The Last of Us

I’d like to mention ‘The Last of Us’ a game that I have recently started to engage with in my free time.  In particular the gaming environment and the really struck a chord with me not just that it represented a beacon of faith and hope of survival in a post-apocalyptic world but rather that it drew an inter-relationship with architecture, archaeology and movement. As I continued to play this game my fascination of vision and its fragments of dramatic modes of representation of the game environment ceased an active response to the attention of architecture. That led me to study the movement and events that occurred in the architectural spaces and the formation of paths in the game; that constituted various bodily movements such as pause, walk, sit, spin etc in order to generate structures on site that will challenge sensory experience. With this said I observed that the formation of ‘form’ within the design process requires breaking up components of the site to see the junctions and juxtapositions that could potentially be part of fragments of an architectural form and to give it initial context of the environment. In other words the game dealt with architecture as an equal deliberation of discourse of events and discourse of space.

It is definitely a game worth checking out regardless whether you are a designer or just a fan of survival/action/horror genre – THIS GAME IS FOR YOU!

The Magic of Art

I’m really excited that The Midnight Archive have finally added a new episode to their collection of eccentric and unique story telling documentaries. This episode includes Pam Grossman explaining how particular art works have the potential of transmitting spiritual energy.

Hansel & Gretel: The Witch Hunters ( R ) -Tommy Wirkola

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I saw this movie over the weekend and had to mention it on my blog…although there were mixed reviews on this film and the quality of the script was in question, I for the other hand didn’t think it was as bad. As most of us know the original story of Hansel and Gretel by the brothers Grimm was dubbed as a fairy-tale. However in my case I found the story quite gruesome and abstract to be told to a child. Therefore I was pleased to have seen that the film was produced and depicted with dark/horror themes. 

What I found quite amusing and interesting about the Hansel & Gretel: The Witch Hunters movie is the idea to create a film based on the impact of both Hansel and Gretel defeating the wicked witch in their childhood years and how that experience would translate into their adult lives. They both had this dark hatred for witches which I found to be a great constellation for them to have become witch hunters in the future.

The setting of the movie was quite interesting and found it to be a bit confusing as to what era it was mean to be in, there was this modern spin to it by the way the characters conducted themselves and the weaponry they used to kill their opponents that looked futuristic but yet had this slant of looking quite hand made. I think it would have been quite interesting if they had played upon the idea of a steampunk themed era and seeing that in 3d would have spoken volumes. However it is noteworthy to mention that the 3d graphics and animation of the film was by far the most impressive part of the movie and was worth seeing in 3d. I am sure that we will be seeing a trilogy of this.

Metropolis
I just finished watching Metropolis a German science fiction movie set in a dystopian world in the year 2026. It vastly concentrates on the struggles between the upper class and lower class citizens in the Metropolis city. Where the society is run by a new world order in which the upper class are regarded as the great thinkers and creators of the society and technological advancements while the lower class are dramatically placed in the underworld of monitored industrial work zones and are regarded as the “men who do not think.” The movie tackles the issues of moral/unmoral impact of technological advancements and mankind.   
Although it is a silent film, it portrays the dystopian underworld in a rhythmic and poetic way which I found to be quite interesting and a good introduction to the cyberpunk/dystopian world in which machine vs man is being challenged. 
 
 

Metropolis

I just finished watching Metropolis a German science fiction movie set in a dystopian world in the year 2026. It vastly concentrates on the struggles between the upper class and lower class citizens in the Metropolis city. Where the society is run by a new world order in which the upper class are regarded as the great thinkers and creators of the society and technological advancements while the lower class are dramatically placed in the underworld of monitored industrial work zones and are regarded as the “men who do not think.” The movie tackles the issues of moral/unmoral impact of technological advancements and mankind.   

Although it is a silent film, it portrays the dystopian underworld in a rhythmic and poetic way which I found to be quite interesting and a good introduction to the cyberpunk/dystopian world in which machine vs man is being challenged.

 

 

Construction of Cyberpunk

The creation of a cyberpunk world is created by many metaphors that are confronted by perception and reality. It carries a woven cityscape of grids that organise space and provide orientation through the invisible and visible special characteristics. In other words the space tackles the exchange between the structural properties of the building/environment and of semantic fields that seem to dominate and frame the solidity of the space that is accumulated by floating neon lights/ decay/grids etc. They share an unfolding visual quality where the form of the space is layered and extruded into complex folding forms.(origami effect) However, I would like to note that this description of the “style” or construction of cyberpunk is not to be dismissed as merely a decorative effect but rather as a necessity of attributes of an alternative future of technology versus “low” life.

Cyberpunk 2077  

Cyberpunk has certainly expanded into a significant context of science fiction genre that entails implicit assumptions about the nature of human and machine. Perfect example of this is Cyberpunk 2077 which is an adventure game set in a cyberpunk world.  The game challenges the amplifications of what would happen if humans modified their bodies with cybernetic enhancements. In this video Pondsmith (the creator) talks about what influenced him to create a cyberpunk world and how it clashes between high-tech and ‘low’ life. (the game does not have a release date)

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A brave search of the future

Following from my recent post about the idea of erasing our past in order to succumb the downfalls of creative solving skills and imagination that F.T. Marinetti covers in hiseleven Futurist Manifestations. –Which strikes me as a method of denial – a convert of allusion that deals with a systematic idea of a perfect world where no past information and photographs help the society understand the history to those people who had no contribution to it. Applying such a method would entail a loss and historic elimination that can only be put to use as a metaphor and a mysterious past of mythic tales.

The search of the future is a mission of predictability and research in which we begin to start renewing our perspective of civilization that echo our past in order to find clues of the future.  Although the possibilities of envisioning any type of future be it in an utopian or dystopian outlook varies by the constrains of how we perceive technological advancements. Some of us have locked ourselves into a niche of the familiar when it contradicts human nature therefore the progression of inventions and technological advancements have to be introduced to the world within its appropriate time in order to fully merge into a brave new world.

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F.T. Marinetti’s Futurist Manifesto (The future that we want?)

This video discusses the establishment of Futurism. It narrates that change is needed of the mindset and the change of the ideologies in society. Marinetti list 11 manifestations that depict his beliefs of what Futurism entails. These 11 manifestations all point that people should avoid looking back at the past and instead look forward to the future.  He believes that digging up the past only acclaimed a setback to looking into the future and that channelling a violent / aggressive nature is the best way to deal with the future. Therefore Marinetti believed that museums and libraries should be diminished because he did not see the use of having a collection of the past displayed out to the public as he believed that such information would only hinder peoples’ creativity and perspective of what the future could or should be. His manifesto also calls for war, militarism and patriotism in order to take control of their destiny. In other words the futurist manifesto initiates a rejection of the past events in order of signifying an opportunistic outlook to the future by the elements of speed, machinery and violence.

As much as I admire and find Marinetti’s views interesting, some of the 11 elements that make up the futurist manifesto I cannot agree with such as the notion of forgetting or not knowing the past. I believe that the past not only helps us understand of what the world has become but it encourages us to make changes and enhances our imagination to do things differently.  The more I think about it, the more I tend to believe that Marinetti embraced self-expression by embracing the need to erase the past that may throw us back or influence us to do things under confined rules.  This all underlines the question “What future do we want?”

Predicting the Future

I’ve been slightly distracted from my blog for the past week; which gave me some time to reflect on the theme of my blog and the topics I have recently covered. What I have found is that on separate occasions I have been mixing real and virtual reality in order to peel away various layers of the some-what “future”  Some of my posts included glimpses of hope and some of them where harsh glimmers of pessimistic outcomes. It is hoped that the end point of this progression is to attain a solid depiction of the future. Predicting the future however is a tedious progress because predicting or making assumptions of the future in the next few years, not to mention 100 years is a mission of uncertainty and imagination. YET it is a something we find challenging that gives us the ability to dream of technologies that will alter and influence humanity.  I think that the ways we deal with these challenges will ultimately determine the trajectory of the human race because we have become less of a passive observer and more so understanding of the laws of nature. I hope that within time, I end up with a collection of posts that push the perception of the future further than a passive outlook of what it is expected to shape into.    

The anticipation of Dystopia..
This is a conceptual skyscraper designed by Damian Przybyla and Rafal Przybyla. The “Migrant Skyscraper” is a mobile structure that can transport itself from location to location. The concept behind a mobile structure is that it’s placed in a dystopian world where people are in need of stability and self-sufficiency. Living in such a structure would provide the residents the safety from natural and social disasters that may occur because of the ability to move places and as a result people will not be inclined to stick around and suffer from the occurrence.
Despite the good idea of a bio-fuel-powered structure and the sense of freedom it may provide for us; I wonder how long we could really run from upheaval before it catches up to us. – Surely at some point we will be forced to face and own up to the reality and fate of what the world has come to.

The anticipation of Dystopia..

This is a conceptual skyscraper designed by Damian Przybyla and Rafal Przybyla. The “Migrant Skyscraper” is a mobile structure that can transport itself from location to location. The concept behind a mobile structure is that it’s placed in a dystopian world where people are in need of stability and self-sufficiency. Living in such a structure would provide the residents the safety from natural and social disasters that may occur because of the ability to move places and as a result people will not be inclined to stick around and suffer from the occurrence.

Despite the good idea of a bio-fuel-powered structure and the sense of freedom it may provide for us; I wonder how long we could really run from upheaval before it catches up to us. – Surely at some point we will be forced to face and own up to the reality and fate of what the world has come to.

I’ve been reading this blog by Tesla Prime – he is writer, Astronomy Professor, Deputy Flight Director/Systems Engineer for JPL/NASA, who is working on his first novel, Tesla Prime and the Regulus Event.

His blog is a really interesting read; the blog gives you a generous sneak-peak of the book, there are four chapters covered to reel you into this fickle sci fi world…

It is about a group of seven astronauts who are on a mission to explore an alien world of Proteus. Twenty-seven years later the astronauts try to return to earth only to find that the Earth has vanished. The seven astronauts are faced to team up and unravel the chaos and find a way to save the human race from extinction.

I can’t wait to read the rest of the story; it’s hoped to be released next year –

-his work is stellar!!

Structural Membrane for Skyscrapers

I am a huge fan of structural membranes (textile) used in architecture, they are mostly implemented when dealing with big canopies or stadiums. I found this picture of a tower designed by Tingwei Xu. The project proposes a membrane structural component for a skyscraper. In contrast to conventional approaches to how structural membranes are implemented, this reintroduces the idea of what maybe coined as a natural artifact displayed in the fabric of the city, it definitely faces the challenge of reversing what we may consider as organic as well as reintroducing methods of rigid layering of buildings. The main concern of such structures would be their sustainability…?

RE: Robotic Architecture
In my last post I covered the notion of Robotic Architecture/Society and its per-conceived impact it would have on our society. -In this post I would like to exemplify advanced materials and robotic construction in the form of a building method. This a conceptual skyscraper design called; Nested Skyscraper in which adapts to extreme climates such as earthquakes. The method of construction consists of robotic carbon sleeves wrapped around with steel mesh to allow lateral movement to occur, freeing it from the rigid multiplications of floor plates that could potential collapse. In other words the reason why such materials and robotic sleeves are used is because of their flexibility to comply with the movement of the earth if an earthquake were it to happen; such materials would allow to sway and move side to side in order to keep its balance. This is definitely a utopian outlook of the future and methods of technology that could potentially work as a hybrid system in order to offer prosperity of life.

RE: Robotic Architecture

In my last post I covered the notion of Robotic Architecture/Society and its per-conceived impact it would have on our society. -In this post I would like to exemplify advanced materials and robotic construction in the form of a building method. This a conceptual skyscraper design called; Nested Skyscraper in which adapts to extreme climates such as earthquakes. The method of construction consists of robotic carbon sleeves wrapped around with steel mesh to allow lateral movement to occur, freeing it from the rigid multiplications of floor plates that could potential collapse. In other words the reason why such materials and robotic sleeves are used is because of their flexibility to comply with the movement of the earth if an earthquake were it to happen; such materials would allow to sway and move side to side in order to keep its balance. This is definitely a utopian outlook of the future and methods of technology that could potentially work as a hybrid system in order to offer prosperity of life.

Robotic Architecture 
Following up on my recent post, I’d like to explore the notion of a machine evolution. Robotic Architecture  constitutes as a hybrid system that operates under a machine for living in. As a highly developed society we tend to readily except that machines will play a significant role in architecture and ecology. This will simply be an integral part of a method to uphold the challenges of natural disasters and human relation. 
However, it can be said that the notion of technological control may be an illusion of a perfect society where the technology has maintained as a positive advancement in which a new definition to life and nature would be understood, when in reality it is maintained through controlled political and economical system. 
We may thing that nature and technology are evolving and becoming as a combined systematic cooperation, but in my opinion, there could be only one winner; nature or technology—?

Robotic Architecture

Following up on my recent post, I’d like to explore the notion of a machine evolution. Robotic Architecture  constitutes as a hybrid system that operates under a machine for living in. As a highly developed society we tend to readily except that machines will play a significant role in architecture and ecology. This will simply be an integral part of a method to uphold the challenges of natural disasters and human relation.

However, it can be said that the notion of technological control may be an illusion of a perfect society where the technology has maintained as a positive advancement in which a new definition to life and nature would be understood, when in reality it is maintained through controlled political and economical system.

We may thing that nature and technology are evolving and becoming as a combined systematic cooperation, but in my opinion, there could be only one winner; nature or technology—?

Great Blog, Amila!

Hello, Amila,  Congratulations on a beautifully curated blog! A strong modernist slant with clean, exciting imagery- which is a very welcome departure form the Steampunk/Dieselpunk blogs that are covered with graphics of goggles, gears and rivets :)

My name is Art Donovan from NY.  Perhaps you would like to see my Steampunk designs.  If so: www.artdonovan.typepad.com

I hope you enjoy it and wishing you the best,  Regards,  Art