Listing 30 blog articles for the tag Art.
Italian artist Michele Durazzi has produced a beautiful new set of digital artworks, each one an eerie rendition of modernist architecture and surrealism. Scale figures add a real sense of scale to each environment, and Durazzi's assured eye for lighting lends every scene a strong sense of atmosphere. These stunning works of urban fiction are composed as a glorious ode to minimalism, the likes of which would likely bring a tear to Tadao Ando’s eye – enter your architectural dreams below...
1: Daringly Detailed.
Proof that beauty can be found in the mundane. The insulation is particularly striking.
2: Magnificently Modulor.
I don't know her... but I like her. A timeless choice.
3: Perfectly Panoramic.
A kingdom of domes and mountains, because epic.
4: Awesomely Abstract.
Another Corb-inspired beauty. Looks a little raw, but a sound choice nonetheless.
5: Freaking Photographic.
6: Seriously Symbolic.
CAD monkeys can get edgy tattoos too, you know. And they look like this.
7: Fiercely Frenetic.
This guy is clearly a badass AND loves a good architectural tattoo. What's not to love?
8: Precisely Planned.
This is my favourite. Don't ask me why; you should know already.
9: Outrageously Oscar.
The one on the left? A little unflattering. Guy on the right is smiling because he knows he made the better choice.
10: Forever Fallingwater.
Forever Frank Lloyd Wright. You can't go wrong with this classic.
Architects are frequently accused of living life with their head in the clouds, preoccupied with fantastical worlds disconnected from reality. Maybe so, but when those worlds are as beautifully illustrated as those in Nir Levie’s “Outskirts Of Vision”, who could blame us?
The graphic artist’s epic 220-page novel chronicles young architect Ben's adventures in a dangerous and mysterious metropolis in which everything is constantly moving and shifting, a strange land of rampant development, gripped by the monstrous tentacles of urbanization.
The young architect is out to explore the city, with just one ally: a rebellious anarchist, the fictional equivalent of Peter Cook, perhaps. Indeed, the city itself is reminiscent of Archigram’s more organic creations, with an added dose of Escher, a smattering of Gaudí, and more than a passing nod to Rem Koolhaas and OMA. Even Zaha Hadid’s ocean of parametric waves might seem rather conventional compared to Levie’s outlandish cityscapes.
The novel depicts a dark and knowing commentary on the perils of political and financial influence on our cities, portraying a metropolis that is being consumed by a battle between public and private interests. Perhaps the scariest part of all is that, other than the two main protagonists, no one else notices the changes surging all around them — the population is stumbling blindly into a fiercely frenetic future.
If the stratospheric rise of Dubai from desert city to mega-metropolis wasn’t already head-spinning enough for you, try watching the frenetic fly-through at the foot of this article – the latest creation by filmmaker and time-lapse wizard Rob Whitworth.
Architexts tells the story of a fictitious architectural firm called Franklin + Newbury Architects, Inc. Their experiences are based on real-life experiences of architectural professionals. Franklin + Newbury Architects is a fairly typical firm, meaning that the projects aren’t all that exciting: tenant fit-outs, small commercial renovations, feasibility studies… not much new construction. The lack of exciting design work makes the young production staff jaded and cynical. They struggle with their seemingly mundane jobs and are constantly finding ways to amuse themselves to get through each day. They have antipathy for the bosses, who don’t seem motivated to pursue more exciting projects.
The production staff is made up of designers and drafters ranging from recent graduates in their early twenties who still have high expectations for their careers and the profession, to more experienced designers in their mid-thirties who would like to work in a better firm, but feel stuck. Your office may not be exactly like Franklin + Newbury Architects, but you are sure to relate to the situations and hijinks that occur.
Here are 10 of the best to get you started...
1: Lost Plots.
4: Hope and Despair.
6: Work Vs. School.
10: The Magic Button.
With no mirrors, no clocks, and no obvious way out of most Vegas casinos, you could be forgiven for forgetting where on earth you are whilst vacationing in Sin City. However, French-American photographer Vincent LaForet does not suffer from such problems: He has captured this city — a burgeoning urban anomaly in the Nevada desert — in all its idiosyncratic glory, shooting from a helicopter at 9,000 feet up.
LaForet’s vision of the city looks like a neon-fueled architectural model: the miniature effect is created by the photographer’s tilt-shift lens, using selective focus to highlight certain details within the illuminated landscape. Very little post-production is required, with LaForet estimating he spend “30 to 60 seconds max” to color-correct each photograph in Adobe’s Lightroom application.
The results are surreal — the polychromatic sea of glistening lights is reminiscent of a futuristic computer chip, or the suburbs of a mega-metropolis from Steven Lisberger’s sci-fi epic Tron. Interestingly, the most beautiful images might actually be those that show a patchwork of streetlights and the subtle glow of houses far from the Strip — showing there is more to life in Vegas than that rich vein of casinos, restaurants, and five-star resorts.
With his striking set of images, LaForet is a rare species of Vegas tourist — he's managed to leave the city with more than when he arrived…
Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut’s fantastical structures and futuristic urban landscapes are not to everyone’s liking, but one thing is for sure: They always get the internet talking. His latest images are a case in point, portraying Paris as an über green metropolis, populated with vertical farms, towers powered by photosynthesis and apartments made up of tessellating honeycomb modules, fused with traditional residential blocks.
‘I have never liked the lack of life in the architectural representations that are often aseptic, clean and neutral. I enjoy imagining what life would be like in these static images. They are comparable to still life paintings.’
The aim of architecture is to design a space where people can live and carry out their activities, yet many renders and illustrations particular to the field are devoid of life and dynamism. Italian artist federico babina has composed 17 vignettes for the ‘ARCHILIFE’ series, adding renowned cinematic stars from alfred hitchcock to audrey hepburn to architect-designed interior spaces — The always glamorous marilyn monroe lounges within the famous Mies van der Rohe Farnsworth House; a bathrobe-wearing Marlon Brando waters a plant at Frank Lloyd Wright’s ‘Fallingwater’ home. ‘In these pictures I try to exalt the ‘banality of everyday life’ of famous performers employed in simple actions that interact with the space that hosts them’, Babina describes.
Images and info via Designboom.
Tongue-in-cheek architecture blog Building Satire is diving right into the Halloween spirit. Their Architect's Appearance/Morbid Models post features spooky spoofs on some of the world's most renown architects (and an Architizer A+ Award jury member or two). Man-about-town Bjarke Ingels from BIG makes a great freaky Frankenstein, while we couldn't possibly think of a better mime than Tadao Ando - majestically melancholic! - or a more convincing sad-sack jester than sober architect Rem Koolhaas. One note of advice: we'd stay clear of Zaha if we were you...
Images and info via: Architizer
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