Sand Architecture Robot!
This was taken in the good old days, before you can ‘pan’ in Autocad, and working on a big plan meant laying around on a table on a nice looking cushion. Some people think computers made architecture offices faster, more efficient and generally better – but after seeing this photo, I’ve realised those people are very wrong.
Whoever submitted this should change professions immediately before they do some damage to the real world.
Of all the really innovative and amazing ideas contained herein for the future of LA, the prospect of a Target theme park makes me want to hurl. Ick.
Mind blowing building via crackunit.com
Water-Scraper is an interesting approach to population growth, given that our seas are slowly rising. It is a futuristic idea from eVolo’s 2010 skyscraper competition. Being a nerd and having seen every episode of SeaQuest and SeaLab 2021, I fully support this architecture design. It looks like a giant jelly fish and each scraper is self sustaining. Thanks Inhabitat!
New Yorkers take good things for granted. We accept the city’s virtues as entitlements and are vocal about its imperfections—we complain, or kvetch, in the native parlance, with passionate expertise. When a good thing has been around for a while it takes something surprising and preferably controversial to bring it back to center stage.
Catching up on the internets since getting back from a West coast trip. I was in Las Vegas for a long weekend and one of the most interesting new developments there is the “City Center" which is an $8 billion project going up in the center of the strip. Its a joint project between MGM Grand and Dubai World.
I guess you could say it could have happened at a better time, and both organizations have been suing each other over who will finish the funding for the project, but it seems like the project will be completed and when I was out there construction seemed to be continuing.
When you look at the photos of the project, does it remind you of anything? I knew there was something, but it was my friend Paul Pope, who I was there with, who totally nailed the comparison. You can see it in the video above. Epcot Center was developed as a “City of the Future” back in the early 80s. The City Center is such an eerie throwback to it.
It has the same circular design and was created by a team of diverse top notch architects. Same monorail tram running around the facility. Of course, in typical Vegas fashion there is no way to actually “walk” to this development…at least not outside.
Where Epcot Center has become a discarded joke, and never lived up to a place where people would actually live…The question is, will this development share the same future? I think it has a better chance for staying power and growing a bit of a community…if only that its being built in the place where, surrounded by theme park hotels, it doesn’t have to go far to look timeless, and there are such a lack of “community” options in Las Vegas, it might actually be attractive to a new set of modern residents.
Interesting video on the competition and OMA’s winning scheme for the CCTV project: Part 2