10 Design_

Posted · by — April 8, 2014

Architects: 10 Design
Location: Chongqing, China


Year: 2013 Design
Team: Gordon Affleck, Brian Fok, Lukasz Wawrzenczyk, Frisly Colop Morales, Jason Easter, Nick Chan, Rita Pang, Ryan Leong, Dan Narita, Jon Martin
CLIENT: ZhongXun Group


Project Description:
This mixed use office and retail development sits centrally within the new Danzishi Central Head Quarters in Chongqing, that sits on the banks of the Yangtze River.

The brief was to create an interactive retail environment that would interact and reflect with the rich topography that Chongqing is renowned for. The site set many challenges with a level difference of some 10m across such a narrow site and has to cater for multiple level pedestrian access point from elevated walkways interconnecting with adjacent developments and the Light Rail Station.



TYPE: office, food & beverage, retail
AREA: G.F.A. 130,000 sqm ; site area 17,995 sqm ; retail 35,000 sqm
SERVICE: architecture, master planning, landscape, CGI










Construction Images:

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Prototype 6_Meshal AlButhie

Posted · by — March 28, 2014

Designer: Meshal AlButhie
Location: San Francisco, California
Thesis for Academy of Art
Graduate Degree of Architecture

*Always so impressed with the rigor and detail that goes into the Architecture Thesis at Academy of Art in San Francisco – the devotion, hard work and enthusiasm of the thesis students is pretty incredible…this project is yet another example of the superb work coming out of AAU!


Project Description:
Prototype 6 is one of the eight cultural learning laboratories to be distributed all around the world, and is the initial step towards achieving this project’s newly developed Gulf Arab Nations Cultural Invasion (G.A.N.C.I) movement. Its stated mission is to change the way the world interacts with culture. This hands-on museum of culture is an eye opening, always-changing, playful place to explore and experiment all the cultural elements of the Gulf Arab Nations (G.A.N) through multiple installations. These creatively built and thought-provoking installations ignite curiosity, encourage exploration, and lead to profound learning.

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Gulf Arab Nation Cultural Invasion (G.A.N.C.I) movement:
Through the quest of finding an approach in establishing an overall awareness towards the culture of the Gulf Arab Nations, laid a strategical idea of a newly developed movement against all worldwide cultures, in the act of transforming the diverse cultures of the world into one united worldwide culture, yet broken down into multiple cultural trends, all subject to the realm of an advanced Gulf Arab Nation culture. This movement would be later on realized as the G.A.N.C.I movement. As it implements an invasion tactic towards the cultures of the world, in an adaptation process to an advanced prototype of the Gulf Arab Nations culture. The inception of this movement would be through the development of a series of phases all in reliance to each other, starting from the discovery of the Gulf Arab Nations (G.A.N) triangle, followed by founding a network of experimental grounds, leading up to the even larger discovery of the G.A.N.C.I numerical sequence, progressing into the program development, and ending with the last two phases of the initial design process.

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The Future of Making Friends_BigFriendo

Designer – Alexa Getting
Location- all over the world

*Hey everyone so I have been busy building a social networking app that helps you find “new” friends within your area or around the world. I figured since I have neglected my Reality Distorted blog for the past 6 months or so to get this web application running. I might as well share it here with you. I hope you enjoy it, try it, use it and help spread the word.

Check out the crowdfunding campaign that is going on now here

PROJECT – www.bigfriendo.com

So why did I start BigFriendo, when there are numerous social networking sites out there already?
Well for a variety of reasons, actually…
1. Because I have needed a site like this for years!
2. If I needed it, then maybe you needed it too.
3. Friends make life better.

It’s simple really, I have lived in 9 different cities in the last 12 years and even though I have enjoyed each and every move, the first thing I miss (always) are my friends. Yes, its fun to explore museums, boutiques, cafes and the sites of a new city, but after a while… it just gets lonely doing everything by yourself. Thus, I wanted to create a website that helped speed up the process of meeting potential friends.

BigFriendo is not only for those just moving to a city or even a new place, but also for all those moments in life when things change. When you graduate or move or get a dog or have a baby or get a divorce or break up or get out of rehab or change career paths or change your life direction or want to start a band or learn how to cook or brew a beer or need some new energy around you. Doing stuff, learning and just enjoying the company of other people is what life is all about, we all need friends and some times we need new ones or different ones or don’t have any to begin with – whatever the reason is, you might as well give it a try.

So how is it different then other sites:

Click on the join button and sign up/login to BigFriendo using your facebook account. It’s Free!


Create a basic profile of interests and select the activities that you are:
1. Interested in or enjoy (able ).
2. Want to learn how to do (learn ).
3. Are willing to teach someone else how to do (teach ).


Using the matchmaking system that is embedded in BigFriendo’s code, the system will
recommend potential friend matches based on the criteria you have selected.

For Example: You have selected “Kayaking” as an activity that you enjoy doing and are willing to teach. BigFriendo will search the system for people, in your area, that either:
1. Have selected kayaking as an interest
2. Have selected wanting to learn how to Kayak

This matching will be further filtered based on your location, gender and age range preference.
The more information and interests you have filled in to the system the better your chances of meeting a better friend match and also more potential friends. It’s as simple as that! Join, create and start finding awesome friendos now!

