CLOG : SCI-FI | Shanghai SCI-FI Skyline

CLOG 'SCI-FI' | Summer 2013
CLOG 'SCI-FI' | Summer 2013

With the end of 2013 fast approaching, we still wish to point at the SCI-FI issue of CLOG.
An architecture-related magazine, “CLOG explores, from multiple viewpoints and through a variety of means, a single subject particularly relevant to architecture now.” Selected by Gizmodo as one of the best books of 2013, this issue “susses out how pop culture’s wildest fantasies have wiggled their way into the real world—often by way of radical skyscrapers, unexpected material science, and urban planning.MovingCities contributed with a short text called Shanghai SCI-FI Skyline.

Already a few months ago, CLOG [while there, also check out their latest UNPUBLISHED issue] released it’s seventh issue SCI-FI, on the “two-way artistic influence between architecture and science fiction” – featuring more than 40 contributors:

In a reaction to the fast-paced, image intensive, and increasingly web-based world of design, CLOG seeks to bring together an array of ideas, projects and essays, relevant to current architectural discourse, in themed editions of their quarterly journal. The current edition broaches the topic of Sci-Fi, a genre which has long inspired, and over-lapped with the realms of architecture and design. Featuring a collection of succinct essays and interviews, this edition of CLOG critically examines the correlation between Sci-Fi and architecture, and what this influence may entail in the ever-developing terrain of both genres. […] Rod Serling, creator of the 1950s television series The Twilight Zone, defined science fiction as “the improbable made possible.” The same might be said for the practice of architecture. After all, architects by trade conceive of spaces, places, and worlds that do not (yet) exist.

This is how the Shanghai 上海 skyline changes:

Shanghai Skyline Series | January 17, 2012 [click for more]
Shanghai Skyline Series | January 17, 2012 [click for more]

Shanghai Skyline Series | November 13, 2013
Shanghai Skyline Series | November 13, 2013

Extract from MovingCities’ Shanghai SCI-FI Skyline:

We live in the future, in a city that has been described as a scene out of Blade Runner. We live in a world that was featured in Skyfall, Looper, and Mission: Impossible IV—Ghost Protocol. We saw Ethan Hunt running down the facade of the Jinmao Tower. We understood that the James Bond scenes were not filmed in Shanghai but that the entrance to London’s Broadgate Tower was lit up to look like a Shanghai office building. If you can’t film the future, fake it. […] It seems we are unable to think about Shanghai without its skyline. To us, this is the face of a possible future: a front facade for an epic Chinese urban edifice. It doesn’t matter if it is empty or abandoned, as long as its lights are sparkling in the night.




Shanghai Skyline Series | November-December 2013
Shanghai Skyline Series | November-December 2013

CLOG 'SCI-FI' | Summer 2013
CLOG 'SCI-FI' | Summer 2013

About the SCI-FI issue of CLOG [check also hyperallergic.com]:

The seventh issue of CLOG, an architectural publication that examines single ideas from multiple viewpoints in each edition, has over 40 architects and other writers contributing short, page-long essays on science fiction and architecture, with everything from an overly detailed chronology of the final sequence of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey — where Dr. Dave Bowman finds himself in a curiously empty classical architecture room and with each shift of his gaze transports himself around the white walled-space until he reaches his higher plane as a space baby — to a studious musing on whether Rem Koolhaas ever read The Metabarons as inspiration for his own starships. It’s all contained within a handsomely simple black cover dotted with gold suggestions of stars and a cryptic hologram sticker in the center.

CLOG 'SCI-FI'
CLOG 'SCI-FI'

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CLOG #7: SCI-FI
English, 2013
160 Pages
Hologram Sticker Full Color Printing
96 Illustrations
Softcover, 5.5 x 8.5 in.
ISBN 978-0-983-8204-6-8

CLOG #7: SCI-FI, with contributions by 3.4 Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (Jürgen van der Donckt), After Architecture (Katie MacDonald and Kyle Schumann), Jared Banks, Katy Barkan, Sean Burkholder, Conner Callahan and Shana OppermanRyan Church, Matthew Clarke, Archie Lee Coates IV, Nathaniel ColemanEric De Broche Des Combes, Greg Cook, Mark Dermul, Kyle Dugdale, Jeffrey FranklinPedro Gadanho, Scott Geiger, Ricardo Gonçalves, Reinier de Graaf, Alpna Gupta, Patrick J. Gyger, Dalia Hamati, Sara HayatBrian Horrigan, Julia van den Hout, Kellen Qiaolun Huang, Justin Hui, Interiors, Andy C. Jenkins, Matthew Johnson, Damjan Jovanovic, Klaus, Joseph Kosinski, Simon Kristak, Jimenez Lai, Stephanie Lee, Sally L. Levine and Daniel I. Vieyra, Thomas Lozada, Alan LuceyLuis Miguel (Koldo) Lus Arana, Casey Mack, John Marciante, Kyle May, Ian McAlpinCraig William McCormack, Kimberly McGuire, Matthew MessnerMovingCities, Thomas Mical, Leo Mulvehill, Dan NewmanMatt NovakRoberto OteroLuke Pearson, Cyrus PenarroyoEmmanuel Petit, Enrique Ramirez, Jacob Reidel, Doctor Laser (Jason Sapan), Fred Scharmen, Kyle Schumann, Neal Shasore, Dominik Sigg, SOFTlab, Rachel Meade SmithJason Vigneri-Beane, William Watson, Nathaniel Robert WalkerLiam Young.

 “SCI-FI” pictures by CLOG, others by MovingCities

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