Category Archives: my findings

stationary inspired by the architecture of zaha hadid: Chris Labrooy

These are some interesting pieces inspired by Zaha Hadid’s architecture. Designed by Chris Labrooy

“With this piece I focused on capturing zaha’s formal language rather than reference specific buildings because i am very interested in her drawings and paintings from the eighties.”

interesting how you can take architecture -> product design -> architecture

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Hidden in Plain View

 

Done by USC’s architecture instructors: Alvin Huang of Synthesis

When fantasizing about the ultimate home office, the owner of this project imagined something sleek and sculptural that would conceal all the cords and contraptions that clutter most desks. To bring this vision to life, architect Alvin Huang and his team at Synthesis Design and Architecture hung sheets of CNC-milled birch—fabricated by local firm Cutting Edge—from the wall to form a continuous three-dimensional form. Look closely and you’ll glimpse the five hidden cabinets concealed within its sinewy surface that obscure files, books, a phone, and a paper shredder. In keeping with the theme of optical illusion, Synthesis inset a series of horizontal wooden spacers to form, from a distance, an abstraction of a world map—a way to hold the boards in place and nod to the resident’s love of world travel.

 

 

 

 

march of the flamingos

 

The greatest bird spectacle on earth at the Kenya Lake System in the Great Rift Valley

i know it sounds nerdy- but i wish i could graph this. #swarmintelligence AMAZING!

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The Shaolin Monks

As a kid I literally grew up on every kung fu movie there was to see. Every family gathering, although for some meant caroling or family football games,  meant for us dinner and a gathering around the TV for a classic  kung fu movie. (And i swear its not your jackie chan or jet li stuff. Its the Bruce Lee, Wong Fei Hung, the ten tigers of Canton etc. The REAL kung fu movies)  Check out these photos of Shaolin Monks that i came across. They are truly amazing and truly inspiring. There was this one time when I was in Shanghai I met this man who told me that he just came from training for 3 years in the mountains of Tibet. He told me that every morning he would wake up at 3 am, fetch water, train, and meditate for 10+ hours at a time. Ive never met a man so well collected, passionate, and undisturbed by the faults of the world.  amazing people and amazing stories.

bodies continued

from my last post one can see truly the magnificence of the human body- where intimacy and language are cultivated through the touch of this great system we hold to be our temples.  But what makes these images beautiful from one perspective is the perception of bodies and its inherent beauty to which we are conditioned to understand beautiful bodies are young and lean. In this post, I would like to oppose the beauty of bodies in its culturally ‘perfect’ state and show forth the beauty of the heavy, old, and ‘flawed’ (and of course the effects of cultural bodily perfections). ‘Perfection’ of the body to me is more disturbing than the imperfection. Imperfections are honest in nature and tells stories of life that one can only see through the creases of the face. Perfection is deceitful, pretentious, and pressures mental and physical harm – conditioning us to the impossible perfection of the naturally flawed human being. take a look at a few of these pictures and imagine the stories that could be told from the ‘oddness’ & ‘imperfections’

74 year old body builder

the heavy ballerina

A monument to Chinese consumer culture

 

My friend posted this link from Architizer and I found it so fascinating the lengths and obsession the Chinese will succumb to in the sake of their shopping malls, fake products, and materialistic obsession. As I as studying abroad last semester my peer and I always wondered how on earth there would be enough people to fill these shopping malls because while in the states we have a variety of grocery stores, schools, public parks, libraries, clinics, etc- you can only find a mall every once in awhile. But in China its a different story. Every inch of China seems to be covered in malls- not in the simplest forms of retail shops, but large scale malls just like the one below. HOW do they find that many people to buy stuff and if they do WHERE do they put everything?!

Check out the project below and let me know what you think.

 

9,600,000 square feet. 2,350 retails spaces. Spraying fountains, amusement park rides, video game arcades, replicas of international monuments, including the Arc de Triomph, the bell tower of St. Mark’s in Venice, and a 1.3-mile canal with gondolas. This is the New South China Mall in Dongguan, China, a sprawling, colorful complex that has been poised as the one-stop consumption center of the future since its opening in 2005. But in the words and images of photographer Matthew Niederhauser, the mall is an “unabatedly empty temple to consumerism.” Of its 2,350 retail spaces, only 47 are occupied, and the top floors remain unfinished, sitting in settled dust, inhabited almost exclusively by an eerie coterie of dismembered mannequins.

