Monthly Archives: March 2011

Magnetic Movie//

great video shown to me by “Idumpsite”(+)
“The secret lives of invisible magnetic fields are revealed as chaotic ever-changing geometries . All action takes place around NASA’s Space Sciences Laboratories, UC Berkeley, to recordings of space scientists describing their discoveries . Actual VLF audio recordings control the evolution of the fields as they delve into our inaudible surroundings, revealing recurrent ‘whistlers’ produced by fleeting electrons . Are we observing a series of scientific experiments, the universe in flux, or a documentary of a fictional world? “

Magnetic Movie (+)

“With Magnetic Movie, Semiconductor have tapped into a new and ancient aesthetic of turbulence. We can hear it in the sounds of natural radio-naturally-occurring electromagnetic signals from the earth’s ionosphere and magnetosphere-that course through Magnetic Movie, at times animating the animation, a quick nervous response condensed into static. The sound itself is the product of the combined turbulences of the earth’s molten core, weather systems and electrical storms, ephemeral ionization in the upper atmosphere, and the solar winds. What we hear is underscored with complex and supple orders, in fact, too complex and supple to be ordered. We already have experience of them in the tangible turbulence of water and the crazy convection of fluids combining, tongues of fire and the thermal afterthought of smoke, the ribbons of clouds stiffly blown twisted up a hill. The flux championed by Hericlitus that has awed audiences since antiquity.”

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3D type Design//Chris Labrooy

3D-Type-Toyo

Chris Labrooy is a British artist who creates by using architecture and modern furniture, unique typographic elements. Lots of patience and work to generate for a highly-detailed result in 3D. More of his work on his website(+)

Remember tutors in first year saying words such as deconstruction? This fantastic game of change of scale and meaning of objects makes Labrooy’s work exciting and fresh, while in the same time could be also a small reaction to the “typology” obsession in the architecture field. Others like to keep existing typologies and others to invent new ones. How about this? The answer is just in front of you

3D-Type-Bauhaus

3D-Type-Ettore

3D-Type-Avid Brakes

3D-Type-Zaha

3D-Type-Oscar

3D-Type-Helvetica

3D-Type-Diyux

3D-Type-Tadao

Abandoned Bunkers//Jonathan Andrew

R636 Fire Control Post

Jonathan Andrew is an experienced and award winning photographer. Originally from Manchester in the UK, he lives and works in Amsterdam.  In this series of seductive photographs Jonathan went around Netherlands, France and Belgium in order to find abandoned bunkers from WWII and capture in a picture the full character of emptiness and history.
more on his personal website (+)

Type 583a Heerenduin

Type 703 Emminkhuizen

Type 669 Heenschemolen

Casemate Type 623

SK Observation Tower

Abandoned-bunkers-Anti-Tank

Nikos Navridis//Traping your own breath

Short Bio:
Nikos Navridis (Athens, 1958) is one of the leading exponents of the new generation of Greek artists. He represented his country in the international biennials of São Paulo (1996), Istanbul (1997), Santa Fe in New Mexico (1999) and Venice (2001), and he has participated in numerous international exhibitions held in Sweden, Korea, Mexico, Japan and Ireland.
His work is a great reference point for any work regarding the notion of transient, transformation, distortion and capturing feelings in short time.

“I have thought about what might happen if one could ‘encounter’ a breath, if one could find oneself within it but also about how one can visualise what is going on. East Room at Tate Modern is the ideal location with glass walls free, ready to receive these breaths which, while being diffused are also projected on them as well as the viewers”


Lebbeus Woods for Zaha//renderings?

This is the first (and one of the very few to take place in the future) post that are completely re-blogged from another source. The case now is a post from Lebbeus Woods’ blog where he raises a discussion on architecture evolution inspired by the new opera house in Guangzhou(China), just after he received an invitation to attend the grand opening of this new masterpiece.

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“Judging from the photographs I’ve seen, Zaha Hadid’s new opera house in Guangzhou, China, is a stunning tour de force of design and construction, a masterpiece by a gifted architect at the height of her creative powers. It is difficult to imagine that she or anyone else could top this building in its invention of monumental yet elegant forms. That said—and it is quite a lot—this work raises vexing questions.

The first question occurred to me when I received an emailed invitation to the grand opening of the opera house.”

“The invitation was accompanied by four photographs of the completed building. At least I assumed they were photographs, because I assumed Zaha Hadid Architects would want to proudly show nothing less than the authentic building and certainly not computer renderings. There was not a single human figure in any of the images, nor any trace at all of a human presence—a scratch on the wall, a seat folded back in the grand seating area of the theater itself, tire-marks or footprints in what seemed to be a driveway, a small, overlooked scrap of paper on the floor. I found this uncanny and, after looking over the ‘photos’ decided that they were, after all, and even considering the inappropriateness of this for a grand opening invitation, very skillful computer renderings.”

