Tuesday, August 10, 2010
The Transcendent City / Richard Hardy:
A recent graduate from London’s Bartlett School of Architecture, Richard Hardy has produced a fascinating animation for Nic Clear’s Unit 15 that pushes futuristic architecture to a new level. Using David Foster Wallace’s ‘Infinite Jest’, a novel that questions certain aspects of Americans’ obsessive behavior – in terms of the intense fascination with entertainment, materialism, technology etc – the studio challenged students to analyze the implications of society’s “obsessive/addictive behavior…to develop tactics to cope with the difficulties of creating an architecture in uncertain times.”
More about the project after the break.
Monday, August 9, 2010
Bandung Hilton / WOW Architects | Warner Wong Design: "
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
More about Renzo and his Building Workshop here rpbw.r.ui-pro.com/
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Dubbed 'minimalistic design', this approach to post-modernity is currently a trend at least in my hometown; especially among young, newlywed couple.
Never mind the fact that the maintenance cost is gonna be enormous since Indonesia is a tropical country so those sealed-shut windows will bleed the electric bills a lot from air conditioning alone.
But, what is design according to the Internet?
Monday, July 5, 2010
But how does it actually looking from the inside? For those of you wondering, here are the interior shots of one of the most famous architectural masterpiece in comicbook, The Batcave!
Architecture and comic books in one place!
It turns out, there are other people besides me that thinks there is a connection between architecture and comic books beside the gigantic amount of caffeine comsumed by professionals in both fields, particularly when deadline beckons. And what city is more perfect to display that than Paris?
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Just check this page scan after the jump...
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Even though famous quotes are very popular, few people manage to create their own personal quote catalog. I am not a quote collector myself, but I always love reading quotes that I found from nearly every media: magazines, newspapers, or the Internet. My favorite popular science magazine has this tradition of ending every article with a more or less suitable quote relating to the article. I find several benefits in maintaining a personal collection of favorite quotes, famous or otherwise, at the very least they keep you entertained.
So here they are, several architecture quotes that I find both inspiring and amusing!
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
Saturday, June 5, 2010
The classic example would be the X-Men playing baseball or what Gail Simone did during her first run on Birds of Prey; Barbara (Oracle) and Dinah (Black Canary) had a girl talk, conversing about...can you guess?
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
I love it when every once in a while, comic book writers remind us that beneath their spandex and awesome powers, our beloved heroes and heroines are ordinary human beings with a day job.
Peter Parker rushes to his photography gig, Clark Kent tries to beat the deadline (he does that, doesn't he?), or just a scene of Bruce Wayne dozes off in the middle of Wayne Enterprise's board meeting. These scenes humanize these heroes and make them easier to relate to us, mere mortals.
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
For long this practice has been a traditional breeding ground for design firms to 'forge' the fresh grads, but some thinks it's a waste of talent.
Don't want to argue about that, just wanna share something that perhaps in the days before the computer, the CAD monkeys are called 'drafting cows'.
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
One, sci-fi deals with the "what if" scenarios of everything we live in today : society, science, technology and differentiate them to the point that it relies on ours suspension of disbelief but somehow those imaginary elements are still within in the range of scientific possibility or scientifically postulated laws of nature (though some elements in a story might still be pure imaginative speculation).
Exploring the consequences of such differences is the traditional purpose of science fiction, making it a "literature of ideas". Science fiction is largely based on writing rationally about alternative possibilities and I don't know why, but I always love exploring new possibilities especially regarding the choices we make today.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
A time not too long ago, comic book is still considered the bastard child of art and literature-proper only for childish and juvenile materials, never suitable for serious stuffs. Even at one time, comic book materials are considered immoral.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
I was bored with the old, standard look and after days of searching and choosing the perfect template (why did it took days? Well, I'm a bit busy and also am having a 'nerdgasm' due the awesomeness of Justice League : Crisis on Two Earths-two words : President Deathstroke!), I finally found one.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Apparently, I'm not the only one fascinated with Tetris...
What is it?
It's an "Undo relationship wrongs apology card". According to the source, it's finely printed with hand-mixed ink on 100% cotton extra soft paper and priced at $3.75.
Pretty neat, isn't it? Still showing off your geekiness while apologizing.
For me it can only works when and if the receiver can appreciate your sense of humour, no matter how geeky it is. If not, well, it's probably not a good idea. Sending this card is probably like saying, 'Here honey, to apologize for spending more time with my [insert addictive gadget/geeky pastime here] than with you, I bought you a computer-based humour apology card to make up for it! Great huh!...h-hello?'
Or imagine if she is a hardcore Mac fanatic! This card can only make her angrier.
