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Lebbeus Woods: Underground Berlin

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I was simply going to link to this post over at Lebbeus Woods’ blog, UNDERGROUND BERLIN: the film?treatment, in the sidebar – but I was worried that people might not follow the link without seeing some of his sketches. That, and I really couldn’t help but put some of them up here on AMNP – I mean, they’re pretty dope.

Moving along – Woods recently posted a ‘treatment’ he wrote for a film that would be heavily influenced by architecture, with accompanying sketches. Here is the beginning of his explanation of the project:

UNDERGROUND BERLIN: the film treatment

What follows is a treatment (Hollywood slang for story synopsis) with sketches that I made for a projected film in which new forms of architecture – and the way of living they enable – would play a central role. This followed hard on the heels of my experience as a “conceptual architect” for the big-budget movie Alien3. Working on that project, I realized that set designers have no power over how their designs are used, and certainly no influence on the story or its social or ethical implications. So, I decided to write a screenplay that – contained in a melodrama – would project architecture as a vital instrument of social change.

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These are just a few of the images Woods provides, and the others are worth checking out. That, and the bits of story he provides are also quite interesting – describing an architect disillusioned with ‘crass buildings for the corporate state’, a long lost brother and neo-nazi father, and a top-secret laboratory beneath the center of Berlin. Sounds pretty interesting to me…

.:Underground Berlin -> via Lebbeus Woods

MNP Visualization Contest

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Greetings ninjas! We would like to offer a challenge to our readership. If we can first direct your attention to the Column - you will find a post entitled Visualization- a post where we visualize myninjaplease.com.

So the challenge is:

Create either with graphics or words, how you, yourself visualize myninjaplease.com – the three (3) most thoughtful responses will receive a free copy of the 2 Disc (DVD/CD) set of Bob Marley : Stations of the Cross courtesy of MVD Entertainment Group, which comes out today (9/22/09).

The winning entries will be published a week after the termination of the contest which is Tuesday, 8th of October- let the best win!

Please send all entries to ian@myninjaplease.com

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2-disc set includes new documentary film, plus over an hour of rare Marley audio interviews!

THE DVD: This film tells the complete and unexpurgated story of Bob Marley and of the life he led and the music he made. From his earliest days growing up in a small Jamaican village, through his early musical excursions – some 12 years before the world learned his name – to his era as an iconic and much loved superstar, a position he was cruelly only to enjoy for 6 short years. Featuring the rarest footage of Bob and The Wailers in existence [including much from private collections], interviews with his very closest friends, loved ones and associates, contributions from the finest writers and journalists, plus news reports, location shoots, exclusive photographs and much more, this is the best film yet to document Marley’s life as it will prove a delight for the millions of fans still enamored of the man and the music.THE CD: More than an hour of audio interviews with Bob Marley, split into a number of sections, each of which concentrates on a different subject close to man’s heart.

halo: LED Graffiti

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Light Graffiti” is obviously increasingly popular – and now artists can get specialized LED ‘spray cans’ that emulate the feel and action of a can of spray paint.

halo is a handy light-writing tool, preserving the techniques and gestures that graffiti artists use with spray cans. It is possible to change the color and the brightness of the led to change the graffiti’s styles. If the light doesn’t have enough battery, users simply have to shake it to have energy again.

Designed by Aissa Logerot, the ‘cans’ are equipped with the same technology as those shakeable flashlights – a small capacitor is powered by shaking the ‘can’, which runs a coil of wire over a magnet. Changing the cap allows the user to change LED colors [and maybe sizes?].

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.:halo->via Aissa Logerot

Augmented Reality iPhone 3Gs App

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I have to admit – recent and ongoing developments in ‘augmented reality’ user interfaces have me kind of geeked. Integrating technology into our lives in increasingly seamless ways is both exciting to me in a ‘the future is now’ kind of way – and for the possibility of un-tethering ourselves, while remaining somehow connected to the ‘net [or whatever] in a more ‘real’, integrated [and maybe less anti-social] way. Not that any of this has to do with this iPhone app giving you directions in the subway…

From the developers:

When you load the app, holding it flat, all lines of the New York subway are displayed in coloured arrows. By tilting the phone upwards, you will see the nearest stations: what direction they are in relation to your location, how many miles away they are and what lines they are on. If you continue to tilt the phone upwards, you will see stations further away, as stacked icons. Only available to Apple iPhone 3GS users.

But yeah – looks pretty dope. I’m really interested to see how architecture and design respond to these kind of developments – and what they will mean for public space, in particular.

.:video mentioned Andrew Maynard interview -> over at Archi-Ninja

Marek Gut: New Commode

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Designed by Marek Gut, this is a new take on a piece of traditional furniture: the commode. Not to be confused with the modern association of the commode with the bathroom, commodes were originally popular furniture pieces in the 18th, and then 19th, centuries – and were featured as decorative, highly crafted parts of many rooms of bourgeois homes. The word ‘commode’ is actually French for ‘convenient’, referring to the commode’s use as local storage for any number of items you may like nearby in any particular space.

The commode is finished in a walnut veneer, and set on a thin metal frame reminiscent of something you’d see as the base of an Eames’ chair.

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Seems useful to me – a beautiful piece of furniture to add interest to a space, which also serves to store your crap, but out of sight. That, and I love the walnut veneer with the bright yellow interior – pretty dope.

.:more info+images->via Stylepark

[Note: I'm going to be making a serious effort to feature a piece of furniture on Fridays - 'Furniture Fridays' - so if you see something you think might be AMNP worthy, please drop me an email at architecture@myninjaplease.com]