»Form follows feminine.«

Oscar Niemeyer

Blog Review

Suburban Kaleidoscope

Christoph Gielen's photographs of human land-use patterns

  • “SKYE ISLE II Florida”, Island Walk, Four Seasons, Collier County, Florida. (All photos: Christoph Gielen) 1 / 12  “SKYE ISLE II Florida”, Island Walk, Four Seasons, Collier County, Florida. (All photos: Christoph Gielen)
  • “UNTITLED X Nevada”, Anthem, Henderson, Clark County, Nevada. 2 / 12  “UNTITLED X Nevada”, Anthem, Henderson, Clark County, Nevada.
  • “UNTITLED VIII Nevada”, Summerlin, Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada. 3 / 12  “UNTITLED VIII Nevada”, Summerlin, Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada.
  • “STERLING RIDGE III Florida”, Rotonda West, Charlotte County, Florida. 4 / 12  “STERLING RIDGE III Florida”, Rotonda West, Charlotte County, Florida.
  • “FOREST GLEN I California”, Village of Heritage, Fontana, San Bernardino County, California. 5 / 12  “FOREST GLEN I California”, Village of Heritage, Fontana, San Bernardino County, California.
  • “Untitled California II”, Interstate 5 Interchange (I-5 / Route 14 / San Fernando Road), San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles County, California. 6 / 12  “Untitled California II”, Interstate 5 Interchange (I-5 / Route 14 / San Fernando Road), San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles County, California.
  • “Untitled California II”, Interstate 5 Interchange (I-5 / Route 14 / San Fernando Road), San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles County, California. 7 / 12  “Untitled California II”, Interstate 5 Interchange (I-5 / Route 14 / San Fernando Road), San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles County, California.
  • “Untitled California II”, Interstate 5 Interchange (I-5 / Route 14 / San Fernando Road), San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles County, California. 8 / 12  “Untitled California II”, Interstate 5 Interchange (I-5 / Route 14 / San Fernando Road), San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles County, California.
  • “Untitled California II”, Interstate 5 Interchange (I-5 / Route 14 / San Fernando Road), San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles County, California. 9 / 12  “Untitled California II”, Interstate 5 Interchange (I-5 / Route 14 / San Fernando Road), San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles County, California.
  • “CONVERSIONS XXIII Suburban California”, Interstate 15 Interchange (I-15 / SR-210), San Bernardino County, California. 10 / 12  “CONVERSIONS XXIII Suburban California”, Interstate 15 Interchange (I-15 / SR-210), San Bernardino County, California.
  • “SKYE ISLE III Florida”, Island Walk, Four seasons, Collier County, Florida. 11 / 12  “SKYE ISLE III Florida”, Island Walk, Four seasons, Collier County, Florida.
  • “OUTER HOUSTON I Texas”, Cinco Ranch, Fort Bend County, Texas. 12 / 12  “OUTER HOUSTON I Texas”, Cinco Ranch, Fort Bend County, Texas.

Christoph Gielen's extraordinary, almost mesmeric aerial studies of human occupation are collected in his new book Ciphers – win a copy now!

German-born photographer Christoph Gielen's extraordinary aerial photographs of suburban land-use patterns (featured in uncube issue no.15) show the abstract geometries and kaleidoscopic patterning created by modern day human settlements in the USA. Shot from a helicopter during guerrilla style fly-bys, Gielen’s photographs follow the natural forms and folds of constructed landscapes in seemingly meditative gestures. They reveal the webs we weave on our planet. An inciteful short essay, “Geometric Sociology”, by architecture critic Geoff Manaugh accompanying the images states: “We are living amidst geometry, post-terrestrial screens between ourselves and the planet we walk upon.”

The unique perspective afforded by Gielen’s photographs, highlights the repetitious infrastructure patterns we may not be aware of: “diagrams of a new anthropology still waiting to be discovered” so Manaugh, “Or are they the expression of something much deeper in human culture – some mystical spatiality of the global suburb, an emerging cult of a redesigned earth – like prehistoric glyphs only visible from high above?”

Subscribe to win a copy of Ciphers!
We have two copies of Christoph Gielen’s Ciphers to give away! Subscribe to uncube to enter in our draw (it's free!), and send an email to bea@uncubemagazine.com with “CIPHERS” in the subject line before January 20th, 2014. If you are already a subscriber, then you're halfway there. Just send us the email to enter to win! Subscribe to the uncube mailing list

Ciphers
Photography: Christoph Gielen
Jovis, September 2013
ISBN 978-3-86859-318-1

  • Facebook
  • Tumblr
  • Twitter

PUBLISHED 08 Jan 2014 WHAT Art Review WHO Christoph Gielen AUTHOR

Advertisement

RECENT POSTS

more

Recent Magazines

25 Apr 2016

Magazine No. 43
Athens

  • essay

    From the Bottom and the Top

    Powering Athens through collectivity and informal initiatives by Cristina Ampatzidou

  • photo essay

    Nowhere Now Here

    A photo essay by Yiorgis Yerolymbos

  • Essay

    Back to the Garden

    Athens and opportunities for new urban strategies by Aristide Antonas

  • Interview

    Point Supreme

    An interview by Ellie Stathaki

>

03 Mar 2016

Magazine No. 42
Walk the Line

  • Essay

    The Line Connects

    An essay on drawing and architectural education by Wes Jones

  • Essay

    Drawing Attention

    Phineas Harper sketches out new narrative paths with pencil power

  • Essay

    Gotham

    Elvia Wilk on a city of shadows as architectural fiction

  • Interview

    The (Not So) Fine Line

    A conversation thread between Sophie Lovell and architecture cartoonist Klaus

>

28 Jan 2016

Magazine No. 41
Zvi Hecker

  • essay

    Space Packers

    Zvi Hecker’s career-defining partnership with Eldar Sharon and Alfred Neumann by Rafi Segal

  • Interview

    Essentially I am a Medieval Architect

    An interview with Zvi Hecker by Vladimir Belogolovsky

  • viewpoint

    The Technion Affair

    Breaking and entering in the name of architectural integrity by Zvi Hecker

  • Photo Essay

    Revisiting Yesterday’s Future

    A photo essay by Gili Merin

>

17 Dec 2015

Magazine No. 40
Iceland

  • Viewpoint

    Wish You Were Here

    Arna Mathiesen asks: Refinancing Iceland with tourism – but at what cost?

  • Photo Essay

    Spaces Create Bodies, Bodies Create Space

    An essay by Ólafur Elíasson

  • Focus

    Icelandic Domestic

    Focus on post-independence houses by George Kafka

  • Essay

    The Harp That Sang

    The saga of Reykjavík's Concert Hall by Sophie Lovell & Fiona Shipwright

>

more

SUBSCRIBE TO OUR MAILING LIST Close

Uncube is brandnew and wants to look good.
For best performance please update your browser.
Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer 10 (or higher), Safari, Chrome, Opera

×