The image, however, is more bleak than sublime. The mall’s manager and his team of a dozen or so operators are clinging to hope in the form of a government-sponsored investor, who refuses to let the project succumb to bankruptcy. But it remains to be seen whether or not China can pump life into this massive consumerist monument, built over 220 acres of farmland with barely any connection to the populated provinces of Shenzhen and Guangzhou nearby.

In an upcoming Oscar-nominated film about the mall by Sam Green, mall consultant Ted deSwart hailed the hulking complex—the product of a billionaire’s myopic vision—as an illustration of “how fast China is not only catching up with the West but surpassing the West too.” The New South China Mall undoubtedly dwarfs its western predecessors, spanning twice the size of Minneapolis’ famed Mall of America and appearing more like a condensed city akin to Las Vegas than a mere shopping destination. However, its ghostly interiors and empty walkways and escalators are a testament to China’s eagerness to fabricate superficial visions of grandeur with little to no regard to their context.

 

The G.C.H.E.E.S.E

 

I was looking for a job on the Google Website and this is seriously Too cool for words. I just had to post this.

Google Copernicus Center is hiring

Google is interviewing candidates for engineering positions at our lunar hosting and research center, opening late in the spring of 2007. This unique opportunity is available only to highly-qualified individuals who are willing to relocate for an extended period of time, are in top physical condition and are capable of surviving with limited access to such modern conveniences as soy low-fat lattes, The Sopranos and a steady supply of oxygen.

The Google Copernicus Hosting Environment and Experiment in Search Engineering (G.C.H.E.E.S.E.) is a fully integrated research, development and technology facility at which Google will be conducting experiments in entropized information filtering, high-density high-delivery hosting (HiDeHiDeHo) and de-oxygenated cubicle dwelling. This center will provide a unique platform from which Google will leapfrog current terrestrial-based technologies and bring information access to new heights of utility.

Why a lunar location?

It’s a logical question to ask. Google’s current engineering facilities in the United States, India and Switzerland are all leaders in search technology development. However, by locating a research and technology center on the Moon, Google engineers will be able to experiment with an entirely different set of parameters. For example, imagine tapping unlimited solar energy to drive megawatt data centers and power innumerable arrays of massively parallel lava lamps, with ample no-cost cooling available to regulate the temperature of server farms sprawling over acres of land unblighted by sentient lifeforms or restrictive zoning ordinances.

Moreover, Google’s Copernicus Center will provide a clear ear on the chatter of the universe, the vast web of electromagnetic pulses that may contain signals from intelligent life forms in other galaxies, as well as a complete record of every radio or television signal broadcast from our own planet. Google’s goal is to extract information from that cacophonous web and make it available to anyone with a mouse and a modem. Imagine discovering not only alien attempts at communication with Earth, but also such heretofore unavailable cultural treasures as Pink Floyd’s 1968 appearance on the BBC and the tragically lost first season of “Iron Chef.”

With the establishment of the Copernicus Center, Google’s mission has grown beyond “organizing the world’s information and making it universally accessible and useful.” Our new goal is to “organize all the useful information in the universe and serve it to you on a lightly salted cracker.”

What are the challenges?

The first non-trivial challenge is building a lunar base. Google began drawing up plans for the construction of a lunar facility in the Copernicus Crater early in 1998, when the company’s founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin were still graduate students at Stanford University. Applying a Patel extrapolation to Rosing linear projections, Page and Brin predicted that every man, woman and child on earth would be conducting at least seven searches a day by the year 2018. While their projections correctly predicted random spikes in search traffic due to wardrobe malfunctions, they failed to adequately factor in the hyperbolic trajectory of Britney Spears, which accelerated the rate of global search growth by a factor of seven.

Google’s initial base, a spherical structure containing living quarters and a small data center, will take two and a half years to construct. This first G.C.H.E.E.S.E ball has been christened “the Googlunaplex” and will be populated by a dedicated cadre of software engineers, hardware operations technicians, cable installers, quantum mechanics and space planners. Google is firmly committed to using only earth-originated staffers and no jobs will be outsourced to lunar residents or those from other planetary systems unless the skill sets they offer cannot be easily replicated by native born terrestrials.

