Friday, June 27, 2008

Relocation, Relocation



Stick a dome over this proposed design for a sustainable hotel in Shanghai and imagine it in a crater on Dione or Iapetus...

11 Comments:

Anonymous Al R said...

Very Tracey Island...

June 27, 2008 4:43 PM  
Blogger Paul McAuley said...

I hope you mean that in a good way, Al.

Now if only this were nuclear-powered; then it would be true Thunderbirds technology:

http://www.tritonlogging.com/engineering.html

June 28, 2008 10:53 AM  
Anonymous Al R said...

Definitely in a good way.

Nice underwater logging robot, that. Not much potential to go out of control leaving a trail of mayhem, though...but who knows?

In a similar vein, here's the newish air traffic control tower at Schiphol, which looks like it could have had a bit part in Captain Scarlet:

http://www.benthemcrouwel.nl/portal_presentation/airports/control-tower

June 28, 2008 6:35 PM  
Anonymous Al R said...

Sorry, that URL didn't come through properly. But if you go directly to www.benthemcrouwel.nl, you can get an overview of their various architectural projects, including the tower.

June 28, 2008 6:37 PM  
Blogger Paul McAuley said...

That tower is so waiting for an atomic superjetliner to plough into in slow motion....

Stick and either side of the link and it should go live btw. I knew learning HTML would come in handy one day...

June 29, 2008 4:57 PM  
Blogger Paul McAuley said...

Well, that HTML hint worked a bit too well. Let's see, what you need to do to make a link live is type a in pointy brackets(<>) before it and /a in point brackets after it.

There was a Thunderbirds episode involving rescuing the crew of an atomic-powered logger cutting a swathe through the Brazilian rain forest. Back in the day, that was considered to be a good thing - now, the Tracey bros would be considered puppets of the Man.

Is there a blog or site about real-life SuperMarionation architecture? There should be.

June 29, 2008 5:02 PM  
Blogger PeteY said...

Actually that isn't enough either. The tritonlogging link doesn't actually work above, and nor does the "and" link. The A tag lacks the href="http://www.tritonlogging.com/engineering.html" bit

June 29, 2008 10:20 PM  
Anonymous Al R said...

The logging link worked when I tried it, Petey.

Paul: weirdly I was thinking of just the same thing a few weeks ago - there ought to be a site collecting these things. I'm not aware of one, so maybe I ought to start it...

Saw a piece in The Guardian a month or so back on how there's a whole generation of British architects who grew up with Dan Dare (Foster, Rogers etc) and who are consciously drawing on Frank Hampson's imagery. Given that, it's not beyond the bounds of possibility that there might be a second wave of architects coming through who grew up with Supermarionation...

June 30, 2008 2:03 PM  
Blogger PeteY said...

Interesting. It doesn't work for me on either Firefox 3 or Safari. It looks like a link but can't be clicked. Maybe it's some kind of nonstandard IE behaviour?

June 30, 2008 6:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of Iapetus, I was reading about it on the Cassini site and the black coating on the leading side of that moon, when it occured to me that it should be possible to create Nazca line type artworks by revealing the white undersurface, whether that's desireable. Of course any vehicle traveling over the surface may cause marking also like Nazca
Phil

June 30, 2008 7:00 PM  
Blogger Paul McAuley said...

Hi Petey, I naively applied very simple HTML (the only kind I understand) to the comment links which may very well not work in all browsers in this Web 2.O situation. Mea culpa if so, and thanks for the hint.

Al - I'm sure there must be some kind of site about retro-futurism (as opposed to neo-futurism)architecture. But can't yet find it. Will look out for more examples, though.

Phil - that's a great image. Parts of the surface of Iapetus at boundary between light and dark have interesting patterns, but no straight lines as yet. Depends on how deep the dark stuff is, of course... Am thinking of a gigantic smiley face, a la Watchmen.

July 01, 2008 11:29 AM  

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