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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...

Milan Design Week 2013: Office for Living / Jean Nouvel

© Alessandro Russotti
© Alessandro Russotti

This week, 2008 Pritzker Prize laureate Jean Nouvel is expressing his vision for the workspaces of the future at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan. Nouvel was asked by Cosmit, the Salone's parent company, to create a huge project tailored specifically to the Saloni that would document the tremendous changes that have altered living and working spaces over the past few years. Nouvel responded with a project that "frees up the office space" and is a "counter to urban segregation and the zoning of other specially dedicated workplaces." He achieves these goals in his design by rejecting cloned and enclosed spaces as well as serial repetitiveness, suggesting more cohesive formulas that will better serve the domestic and international workplaces of the future.

More from Cosmit on "Project: office for living" after the break.

Mill Valley Residence / CCS Architecture

Courtesy of CCS Architecture
Courtesy of CCS Architecture
  • Architects: CCS Architecture
  • Location: Marin, California, United States of America
  • Design Principal: Cass Calder Smith
  • Project Architect: Sean Kennedy
  • Interior Design Director: Barbara Vickroy
  • Designer: Bjoern Steudte
  • Area: 5000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Courtesy of CCS Architecture

Courtesy of CCS Architecture Courtesy of CCS Architecture Courtesy of CCS Architecture Courtesy of CCS Architecture

The G Project: Submit Your Ideas and Vote for Your Favorites!

The G Project, hosted by G Adventures and The Planeterra Foundation, is giving four lucky innovators, inventors, visionaries and designers the opportunity to bring a humanitarian and forward-thinking project to fruition.  The G Project is inviting anyone to submit a design idea of any scale that will have a "positive impact on your planet".  The idea must be a proposal that falls into one of four categories: freedom, beauty, knowledge or community.  It is a crowd-sourcing exercise that seeks to engage ideas of any variety and asks the global community to contribute to deciding which projects deserve to be realized.  

Olympic Campus: A New Headquarters for the IOC Competition

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has launched an open and international architecture competition for their new headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. With the volume of the planned building at roughly 70,000m3, with a ground surface area of 18,000m2, the development will include headquarters for 450 staff members, “Olympic campus” housing administrative buildings, and possible accommodation and services. This will allow the IOC to benefit from two Olympic sites in Lausanne: one in Ouchy around The Olympic Museum, to host the general public; and the other in Vidy for the whole administrative staff and to host its institutional partners. The deadline for submissions is May 15. For more information, please visit here.

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

Educational Center in Bollullos, Sevilla / Republica DM

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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.

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

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.

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

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

Fletiomare Utrecht Swimming Pool / Slangen + Koenis Architects

© Mark Prins
© Mark Prins
  • Architects: Slangen + Koenis Architects
  • Location: Utrecht, 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

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

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...