Posts Tagged ‘sci fi’

Soviet architecture from the 60s and 70s, photographed by Frederic Chaubin

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Utopian soviet architecture, futuristic and sci-fi, photographed by Frederic Chaubin, editor of French magazine Citizen K. Interview and photos from Ping Mag. The architect who designed the building below was influenced by a sketch of an imaginary city drawn by a Russian artist. “Roads Ministry” (Tbilisi, Georgia, 1975).

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Spomenik: The End of History, by Jan Kempenaers

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

Photo essay of post-war Yugoslavian monuments and architecture by Belgian artist Jan Kempenaers, from the Crown Gallery site. “Spomenik” means monument, and all of these structures were meant to commemorate WWII losses and point to progress and a generally utopian future. Thanks to the turmoil of subsequent wars in the former Yugoslavia, these brutalist monuments have fallen into disrepair.

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Lo-fi sci-fi

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Things for the homemade space station where we’ll live in some sort of harmony and wear space rags. It’s like the Millennium Falcon, but nicer.

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Architecture in the movies, Part 4 – Aeon Flux

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Berlin’s modernist and contemporary architecture stands in for Aeon Flux‘s fictional city of Bregna in the year 2415 with surprisingly little alteration. When will modernist and contemporary architecture not seem so futuristic?

Obviously modern architecture is still space-age in the popular unconscious, and not only space-age but on some level its aesthetics and utopian aspirations are clearly under suspicion.

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Architecture in the Movies, Part 3 – Logan’s Run

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

The 1976 film Logan’s Run, a dark sci-fi dystopia about escape from a domed post-apocalyptic society that euthanizes its citizens at age 30, completely occupied my late childhood imagination.

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Lawn chairs in Times Square

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

New York’s new High Line park may be semi-private, but lawn chairs in the middle of a pedestrianized, five-block stretch of Broadway that includes Times Square are absolutely free. 

They say by the end of the summer the chairs will be replaced by permanent seating fixtures about which there are already complaints.

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