Wednesday, February 27, 2008

BOOK - Architecture and McDonalds

Today I ordered thee nice book to amazon, The first two are related to architecture and the third one, what the heck, is also an architecture book. Eames Hoese is the one building American that architects and designers Charles and Ray Eames did. It's their own house. This small book captures the planes and fotoghaps as well as the story behind the building. The other Book Le Corbusier: Moments in the Life of a Great Architect is a aweso compilation of photoghaps and text from LeCorbusiers most know buildings,Magnum photoghaper René Burri makes an amazing work showing us the hiden part of the architecture that never appears in now a days magazines. Deteriorated buildings used by the people. People living in the buildings. An the last book is Ray Crock's biography of how he met the McDonalds Brothers and founded, well, guess. McDonalds. A worldchanging company one of the first if not the first that started the globalization of the globe. I will have some days of nice reading when they arrive.

Eames House: Charles and Ray Eames (Architecture in Detail)
by James Steele 
Phaidon Press  / 60 pages /  English
ISBN-10: 0714842125
ISBN-13: 978-0714842127
Le Corbusier: Moments in the Life (German and English Edition)
by Arthur Rüegg (Editor), René Burri (Photographer)
Birkhäuser Architecture / 181 pages / German, English
Publishing date: 1995.06.27
ISBN-10: 3764359994
ISBN-13: 978-3764359997

by Ray Kroc
St. Martin's Paperbacks / 218 pages / English
Publishing date:1992.04.15
ISBN-10: 0312929870
ISBN-13: 978-0312929879

Friday, February 15, 2008

ETSAM Library logo contest

The Library of  ETSAM architecture school where I actually work was looking for a logo. So they prepared a competition in which I have submitted this. It wasn't good enough so they gave me the 2nd price and the big thick book I am holding in the photo. The book was not so interesting but luckily I was able to change it in the ETSAM bookshop so I finally pick up an A+U monograph about Cecil Balmond, a Monograph about Konstantin Melnikov and some other books. 

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Logitech Z-5500

Today I bought this magnificent Sound System, I hope to have some money soon to buy a proyector and start enjoying movies in big size. They cost about 300€

Saturday, February 02, 2008

AKIRA DVD Special Edition

I just received a superb edition of AKIRA on DVD, the 1989 anime film directed by Katsuhiro Otomo and based on the manga published by Kodansha in Young Magazine written and drawn by Otomo. This japanese gorgeous edition box includes in its thick cardboard box, the film with english and japanese audio tracks and english subtitles, a second disc with plenty of bonus material and a 800 pages book with the complete storyboard of the film drawn by the director himself.

Here some videos I found on YouTube that are included in the second disc and explain the processes called Quick Action Recording, a technic used during production to check the animation. It's a four part video, check it out! ( It's not available anymore on YouTube, I have uploaded the first part here, the rest are available on the DVD)

Check out subtitles and translation. Even they are not as accurate as we all wish, it's nice to have them because the second disc doesn't include any subtitles at all. (No YouTube, no automatic subtitles)

This edition is out of stock but you can always check out the amazon marketplace

Friday, February 01, 2008

DVD - Rafael Moneo 1995 lectures

Those are probably the DVD covers I am proudest of, above all the ones I did all this years in AAGRAFA. This time we had to digitalize a bunch of old VHS tapes containing lectures given by Rafael Moneo at the III Biennial of Spanish Architecture in Círculo de Bellas Artes on 1995. Each of the lectures focused on a architect so I decided it would be cool to meld Moneo's face with each of the architects he was speaking about. If you really like architecture theoretic, all six are a are a must see. Believe me, they are really, really interesting. Available now on ETSAM libary

III. Bienal  de Arquitectura española
Ciclo de conferencias en el círculo de Bellas artes
Principios diversos en seis arquitectos contemporaneos

Rafael Moneo: James stirling
1995-XI-14 / 110 min / Deposit number [V-808]

Rafael Moneo: Aldo Rossi
1995-XI-15 / 95 min / Deposit number [V-809]

Rafael Moneo: Peter Eisenman
1995-XI-16 / 118 min / Deposit number [V-810]

Rafael Moneo: Alvaro Siza
1995-XI-21/ 112 min / Deposit number [V-811]

Rafael Moneo: Frank Gehry
1995-XI-22 / 118 min / Deposit number [V-812]

Rafael Moneo: Rem Koolhass
1995-XI-23 / 121 min / Deposit number [V-813]

via: AA&NN