Recall Registry _ future of funerals

Posted · by — October 28, 2013

Designer: Alexa Getting
Location: Finland

Project Description:
As our lives become more dependent on and embedded within the virtual realm our relationships with other humans are beginning to change. We interact with each other more through hand held devices, computer screens and the internet than we ever have before. Our direct contact with the actual, real human is very limited and sometimes deemed unnecessary. How many friends do you have on Facebook that you have never met in reality? What once used to be an occasional pen pal for entertainment is now a way of life. We know more about each other through what we post on Facebook or blogs or twitter or any number of social interaction sites, then we do otherwise. We have job interviews through Skype, we complain about products on a live chat session, we can find love through online dating services or avatars, and we can even have an orgasm with our partner through handheld devices when they are millions of miles away or just next door.

The relationship and physical contact between humans is changing and thus our relationship with death will also transform. If ones character or personality is defined by what they post in the virtual realm via images, comments, videos, “likes”, etc. or even through virtual conversations, then our memories of them would revolve around such things. Therefor attending a funeral or visiting a gravesite for a body that we had barely any contact with seems outdated and maybe a bit peculiar. Would it not be better to do activities or see places/things that reminded one of the deceased, rather than visit a stone in the ground where the remains sit rotting? Since all of our actions are recorded and stored in the virtual realm anyway it seems that a service providing access to this in an organized way, would be a more acceptable and enjoyable experience for remembering someone. The “Recall Registry” provides just that service. It is a place where one goes to “visit” the recorded memories of the deceased. Once you enter the Recall Registry you will experience 5 senses while traveling through 6 different zones.

Zone 1 – Lift off
In this zone you will take a glass elevator several stories up to a waiting room. Where you will sit and enjoy the view until your “memory visit” is ready or until the rest of your party has arrived.

Zone 2 – Condolence Alley
In this zone you will begin your journey by walking down a curving hallway lined with windows able to see other people doing the same. This area is used for clearing your head prior to entering flashback walk, as well as an area to mimic the comfort you feel when walking in a graveyard and seeing others,
from a distance, doing the same thing.

Zone 3 – Flashback Walk (sound, smell, optional embedded imagery/sight) – active
This area is where you are unable to see others and it is a chance for you to recall your own memories based on sensory cues provided to you through the recall registry service. This zone focuses on sound bites and scents to remind you of your loved one. It accesses any sound clips or audio clips in the system and plays them at a comfortable volume as you walk down a straight hallway lined with windows looking out. At varied moments it will spray a scent in the air that is related to the one you are visiting. Maybe it was their favorite perfume or maybe they worked in construction and the smell of sawdust enters the room. This is all assumed from the database of purchases made by the deceased party. In this zone you are expected to recall your own memories from your mind as you walk. Walking is an important feature since massaging of the feet spurs thought.

Zone 4 – Recall Rooms (sight, sound, smell) – static
This is a zone where you sit in a black box room, similar to that of a film screening room in an art museum, and watch video clips, flashes of photos, read blogs or the history on the person. It’s a room where the memories are provided to you and you have control of how long you watch, what you watch and how many times, but your body is at rest. The recall registry provides the archive service – you just choose how long you want to remember someone for.

Zone 5 – Cafe (taste)
In this optional zone you conclude your visit and have the option to eat the favorite meal of your loved one or have a recipe of theirs prepared for you. You may sit in this zone overlooking the sea for as long as you like. This is a non-silent zone, so it is acceptable to talk in this zone – similar to a reception after a funeral service.

Zone 6 – Death Cleanse
In this zone you walk through a dark tunnel underground, minimally lit, chilly and with the scent of damp mud and stone. This zone is a reminder that we came from the dirt and we go back to it in the end. At the end of the dark tunnel you are met with a brilliant white light and re-emerge into the snow-capped mountains once again, before exiting the park.

Recall Registry Login // Membership Process:
Step 1 – Sign up for a Recall Registry Membership
Step 2 – Log in and enter who you would like to visit with today or choose another specified date.
Step 3 – Modify memories to your preferences. For example, if there are memories associated with
people you don’t like or don’t know and only want memories displayed that pertain to you – you could
make that selection here. Also choose how many senses you would like to involve during your visit.
Step 4 – Determine whether you will be visiting alone or with other. If this is a group or family visit all
visitors must have a membership number prior to visiting.
Step 5 – Receive your gate number and proceed to it.

BOT_Johan Borgstrom

Posted · by — October 18, 2013

Designer: Johan Borgstrom

Company: Petfactory
Location: Sweden

*Even though Johan is just testing out different rigging techniques in these short animation clips, these robots caught my eye!

Johan Borgstrom is owner and founder of Petfactory in Gothenburg, Sweden. It is a design-driven digital production company, with its
roots in industrial design. Petfactory was founded 2006 with the vision to fuse art, design and technology.

Project: The Bot

The focus in this project was to dive deeper into the rigging process. I have an obsession of hydraulic systems and mechanical movements so I wanted to play around with that to. Like the Petbot project this is an ongoing project where I try out new concept or techniques. One of the challenges of this character was to design and rig the leg. I wanted to rig a leg with a FK – IK switch with on screen controls that were easy to animate and that would look interesting. quoted by Johan

Animation test 1: An animation test using V-Ray, Maya and Nuke.

Animation test 2: An animation test using V-Ray, Maya and Nuke.

Animation test 3: An animation test using V-Ray, Maya and Nuke.