The Googlunaplex will house 35 engineers, 27,000 low cost web servers, 2 massage therapists and a sushi chef formerly employed by the pop group Hanson.

Searching the heavens

Once the facility is built, the real work begins. Google will be exploring a number of exciting research projects that have the potential to advance search science to a new frontier. Among the questions Googlunars will seek to answer are:

  • Exactly how far does the Worldwide web extend? Can it become an interplanetary utility? If so, will it replace Water Works on Monopoly®?
  • What are the likely effects of link attenuation over extreme distances? Is there a limit to link strength, or is it infinitely extensible like bubble gum that gets stuck to the bottom of your shoe?
  • What happens to PageRank in the proximity of a black hole? Is there distortion that might result in link relevancy reduction or popularity warping? Could this somehow be harnessed to generate more dates for engineers?
  • Does spam go on forever?
  • New rules. New tools The rules of coding will literally be stood on their head at the Copernicus Center, as the absence of gravity plays havoc with the normal ordering of data. Search results lacking in substance may rise to positions of prominence while those possessed of a desirable gravitas may become negatively buoyant. Simple computing exercises, such as building a list inverter become problematic when “up” or “down” are not clearly defined, and subroutines are disrupted when values increment six times faster than in Earth gravity.

    Obviously, a new set of tools for computing in the unforgiving conditions of deep space is needed. This month, Google will release version 10.0 of an operating system that has been optimized for the demands of extra-terrestrial computation. Known as “Luna/X,” the new command architecture is impervious to radiation, low gravity, absolute zero temperatures and airless environments. Even the most intricate scripts coded in Luna/X can withstand the harsh conditions of lunar operation for months, if not years.

    Luna/X will be made available to terrestrial developers free of charge and a testing environment will be constructed to replicate the conditions under which the code will likely be deployed. Through a partnership with an as yet unnamed hamburger chain, Luna/X engineers will be able to simulate a lunar work environment by ingesting tasteless freeze-dried nutritional byproducts while coding in noisy, crowded quarters suitably lacking any trace of atmosphere.

Life in the Googlunaplex

The Googlunaplex is a working environment that will be unique both because of its location and its design. Based on a working model constructed by Google co-founder Larry Page from Lego® Mindstorms™, the facility features compact living quarters and a state of the art server farm that are co-mingled to maintain a delicate bio-technical balance. In traditional Google style, space will be used with extreme efficiency, with Googlunars sharing quarters with machines that generate search results as well as enough heat to warm the entire Googlunaplex and several hot tubs.

Naturally, Google’s earth-based culture will be replicated as closely as possible. An extreme sushi chef will harvest kelp and aquatic life from giant lava lamp oxygenators and the living space will be filled with colorful rubber balls (because of space constraints, they will be sub-atomic in size). There will be a steady supply of snacks and ample caffeine replenishment through a partnership with Starbucks, which will be opening a store less than a kilometer away in early 2006. Leagues for reduced gravity roller hockey games are already forming and massage therapists are undergoing special training on how to induce stress to counter the effects of a low-gravity lifestyle.

too apply now go here!

GOOGLE. YOU ARE TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL

 

photos

Id thought Id share a few images that have caught my eye.

“Sayeva” by Jakub Wojewoda.

 

David Moore – Sisters of Charity, Washington D.C., 1956

you are what you eat

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Before and After Shots via curbly

I know I don’t usually post this kind of stuff but my guilty love for extreme makeover just kicked in. Check out this amazing renovation! TOO awesome. Redesigned by Adams & Duke. Design is power- can you image the impact of lifestyle?

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WABAMM!

Matthieu Belin: Qiu Hap F/W 11

This was too hard not to share. It literally took my by my britches. BEAUTIFUL and SUPERBLY elegant forms, swaying fabric in such a structural way, it leaves us architects in envy. I particularly love the touch of fur. It makes the fabric sway and drip to an almost shadowy presence.

Wow. Simply Wow.

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Qiu Hao F/W 2011 Serpens by Matthieu Belin

In collaboration with the chinese fashion designer Qiu Hao, a series of fashion photographies to reflect the inspirations of his F/W 2011 collections named “Serpens”. A tribute to this reptile, its mysteries, the fascination and fear it can unveil.