Friday, April 13, 2007

The place to be in 2026

Yet another reason I'd love to be in California at the moment (several inches of fresh snowfall here is reason #1): the "Open House: Architecture and Technology for Intelligent Living" exhibit at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design. When cool young architecture minds turn themselves to the problem of adapting human spaces to a planet in chaos, really cool graphics ensue.

The photo on this post is from the Seoul Commune 2026 project, by Mass Studies, an architecture group from Korea. There's a PDF that gives details about their project here. I know nothing about architecture, except that I'm really fascinated by it and especially by architects who try to make buildings look like organic structures--Gaudi's buildings in Spain are another example. It's also cool when architects try to find ways to live that are sustainable and actually help rather than hurt the Earth, which is what many of the Open House projects seem to be about. Also, I really really want to live in one of those schmooshie green towers.

Anyhow, good for a little diversion on a Friday afternoon.

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Blogger Nameless4Now said...

Super interesting. Architecture can be sooo beautiful, yet most of what is built is so bland.
Gaudi - wow! Love his stuff... Calatrava is another favourite of mine - you might have seen some of his bridges, like the Alamillo Bridge in Seville. Also the Orient Station in Lisbon.

PS Love your blog! Great mix of topics. Am a regular lurker... ;o)

9:16 PM  
Blogger Fat Sparrow said...

No matter what you have heard about Southern California, I can promise you that, unlike in the photo, we do not grow pineapples in our swimming pools. Oranges, maybe, pineapples, no.

6:18 PM  
Blogger whyioughtta said...

nameless: I am Wikipedia-ing Calatrava right now...thanks for the tip!

fs: Next you'll tell me Californians don't carry manicurists in their pockets and wash their houses with sunshine and money. Dream-shatterer.

12:00 PM  
Blogger angrycandy said...

i saw a doc. on frank gehry a while back which blew my mind. (the guy who crumples up a piece of paper and then build a building based on what it looks like - i admire him a lot but i think i admire the engineers more, the guys who have to take his ideas and make them work)...those are my fav. docs by the way. documentaries on architects. dunno why. fascinating...another good one was on louis kahn..."my architect" lots of open vistas...and mies van der rohe who was the leader of the new "steel and glass" first glance his bldg.s look like every other building out there now but once you look again you see how light and clean and airy they are...and how revolutionary they must have been at the time...he built a little gas station outside of montreal that's pretty neat...anyway. i find it weird that i like my inner space all antiquey and cluttered but the buildings i seem to admire most in architecture have clean open lines and lots of light...yeah, architecture. neat. also, i spend alot of my tv time now watching docs on animals...must be getting old...and that's enough about me...sorry...tired...babbling..oh yeah though, back to gehry...he made me wonder what the hell architecture will be like in the far when we are no longer constrained by bricks and mortor and steel and glass and can build out of....i dunno...foam or butterflies or whatever, basically, when we don't need the engineers to make our ideas work anymore...when we can basically build our ideas....what will we choose to live in?

5:47 PM  
Blogger angrycandy said...

personally, i wouldn't choose to live in the green pineapples...'cause come 2030 they'll be sooo "the gobbler"..heehee...

5:51 PM  

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