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WMrapids Jul 20, 2010 4:16 PM

I like the 1925 one. I also love the spiral escalator!

M II A II R II K Sep 7, 2010 3:09 PM

Exhibit features futuristic '50s architectural designs


The reproductions of drawings that comprise the exhibit “Early Works of Architects Hurtig, Gardner and Froelich,” which opens Thursday, are not only creative and futuristic works from the 1950s, Whitten said, but also impressive pieces of art.

“Just the rendering in and of itself is an art form,” he said, “and these guys mastered that.”

“These guys” are architects John Hurtig, James Gardner and Norman Froelich, once students of the late, internationally known architect Bruce Goff. Their time spent with Goff is the starting point of the exhibit's journey to Florence, one comprised of teachers passing inspiration on to their students.

“Resort on Ocean Cliffs,” an architectural drawing by James Gardner, is on display at the Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts in Florence as part of the exhibit “Early Works of Architects Hurtig, Gardner and Froelich.”

M II A II R II K Sep 30, 2010 3:19 PM

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Troubadour Sep 30, 2010 5:11 PM


Originally Posted by M II A II R II K (Post 4810571)

:previous: This totally needs to happen. New York was born for colossal Imperial architecture. The NIMBYs would crap themselves.

M.K. Oct 1, 2010 10:09 AM


Originally Posted by M II A II R II K (Post 4972914)

This is wonderful, if our Water Dams concrete Walls would be useful like that for condos views... Sealings would be a problem.


Originally Posted by Troubadour (Post 4999575)
:previous: This totally needs to happen. New York was born for colossal Imperial architecture. The NIMBYs would crap themselves.

Agree, since long ArtDeco is forgot in New York in recent projects, a mistake imo, when the most beautiful buildings there are from this style, and if it would be a tendency, the density of high levels altitute of them would make an interesting approach like the above visionary picture. But i can only immagined that to NYC. It would be great, but sadly most buidlings there went to the boxy modern style. :yes:

wrab Oct 2, 2010 12:02 AM

Fritz Lang's Metropolis (1927):

M II A II R II K Mar 29, 2011 2:42 PM


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These early 1960s paintings were done for Motorola as part of their consumer products ads series, “Fresh from Motorola... new leader in the lively art of electronics” - artist - Charles Shridde

HooverDam Mar 29, 2011 3:43 PM

Not quite as far out as some of the stuff in this thread but in the 60s-70s the plan for the I-10 going through Central Phoenix was to put the freeway on 100 foot high stilts. Then to get on and off the freeway cars would have to drive around on these huge looping 'heliocoils."

Of course the renderings show parks and active pedestrian life under the freeways which just seems insane. They likely would've devolved into ugly, polluted, noisy, forgotten places.

The_Architect Mar 29, 2011 5:00 PM


Originally Posted by M II A II R II K (Post 4810571)

Holy shit is that tiny thing the Empire State Building???


Trantor Mar 31, 2011 4:57 PM


Originally Posted by M.K. (Post 5000677)
This is wonderful, if our Water Dams concrete Walls would be useful like that for condos views... Sealings would be a problem.

I imagine the noise level living on the wall of a water dam must be very high. Specially when they have to open the doors of the dam to lower the level inside.

Trantor Mar 31, 2011 5:16 PM


Originally Posted by The_Architect (Post 5220388)
Holy shit is that tiny thing the Empire State Building???


yes, but as you can see, its not MUCH lower than those buildings... but it is MUCH thinner.

which makes me think how did they planned to take natural light to the interior of those buildings!!! Well, they certainly wouldnt! 99% of that volume would receive only artificial light.

M II A II R II K Apr 9, 2011 10:29 PM

ardecila Apr 10, 2011 4:59 AM

I've always though Le Corbusier's plan for Algiers was pretty cool. A highway snaking along the coast with 14 residential levels beneath it. It clustered the population in the only location where cool breezes and water are accessible.

