Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Miyazaki-Moebius


Today opens in La Monnaie de Paris a Exposition featuring the works of Hayao Miyazaki and Moebius. Both artists have shown the respect for each others work for a long time and it's great to finally see their works  together in a retrospective exposition. A nice104pages catalogue is available. Here the cover and some pages:



Saturday, November 13, 2004

Jango Feet Lego set


It's more that ten years that I don't buy a Lego set. I was just walking in a department store and saw this Star Wars Lego set Jango Feet 8011 on sale for 20€. So I bought it. The last Lego set I bought more than a decade ago was also a Lego Technic model 8829. I am going to have a good time mounting it.

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Nike Air Zoom Generation



I decided I need to play basketball on Madrid and my old shoes were almost destroyed so I went to a local Footlocker and I bought some affordable ones. The ones that were on sale. And when I went home I realized they were the first Lebron James model by Nike called Nike Air Zoom generation. I will play as much as I can with them and then I will keep them or make some kind of weird whatever with them. Who knows. Here the promotional wallpapers by Nike. The ones I own are the black model.


Saturday, September 11, 2004

THE TERMINAL directed by Steven Spielberg



Yesterday I went to see the las movie directed by Steven Spielberg starring Tom Hanks. here the Trailer.

Thursday, July 08, 2004

Lady Killers Directed by Coen brothers



Yesterday I went to cinema to see The Lady Killers by Coen Brothers. Here the trailer.

Saturday, May 15, 2004

The Womanman


This is a test animation I did after an afternoon in the Canovas-Amann house in Aravaca, Madrid. We recorded various things in video, played with Star Wars lightsabers, play videogames, ate cookies and drink milk. Josetxu's Obi Wan Kenobi fighting style was just awesome. I will upload the video one of this days. I also have to edit a superb film starring Javier and Patatini "the potato with bad cough". It was a really funny Saturday afternoon!

Saturday, May 08, 2004

BOOK - first order to Amazon Japan

I've been desiring to order something to Amazon Japan for a long time, and now that the site seems to have a little support in english I decided to do so. My first ever order is conformed by three great books. Two by Akira Toriyama, creator of Dragon Ball and DrSlump. And One by Katsuhiro Otomo the mind and hands behind AKIRA, the manga and the movie.



The first One is Akira Toriyama The world. A 96pages soft cover book published in 1990 that compiles some of the authors illustrations done for DrSlump and Dragon Ball plus many rare things like a short story named Wolf and some of the models that Toriyama does is his free time and many more stuff.


The second one is Akira Toriyama The World Special. A beautiful hard cover book that even it seems to be, as you can guess for it's name, a special edition of the prior one, it's a pretty different book. This one is more focused on Dragon Ball and even many illustrations are repeated, it icludes a full color shrot story titled SCAPE, somo sequential images of Toriyama working on the cover illustration and many more things that definitely make the book worth the money. There are not so many Illustration books about Toriyama so both books are a must  if you appreciate this authors work.


And last but not least, published in 2002, one of the latest Katsuhiro Otomo's AKIRA related books that came out at the same time that the DVD almost 13 years after the movie hit the theaters in Japan. AKIRA Animation Archives is a look back to the creation of the classic movie including layouts, backgrounds  and designs of the film that will blow your mind. A masterpiece movie deserved a masterpiece book like this and finally, here it is.

Tuesday, April 20, 2004

Pavilion for Adolf Loos's Möller House




The second semester comes to its end and so does the second year in the Architecture school. Here a resume board of a proposal for a Pavilion for visitors in architects Adolf Loos's Möller House that I have been thinking on.

Memory 
From the start the project is thought not only as a pavilion for people who visit the house but a meeting point where anyone can go, stay and talk with other people, visit an exposition etc. The backyard of the house is a nice space for that. 
The building is basically a prefabricated metallic arch that is seven meters high in its upper part and crosses the garden from one side to the other, covering the 98 square meters of the garden and transforming it in a polyvalent space for the culture. The textile roof that covers the structure can be folded, opening the space to the rest of the garden. On sunny days everything is opened and textile walls are used as projection screens. 
All the furniture and systems needed are provided by four modular blocks that keep everything on them while not in use and then expand their insides through the pavilion. Chairs for example are kept there, people is supposed to use them and then return them to the block.

Saturday, March 20, 2004

BOOK - Richard Rogers + Architects

Today I have take my time to scan this hard to find book from my Architecture School Library. Richard Rogers + Architects is a great Architectural Monograph Published in the United States of America and United Kingdom 1985  that recollects the works of Richard Rogers and his partners since his students days till the middle of eighties. The book is a really hard to find piece that was in a terrible condition when I  borrowed from the library, so after I scanned it I fix it and re-bounded as best as I could with a lot of care and a bit of glue.
The scanning process is so slow that make me think a lot in the process  about certain problems related with  psychical books. For example, if a teacher recommends a book in class and is available in the stores the main problem its usually only the  price, specially with architecture books that tend to by cool and expensive, but the real problem is when the book is sold out. Then the only change to take a look at it is in the library but every time a teacher recommends one certain book, it literally  flies from the shelves and as we are so many  people in class, you are lucky if you manage to take a glace at it before the semester ends. 
I also wonder what happens when a book from a library gets so used among the years or even worse, when unscrupulous people cut the pages or the pictures they are interested in ( it really happens that sadly) and then the  library is not able to re-buy it because it's sold out. ANd it's pretty comons for architecture publication to be sold out, as  they are usually a kind of a magazine or  monograph publications not with big prints. The thing is the library has expended so much money on a bunch of bounded paper that sooner or later is going to be consumed and become unusable. I understand the advantages of physical books, is always great to have them on your hand and feel them, to be able to read them everywhere anytime, but what about when you have to carry a bunch of them in your backpack day in and day out or when you need a picture or a piece of text and you have to either scan it or re-write it. Sincerely in my opinion digital is going to be the future without a doubt. Physical books will remain forever as a great analogue precious, even luxury backup of the information that surrounds us but the updated last editions will beavailable to be downloaded in few seconds by anyone everywhere anytime. The future is going to be awesome for book lovers and for people that need whatever information the book keeps inside it, in a  fast, reliable and comfortable way.


Richard Roger + Architects
Architectural Monographs
Published in Great Britain in 1985 by Academy editions
Published in the USA in 1985 by St Martin's Press
ISBN-10: 0312682077
ISBN-13: 978-0312682071

Availabe on Amazon Marketplace: US / ESJP

Sunday, February 29, 2004

Zatoichi Directed by Takeshi Kitano



I went to Kinepolis yesterday to see the last movie by Takeshi Kitano. Zatoichi. Great movie with an awesome soundtrack. Here the trailer