The Blade of Brutalism

Blade Runner 2049’s cityscape has been heavily influenced by brutalist forms. But the hyper-capitalist society in which the film takes place is completely at odds with the style’s underlying philosophy. by Alice Sweitzer & Charlie Clemoes  This autumn saw the release of Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049, the long-anticipated sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 film Blade Runner. There’s been […]

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The Origins of Branding and Design

Wiener Werkstätte The group of the Wiener Werkstätte was founded in 1903 by Josef Hoffmann and Koloman Moser . These artists and craftsmen were very much inspired by the ideas of Art & Craft and Art Nouveau  (Jugendstil) movements that were made to be used or seen in our everyday lives and made the link with the […]

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Chris Labrooy

Tales of Auto Elasticity Inspired by Californian road trips along endless highways through deserted baron lands.  Auto aerobics began life as a tiny idea for a project about New York. Walking through Brooklyn on a winters evening is a truly memorable experience which motivated me to build a digital 3D model that captured the various […]

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BRUTALISM

Bold, Brutal Concrete Brutalism, perhaps the most reviled of all architectural styles, has seen a bit of a renaissance and it’s now cool to think of Brutalist buildings as forgotten masterpieces. There’s no denying that these striking, massive concrete buildings appear as bold and dramatic in black and white photos as they are austere,  dehumanizing […]

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Hijacked by Street Art

Abandoned Parisian Nightclub  The site of a stunning 1885-era Parisian municipal bathhouse, HOME to the previous Les Bains Douches Nightclub, is now set to be revamped into a Luxury Boutique Hotel. Earlier this year, a group of 50 Art practitioners filled it up with their own art, creating their very own pop up art gallery from it.  […]

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The Lalibela Churches

The City of Priests and Rock-Hewn Churches Lalibela is a town in northern Ethiopia famous for monolithic rock-cut churches. Lalibela is one of Ethiopia’s holiest cities. The population of Lalibela is almost completely Ethiopian Orthodox Christian. Ethiopia is one of the earliest nations to adopt Christianity in the first half of the fourth century, and […]

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San Zhi Pod City Eerie Decay

Doomed Futuristic Homes Left to Rot in Beauty These abandoned flying saucer-style holiday homes built for US military officers in Taiwan left to rot are built on burial grounds… Sanzhi Pod City in Taiwan was designed as a holiday resort for US officers Space age homes built in 1978 on top of a burial ground […]

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