Friday, April 11, 2008

013. Gundam Architecture

Aoyama Technical College

Aoyama Technical College

Aoyama Technical College

Aoyama Technical College

Here are some remarkable images of Aoyama Technical College, by Makoto Sei Watanabe, posted by Flickr user Viggo:

The building, in the Shibuya district of Tokyo, has been developed from a process of self-organisation in an attempt to define an emergent urban form for Tokyo:

"The self-organizing, organic system that emerges on this principle, however, is-like a natural phenomenon-not conscious. As long as it remains an unconscious principle, it is difficult to draw upon in creating, for example, some building."

"By extracting from the spontaneous workings of this principle those methods that we can consciously apply, it is possible that we might develop a conscious principle upon which to create a new architecture for the city. The Aoyama Technical College aims to discover such a principle for establishing a new order"

Elsewhere, we learn of a Japanese robotics expert, Takayuki Furuta, who wants to build a six-storey tall Gundam battle robot, and has costed it out at approx $742 million.


Richard said...

I think this is more Lebbeus Woods then Gundam, personaly. See:

Mark Ellery said...

cool it looks like something from the "transformers" movie!!

great blog guys - well done on getting a mention in architectural review!

I too am working on a website too, if you care to take a look at