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[SO] back // Ups & Downz

hallo germany, hallo Europez

what an action packed april this one has been…or not. The truth is that the FG team has been keeping one eye out for random lols here and there… Truth is that there were quite a few of them, but we aint no haterz, so were not gonna focus only one the bad side…

So lets start with our Ups and Downz for April.

UP #1


Now, we all know that we are not so in fond of SciArc and their tactics but we have to admit it when we see something we actually like. Figuring on the top, and only entry, of the UP category this random chinese dude, who DISSOBEYED his tutors instructions to FULLY PARAMETRISIZE his project, amd had the balls to use his Photoshop skillz for once in that school…No need to say this guy failed his semester…lolzz

-like bringing knives to a gunfight..wa?-








*FG approved*



yes yes, we know that every time your first year tutor asks you do find some refferences for your project, most of you botz run like headless chickens to Dezeen’s homepage, but..


Unfortunately the most interesting articles lately on dezeen are the mixtape articles from five years ago…




So, what up with our so precious idols…?no, seriously…

Zaha is like trying to boost her popularity through random design fairs( last she was spotted at Milan’s Design Fair, being interviewed by a random chinese dezeen intern…’nuff said), Gehry is still locked in his private room, having an eye-to-eye showdown with a koutsomoura*(scroll down to see what koutsomoura means) in order to find inspiration, and The BIG is still playing his ball-even though his playing volleyball with tennis balls…- and Rem has gone guerilla, withdrawn in russia and launching his strategic operations, undercover mode.


guys, hire an image consultant, new 3d monkeys, more hot secretaries…


And for the end, another classical case of



Materialise.MGX’s lamp from 2007…


Jordan Hodgson, from the Royal College of Art in da Londan

Leaving it to you to judge who copied who…

*koutsomoura : is a native Mediterranean fish (very ugly and very funny )


Architecture bla bla bla

yo mi followerz..whadup?

If you are an FG addict you have already realized we are ina “laying low” killing mode.

In our beloved architecture community there has been for quite some time a massive TROLLING session..[I believe you are all familiar with]. However I would like to copy-paste a phrase from Jack Self‘s article on the AR (link):

“Privately, we all die a little when confronted with yet another monochromatic ‘atmospheric’ render, incomplete without the obligatory flock of birds.”

hahahaha..i will make it a bit bigger for you


we all die a little when confronted

with yet another monochromatic ‘atmospheric’ render,

incomplete without

the obligatory flock of birds.”

ahahahha, give pain Jack.^^


The “FG” has warned you almost a year ago (Link to the article) that bot-students get fascinated by birds in the so-called “super drawings” and tend (lol) to replicate them like little pokemons

u cannot say we did not tell you!

Ciao for now

Keep it ap for ze arkitektur luv

Trip to ze Moon// Reloaded

sup my minions.

we actually stumbled upon what may be the film restoration to beat all other film restorations — the colour version of Georges Méliès Le voyage dans la lune (A Trip to the Moon) (1902).While the film is far from being lost,  all known hand-colored prints of the film were considered lost until 1993, when a copy, in very poor shape, was turned up by Filmoteca de Catalunya in Barcelona. The print was then acquired by Serge Bromberg’s Lobster Films, who overcame great odds to restore the film in time for Méliès 150th birth year celebration.


link to the book dedicated to the restoration (+)

Robots of Brixton // bdonline forum discussion

well well,

its been 2-3 days down at the BDonline forum we are observing all you little trolls debating.

Link to thread (+)

Link to the Factory.Fifteen (+)

*(If you are a frequent reader you know better than everyone that the FG is super keen on laughing/trolling with projects submitted in the Presidents medals. No hard feelings in the end of the day. We put a pizza in a plan or turn a perspective into a counter-strike map. )

Anyway back to the subject.

you are all FUCKIN STOOOPID.

-you got a problem with the RIBA ? fine don’t check their website

-you got a problem with architecture in general? go ahead and start ur fashion career

-you got a problem with the definition of architecture? especially here i don’t give a f*ck

Do you remember when Tobias was in the PMs.??  We all got bored of hearing comments and critiques on his liquid whatever pure 3d creations.  where is the door, how thick is the insulation and all that.

A few years later whole units are mutilating animals under Hernan’s  supervision. We don’t care if you agree or like this. Is happening with or without your approval. Is it architecture? Is it a valid starting point for a project to slice up a rabbit? who knows?!

As FG we like the Factory. 

Some videos are amazing some not so much. But they got skills and jumped out as a crew. They do their thing and the jury liked it. was this due to their originality, animation skills, concept, ideas? no clue, but who cares.

Lets see how many of you will submit animations next year

and be frustrated for not winning… (of course)

We are writing this not so much to support the Factory but to make you think before posting endless stupid questions on a thread.

What did you expect, Tavares, to explain his project in a forum, or say he is sorry for winning.!?!  Send a letter to the RIBA or just get into the ARB later but most of all don’t spend most of ur time on animation tutorials you bots cos only the guy who does it first gets the prize.



Event Alert RIBA // + general updates (?)



for our stooopid readers in London that cant even be bothered to visit RIBA’s website (+) (architecture DOT com, omg),

some students that actually did not make it to the FG  “Epic Fails” (+ section of the Presidents Medals will be showing and explaining their work.


Why attend this event?