Remember, if things don't work out better after this, you're probably better to ctrl-alt-del so she doesn't retain any memory. make sure you delete the temp files too so it doesn't get thrown in your face next time you open her up.
And oh,if that happens, the purchase of the card cannot be ctrl+z'd.
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Monday, February 15, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
In this video below, TED presents a video of Frank Gehry's speech recorded in 1990, when Gehry was "not-yet-legendary architect".
Monday, February 8, 2010
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
For those of you not familiar with The Losers, it's actually a classic DC Comics World War II title reimagined by writer Andy Diggle (who's now in charge of Marvel's Daredevil) and for the most part illustrated by artist Jock.
In this current reimagination, The Losers are set today's grey political climate, including the so-called War on Terror as the background. Now, instead of World War II operatives, they are a Special Forces team seconded to the Central Intelligence Agency. In Afghanistan, the Losers were betrayed by their handler, Max, and left for dead following the conclusion of their operation. Eager for revenge and the opportunity to remove their names from a secret CIA death list, the Losers regroup and conduct covert operations against the CIA and its interests, uncovering startling operations spearheaded by the enigmatic Max, whose influence within the CIA and U.S. government is unparalleled.
The Losers ran for 32 issues from 2003-2006 and I've been on a trade-reading marathon these last few weeks and it's been awesome. If you like conspiracy-laden story with blow-things-up action that'll ashame Michael Bay but still with great characterization, smart dialogue, and unpredictable plot, this book is for you.
Unsurprisingly, this book was nominated as for the Eisner Award as "Best New Series" in 2004. For those of you not familiar, the Eisner is the comic book equivalent of the Academy Award.
Seeing from this trailer, it seems that this movie has a good cast, quite faithful to the original source, and it seems funny. It looks awesome, and i've been kind of crushing on Zoe Saldana-the new queen of geek flicks- since Pirates of the Caribbean (you know, the hot black pirate chick). The scene with her firing the bazooka sold me.
However, the comparison with the A-Team and the Expendables are going to be unavoidable. Personally, I think this is another one of these coincidences where there are movies with the same theme out around the same time.
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Tuesday, January 26, 2010
I really loved The Sixth Sense when it first came out, but right now I feel M. Night Shyamalan has lost a lot if his magic; The Village and other of his supposedly sophisticated mashup of horror/fantasy/sci-fi movies are really, really disappointing. So when Night was announced as the director of the Avatar cartoon movie - carefully retitled The Last Airbender so James Cameron wouldn't get pissed off at Nickelodeon - I assumed airbending fans were in for a mass suicide. Then the trailer came out, and it looked awesome. Seriously, just take a look at it :
Now the movie posters have come out, and they're equally as awesome and stylish as the trailer. How is this possible? How is Night not fucking this up? Also, isn't that our first decent look at Zuko, and doesn't he look kind of badass? What the hell is happening here? My brain tells me the movie will be a disaster, but my eyes keep telling me something different. It's all very confusing. (Via /Film)
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Friday, January 22, 2010
Apparently being savvy businesswomen doesn't mean being savvy in IT as well. Just take a look at the URL address next to the word 'website' (as always, click the picture to see the larger version).
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
The use of CAD or BIM in architecture/design field is nothing ordinary these days, especially for younger generations; but there were times when Computer Aided Design sounds like something that came out of 1950's sci-fi movies.
There is this one anecdote where one young architecture student presented his all-computer aided drawings to his professor. The professor observed the pencil-less drawings and said to the student, "If your computer did all of these things, where's your work?" (seriously, it's a true story!)
These days, the digital gap between younger and older generations may have been less wider than in the past, but that doesn't mean the gap isn't still there, as shown by the caricature below :
CAD/BIM can also present its own set of problems as well. There's no way in the past staffs of a design firm debating (or even fighting!) over pencil standard' or whatever. But, in today's world, it's a routine, especially for newly-bloomed firms with so many young designers with various CAD skill :
Another set of problem with CAD/BIM software is the classic 'layer' problem. What at first is a tool to ease to design/drafting process, now has become some sort of a monster by itself ; since layering a drawing-if not done wisely-can lead to literally a thousand mess :
Now this is a modern problem. Many design firms today have gradually left CAD software for BIM (Building Information Modeling). BIM offers a unique opportunity to integrate the whole process of designing into one single experience, which is more efficient design-wise (click here for more), which is more than can be said about its predecessor-CAD-which basically is nothing more than glorified drafting board.
But unfortunately, this glorified drafting board is still commonly used in the architect's partner-in-crime office : the construction firms. You can guess what happens next : different standard leads to different understanding and file-reading between the computers in both office...and chaos ensues :
Sadly, all of these progress in technology hasn't yet overcome the biggest monster of them all : the deadline!
