In the Category architecture

cinema city

Posted May 2nd, 2012 at 11:07 am. There are 0 comments.

Cinema City | Near Future Laboratory

In the second proposal, Skynet — an extraterrestrial orbital satellite platform — finds QR codes in the landscape of earth. The QR codes embed stories and films that the satellites share with one another. Over time, as they see the same films over and over again and become bored — they begin to look for QR codes elsewhere, perhaps interpreting barcode-like structures in the landscape at different wavelengths — for instance an infrared folliage rendering may appear to contain QR codes. They seek out new films in this way, perhaps even instructing terrestrial machines, such as the cranes at loading docks or tractors in large farm fields, to construct new QR codes containing new cinema and stories.

Cranes writing stories embedded in QR codes for satellites will occupy my thoughts all day.

via nearfuturelabratory

the quarry

Posted April 1st, 2011 at 3:49 pm. There are 0 comments.


Estádio Municipal de Braga from Metropolis

Eduardo Souto de Moura, the architect of one of my favorite buildings, Estádio Municipal de Braga, won the 2011 Pritzker Prize. Congratulations to him and his studio.


Posted March 4th, 2011 at 8:49 pm. There are 0 comments.


The All Nighter has simplified famous architects quite a bit. I love this.

paris metro infiltration

Posted December 23rd, 2010 at 10:42 am. There are 0 comments.


Back in October 2007 sometime after midnight and before the first trains rolled into regular service, qx and I took our first timid steps onto the tracks of the Paris metro. With more nervousness and care than I’d like to admit we gingerly stepped down between the metal rails just off the end of a platform wondering what madness had possessed us to do so. We’d never done Metro like this before and this scary new world was full of elements we didn’t understand at all. Looking at every rail critically working out which carried the power, asking ourselves so many questions: how far could the electricity arc, would that even happen, could the cameras on the platform see us, did security wait in the tunnels after hours, were there any trains after service, if so how fast did they go, did anyone live in the tunnels, would we encounter writers? We’d heard lots of stories about RATP security forgoing the usual legal punishments and simply beating up those found in the tunnels and kicking them out onto the street. We weren’t packing paint but would that matter?

Sleepycity’s travelogue from an illicit exploration of the Paris Metro.


Posted November 8th, 2010 at 7:02 pm. There are 0 comments.

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Filip Dujardin, a Belgian photographer, makes both subtle and jarring architectural photo constructions. These digital assemblages made from photographs of real buildings taken near his home in Ghent, take the ordinary and make it implausible, and interesting.

I actually want to play at being an architect, instead of only recording the buildings of others.

via Kitsune Noir and File Magazine

we used to put automobile test tracks on building roofs

Posted May 21st, 2010 at 12:14 pm. There are 0 comments.


Image via USC Architecture Dept.

Fiat Automobile’s Lingotto Factory in Turin Italy.

lady gaga is architecture

Posted August 12th, 2009 at 10:39 am. There are 0 comments.

Flavorwire » Blog Archive » More Than Just a Pokerface_ Lady Gaga as Architectural Cipher.jpg

Lady Gaga as architectural cipher includes comparisons to works by Zaha Hadid, Marcel Wanders and as above, Buckminister Fuller.


Posted July 21st, 2009 at 6:00 pm. There are 0 comments.


Designed by: Mark Francis Tynan, William Hailiang Chen, and Shireen Hamdan

ResoNet employs Low-Fi techniques to visualise the resonance frequencies inherent in the natural environment, via the interaction of the public and surrounding elements detected by a LED net. and there is a blog chronicling it’s development, including some nice detail shots of the LED components.

gateways to newark by pentagram architects

Posted April 17th, 2009 at 10:52 am. There are 0 comments.

Newark Gateways by Pentagram Architects to create a series of gateways to the city of Newark New Jersey. Painting a series of cartographic type symbols into the Newark streetsccape, in actual physical space, with the intention that they will eventually be incorporated into google earth & google maps satellite views. There are two very interesting ideas at play here – deliberate alteration of the physical environment to affect the display of its digital representation, and the cartographication of the physical space, placing the visual language of representation into the actual.


Map symbology has a long and storied history. The process of representing the three-dimensional world as flat and map-like requires a notational language. Our proposal places a new set of distinct symbols “on the map” by creating them for the Google Earth point of view. With paint and little else, Newark can define itself, celebrate its entry points, and address a global audience, all in one stroke. The painted “events” are visible and engaging on Google Earth, while the real locations would be signed with images from above that explain the colors and patterns on the ground.


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