Monthly Archives: March 2010

Rolex Learning Center, by SANAA

One of my favorite aspects of the Rolex Learning Center, designed by architecture firm SANAA, is that it shows a strong combination of aesthetics, function at work geared towards learning within a social and active environment.

SANAA, headed by Japanese duo of Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, seem to have crafted aesthetics using social interaction, individual relationship with the building and organic human movements.

To sum it up, the design of the building encourages:

  • peer-to-peer interaction to ease a dynamic social learning environment
  • student comfort within a space they are likely to spend large amounts of time in
  • and both acknowledges and influences human’s nonlinear navigation of space.

SANAA has recently won the Pritzker Prize, awarded to living architects whose abilities and execution have much contributed to humanity and the built environment through architecture.

via Designcollector


This short film by H5 / Francois Alaux, Hervé de Crecy and Ludovic Houplain won the Oscar for Best Short film (Animated), and well deserved it is. The film pays meticulous attention to humor and detail. My friend Andres pointed out how Nike-California breaks away from the US (Because of the San Andres Fault Line), and how the logos that start crashing down are those of major companies with major financial issues, Enron, IBM, KMart….

It is surprising how in the world of logorama every thing or character is a brand logo of some sort. Now the brands are turned into everything around us.

Animation, logo, illustration, 3D, Branding, enthusiasts will surely enjoy this film.

*I Updated the embeded Logorama video, the former one went dead

“Mycelium”, by Ryan Alexander

From artist’s project page:

Hyphae grow into the lighter areas of the image while avoiding their own trails. Branching and growth speed are also functions of the available food (brightness) in the image.

There are variations to this on Ryan Alexander’s flickr. Such variations include making the lines text threads and pieces that are apparently inverted versions of these (the fungus feeding off of black instead of white). His portfolio {here} has some interesting pieces, though most seem like experiments compared to this piece, which is quite stunning.

I always enjoy when complex and elaborate compositions emerge from simple behaviors.