Monday, November 20, 2006

DVD - Le Centre Georges Pompidou

Today I have been digitalizing a old VHS to DVD in AAGRAFA. A documentary realized by Richard Copans about the Centre Georges Pompidou, an awesome building located in the heart of Paris designed more that 30 years ago by architects Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers. It's a must see documentary. I Hope many people can enjoy it now in it's new format. The VHS tape had only one audio track but I found out two more audio tracks on the net so I've been able to author them in a single disc and make a menu using a children's drawing of the building  founded online too. The result is pretty good!
Available in ETSAM library with the Deposit Number [V-687] / 1997 / color / 26 min.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

DVD - Architecture Week 2006

Architecture week is back this year, events surrounding architecture all over the city and long hour cues to visit the most symbolic buildings in Madrid. In our school some conferences took place from this first week of october and AAGRAFA team was there to record them and make them available in DVD format. If you weren't in the school those days, now you have the chance to revive the moment from the comfort of your couch. Enjoy.

Semana de la arquitectura - octubre 2006

DISC1>>Joaquín Ibañes "El tiempo construido"
October 2, 2006 / 48 min / Deposit number [V-680]

DISC2>>Darío Gazapo + Concha Lapayese
"Hibridaciones, interferencias, arte y arquitectura"
October 3, 2006 / 120 min / Deposit number [V-681]

DISC3>>Antonio Juarez "Baukust"
October 3, 2006 / 53 min / Deposit number [V-682]

DISC4>>Jose Luis de Arana "La arquitectura como memoria"
October 4, 2006 / 46 min / Deposit number [V-683]

DISC5>>Alberto Morell "Miguel Fisac"
October 4, 2006 / 38 min / Deposit number [V-684]

DISC6>>Almudena Ribot
"Arquitectura sin titulo y unas pequeñas piezas parasitarias"
October 4, 2006 / 65 min / Deposit number [V-685]

Available in ETSAM libary

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Air Jordan melo V.5

This season I bought those shoes in Footlocker to play Basketball for 80€. As it's explained in this sticker that came in the box, the shoe is a medley between the Air Jordan V and Air Jordan VI. They've call it the Air Jordan Melo V.5 and mines are just the black ones show below. Some days later my brother also needed some shoes so I recommend him to buy those too, blacks where sold out so he bought the white model. It's not usual finding Jordan brand shoes for this price so I ended up buying another pair of nike shoes the same day. Two for the price of one. The model: Nike Star Classic. Black ones. I wore those shoes for almost three years in a row.

Monday, July 17, 2006

BOOK - Morimoto + Yamamura

Today I have ordered two nice books to Amazon Japan. My birthday is close so...

Orange Koji Morimoto Scrapbook
A compilation of nice drawings and sketches by master animation director Koji Morimoto
Yamamura Animation
By Koji Yamamura
A beautiful book that collects the behind the scenes of the works of this amazing japanese animator

Monday, July 03, 2006

Howl's Moving Castle papercraft

Today I started building my first papercraft, this one from Miyazaki's Howl's Moving Castle anime film. Too ambitious maybe?

Saturday, June 24, 2006

THUMBSUCKER directed by Mike Mills

Yesterday I went to cinema to see Thumbsucker the first full feature movie by Mike Mills   

Friday, June 23, 2006

Nintendo DS lite released in Spain

Last March 2 Nintendo DS was launched in Japan. And today is released in Spain. We have never have a portable console my brotehr and me, and we were exited about this new release it seems to be perfect for playing, two screens one of them touch-screen, small and foldable easy to carry. So my brother and I bought a couple of them, one white and one black. It's been our first video gaming console in a decade since Nintendo 64.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Cutty Sark contest

I have just presented a poster for a Cutty Sark advert contest called "jovenes cerebros"

the poster reads like this: 
It's said that in every party they are the queens
Their friends know they are republicans

Friday, May 26, 2006

BOOK - Amazon Japan Marketplace

Today I made my first order to Amazon japan in witch I bought used items. After this first order I decided I will buy more on the second hand marketplace than in the main store. You wouldn't imagine how pristine do Japanese people maintain their books and DVDs.

One of the diferences about buying in the marketplace is that the owner himself ships the stuff and amazon just acts as an intermediary, so shipping cost must be pay per item. But as they are not very expensive especially if you order CDs and DVDs, I find this a better option instead of buying many things together so that Amazon shipping costs start to get reasonable compared with the amount payed for the items.

Anyway, the most important reason I found to buy those items on the marketplace is that all of them are out of stock products. So it's impossible to find them on the store. Amazon marketplace is a nice place to find the stuff you can't find almost nowhere else on the net. One thing you have to make sure of, is that the seller includes this phrase: 海外向け&国内向け発送料金 in the item specifications. It means overseas shipment is available. Only then you will able to place the order to ship outside japan.

