architecture environment

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The Art of Mehdi Ghadyanloo

Mehdi Ghadyanloo (b. 1981) is an Iranian artist known for his utopian and philosophical paintings that interrogate universal human precepts such as fear, hope and loss. Through the portrayal of minimal heterotopic environments, surreal architectural arrangements, and the repeated use of symbolic elements such as stairs, balloons and aeroplanes, Ghadyanloo invites us to consider new realities and the shared universality of our existence.

Ghadyanloo has always lived in Iran and grew up on a farm during the Iran-Iraq war. The uncertain experiences of war and sanctions had a lasting effect on his psyche. Through his works Ghadyanloo subconsciously encapsulates and expresses a sense of suspension for an entire generation living in Iran. Although at times somber, Ghadyanloo’s work conveys hope that change can be effected, and it speaks with joy of what remains glorious in gloomy times.

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LIKO-NOE Laboratories 

The building of LIKO-NOE Laboratories by Fránek Architects, which is currently being constructed on water, is a timber construction clad in vertical gardens. The prefabricated massive panel construction is prepared (in a factory) in a way it could be put together on the building site within one month. That adds to making the building exemplary for studying ecological approaches in relation to architecture and work environment. The building has a constructed treatment wetland for the wastewater treatment, uses solar energy for photovoltaic panels as well as thermal wall, which charges the base and increases the heat pump’s efficiency. 

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The Gated City has an eclectic yet pragmatic design. As a popular, centuries-old trading hub, it has many ancient buildings - although few of them are fully intact. Rather than wasting time and resources on demolishing these buildings, architects have built around them, resulting in a surprisingly grand design: one with many decorative arches and walls, and old themes which are replicated in modern ways.

Of course, not everything can be salvaged. The port that welcomes travelers and cargo is relatively modern, with bleached-white gazebos dotting the harbor. Here you can see the layout of these gazebos on the bay, as well as a frontal view of the Border Inspections Headquarters. This is one of the very first areas you encounter in the game.

The Kingdom of Dragulja-a Scandanavian kingdom built into the mountains.
Commissioned piece for a client
Art by Amanda Kiefer

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solarpunk and green roofs

grass roofs have been employed for centuries in northern europe, not only for their beauty but also their practicality. there are a lot of reasons why a solarpunk society would embrace this idea, and here’s just a few:

1. natural insulation

grass and plants can act as natural insulation at a fraction of the cost of artifical alternatives. not only do they maintain heat in cold climates and regulate cool in warmer ones, they also efficiently absorb and filter rainwater.

2. sound barrier

a great example of this is the chicago city hall which uses a grass roof to keep city noise from permeating the building. likewise, this is a desirable feature in both commercial and domestic settings.

3. pollution

grass roofs can act as air purifiers, enhancing air quality. i think this explains itself.

4. biodiversity

garden roofs can not only foster biodiversity in plants, but also create havens for animals and insects. with bee populations dwindling, roofs could act as the perfect stomping ground for these important organisms, among others.

5. aesthetics

grass roofs look incredible, and other planted roofs (e.g. with succulents and flowers) even more so. they also help buildings to blend into the natural environment, enhancing the surrounds and preventing the visible signs of urbanisation.

6. agricultural potential

garden roofs could easily be used to plant crops, encouraging local living and minimising food miles as well as posing an educational opportunity for children to see their food go from field roof to plate. this would also mean that less land would have to be sacrificed to agriculture and thus could be preserved in its natural, wild state.

feel free to add your thoughts!

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Some stuff from the project I showed at gobelins last year. Strangely I’m still very happy with it. I might go back to it someday:)

Here’s basically the story:

In Spain in the 16th century, Luz, a little girl that is a bit wild, works for the apothecary of the town. She often goes in the forest to look for healing plants. The people of the town despises Luz because she’s close to the animals. She draws them, and sometimes she heals them thanks to her medical knowledge. But one day 3 villagers hurt her and a wolf stands out of the forest to protect her. Then all the people from the town get scared and they come back to chase her. As she runs as fast as she can in the forest she will turn into a wolf and run away with other wolves..

Part 1