Tetris and the future of architecture

French architectural genius Axel de Stampa created a dancing ode to Tetris (1984) with the 2014 debut of his gif art gallery Architecture Animée. The introductory image sees large Tetris piece-shaped buildings fall from a blue sky to interlock themselves with the grounded structures below. The result is a series of architectural tetrominoes that reveal an understanding of the choreography and composition of each great city. But this is more than a videogame reference, as it alludes to the need for movement in the skyscrapers and city blocks of the urban utopias of the future. There is a growing demand…


Do not fear the solar-powered hourglass; walk into its glowing eye

What is this? This is a solar-powered hourglass and it is also what God’s apartment looks like.  The Argentinian designer Santiago Muros Cortes unveiled this futuristic alpha and omega as part of a competition to design an engine that would power 1,000 homes in Copenhagen. It won, because how do you say no to two floating platforms rising out of the water, separated by nought but the glowing amber eye of infinity? Some of the other contestants went for austere crop formation patterns and mesh-like cylinders, but not Cortes; Cortes went full-on 90s futuristic Trapper Keeper mode. Construction on an…