It's pretty annoying everytime having to find a seller that ships internationaly the item you are interested in. I think Amazon Japan should improve it's  system letting the customer search only on items available to ship overseas. But thats another story.

Here the list of the stuff I bought from four different sellers around Japan:

AKIRA e-konte 1
The continuity of AKIRA
by Katsuhiro Otomo
The complete storyboard drawn by Otomo himself for the AKIRA movie released in 1988. This first volume is completed with the second volume.
Robot Carnival DVD Special Edition
Nine japanese animaton directors: Katsuhiro Otomo, Takashi nakamura, Koji Morimoto among others...joined their shorts about robots under the title Robot Carnival
Palme no Ki script
by Takashi Nakamura
Written and directed by Takashi Nakamura. Palme no Ki is a nice piece of japanese animation.
Sarutanbōeitai (Sultan Guard)
by katsuhiro Otomo and others. Three short stories published in 1984.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

DVD - Luigi Prestinenza

AAGRAFA presents a new DVD with the conference by Luigi Prestinenza Puglisi, architect and profesor in La Sapienza, called ¿Were is Architecture today? that took place the 4th of May in our school. 

¿Hacia donde va la arquitectura hoy?
D. Luigi Prestinenza Puglisi - Arquitecto. Profesor La Sapienza, Roma
135 min / deposit number [V-631]

Available in the ETSAM library.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

BOOK+DVD - Peanuts + Jordan

Today I ordered two american classics to Amazon, Schulz's Peanuts and Michael Jordan NBA videos. 

Peanuts 1950-1954 Box set & peanuts 1955-1958 Box set
Peanuts is a cartoon written and drawn by Charles M. Schulz that was published in news papers all over the world  from 1950 to 2001. The gorgeous Fatagraphics edition aims to collect all of the strips in 25 books starting on may 2004 for 12 and a half years. A long way ahead. I ordered the first four volumes that come bounded in two thick cardboard boxes an include the strips from years 1950 to 1958.

Ultimate Jordan is a 3 DVD collection of Michael Jordan NBA videos of the nineties with the bonus content of some of its best games. Definitively a must have for a basketball lover.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

DVD - Espegel, Galvez + Wieczorek

A new AAGRAFA release. This time a conference that took place in Madrid Architecture School last 3rd of May. 100 minutes of nice talking between architects Carmen Espegel, María Auxiliadora Galvez and Izabella Wieczorek, about their most recent architectonic works. Available now in the ETSAM libary. Ask for it in the second floor window.

Languague: Spanish
Deposit number [V-675].

Friday, May 19, 2006

DVD - Philosophers in ETSAM

Three Philosophers have visited our school and gave some lectures last month. We have been there in AAGRAFA and have recorded and authored them in DVD, here the results:

Vida y espiritu Fernando Savater
2006-III-21 // 82 min
Deposit Number [V-864]

Razón Común y espíritu Agustín García Calvo
2006-III-28 // 86min
Deposit Number [V-865]

Tópicos contar el espiritu Aurelio Arteta
2006-IV-4 // 156min
Deposit Number [V-866]
Available now on ETSAM library

Monday, April 03, 2006

DVD - IAU+S workshop

We have just finished in AAGRAFA a DVD that completes the IAU+S collection. It is a workshop Madrid Comunity that took place during february on the Architecture School. Available now on ETSAM library

IAU+S 2006
Deposit Number [V-817]

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Book - Otomo, Toriyama, Nakamura & Kon

Today I made a 9 book order to Amazon Japan, here the list:

by Takashi Nakamura
Early manga works by Nakamura compiled for the first time. Takashi Nakamarura worked as Animation Director in Katsuhiro Otomo's AKIRA and has directed such remarkable anime films as Catnapped!  and Tree of Palme among anime series like Peter Pan no Boken. Take a look to an article about the book itself and some interviews with Nakamura  (only in japanese) here

by Katsuhiro Otomo
The script of the Katsuhiro Otomo Movie Steam Boy written by the director himself.

SteamBoy Adventure Book
This book is a complete story digest of the movie. Lots of screen shots and design sketches.

by Katsuhiro Otomo
An epic manga by Katsuhiro Otomo awarded with the 1983: Japan Science Fiction Grand Prix. The first time a manga was awarded in this category.

Dragon Ball Landmark
by Akira Toriyama
Everything you want to know about Dragon Ball compiled in a handful book.

