eVolo Looks to the Future of Skyscrapers in 2008 Competition

March 26 2008 / by Marisa Vitols / In association with Future Blogger.net
Category: Culture   Year: Beyond   Rating: 12 Hot

Founded by a group of international architects in NYC in 2003, eVolo Architecture aims to set new standards for the future of architecture. Although it claims to act as a forum of discussion for the development of new ideas pertaining to architectural design, it effectively provides a forum for innovation and forward-thinkers to be as creative as they can be, and get a bit of credit for it.

The forward-looking group holds yearly international competitions for innovative architectural design with absolutely no height, shape, or other restrictions (besides being technologically feasible and environmentally responsible). Prizes for the most creative and innovative designs are awarded, incentivising forward-progress and some elegant roadmaps for the future of urban architectural development.

Below we’ve showcased five of the nine 2008 Skyscraper Competition winners’ amazing works of art.

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What Cities Look Like When Architecture Imitates Nature

March 18 2008 / by Venessa Posavec / In association with Future Blogger.net
Category: Culture   Year: 2010   Rating: 10

The world may finally be ready for Zaha Hadid. An Iraq-born deconstructivist architect based in London, Hadid has been making waves with controversial and futuristic architectural concepts for over 20 years. Many of her ideas never made it past the drawing board, because the designs were just too…well, different.

Now, she’s gaining steam, and has projects going all over the world. She was recently commissioned to design an Aquatics Centre in London for the 2012 Summer Olympics, a Performing Arts Center in Abu Dhabi, and the spaceship-like Innovation Tower for the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Her buildings are oddly shaped (compared to traditional architecture), but definitely have a very organic feel. For instance, the Abu Dhabi building (pictured above)is complete with windows that look like leaves, and Hadid herself calls it a “biological analogy”.

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'Cybertecture' Phenomenon Hitting Dubai in 2010

March 28 2008 / by Marisa Vitols / In association with Future Blogger.net
Category: Culture   Year: 2010   Rating: 7

One of the richest cities in the world, it’s no wonder architectural innovation is blossoming in Dubai. The latest of which is the Pixel Tower – a new-age, champagne-inspired state of the art residential building for the hip and filthy rich. Designed by James Law of James Law Cybertecture International, this 18-story beauty sits on Dubai’s waterfront and is designed specifically with sun exposure and seaside-viewing maximization in mind.

Not only an architectural sight to behold, Pixel Tower is also fully equipped the technology their target clientele is after. With security cameras that can be read from cell phones and PDAs and the ability to control one’s apartment remotely, its first residents will feel light-years ahead of any average young and trendy apartment dweller situated most anywhere else.

Check out more pictures of this architectural phenomenon scheduled for completion in 2010 below the fold. It is indeed, as Law put it, a “forerunner of building towards future living that embodies great design, efficiency, style and technology.”

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Architecturally Futuristic Museum Planned for Vilnius, Lithuania

April 14 2008 / by Marisa Vitols / In association with Future Blogger.net
Category: Culture   Year: 2011   Rating: 3 Hot

The Lithuanian capital city of Vilnius is about to embark on the construction of a new-age masterpiece. Designed by award-winning British Iraqi deconstructivist architect Zaha Hadid, the new Guggenheim Hermitage Museum will be a museum and arts center that houses the St. Petersburg-based State Hermitage Museum and selected Guggenheim collections.

The pre-build research for the Guggenheim Hermitage Museum is slated for completion by 2008 and the building set to open in 2011. Check out the phenomenal photos of the design pictured below the fold.

Other remarkable projects by Zaha Hadid currently underway include the CMA CGM Tower in Marseille, France, the Bridge Pavilion in Zaragoza, Spain, the Kartal Urban Transformation in Istanbul, Turkey, and the Glasgow Transport Museum in Glasgow, Scotland.

Seeing such forward-thinking architecture cropping up in the small post-Soviet Baltic country of Lithuania, with a total population of only about 3.7 million, demonstrates just how high the bar has been set for futuristic architecture around the world. I wonder when such design will make its way into more expensive markets like NYC? (cont.)

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[Video] Visions of Future Urban Landscapes

January 13 2009 / by Garry Golden / In association with Future Blogger.net
Category: Culture   Year: Beyond   Rating: 2

 

[Via Fast Company]

 

Bucky Fuller speaks!

July 28 2008 / by Garry Golden / In association with Future Blogger.net
Category: Education   Year: General   Rating: 1

In 1974 talk-show host Harold Channer engaged Bucky Fuller in one of the most in-depth interviews of his day. The two intellectual equals discussed ideas well ahead of their time- looking at the emergence of new human industrial systems based on models of ‘abundance’ over scarcity, the implications of modern design, and the potential of a ‘global satellite cable-vision’ communication network and individual creation of media.

This 58 minute conversation should not be missed – as a video or background audio conversation!

And we are grateful for Harold Channer for posting his video archives on the web!