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The top 10 … cities on film

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Woody Allen’s Manhattan fetishises New York, casting the crime-ridden city as a shangri la of sophistication.From Michael Mann’s de-romanticised LA in Heat to Nic Roeg’s mysterious Venice in Don’t Look Now, these films tease out cities’ nuances and cast them as characte ...

Saluting the Women Behind the Screen

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Those Underappreciated Female Video Game PioneersDavid PlunkertTo be a video game critic is both a dream come true and a daily embarrassment.Video games are the frontier of fiction, a cultural outpost that is intoxicating if not always refined. Games are not ossified or hidebound. Their creators can ...

Book Release - Fairy Tales: When Architecture Tells A Story

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Blank Space releases first edition of “Fairy Tales: When Architecture Tells A Story.”

Add a sprinkle of fairy dust to your book collection with “Fairy Tales: When Architecture Tells a Story,” an unexpected, captivating anthology of “architectural fairy tales” written and illustrated by designers from all over the world.

The 24 stories presented in the book were hand-picked from a pool of over 300 submissions to the inaugural “Fairy Tales” competition organized by Blank Space, an online platform for architecture based in New York City. The competition challenged entrants to develop visionary, narrative-based design proposals that unlock the power of architecture through storytelling.

“Fairy tales might seem like a completely foreign topic for the architecture community, but at their core is the power of communication,” say the founders of Blank Space, Matthew Hoffman and Francesca Giuliani. “As children, fairy tales are our first training in logic, empathy, and creativity, all elements that are key to great design. Encouraging architects to tell a story helps their message reach a wide audience, reinstating architecture’s value and place in society.”

The book is a rollercoaster ride of gripping reads and breathtaking artwork: from oil on canvas portraits of a modern day Alice in Wonderland trapped in a dystopian city, to surreal combinations of foreign policy and urbanism where Detroit becomes a Chinese owned S.A.R., all the way to fantastical stories of architecture that grows into colorful bouquets of skyscrapers. There are also fascinating coming of age tales, architectural comic strips, classical love stories, and sci-fi thrillers that push at the boundaries of what we expect from architecture.

The stories seamlessly blend into a polyphony of architectural messages, giving new strength to architecture as a force of social innovation and dialogue. “If there is a moral to these architectural fairy tales, it is that architecture is an untapped source of magnificent stories waiting to be imagined, visualized, and built,” continue the founders of Blank Space. “The world can’t wait to be told stories like this.”

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Urbanisation in Joburg

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Have an opinion on urbanisation in Joburg?Join Urban Joburg as it hosts a CityAfrika session at the GRIND Studio in Maboneng, where we will be chatting to Mark Napier from Urban LandMark, and Michael Clark from the Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa about urbanisation in Joburg. This fo ...

Bauwelt Award 2015

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Award and Advancement AwardThe Bauwelt Award (consisting of 5 awards at 5000 Euros each) applies to all categories of “First Work” – from the interior design of shops and stores to prototypal constructions, from public housing projects to the restructuring of a public space and to ...

Erotic architecture:the sexual history of great buildings

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From Nero’s decadent Golden House in Rome to Charles Fourier’s orgiastic French “courts of love”; public toilet glory holes to Eileen Gray’s sexy Mediterranean hideway. Ahead of the curve: Niterol Contemporary Art Museum in Rio de Janeiro by Oscar Niemeyer. Photo: Getty ...

Call for Submissions:KTISMA Journal ’’Lick Your Buildings’’

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KTISMA accepts design projects, critical articles, and artwork investigating and responding to a particular theme and prompt (see below for our current Call for Submissions).Submissions should include a cover letter, contact information and brief bio for each author. Text as MS Word, images as TIFF ...

Atomic Tests Were a Tourist Draw in 1950s Las Vegas

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Miss Atomic Bomb (Las Vegas News Bureau)

Today, downtown Las Vegas’ Fremont Street is canopied by 90 feet of LED lights, all twinkling images for passing tourists below.

Years ago, another sort of light flashed over Fremont and attracted a crowd: the bursts of atomic bombs.

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