Thursday, December 15, 2005

DESIGN | Architecture Week Lectures

Once a year the Architecture week takes place in Madrid and many events are organized  in the city. AAGRAFA team present the lectures that took place in our Madrid Architecture School this week recorded and collected in five DVD discs. Available now in the ETSAM library.


DISC 1>>Ginés Garrido "El Lissitsky"
October 4, 2005 / 45 min / Deposit number [V-594]

DISC 2>>Álvaro Soto
October 5, 2005 / 96 min / Deposit number [V-595]

DISC 3>>Fernando Casqueiro "La Arquitectura de la Nada"
October 5, 2005 / 115 min / Deposit number [V-596]

DISC 4>>Antonio Juárez "Fragmentos del Espejo Contemporáneo"
October 6, 2005 / 70 min / Deposit number [V-597]

DISC 5>>Darío Gazapo
October 7, 2005 / 18 min / Deposit number [V-598]

Monday, December 12, 2005

LAB | Antiumbrela

Intervention in a stepwell in India. Developed in a design class in Madrid Architecture School in 2005 with professors​ Aranguren + Gallegos.
This is a project I can not talk about. It's a secret project under development. Just take a look to this image.  I hope to be able to write about it in the near future. I can only say that I obtained a good grade with just this A4 drawing in an Architecture School class. Well, I can also say, I guess, that: "Efficiency is priority number one people, because waste is a thief".  -Ioannes

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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Hauru No Ugoku Shiro DVD

I have just ordered from Amazon Japan a 4 disc collectors edition of Hayao Miyazaki's Howl's Moving Castle. This first release includes a frame of the movie frozed in resin. Here the making of of the beautiful piece I found in Hobo Nikkan Itoi Shinbun:

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

LAB | Morgan I & II prototypes

Mor Gan I & II prototypes
These prototypes were designed for a design class in the Architecture school of Madrid during the year 2005 with professors​ Aranguren + Gallegos. The main idea was to create a membrane that would cover the user, that was foldable and transportable and that could be built using simple materials and folding operations. We wanted to avoid utopic ideas, so we worked on the real-scale model from the very beginning.

We were looking for a large-scale recyclable material and we realized that any industry generates waste at a much higher speed than any domestic environment. We chose the PVC canvas used in advertisement banners, discarded in the printing process or reused once it has fulfilled its purpose. PVC is ductile and tenacious; it presents dimensional stability and has very good resistance to environment and flames.

Building process
We proceeded with an old origami technique. The folds were reinforced with staples and we tried to use scissors as little as possible.

Mor Gan I
Starting with a 2.7×2.7 meters rectangular canvas and based on a series of origami folds, a semicubic element of 0.6×0.6×0.6 m was generated. Once folded it fitted​ into a regular Ikea plastic bag.

Mor Gan II
From a square canvas of 3.7×3.7 meters a semicubic space of 0.9x 0.9×0.9 m was generated. The structure was reinforced with two fiberglass rods, 3 mm in diameter and 185 cm long used in the construction of kites. Once folded it could​​ be carried in a classic blue Ikea bag.

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The theme of this years projects class was "Less is More". Each student had choose a previously used material and give it a second use. The results were awesome, everyone created great things.  I will post some photos of the presentation one of this days. My idea was to reuse  those big commercials canvases that hang on the buildings fold it as a cube so that children could use it as a tent.  
This following video is the making of the second Morgan. The canvas was bigger that the room so I had some complications. This is a time lapse resume of  one hour fighting with the PVC. I used a traditional stapler commonly used to staple paper and an classic origami folding system so that I didn't have to cut material. From a 2 dimnsional square to a habitable 3 dimensional cube. Voila! -Ioannes

Saturday, October 15, 2005

DESIGN | Architecture and Urbanism in China

We are proud to present another AAGRAFA release. Five DVD discs covering the lectures focused on Spanish architects working in China that took place in Madrid Architecture School last September. Available now in ETSAM Library.

Arquitectura y Urbanismo en China

DISC1>>New Architecture of Young Generation in China  Prof. Zhi Wenjun
September 19, 2005 / Deposit number [V-565]

DISC2>>La Nueva ciudad de Bautou  Antonio Ruiz Barbarin
September 20, 2005 / Deposit number [V-566]

DISC3>>Nuestro trabajo en China  Juan Carlos Sancho y Sol Madrilejos
September 21, 2005 / Deposit number [V-567]

DISC4>>Proyectos Urbanos en China  Eduardo Leira
September 22, 2005 / Deposit number [V-568]

DISC5>>Torre Bionica y Ciudad España en Shangai Javier gomez Pioz y Rosa Cervera
September 23, 2005 / Deposit number [V-569]

Thursday, October 06, 2005

SKETCH | James Stirling

We have been analizing some Architect James Stirling Buildings this days.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Books by Otomo & Miyazaki

Today I made a big order to Amazon Japan. Eight great books. Six of them by Katsuhiro Otomo and two by Hayao Miyazaki.

