For years Futures+ has been checking out the work of Joe Kosinski, and after seeing their new behind the scene glimpse into “Oblivion” we had to share. Besides it is Friday, the weather is amazing, and we all know you could use a nice studio break with some amazing inspiration!
Just as we are about to get a glimpse into the world of the academic architectural studios of Pratt Institute, “The Competition” trailer is released. If you haven’t already witnessed it yourself, “The Competition” is going to be an in depth look into what goes into winning some of today’s most sought after architectural projects. Five of today’s “Starchitects” (Frank Gehry, Jean Nouvel, Zaha Hadid, Dominique Perrault, and Norman Foster) were filmed as they battle it out for the future National Museum of Art of Andorra, a first in the Pyrenees small country. Check it out after the jump!
PRODUCTION: Office for Strategic Spaces (OSS)
DIRECTOR & PRODUCER: Angel Borrego Cubero
ARCHITECTS: Frank Gehry, Jean Nouvel, Zaha Hadid, Dominique Perrault, Norman Foster
One of our first posts on Futures+, almost 2 years ago now, was our first glimpse into the filming of ArchiCULTURE. A short documentary about the lives of several thesis design students at Pratt, by far the hardest year for any architecture student. It was three years in the making and the film crew spent countless hours in studio following these students and interviewing some of today’s top architects. Finally a glimpse into the academic animal that is known as studio! Check it out after the jump!
Last week was crazy in Boston and we know it wasn’t easy to focus on studio work, especially all you archy’s in Boston. Our hearts go out to you as we know the long nights and countless days in studio are growing close to an end. F+ is right here to help you find that last minute inspiration. Once your reviews are done, and you get some shut eye, let us showcase your work, or even suggest a college that we should check out!
Last year we came across Yaohua Wang’s work done at SCI-Arc, and we are back to check a new project done at the Harvard GSD. Yaohua Wang’s work takes a look at the world and culture of the changing and ever emerging VFX (visual effects) industry. The design strives to bring filming and post production all under one house. The circulation whips through the building trying to tie the spaces together with this flowing network of progression through the building. The renderings and graphic diagrams done by Yaohua Wang are strong architectural visual effects within themselves. Check it out after the jump!
To be honest in most of my history classes in Italy I found the best place to sit on our walking tours, and tried catch up on sleep, so I actually had to do some refreshing to make this post. Caio Barboza’s “The Danteum Redux” project pulls from the Divine Comedy, an epic poem written by Dante Alighieri often seen as one of the greatest works of literature today. The Danteum was an un-built monument to Paolo Di Canio designed by the modernist architect Giuseppe Terragni. Caio translates the story into the programmatic relationships within the library. The spaces are broken up into the three different realms Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso. Check it out after the jump and tell us what you think!
STUDENT: Caio Barboza
SCHOOL: Cornell University
PROFESSORS: Mark Morris, Davide Marchetti and Marina Kavalirek.
An RPI studio in which students have study classical geometrical relationships from the Baroque period paired with modern day scripting has yielded some amazing student works. Much like Andrew Saunders “Re-interpreting the Baroque” studio, Lisa Christin Laue broke down Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza by Borromini. We see a simple investigation into geometrical evolution from its simplest form, and to the radically pushed ornamental extreme through scripting. The result looks like a pavilion straight out of OZ, but the layering and spatial control of interior exterior envelopes is what draws you in. Check it out after the jump!
I think architects and designers are so enamored by the design of a fine chair because of its ability to capture the moment of form follows function in the most minimalistic sense. A chair design has to have control of structure, material integrity, and a spatial relationship to the human body. Each corner, joint and connection on a chair is tangible and has to flow to realize a fine chair. Myself I am a sucker for minimalistic chair designs from Eames to Mies, but recently Ellie Nonemacher’s “Dumbo Chair” (perfectly named) caught our eye. A graduate interior design student out of the University of Oregon shows an acute eye for detail and craft in her bent wood design. Certainly having Nils-Ole Zib, a well known designer and furniture-maker, as your professor certainly helps, but Ellie’s moments of connection in the chair appear effortless. Check it out after the jump!
When we think of modular homes of late in the US it has been to create flexible and extremely compact homes for places like NYC. Thomas Khoueiry’s approach in Lebanon was not only to design a modular housing development for Lebanon’s housing crisis, but to also to revitalize the abandoned quarries. The quarries have left scares all over the landscape, and this new spanning housing typology tries to recapture these lands. As the project isn’t heavily built into the landscape, but touching it at points, maybe the opportunity for the land to become revitalized over time is a possibility. Check it out after the jump!
STUDENT: Thomas Khoueiry
SCHOOL: USEK – Holy Spirit University of Kaslik
PROFESSORS: Zafer Sleiman
YEAR: Fall 2012
Some architects live for straight lines and simple geometrical forms, and others are enticed by the elegance and seductiveness of a curve. Jason Orbe-Smith & Keyla Hernandez’s exploration into curvature with their Bundle House certainly would catch the eye of both sides of the conversation. The language and detail of the curve is given strength and rigor through the exploration of digital scripting, where the spaces flow into each other and visual densities define private and public space through the fenestration. Even the landscape and vegetation allows for the architecture to defining its own spatial relationship to the site. Our only criticism is trying to call this a single family home, the programmatic strength and study could greater serve as a new possible network of urban sprawl. Check it out after the jump!