Digital revolution, whether you like it or not, it's here to stay!
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Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Marvel has released a trailer for the long-awaited (at least for me) return of Kitty Pryde. She will return after whatever it is she's doing in space after saving the Earth from a giant bullet in Joss Whedon's "season finale" of his Astonishing X-Men run (you know, the fact that I can write a sentence like this with a straight face is one of the things that make me love comicbooks...) .
Whedon's run on Astonishing X-Men has garnered a lot of praise. One of the praise came from Whedon's ability to conceptualize such a strong female character in Kitty Pryde. Considering Whedon's track records of strong female characters of his own creation (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, characters from Firefly/Serenity, Dollhouse, etc), it's hardly a surprise.
For me, Whedon had me becoming one of Kitty's fans. That's the surprising part because in my opinion, Marvel is never traditionally known for their interesting female characters.
Anyway, Kitty will return in March's Uncanny X-Men #522 and I will eagerly wait in anticipation.
Oh, here's the link if you want to read the whole Joss Whedon's run on Astonishing X-Men.
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Another World Architecture : Liberty City from Grand Theft Auto IV and her sister city, Bandung, Indonesia
Even though Liberty City is loosely based on New York City, I always have this strange feeling that this virtual city is based on my hometown, Bandung. The similarity between the two towns, I find, is strikingly similar.
Liberty City is Richard Rogers' worst nightmare: a city designed for those in love with cars. The former advisor to the London Mayor, should he visit, is more likely to be mowed down by an out-of-control automobile than sip an overpriced latte in a pedestrianised piazza peppered with parasols. Foreigners who visit Bandung should also be careful lest he/she will be mowed down not by an out-of -control automobile but by public transportation drivers and motorbike riders who think that they are playing a real-life version of GTA IV or Need for Speed.
Bandung-whether the citizens realize it or not-also is a city built NOT for people, but for cars and those in love with cars. Try using the sidewalk and soon you'll feel you're in pedestrian hell as you'll also fight for the walking space with street hawkers, not to mention the difficult accesibility for those with different ability. The comparison between public space and parking space is also very unfair you'd think people in this city never steps out of their cars.
It's really ironic since Thomas Karsten-the Dutch urban designer who built the city almost 200 years ago-designed the Bandung with the concept of "Garden City", an urban planning movement founded in 1898 by Sir Ebenezer Howard in the UK. Garden cities were intended to be planned, self-contained, communities surrounded by greenbelts, containing carefully balanced areas of residences, industry, and agriculture. From this perhaps Bandung once nicknamed "The Flower City".
Back to Liberty City, Despite the evident dangers, people flock to live here. Perhaps its the dramatic sunsets, the coastal location or Liberty City's aesthetic affinity with the Big Apple.
People also still loves Bandung despite those things mentioned above, despite the "Flower City" nickname getting more irrelevant, and despite the city gets more "mechanopolitan" than "humanopolitan" (I probably should discuss these terms later). I personally hope Bandung should never becomes like Liberty City or I'll start jump into a car, looting and shooting everyone within my sight.
Wait, now that's an awesome thought!
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Monday, January 11, 2010
I always love the idea of a World Expo although I have never visited one. The idea of (almost) every country in the world tries to promote what's great about them and to out-awesome one another in terms of kicking-ass pavillion design fascinates me both as a culture lover (not just pop or geeky one, mind you) and as someone with architectural background. It's as if as a designer you could always go wild with this kind of project.
Sorry for those of you who can't speak Indonesian, but I can't find the English-dubbed version of this video.
Yes, this video is a CGI presentation about the title above, the Indonesian Pavillion in Shanghai World Expo 2010.
I really dig the design, very Corbusian approach with all the pilotis columns and an interesting interpretation of strip windows. Adds up a free-flow floor plan with tidbits of Indonesian cultural heritage here and there and I think you' d have a winner. But one thing about this video presentation really bugs me off. Slide your media player to 02:26 to 02:28 and listen to the narrator talks about the design style of the pavillion being "traditional, modern, contemporary". It always irks me when government-sponsored script writers for this kind of thing take their cues from real estate brochures. If you ever have read any Indonesian publications promoted by property industry, chances are you're going to find a lot of terms like "modern tropical", "traditional contemporary", "minimalistic design", and the likes.
In my opinion, this will only lead to more misunderstanding among the "muggles" (sorry for the Harry Potter reference there. This, after all, is a geek's blog.) that design is merely about styles. Call me old-school or conservative but I'm a firm believer in William Pena's school of thoughts that design is problem solving , not merely a "style". How you approach to solve a particular problem is what design is all about. But still, beside that annoying narrator, this, I think, is an awesome design
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