The art book of the film MEMORIES, three anime stories. Magnetic Rose, Stink Bomb and Cannon Fodder directed respectively by Koji Morimoto, Tensai Okamura and Katsuhiro Otomo. The book collects backgrounds, sketches and storyboards from all all them.

The Storyboard Book STEAM BOY 

This 780 page book contains all the storyboards drawn by katsuhiro Otomo for the animation movie STEAMBOY.

STEAMBOY Mechanical Book

A beautiful book containing hundreds of sketches and designs made for Katsuhiro Otomo's STEAMBOY animation feature film.

SOS Dai Tokyo Tankentai

Katsuhiro Otomo Anthology volume 2. A collection of Katsuhiro Otomo's manga works from the eighties.


Katsuhiro Otomo's early manga works from the seventies.


by Katsuhiro OtomoA compilation of early works from the end of the seventies.

Kurenai No Buta Storyboard 

The complete storyboard of the film Porco Rosso by Hayao Miyazaki.
Howl's Moving castle Storyboard 

The complete storyboard of the film Howl's Moving Castle by Hayao Miyazaki.

Friday, May 20, 2005

LAB | You and Both - Intervention in Upper Lawn Pavilion

In this year's Projects class in Architecture School, each student had to choose from a list of existing houses, draw and analyze them first, and then, made a proposal for an expansion. I chose architects Alison and Peter Smithson's Upper Lawn Pavilion. I discovered this couple's work in the travel we did to the UK last year. It was such a great experience, we visited many of their buildings.

However, while researching to find information to draw the house properly I come up with their books and writings and this is when I really started to understand their approach towards the architecture. Just a magnificent, clear minded, honest, human scale architects. Nothing to do with what we are used to see now a days in magazines.

By the way, I started working with autoCAD in this my third year in school. It has been a headache at first but, everything seems to go smooth now. I trace the drawings of the house based on the ones found in an old Italian magazines from the school library.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

DESIGN | Architectonic use of stone

This week in AAGRAFA we have been digitalizing some old VHS and authoring them to DVD so that they are more accessible for everyone. This time a bunch of old fashioned eighties videos by Spanish stone producing companies that explain the proccess in wich the stones are obtained and how to use them properly. Available now in ETSAM library for the hardcore architects and old school video lovers. 

DISC 1:  Deposit number [V-632]
   1 - Extración y Elaboración del granito / 26 min
   2 y 3 - Métodos de impermeabilización de cubiertas en obra / 28 min

DISC 2: Deposit number [V-633]
   1 - ANGE, Asociación Nacional de Graniteros Españoles / 10 min
   2 - Marmoles de Alicante  / 13 min
   3 - Marmol Macael  / 10 min
   4 - Pizarras SAMACA  / 11 min
   5 - Pizarras CUPA  / 8 min
   6 - FDP, Federación Española de la Piedra Natural  / 18 min

Friday, May 06, 2005

DESIGN | Konstantin Melnikov

I started to work in AAGRAFA in ETSAM library and this is the first DVD I created. It's a digitalization of an old VHS to DVD. I also designed a brand new cover.

Konstantin Melnikov
Directed by Marjo Leupers y Jet Christiaanse
Produced by Qui Vive film productions
Released in 1999

Available with the deposit number [V-320]

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

DESIGN | ACHE poster

We submitted this poster for this year's contest organized by ACHE to design the poster for the 3rd congress of the Scientific and Technical Association of Structural Concrete.

Saturday, March 12, 2005

Steam Boy Memorial Box

Today I ordered from Amazon Japan the STEAM BOY MEMORIAL DVD BOX, the latest animation film by Katsuhiro Otomo. This beautiful edition contains four discs filled with bonus features and a booklet to narrate the ten year long process on the making of the film.  Written and directed by Otomo, the story takes us into a retro futuristic England, back in the days of the industrial revolution, when steam machines ruled the world. Otomo remains true to his style; an awesome movie full of action and the attention to detail for what he is so well known for.