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Through the Lens: Sci-Fi & Architecture

You would think that of all film genres, Science Fiction would be the one least likely to feature real buildings. It stands to reason that production designers would want to avoid connections with things so grounded in reality. But in fact, there is somewhat of a tradition of using modern architecture as a foundation for the creation of fictional film worlds. 

Science fiction relies on an audience believing in the world they are presented with. Clever camera work, perspective design, and temporary materials can only do so much. What often tips the balance in favour of using real, Modern buildings - rather than a temporary set - is the authenticity and atmosphere they provide the Science Fiction genre.

Read about Modern architecture in Sci-Fi films Blade Runner, Gattaca, Aeon Flux, and more, after the break...

St. Louis Public Library / Cannon Design

© Timothy Hursley
© Timothy Hursley
  • Architects: Cannon Design
  • Location: 1301 Olive Street, St. Louis, MO 63103, USA
  • Design Principal: George Nikolajevich, FAIA
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Timothy Hursley

© Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley

What's Up?: 15 Young European Architects / Salvatore Spataro

Fifteen firms of young european architects show their most relevant works and meditate on the current conditions of design production. while pragmatically anchored to the present, this generation confronts the transition to a different, more cooperative and social, existential situation: to an architecture that can overcome the obsession for individual self-representation and formal and stylistic research in order to contribute to an ecology of interaction.

Educational Center in Bollullos, Sevilla / Republica DM

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El Caserón / G///bang architectural concept

  • Architects: G///bang architectural concept
  • Location: Zaragoza, Spain
  • Project Architect: josé javier gallardo ortega
  • Year: 2008
  • Photography: Jesús Granada

© Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada

Mookdong Multi Housing / Moon Hoon

© Moon Jeongsik
© Moon Jeongsik
  • Architects: Moon Hoon
  • Location: Seoul, Korea
  • Architect In Charge: Moon Hoon
  • Design Team: Kim Suki, Park Seonhu
  • Area: 117.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Moon Jeongsik

© Moon Jeongsik © Moon Jeongsik © Moon Jeongsik © Moon Jeongsik

Best Architect-Designed Products of Milan Design Week 2013

This week in Milan at the 52nd edition of the SaloneInternazionaledel Mobile (aka Milan Design Week), over 2,500 exhibitors showcased an endless collection of the latest international products and home-furnishing designs. Among them included a variety of elegant and intelligently designed items envisioned by some of our favorite architects. Continue after the break to scroll through a list of the best architect-designed products featured at the Milan Design Week 2013.

Badouzi Harbor / J.M. Lin Architect

  • Architects: J.M. Lin Architect
  • Location: Keelung City, Taiwan
  • Design Team: J.M. Lin Architect, P.C.
  • Area: 17052.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Courtesy of J.M. Lin Architect

Courtesy of J.M. Lin Architect Courtesy of J.M. Lin Architect Courtesy of J.M. Lin Architect Courtesy of J.M. Lin Architect

House in Minoh2 / Fujiwarramuro Architects

© Shintaro Fujiwara
© Shintaro Fujiwara
  • Architects: Fujiwarramuro Architects
  • Location: Osaka, Japan
  • Architect In Charge: Shintaro Fujiwara, Yoshio Muro
  • Area: 70.26 sqm
  • Photographs: Shintaro Fujiwara, Eiji Tomita

© Eiji Tomita © Eiji Tomita © Shintaro Fujiwara © Shintaro Fujiwara

Fletiomare Utrecht Swimming Pool / Slangen + Koenis Architects

© Mark Prins
© Mark Prins
  • Architects: Slangen + Koenis Architects
  • Location: Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Chief Designer: Erik Slangen, Jakko Koenis
  • Design Team: Sjef Vosters, Theo van Beek
  • Area: 3800.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2006
  • Photographs: Mark Prins

© Mark Prins © Mark Prins © Mark Prins © Mark Prins

Coach Omotesando Flagship / OMA

  • Architects: OMA
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Partner In Charge: Shohei Shigematsu
  • Project Architect: Rami Abou Khalil
  • Team: Yolanda do Campo, Benedict Clouette with Jackie Woon Bae, Cass Nakashima, Phillip Poon, David Theisz
  • Area: 444.75 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Iwan Baan

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan

Sejong Art Center Winning Proposal / DMP Partners

Designed by DMP Partners, their winning proposal for the Sejong Art Center (SAC) is composed of two theaters, a main theater with more than 800 seats, a medium sized theater with 300 seats, a film theater with 250 seats, and an art gallery. Located in the international cultural area between nature-scape and urban-scape, the building combines nature and city through its straight, linear shape. This form is applied in accordance with the city and its curvature shape is in accordance with nature to create a comfortable feeling. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The B-Side: Death to the Resume

Having been involved in the creative industries education for over decade now, one of the most common questions students ask in interviews (and parents ask on open days) is about ‘getting a job’ at the end of the course. As if a graduating student can simply go and trade in their degree certificate and swap it for a ‘good job’. If only employment was this easy. 

‘Getting a job’ in the Arts has always been a difficult undertaking; with no boxes to tick it can be a complicated process finding an appropriate vacancy - and so ensues the hellish time of resume writing and job interviews. 

A drastic [most revolutions are] but more appropriate approach to this situation is not to think of ‘getting a job’ as ‘getting’- the mere word suggests a degree of affordance, of being gifted employment - but rather as ‘creating a job’. ’Creating’ is about being pro-active and entrepreneurial; it involves going out, attending events, talking to people, doing internships and apprenticeships – essentially increasing your exposure. After all, how will employers know they need you in their firm if they only see your skills in a nice little list on a sheet of A4? You must make yourself indispensable, and for that you don’t need a resume. You need guts.

More after the break...

Solstice Arts Centre / Grafton Architects

  • Architects: Grafton Architects
  • Location: Navan, Co.Meath
  • Architect In Charge: Grafton Architects
  • Area: 1780.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2006
  • Photographs: Ros Kavanagh, Hélene Binet

© Ros Kavanagh © Ros Kavanagh © Hélene Binet © Hélene Binet

Cebes School / OVAL

© João Morgado
© João Morgado
  • Architects: OVAL
  • Location: Oporto, Portugal
  • Architect In Charge: Avelino Oliveira, Gil Brito, Elina Briede, Catarina Ferreira
  • Construction: Triplano
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: João Morgado

© João Morgado © João Morgado © João Morgado © João Morgado

Amsterdam 289 / JSª

  • Architects: JSª Arquitectura
  • Location: Condesa, Mexico City
  • Architect In Charge: Sofía Villarreal
  • Design Team: Javier Sánchez, Sofía Villarreal, Juan Reyes
  • Engineering: Hector Margain, Juan Pablo Rodríguez Orta
  • Contractor: As yet undefined
  • Area: 15460.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Courtesy of JSª Arquitectura

Courtesy of JSª Arquitectura Courtesy of JSª Arquitectura Courtesy of JSª Arquitectura Courtesy of JSª Arquitectura