The Russian Pavilion at the 2012 Venice Biennale Of Architecture: a sci-fi set in waiting: QR codes which decode to reveal different perspectives and ideas about Skolkovo – a new Russian ‘city’ dedicated to science.
Downstairs, visitors can peer through lenses to catch a glimpse of the gated and secretive science towns established under the Soviet Union, intended to provide a contrast with the open and collaborative vision presented upstairs. The Skolkovo science and technology centre will be located near Moscow by 2017 and bring together 500 companies working on IT, biomedical research, nuclear research, energy and space technology plus a university and homes.
Obligatory: there’s always two.
last month, Berlin-based Portuguese architects Fahr 021.3 accepted a challenge by hairstylist GIJO to combine both their disciplines in one experimental project. To wit:
The hairstyle appears as fusion of hair and geometric shapes. Playing with the extension of the face, developing lines with acute angles. The geometry absorbs the organic shape of the hair, evoking architecture and fashion of the 60s and 70s.
The haircut is defined by a demonstration of the line as part of the architectural design. The result is an asymmetric line and visible layers, underlined with color. Hairulers were used to give the desired effect.
Above: The National Library of Belarus in Minsk; Grand Lisboa Hotel in Macau; the Mirador Building in Madrid; the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of Christ the King in Liverpool and Torre Velasca in Milan, Italy.
Subjective. Arguable. Controversial.
A gallery of architectural horror awaits.
Meanwhile in Ireland, Chompsky (somewhat predictably) nominates the Civic Offices (1980) at Dublin’s Wood Quay, although he’s secretly quite fond of them:
The brainchild of Italian architect Stefano Boeri, the €65 million ‘Bosco Verticale’ is already under construction in Milan.
When complete, the skyscrapers will contain luxury apartments, each one equipped with a copious balcony specially designed to hold around 900 small trees and other plants. If planted on the ground the total vegetation would cover an area of 10,000 square metres.
A recent CNNMoney interview with Patty Findlay – current owner of the Magic Mushroom House in Aspen Colorado, designed and built in the 1970s by architect Andre Ulrych, who was tripping balls the whole time.
Inspired by the shell of the Nautilus, Ulrych made sure there were no corners in the design. A wise move.
That’s where goblins would probably hide.