Rizzo Apr 10, 2011 9:46 AM


Originally Posted by M II A II R II K (Post 5235064)

It's a shame somewhat of a plan like this never came to reality. I like the multi-level streets here in Chicago. All the dumpsters and freight loading at my office is handled at the underground streets, with lighter traffic and pedestrians at street level.

There's a photo somewhere showing this system proposed in Detroit.

My thoughts on all these proposals.

We innovated in ways we could never imagine (computers and mobile devices)
We've built in ways that are definitely not impressive.

The St. Louis now and then comparison is a perfect example.

djlx2 Apr 10, 2011 10:14 PM


Excellent point, Hayward. It seems true that while technology can help us innovate in terms of design and planning, half the time it just leads to some dreamlike idea that doesn't inform any actual construction. I like looking at designs to a point as much as anybody, but I've always been interested in more interested in construction and this, unfortunately, is also something I know the least about in this city. Construction workers are as important as architects, are they not?

Pictures like this are cool to look at in terms of "wow, that would have been cool if that happened," and you can look up the history of where a lot of these "ideas" never took place, but even that doesn't exactly give you an idea of how that helps the way similar projects are slowed now. I love architects, but looking at blueprints doesn't reassure you that projects are going to happen, if they're just going to run into a brick wall, or that it's just going to be one long delayed process of those in charge getting irritated at every small step along construction that doesn't seem to fit with their master plan, and blowing it off instead of taking a breath and then trying to figure out how they can actually help the construction workers without frustrating them and making them lose enthusiasm for the work in general.

That's ground-level communication though. Those are problems ages-old difficult to solve and can't be helped with any innovations in technology. And construction, again, is equally important to blueprinting.

Troubadour Apr 11, 2011 10:11 PM

The problem is that too many architects align their thinking more with artistic / design principles and either de-emphasize or ignore completely the principles of engineering, economics, politics, and social behavior. And it's really self-defeating, because a lot of the architect's renderings I've seen of projects that are built have been less appealing than the real thing. I frankly don't understand why, as a profession, architects want to segregate their imaginations into this pretentious bubble where the beauty of function and solid reality isn't allowed to influence them.

M II A II R II K Apr 15, 2011 5:48 PM

Some Soviet infrastructure stuff here...

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towerpower123 Apr 17, 2011 12:40 AM

:previous: Words can't describe how funny that bird-plane combo is. :haha::haha::haha::haha::haha::haha::haha:
That monorail-plane would be cool also.

M II A II R II K Apr 25, 2011 12:54 AM

2011 Skyscraper Contest: Energy Harvesters, Domes With Holes, and Other Buildings of the Future

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Hosted by the architecture magazine eVolo, the competition is meant to stimulate discussion, development and promotion of new concepts for vertical density. Participants are asked to examine the relationships among the skyscraper and the natural world, the community and the city.

The top three awards went to designs that focus on the environment, whether it’s through cleaning polluted air or re-imagining one of the marvels of the modern world, the Hoover Dam. A host of honorable mentions include environmental cleanup facilities, sustainable communities and even subterranean communities for the living and the dead.

First Place: A Ferris Wheel Greenhouse Made of Recycled Cars

Second Place: Flattened Tower

Third Place: The Hoover Dam, Reimagined

Honorable Mention: Tower For the Dead

Honorable Mention: Sports Complex

Honorable Mention: The Sixth Borough

Honorable Mention: Hydra Power Station

Honorable Mention: Seascrapers

Honorable Mention: Lady Landfill Skyscraper

Honorable Mention: Rhizome Tower

PopSci Choice Award: Moonscraper

M II A II R II K Apr 28, 2011 8:58 PM

A wall that instead of isolating ourselves from enemies or pirates, isolates us from inclement weather.
Transparent domes whose only function is to avoid reality. But avoiding it is useless; it is still there,
waiting for us.

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