1. You will meet someone from Australia

2. You can bring along your empty moleskin and pepool will not laugh

3. Since you are all groupies of Factory.Fifteen, Mr.Tavares spends most of his mornings reading & replying your emails. Go ahead and ask him  your questions so that he and his crew get more free time to take over the world.

4. If you are hot: the Factory is looking for a new secretary. Maybe you get to be the lucky stoopid blonde to answer their phones (girls only as far as i know)

5. Basmah will be there

6. Each visitor gets to play with her acoustic prototype (2 rounds each)

7. THE FG TEAM will be around ^^


We just got an email that the AA FASHION will be joining again the Paris lifestyle in FALL 2018. They will be back with ultra radical briefs since the scale of the potential projects will be much smaller. Well known scale surfers, they are, stoopid fashion for little ugly kids will be the main design variable for the upcoming workshop. (more photos will be soon uploaded)


Factory Fifteen made it to the Channel 4 homepage.

To be honest, we dont really care but since it is super recent  (a few minutes ago) why not publish it?

President’s Medals // Epic Fail No.2 OR a cyborgian speculation for COD haters

hello again my weaklings,

after popular demand / following our “presidents medal epic fail No1” (+) we decided to speculate on another super radical project-entry of PM 2011.
This time the pokemon wannabe starchitect is James Turner from Bath Uni.

We found his last project so influential that could not resist developing his initial visualizations. (we are sure he will continue with at least a 3year Phd degree in connection with his Bs1 Museum)

The project is so strong that questions the limits between real and virtual architecture. Thus, we believe, it would function much better in a cyborgian platform for more than one participant to interact. For instance his Museum, could benefit from the existing online game Counter strike.

Well played James. We rarely see projects that manage to curate front-end technologies and embrace post-industrial systems in the same time. If it was up to me, i would build the Bs1 tomorrow morning.

Link to the original project (+)

“BS1 Art aims to create a ‘Home for Bristol Art’. Bristol city centre bears the scars of wartime bombing, is strangled by post-war infrastructure and has been left forgotten by subsequent layers of development, with Castle Park as a physical memory of this broken cityscape. The site was created through an initial strategic masterplanning proposal for the wider city centre to create a new gravitational pull within the city. “

“The gallery aims to ‘make art more accessible’, through a diverse spatial journey and sense of heightened domesticity, making for a more familiar and accessible viewing experience. This is juxtaposed with a diverse range of architectural backdrops akin to the genre of art exhibited.”

“I believe art and architecture should manifest and communicate cultural values, although arguably ‘Most art [architecture] means nothing to most people’, due to their failings to communicate, or the misunderstanding of complex embodied messages. Creating a journey through the building, the human experience of transition, the entrance, and the subsequent experience of the building portrays an overall domestic scale, intentionally bringing the lofty art world down to a level within reach of all the intended users.”

“The proposal aims to use contemporary ornament, whereby the building as a piece of architecture [art], manifests and communicates the cultural conditions of its creation, integrated as ornament into the essential construction of the building through its detailing and materiality. This could present an argument, for a more culturally sustainable and timeless style of architecture that speaks of its time, place and society.”

“Ornament is not used in the traditional manner as an appliqué, but is carefully embodied into the overall narrative of the building, such as the familiar yet unfamiliar long format brickwork, and clipped expressive form developed from the idea of a simple pitched roof. “

cos you tend to ask a lot of stoopid questions lately, do not bother before consulting the “about?” page.
ciao bots


President’s Medals//Epic Fail No.1 OR a speculative research in the middle of nowhere

^^^, sup little bitchez!!?

Just yesterday we had a crazy night out with Winy the Maass. During the crazy champagne war action we had the chance to discuss a super juicy architectural topic.
The potential difference between stealing, copying and developping someone’s else idea.
Need I not refer to our close friend Mark.

Anyway, just after revealing to you both Part 1 & 2 President’s Medals Winners we have a series of projects which have caught our attention.

Today we will be sharing with you a continuation of Carl Fredrik Valdemar Hellberg’s work coming straight from the AA in London.

Here is a link to the original project submitted (+)

“In the desert northeast of Los Angeles in an abandoned city called California City the 739600m2 Second Community floats above the desert floor like a mountain avatar. In its crater the 1500 heliostatic mirrors reflect the light onto the artificial sky covering the desert of the trans-identity port. With a capacity of 40,000 people the port gathers in its featureless white space individuals open to role-play. “

“The Second Community explores an alternative identity tourism that goes beyond the virtual space of online role-playing games, the open desert of the Burning Man festival and the convention halls of Cosplayers.”

“Spanning half a kilometer the artificial desert of the port isolates the person in a void of imagination where the persona of an individual becomes a fugitive and creative semiotic gadget which collectively generate a public space of radical self exploration an experimentation.”

“The porous mountain avatar surrounding and supporting the sky of the port collects its energy from the concentrated solar power plant in the center of the crater, harvesting the power of the sun and delivers it to the caves around the centered port where the identity tourists prepare for the events in the port.”

“Totally! And I was like, this thing is full on ugly. Like a bridge on acid with all that metal and stuff. And oh my God, its freaking huge and it was so strange, cuz there were like no walls or doors and everything was like totally white.”

“There were like thousands of people totally doing weird cool stuff. You should totally come, its freakin gnarly!”

For the F.G team this was an opportunity to initiate a speculative research concerning projects in the middle of nowhere.

Big up to mi boi Valdemar and our hommies down the AA and RIBA