Feed Me Garbage

Trash cans – the words that make us think of waste, dirt, some kind of ugliness and forgetfulness. Getting rid of everything we don’t need anymore makes us ignore the outside aspects of the recipient that receives our garbage… Why would we need more than an impersonal box to throw away the useless things?!?!

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Cities of the Dead

The afterlife… What awaits us beyond the limits of our physical existence and our imagination is more or less a secret. The unknown.

01. Cemetery of the Capuchin Fathers, Rome, Italy (beneath the Church of the Immaculate Conception)

Like a place brought to life from grotesque stories… More than 4,000 skeletal remains believed to be Capuchin friars buried by their order stand next to the walls on display. The bones and skulls of the deceased monks are being used  for altars, out-of-this-world wall decorations, creepy chandeliers and hideous frescoes. Created to inspire people to prayer and meditation, it looks more like a terrifying sight that gives shivers to the visitors.

Described by Frommer’s as “one of the most horrifying images in all of Christendom“, but considered by Catholic order “a silent reminder of the swift passage of life on Earth“.

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Bridges of Love

A bridge, an eternal moment and a padlock to seal your love for ever… For some an ancient Chinese tradition, for others just  a symbol of love.  In Europe, love padlocks started appearing in the early 2000s.  And in Italy, the ritual of leaving love padlocks on one of the bridges – Ponte Milvio – is due to the book I Want You by Italian author Federico Moccia.

For many other countries there are no precise origins, but the phenomenon of love locks is spreading like a virus in the whole world. Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

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Augmented Reality

If you are wondering what future might bring. This reminds me a little of Terminator… It is not about another virtual reality, just about looking at everything that surrounds us through a screen with additional information, more info than a normal mind can acknowledge, process or remember, a mixture of product consumerism and architectural spacing. Like we had a computer on board. With lots of commercials and ads. 😛

And not for killing, but for daily “branded” living.

The latter half of the 20th century saw the built environment merged with media space, and architecture taking on new roles related to branding, image and consumerism. Augmented reality may recontextualise the functions of consumerism and architecture, and change in the way in which we operate within it.A film produced for my final year Masters in Architecture, part of a larger project about the social and architectural consequences of new media and augmented reality. By Keiichi Matsuda, architecture student.

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