“Everything about them was just too perfect, down to the reflections in shiny metal panels in the skylight structure. Shaking my head a bit, I filed the invitation and ‘photos’ in a folder called ZAHA: HER WAY, and put it out of my mind. I had neither the desire nor the ability to jump on a jet and fly to the other side of the plant to attend what was sure to be a very swank party sponsored by Moet Chandon and Hennessy. Much as I like their products, I long ago lost my taste for mingling with glittering crowds being nonchalant and making polite chit-chat. It wasn’t until a week or so later that a close colleague of mine stopped by and between some very impolite chit-chat asked me about the opera house. I opened the folder and the building ‘photos,’ stating my conviction that they were computer renderings. No, no, he said, explaining that he had seen the same images online credited to the photographers Christian Richters. Besides, he said, this was the look Zaha and a few other top-of-the-heap architects wanted, a kind of pure architecture. What followed was an hour-long discussion of why an architect would want to build buildings that look like computer renderings.”

“My conclusion was less about pure architecture and architecture-for-architecture’s-sake, than a utopian hubris, a belief that architecture is the most important thing in the world, because it can tame the infernal machine and turn it to the perfection of human thought, feeling, and activity. This was the fiercely promoted viewpoint of utopians such as Kasimir Malevich and Bruno Taut and to some extent Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright, and in the early days of Modernism in its varied forms, it can seem to us innocent and admirable, but no longer so. Aware of the history of the past hundred years and the turbulent character of the present, such an attitude can only seem arrogant and self-indulgent. This appraisal is not simply about images, but about buildings, even masterpieces of architecture regarded as an extension of an architectural history of masterpieces, that are utterly oblivious to the uncertain and conflicted human condition of today, which is unprecedented in history.”

“What is urgently needed now is the very antithesis of utopian purity: masterpieces of imperfection.”

LW

article on LW’s blog (+)
LW’s website (+)

Transcendent City//Richard Hardy

Graduated from the Bartlett in 2010 Richard Hardy (+) gives us this imaginary  project through fantastic hand drawings and a seducing animation where he imagines an autonomous, artificially intelligent, sustainable city.

The concept of a future sustainable city is developed for a society that is currently not responding effectively to environmental dangers. “Transcendence” in this case referring to a point when artificial intelligence has reached or surpassed that of the human.

The Transcendent City is an autonomous artificial machine that extends across the earth adapting to the natural eco-systems it encounters while deriving its energy from the renewable resources available at each particular site. The systems desire is to maintain homeostasis within itself whilst maintaining homeostasis within the greater system, Gaia. Its processes are engineered on the molecular scale by nano technologies controlled by molecular computers that monitor and analyse the environment.

“The film produced for my final year Masters in Architecture questions whether the conception of artificial intelligence has been a necessity in human evolution and if we therefore should embrace emergent technologies to engage with problems of sustainability and the city.”

*the animation was hand-drawn then digitally rendered!
music by Sonically Yours


Reactions/food.for.thought

Andrew wrote:
“This concept is missing the fundamental element of cities – people! The images just seem like concept art for a video game or manga rather than any serious design exercise.”
or something like this

CharlesLee wrote:
“Maybe the architecture ate all the humans and thus did solve the worlds sustainability issues. But the city buildings live on. It’s like the mad scientist creation that consumes him only with architects! “

NL Architects//Power Flowers

Here is a project by NL-architects (+) widely published and heavily criticized  by a wide audience in the field of design, known as “power flowers”.

Basically, is an investigation of how much can we take out of wind energy by introducing a more sculptural identity to the up-to-date boring machinery.
Can we turn windmills into objects of desire?

“Until recently we focused on turbines with 3 blades. These omnipresent mills are at this moment the most successful producers of wind energy. In order to be fully effective, to neutralize the effects of turbulence, the spacing of these windmills needs to be 5 times the rotor diameter. Since they require these enormous intervals, our main concern was to find ways to optimize space consumption.  Can we “densify” the grid?”

“…is strong, affordable and silent. Because of the vertical axis design it can produce energy with wind from any direction. It can be mounted virtually everywhere! Our only effort is to design an attractive fixing device and to orchestrate these flower-like turbines in a refreshing way”

I am no specialist, but after discussing and reading about this project seems that the most general comment  is that for a uni project it would be fantastic and definitely able to get away from every possible jury but in reality…

“photoshop will not save the world”

however, energy is always a hot topic these days and we are constantly looking for new enthusiastic proposals by architects and designers..