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Alex Hohlov is a Philadelphia-based graphic designer/illustrator/motion reel designer, aka. veaone. Several of his graphic design work are non-commercial yet abstract artistic pieces. Geometrically constructed compositions of him give me the feeling of the explosion of the beginning of something, that something could be an action like birth or like flying, a feeling of a greath height or dilemma. The images have the futuristic motion, a supremacy of feelings which makes is graphics extremely attractive.

 

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“Postcards from a Green Future” depicts an insightful peep into an unrevealed spectacle. Though the beautiful images are so very indicative of a sustainably green future, a certain element of disarray still prevails owing to unspecific boundaries that are supposed to exist in the future. Both the artists, Liam Young form Tomorrow’s Thoughts Today and Darryl Chen, have remained as secretive as they could be in their projections.

 

The postcards attracted my attention mostly because of my graduation project, which my few last entries were also relevant to. My project covers a utopian narrative of a city, with different zones, all recycling themselves and the other zones in the city that they’re related to within a garden like environment. I was influenced, ideally, by the garden-city utopia of Le Corbusier; it’s about the possibility and sustainability of a dense setting in a park/garden city. To make the city dense yet less crowded is defined in his utopia as ascending or growing vertically; hightening the buildings yet now they’re far away from one another, different from the settling in these above and below scenes of a green future.

“These speculative scenes of “a green future” show us an over-the-top, solar-powered utopia of detached single-family houses and wind turbines, woven together with light rail and renewable energy technologies; it’s an Eden of sprawl spreading out into London’s most distant scattered cityscape.”

la ville contemporaine

This reminded me naturally of Le Corbusier’s La Ville Contemporaine, which I found not really feasible for the already alienating modern society. He proposes a 3-million populated urbanization within a park. That clearly why it’s utopic since there are hundreds of meters of distance between the buildings which renders neighborhood and socialization impossible; and leaves public space as a rotten concept. (below are the images)

Zaha Hadid was born in Iraq, studied at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London in which later she started teaching as an Instructor, in architecture. Later was she became an honorary member of the American Society of Architects. A great story of success she experience in the arena of architecture, she recieved a lot of prices until she came to a state of being referred as a modernist architecture through her references from futuristic paintings and painters in her architectural works. Her architectural drawings are counted as artworks or paintings to be more clear, by many, rather than being technical drawings.

Two competing sides of modernism in architecture can be called as the Bauhaus and the avant-garde De Stijl in Russia, which Hadid’s framework is more referring to. De Stijl, compared to the industrial-based Bauhaus, is more aiming for creating new radical forms for and of a society. Malevich, being a headliner in this arena, is one of the biggest influences on Hadid’s early drawings.

Malevich's Arkitekton,1923

Malevich is the creator of the Suprematist movement in painting. His abstraction was in a higly mode of “change”, a spiritual change we are mostly talking about. Hadid was strongly amused by this suprematism, about which she has written her thesis, as a beginning point, choosing her territory as London, where she educated herself.  “Placing it along and across the Thames in central London, she left no doubt—to the cognoscenti, at least—as to her ideological position: she was reviving a neglected, almost stillborn modernist ideal and inserting it into the contemporary world.”

Hadid- Malevich's Tektonik London Project,1977

Zaha Hadid, Office Building, Berlin, 1986
Zaha Hadid, Vitra Firestation design stidy, 1990

 

“The change in Zaha Hadid’s drawings—fragmentation giving way to fluid form—was already evident in her drawings analyzing the farming landscape around the Vitra factory site for the Firestation project. These impart a linear dynamic that comes together in the powerful thrust of the little building. The vision here is no longer about breaking up and scattering. Rather, it is about gathering together and directing. It is also about the making of unified, and unifying, forms. As with other questions about which she has given no explanation or insight, we are left to puzzle out the reasons for this change in her drawings and the designs they describe.”

— Lebbeus Woods