Dragon Ball Forever
by Akira Toriyama
More data about Dragon Ball

by Akira Toriyama
The last manga by Toriyama compiled in a book. The adventures of Neko Majin and Neko majin Z. A must have if you liked Dragon Ball. 

by Satoshi Kon

Thursday, March 30, 2006

DVD - IAU+S 2006

Today we have released IAU+S 2006 an Architecture, Urbanism and Sustainability convention that took place in our school for three days last February. The collection consists on  6 DVDs divided in three packs featurering each pack a whole day of conferences and lectures. Enjoy this brand new AAGRAFA release available now in ETSAM library.

DISCS 1 + 2
February 27, 2006
Deposit number [V-785]

Presentación / inauguración
Javier Uceda Rector UPM.
Juan Miguel Hernandéz de León Director ETSAM.
Jose Manuel Naredo Dr. en Economía, España.
Saskia Sassen Profesora de Sociología U. de Chicago, EEUU.
Lara Almarcegui Lic. Bellas Artes Psg Atelier 63 Rótterdam, Holanda.
Ekhart Hahn Arquitecto Urbanista, Berlín, Alemania.
Mesa redonda 1
Luis Jimenez Herrero Director Observatorio de la Sostenibilidad de España.

DISCS 3 + 4
February 28, 2006
140+132 min.
Deposit number [V-786]

Ed Van Hinte Profesor de estructuras U. de Delf, Holanda.
Santiago Cirugeda Arquitecto y Activista Cultural. Sevilla, España.
Fernando Casás Dr Bellas Artes, escultor, profesor U. de Vigo, España.
Jose Manuel Moreno Dr. Biología, catedrático Ecología U. de Castilla la Mancha, España.
Mesa redonda 2
Luis Andrés Orive Director C. Estudios Ambientales Vitoria-Gasteiz, España.

DISCS 5 +6
Wednesday March 1, 2006
164+108 min.
Deposit number [V-787]

Antonio Estevan Ing Industrial,  España. Planificación territorial y ambiental
Anne Whiston Spirn West Philadelphia Landscape Project, Profesora MIT, EEUU.
Phillipe Rahm Arquitecto, profesor ECAL Lausanne, Suiza
Susannah Hagan Arquitecta U. East London, Reino Unido.
Mesa redonda 3
Ramón Fernandez Durán Ingeniero de Caminos y Urbanista Madrid, España.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Luz Tecleada

Gonzalo Pardo, a friend of mine, asked me to make a video using a Nokia T70 cellular for his main page in fresh forward,  a site about young architects in Madrid.  Gonzalo is this kind of incredible guy that is always making competitions and winning them, such an efficient architecture passionate hard worker, so I decided to make a tribute to the classic phrase that some architect once said: "architecture is the play of light and shadow" and literally I played with the light bulb. The keying of course  refers to the now a days inseparable relation of architects with the computer keyboard.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

DVD - IAU+S starts

On february 2006 IAU+S convention took place in our School. AAGRAFA proudly presents the first two DVDs. Available now on ETSAM library. Here their content:

Rueda de prensa presentación IAU+S
60 min.
Deposit number [V-795]

Conferencia Josep García Cors
48 min.
Deposit number [V-796]

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Concept House sketches

Here two sketches of a Housing systems I am developing in projects class this year.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

DVD - Contemporary Architecture Appreciation Course

We have been working this last days in AAGRAFA on eight conferences focused on architecture that took place in Circulo de Bellas Artes in Madrid from October 24th to December 19th. 

Contemporary architecture appreciation course
Directed by Anton Capitel

Catedrático de Historia de la Arquiectura.Istituto Universitario di Architectura di Venezia
Frank Lloyd Wright e il Guggenheim Museum 
October 24, 2005 / 127 min / Deposit Number [V-634]

Arquitecto y Catedrático de Composición Arquitectónica de la Universidad de Valladolid
Nueva consistencia: Estrategias formales en la arquitectura de la última década del siglo XX
November 2, 2005/ 126min / Deposit Number [V-635]

Ciudad sin modelos arquitectónicos
November 10, 2005 / 69 min / Deposit Number [V-636]

Historian, critic, writer, painter, photographer 
Disjuntion and Continuity: Contemporary Spanish Architecture
November 16, 2005 / 120 min & 44 min / Deposit Number [V-637] part 1, [V-638] part 2

Profesor Historia del Arte en la Escuela de Arquitectura de Barcelona
El otro lado (Mies, Le Corbusier, Loos)
November 23, 2005 / 70 min / Deposit Number [V-639] 

Josep Lluis Sert Professor of Architecture
Otra Modernidad
November 30, 2005 / 105 min / Deposit Number [V-640]

Catedrático de la Escuela de Arquitectura de Madrid
La resonancia del lugar (Arquitectura contemporánea y contexto)
December 14, 2005 / 126 min / Deposit Number [V-641]

Contexto o sin él 
December 19, 2005 / 86 min / Deposit Number [V-642]

Available now in ETSAM library. Enjoy them all!

Here the other 9 covers: