Category Archives: Architecture

Fringe Architecture

This past Tuesday, Fox launched its first new drama series of the season, Fringe. The latest endeavor from Lost co-creator J.J. Abrams in collaboration with his former Alias cohorts, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. At the vanguard of fringe science … Continue reading

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A Watershed World

Floods or their imminent threat plagued the world last month from southern China to areas surrounding the Mississippi. While their effect on the natural landscape maybe temporary, 2004’s catastrophic Tsunami resulted in permanent coastal changes. With an accelerating increase in … Continue reading

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Modernist Architecture Captured

Two giants of modernist architecture have their works captured in noteworthy books.

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Santa Monica’s ‘Graffiti Building’

Three distinct art forms converge on the corner of Broadway and Cloverfield Boulevard in Santa Monica. A building clad in graffiti since 1991, by famed graffiti writers Slick, Risk, Den and Severe, now houses the digital artists of editorial studio … Continue reading

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The White City

En route to Marrakech I finally began turning the pages of Erik Larson’s factual based bestseller, Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America. From Marrakech, the Pink City, to the White City… … Continue reading

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Perspective

Perspective, the Journal of the Art Directors Guild & Scenic, Title and Graphic Artists has been made available for free download. The magazine offers a fascinating look at the set design and art direction behind film & television productions. Considering … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture, Film, Interiors, TV

Architecture with a Dash of MADness

Where architect Santiago Calatrava transformed sculpture into architecture, the principals of Beijing architecture firm MAD, Yansong Ma, Hayano Yosuke and Qun Dang, push the boundaries even further. In a previous life, founder Yansong Ma might have been a glassblower. Today, … Continue reading

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Realizing Epic Film Environments: Miniatures

At the dawn of film in 1898, miniatures proved a vital special effects tool in recreating the sinking of the Battleship Maine during the Spanish-American War. The following article offers a look at film miniature history from Metropolis to Titanic … Continue reading

Posted in Aircraft, Architecture, Film, Nautical

Antonio Gaudí Immortalized on Criterion DVD

One wonders what influence the work of architect Antonio Gaudí (1852 – 1926) may have had if Adolf Loos had not jump started the modernist movement with Ornament and Crime. An essay that arguably marked the downfall of the Art … Continue reading

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City of the Future

The History Channel’s 2008 City of the Future: A Design & Engineering Challenge has come to close. For one week in January, eight teams in San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta competed “to envision what their city might look like … Continue reading

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