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September 23, 2009

Urban Architecture and Digital Art


Obscura Mint Plaza Building Projection


Building Projections

See also:

LED throwies > Graffiti Research Lab
http://graffitiresearchlab.com/?page_id=6

The Crown Fountain > Millennium Park Chicago
http://www.millenniumpark.org/artandarchitecture/crown_fountain.html

September 21, 2009

Virtual Worlds > Utopian UMD

Project 1 > Due Wed Sept 30th

Students contribute to a class image bank, sharing their collective documentation of landscape, architecture, plant life, people, transportation, recreation...

Individually, students develop Utopian visions of a new UMD campus. Students can explore the roots of utopian thinking, research artwork that depicts idealized communities through out history, or investigate virtual worlds in the digital era.

Each student creates at least 3 views of their utopian campus, rendered by using digital compositing techniques in photoshop. Final images should be horizontal format, printable to 8x10 (or larger). Keep print resolution at 200ppi, if possible. Some image bank images may be lower resolution.

Prepare a statement about your approach to this project and your vision of an ideal campus. ( about 150 words). Post to the blog by Mon Sept 28. Save images as jpgs for online photo gallery.

Dawn Hancock > Design Lecture Tonight!

AUTHENTICITY + SUSTAINABILITY
Dawn Hancock lecture
Monday Sep 21 6:00 Boh90.

Dawn Hancock . . .
does design with high moral purpose.

Dawn is a talented, exciting and wonderfully idealistic designer who
devotes an unusually high percentage of her company's resources to work
for the public good. Dawn started Firebelly in 1999, at the height of the dotcom era, a time when all the big agencies were buying up the boutique firms. Leaving
behind inflated budgets, corporate greed and style-over-substance, she
cashed-in her 401k and started creating "Good Design For Good Reason".

see her work
http://firebellydesign.com

September 14, 2009

Building Utopian Cities


Vegetal City: Idealistic Visions of Our Urban Future
by Ariel Schwartz
http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/07/31/vegetal-city-idealistic-visions-of-our-urban-future/

Check out this cool installation of a utopian city: Vegetal City by visionary architect from Brussels, Luc Schuiten.
http://vegetalcity.net/

Inhabitat.com is a weblog devoted to the future of design, tracking the innovations in technology, practices and materials that are pushing architecture and home design towards a smarter and more sustainable future.
http://www.inhabitat.com/new-york-design-week-2009/

September 9, 2009

Sita Sings the Blues

full movie is viewable for free on the internet
http://www.sitasingstheblues.com

September 8, 2009

Al Franken @ the MN State Fair

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0-FYyuvrRk