UAE
Centre of Culture in Aserbaidschan
Bolzano Cable Car
Messner Mountain Museum Corones
Riverside Museum in Glasgow, England
Meliá Hotel in Dubai
Park Avenue, New York
Chinese copycat architects copied Zaha Hadid plans illegaly and built Zaha`s buildings even twice in Beijing & Chonquing
Calatrava Museum, Rio de Janeiro

Leeza Soho Tower in Shanghai
Port House in Antwerpen / Netherlands
Dancing Towers in Dubai
Concert Hall in Yekatarinenburg, Russia
Office Building in Moscow / Russia
Morpheus Hotel Macau
Morpheus Hotel
Performing Arts Centre Abu Dhabi
Yacht Design
zaha h

ABOUT ZAHA HADID – Architect + Artist + Designer + Extraordinary Woman

Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid DBE RA (31 October 1950 – 31 March 2016) was an Iraqi-British architect.

She was the first woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize, in 2004. She received the UK’s most prestigious architectural award, the Stirling Prize, in 2010 and 2011.

In 2012, she was made a Dame by Elizabeth II for services to architecture, and in 2015 she became the first and only woman to be awarded the Royal Gold Medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects.

She was described by The Guardian of London as the “Queen of the curve”, who “liberated architectural geometry, giving it a whole new expressive identity”. Her major works include the aquatic centre for the London 2012 Olympics, Michigan State University’s Broad Art Museum in the US, and the Guangzhou Opera House in China. Some of her designs have been presented posthumously, including the statuette for the 2017 Brit Awards, and several of her buildings were still under construction at the time of her death, including the Al Wakrah Stadium in Qatar, a venue for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The architectural style of Hadid is not easily categorised, and she did not describe herself as a follower of any one style or school. Nonetheless, before she had built a single major building, she was categorised by the Metropolitan Museum of Art as a major figure in architectural deconstructivism. Her work was also described as an example of parametricism. An article profiling Hadid in the New Yorker magazine was titled “The Abstractionist”.

When she was awarded the Pritzker Prize in 2004, the jury chairman, Lord Rothschild, commented: “At the same time as her theoretical and academic work, as a practicing architect, Zaha Hadid has been unserving in her commitment to modernism. Always inventive, she’s moved away from existing typology, from high tech, and has shifted the geometry of buildings.”

The Design Museum described her work in 2016 as having “the highly expressive, sweeping fluid forms of multiple perspective points and fragmented geometry that evoke the chaos and flux of modern life”.

Hadid herself, who often used dense architectural jargon, could also describe the essence of her style very simply: “The idea is not to have any 90-degree angles. In the beginning, there was the diagonal. The diagonal comes from the idea of the explosion which ‘re-forms’ the space. This was an important discovery.”


Photographer Björn Witt is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of these images. From the ‘Dubai – Abu Dhabi’ series. To see Björn’s galleries click on any photograph. All images © Björn Witt See also: Landscape | Nature By Björn Witt […]

via Architecture | Dubai | Abu Dhabi — Edge of Humanity Magazine

Shared No. 62: Architecture | Dubai | Abu Dhabi — By Edge of Humanity Magazine

Insights, Reisen, Technology, Travel, Uncategorized

Insight No. 42: “USD 17 mio. – The Most Expensive Pumps Worldwide” (€ 14,5 mio. – Die teuersten Pumps der Welt)

Insights, Oddities, Reisen, Travel



Die teuersten Schuhe der Welt stehen in Dubai zum Verkauf: 17 Millionen Dollar (14,5 Milliionen Euro) kosten die steilen Pumps und das hat einen guten Grund: Sie sind nicht nur vergoldet, sondern mit 238 Diamanten besetzt, darunter zwei lupenreine Klunker von je 15 Karat. Angeblich ein Weltrekord. Um potenzielle Kunden sorge man sich nicht, sagt der Verkäufer, ein Luxus-Jewelier. In Dubai gäbe es genug Millionäre.


Golden Pumps with 238 diamonds including two 15 Karat diamonds for sale in Dubai / UAE; Price: USD 17 mio (= €14,5 mio)