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San Fransokyo architects built a new world for Disney’s ’Big Hero 6’


Concept art for “Big Hero 6″ showcases San Fransokyo during the day. (Disney)

Before the directors of the new Walt Disney Animation movie “Big Hero 6″ settled on their story, they created the world in which it’s set: a jammed, vibrant place called San Fransokyo.A mash-up of San Francisco and Tokyo set in the not-too-distant future, San Fransokyo is a dense, hilly city with cable cars and cherry blossoms, Victorian row houses and glittering neon billboards.

The filmmakers’ idea - never stated in the film - is that in a parallel universe after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, the city split off and an influx of Japanese immigrants helped rebuild it.San Fransokyo is a quintessential example of the craft of world building, the process of constructing a wholly imaginary universe for films, television, video games and other media, that involves creating the look of everything from buildings, vegetation and vehicles to the way light refracts and how people look, move and talk....Continue Reading

> via LA Times

What It Could Be Like to Live on Mars

Plans Courtesy Of Blue Planet Research - Bryan Christie DesignI'd always wanted to visit Mars. Instead I got Hawaii. There, about 8,200 feet above sea level on Mauna Loa, sits a geodesically domed habitat for testing crew psychology and technologies for boldly going. I did a four-month tour at t ...

See the Destruction of the Domino Sugar Factory


All photos by Max Touhey

Demolition has only just begun on the site of Two Trees' Domino megaprojectand the neighbors are already complaining and petitioning about the noise, so this should be a fun 10 to 15 years (assuming everything goes according to plan). In the meantime, check out these photos that photographer Max Touheytook of the carnage. The Syrup Shed, where artist Kara Walker had her installation, is currently being taken down, along with the Bin Structure, the Boiler House, and some of the smaller structures including the Wash House, Turbine Room, Power House and Pump House.


Christopher Wren:Google erects a tribute to St Paul’s architect

Sir Christopher Wren is the subject of the latest Google Doodle. Photograph: GoogleSir Christopher Wren would have celebrated his 382nd birthday today, had he lived to such a ripe old age, and Google has created a Doodle to mark the occasion.....Continue Reading> via The Guardian ...

Paul McCarthy’s XXXmas Tree Plugs Up Paris

Artist Paul McCarthy’s gallery coos about the new public work. (via @HauserWirth/Twitter)American artist Paul McCarthy has erected his latest Christmas-themed work, “Tree,” and it has plugged up Paris’s Place Vendome for the FIAC Contemporary Art Fair. Regardless of how you f ...

Real Estate Representatives in Fortune’s 40 Under 40

Airbnb’s Brian Chesky shares the top spot in this year’s Fortune 40 under 40 with Uber CEO Travis Kalanick. Both companies have faced their share of controversy, but are influential in the built environment and the “sharing” economy, particularly as both look to expand intern ...

Patrick Modiano, a Modern ’Proust,’ Is Awarded Nobel in Literature

image source:litera.huPatrick Modiano, the French writer whose moody, terse and occasionally dreamlike novels are often set during the Nazi occupation of France, won the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday.Peter Englund, the permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, which awards the prize, ...

Snøhetta’s design selected for Norway’s new banknotes

Snøhetta and seven other designers were earlier this year invited to submit proposals for Norway’s new banknote design. All designs will be exhibited in Oslo this month, and the winning proposals were announced by The Central Bank of Norway during the exhibition opening last night. The ...
 10/17/2014 8:56:11 AMarcrichard
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Clay houses, leather pants and “Dirndls”, and now, on top of it all, Udo Jürgens.All the best to the “Generation No Mistakes“.Architecture today resembles a country under siege. Under siege from spineless opportunists, from uninspired pragmatism, dangerous politics and o ...

Times Square Postmodern

Illustration of the Johnson–Burgee Plan for Times Square | Image courtesy of the Skyscraper MuseumThe title of the Skyscraper Museum’s current exhibit, Times Square 1984: The Postmodern Moment, appears to be a contradiction in terms. The New Times Square, as it was eventually called ...

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