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April 27, 2010

UTOPIA MATTERS > show at Guggenheim

Nice to see this show coming up at the Guggenheim museum in NYC on a theme we worked with earlier this year...

Utopia Matters: From Brotherhoods to Bauhaus
May 1 - July 25, 2010

http://www.guggenheim.org/venice/exhibitions/utopia-matters-from-brotherhoods-to-bauhaus

Utopia Matters: From Brotherhoods to Bauhaus will examine a sequence of international case studies from the early nineteenth century through 1933, when the Bauhaus closed in Berlin and the ascendancy of Fascism and Stalinism curbed or negatively reframed artistic endeavors, and investigate the evolution of utopian ideas in modern Western artistic thought and practice. It will address the movements of Primitivism, the Nazarenes, the Pre-Raphaelites, William Morris and Arts and Crafts, the Cornish Colony, Neo-Impressionism, De Stijl, the Bauhaus, and Russian Constructivism.

October 1, 2009

Utopian Campus


Students have completed the digital compositing project. Here are some visions of a campus utopia...
view more>>>
http://www.d.umn.edu/~jrock2/utopian_campus/

utopia_garrett3.jpg


In my Utopian campus I would integrate more "art" into everyday areas where students would walk past or even walk on. I would also want to build a channel for a river that would flow through campus where students could swim or canoe. There would also be many unique bridges over it for access to other buildings on campus. I would also change the sidewalks and boring concrete walls around UMD and fill them with student designs so that our school would be customizable to our time. And the architecture would be more unique for each building so that It would be easy to navigate and be pleasant to look at as you walk though school. Overall I would just want the atmosphere to feel less like a business building and have a more creative feel that could inspire students as they travel and learn on campus. ~Garrett Danielson


utopia_amarab1.jpg

As you walk through the bright hallways you will find a large wooden door. This leads to the courtyard. As you enter there is a boardwalk that leads you down the center and along side the reflecting pool. After that, feel free to walk on the grass or along the granite walkways on either side. It is recommended to take your shoes off to enjoy this place of tranquil delight. Spend time walking around the art pieces as well as the gardens and trees. As the seasons change the courtyard changes. In the fall, enjoy the rich colored trees and crisp, cool air. Once the snow falls, a large, clear dome will protect the courtyard from snow and ice. It will turn into an indoor courtyard. The natural order of trees may change but the grass will stay green all year and the flowers will be at constant care. The courtyard's maintenance will provide students with jobs as well as class projects and volunteer work. There are more windows and sky-walks around campus as well. This allows everyone to see the beautiful place on his or her way to and from class.
~Amara Barthelemy

utopia_walsh.jpg

For my design I decided to do the theme of super human abilities. It is a fun project to ask my friends what super power they would want to have and then try to create what they want. I decided to try and make it look realistic yet also have qualities of a fantasy. The composition of a panorama opens up the picture and allows the characters to interact with their location in space and their environment. Having the whole background consist of an actual pieced together wide view of a real part of the campus gives it part of the realistic feel. Heightened contrast and slightly unsaturated colors in the background make the characters pop more and also a more fantasy, cartoon feel. Recreating the sky digitally makes it a little more dreamlike and less realistic feeling. My aim is to create a unique wide angle view of the UMD campus with a few make-believe twists. ~Beau Walsh

utopia_DRoberts1.jpg

The kind of Utopia I envision in a university setting is one that brings together all students and faculty of diverse areas of study, as one educational unit. The centrally planned architecture and sustainable nature of the university encourages congregation and intermingling, as well as the educational structure itself. From the first day of class to graduation day, students collaborate with other areas of study on group projects. The campus relies on on-campus agricultural land as its source of food, as well as solar power and rain water collection systems. The university acts like communal society, but with advanced technology on their side making every day living safe and convenient..~David Roberts


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 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/

June 28, 2009

Student Visions of a Utopian UMD

Here is the gallery of images created by Summer 2009 Digital Studio students in response to the Utopia UMD project...
http://www.d.umn.edu/~jrock2/utopia

note: no one wanted to picture their fantasy campus in winter!