Dystopia – Eli Keller

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What if the cities we are designing today are not actually the futuristic utopias for the modern word, but rather the fragile materialistic fridges of our future dystopias? Today we are showcasing Eli Keller’s graphically stunning architectural exploration through collage into the creation of a Dystopia.  Eli Keller sees Tel Aviv as the perfect storm where this lively urban culture is slowly losing its own identity; a victim of the modern world.  You can see this in modern throughout the world, where the buildings and cities we live in have lost their sense of place.  The glass screens on our phones and the glitter of modern buildings have forced us into a blasé attitude towards the world, blinding us to the loss of our cultural identities. Check it out after the jump!

STUDENT: Eli Keller
SCHOOL: 
Ariel University School of Architecture
PROFESSORS: Beni. R. Levy, Itzhak El-Hadif, Dana Oberson,
Yehuda Mendelson, Sa’adia Mandel
COURSE: 5th Year – BA
YEAR: 2013

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Library Extension – Natalie Kwee

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Everybody gets the sense of being totally overwhelmed either when trying to gather information for a test, the sheer magnitude of a project, or even walking into the library and the overpowering amount of information at your finger tips.  At first glance, when we got Natalie Kwee submission, that same sense of being overwhelmed hit me as I tried to figure out the architectural organization and spatial movements in the design.  My eyes were forced to constantly move through and look at the all spaces and diagrams.  That exact emotion is what Natalie was going for in her Library expansion design, by creating this intense maze of space to move through in your quest for knowledge.  Yet at the same time the design encompasses how we internally deal with being overwhelmed, by breaking the task down into smaller compartmental pieces.  Check it out after the jump!

STUDENT: Natalie Kwee
SCHOOL: 
Cornell University
PROFESSORS: Val Warke
AWARD: 2012 AIANYS Student Award Winner
YEAR: Spring 2011

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ROMANTIC DISSONANCE – ZIFAN LIU

“Instead of balanced, elegant and skillful, I want to produce disproportionate, absurd and raw as a unique sensibility to both the content and the form. yet still in a very sentimental context.”  Zifan Liu’s graduate thesis takes a step back from the controls of form and rational relationship.  He tries to design outside the limitations of actual architecture, and explores the absurdity of fantasy, a collage of random thoughts and space.  Reminiscent of collage design through the juxtaposing disparate elements of a place through the actions of excavation, addition, and reconfiguration .  Check it out after the jump!

STUDENT: Zifan Liu
SCHOOL: 
SCI-ARC
PROFESSORS: Marcelo Spina: www.p-a-t-t-e-r-n-s.net
COURSE: Graduate Thesis 
YEAR: 2011

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