1. air in proper conditioning

    September 15, 2012 by hot tuNa

    Lina Bo Bardi – Service entry and HVAC equipment of the SESC, São Paulo 1982. Scan from here.


  2. soft as stone and smart as orange

    September 2, 2012 by hot tuNa

    “A work of art that represents nothing is a work of art that contains everything. There is not just one «meaning» but there are a hundred thousand stimuli depending on the moment.”

    …our dear Bruno Munari talking about Kan Yasuda’s scultures in 1991…


    I was just in front of them last week a night in Naoshima island in Japan and did’t see them in the darkness….


  3. fffound: let’s rock

    July 2, 2012 by hot tuNa

    Wow, for all you hyper post- shit lovers here is an incredible Fake Great Rock, located in Budapest Zoo….

    built around the beginning of XXth century and renewed a short while ago by Atelier Peter Kis (the interior of their latest wineries also really worth attention…)

    Piranesian or Pintoresque, for others it might just be… the systematic construction of a big mess….

    enjoy this wonderful original plan

  4. the culture of the aw-hard winning culture…

    May 20, 2012 by hot tuNa

    We could spend days, months or years arguing about the objectivity of the “Quality” of things.
    At the moment I’m reading “Zen and the art of repairing motorcycles”, which I highly recommend, and therefore I’m very much into the this stuff…
    Anyway, without being any rigorous about it, we might admit that a considerable amount of quality is self-evident, especially in design fields…
    In the anglosaxon world the culture of awards is very popular, perehaps, I guess, because of their struggle for objectivization of every aspect of professional life.
    But when it spread to Asia, melting with the hyper-pragmatic chinese mindset, it became obsession…everything can apply to an award, everybody can get awards for anything… the best students, best company, best designer, best post officer, best cab driver…wow…
    it is not rare to find brochures and websites showing horrible projects and populated by thousands of small logos proving the absolute “quality” of the shit shown around…
    At the annual gala dinner of the Siangapore Institute of Architects a couple of days ago, the presidents wonders why the government still searchs for famous foreign firms instead of local talents…meanwhile he distributes numerous awards to Singaporean firms, for Singaporean projects, by Singaporean jury…
    Any sign of unsecurity?

  5. the color of platinum

    April 20, 2012 by hot tuNa

    can platinum be green?
    can a rare metal it be a good label for the highest rate of “green mark”?

    If you are wondering what the green mark could be, you just have to think that, in Asia, anything to be considered true needs a certification…..better if with a score, a number, that makes you immediately aware of the supposed qualities of the thing in question…. easier, isn’t it?
    you don’t need to have any judgement criteria, you can even leave home common sense because someone took the disturb to judge for you and tell you what is good and bad…

    SUSTAINABILITY, the supreme marketable desire of the 2000 era, obviously has its own score…
    even though you might think that sustainability is a very holistic concept, they could easily break it down in totally unreleated categories, so that you can compensate you glass facade by recycling water for a couple of planters….and nature will thank…

    A couple of weeks ago in Singapore, less than 10km away from the equator, was inaugurated the new Ice rink, inserted in a mall in perfect local style…and obviously it got its green mark “platinum”…

    The complexity and sophistication of today’s world makes it impossible for everybody to know and understand technical reasons without specialistic knowledge, and that’s how it becomes easy to demonstrate how creating and melting ice inside of a mall in the tropics can help reduce its environmental impact…

    finally numbers have become more powerful than common sense, if some of it is still present around the world, especially in south east asia….

    Ok, I agree that the ice rink in singapore is an absurd concept, as if they recreated tropical beaches in a shopping centre in Canada…..

  6. made of plastic…it’s fantastic…

    September 8, 2011 by hot tuNa


    In south-east asia during the seventh lunar month Buddhist and Taoist people burn money and other goods to symbolically give them to the hungry ghosts of the ancestors, demonstrating their distance from materiality.
    But chinese are more clever than spirits and burn fake money as they won’t recognize the difference.
    A fake ritual is more than enough in a fake world,
    but in case you wanna dare having real feelings and burn real money for your spirits….
    in Singapore money is made of a kind of plastic which can’t flare up…
    always a step ahead in deleating the past

  7. the first (and probably last..) mammal to wear pants..

    September 6, 2011 by hot tuNa

    Do The Evolution — Pearl Jam

    I’m ahead, I’m a man
    I’m the first mammal to wear pants, yeah
    I’m at peace with my lust
    I can kill ’cause in God I trust, yeah
    It’s evolution, baby

    I’m at piece, I’m the man
    Buying stocks on the day of the crash
    On the loose, I’m a truck
    All the rolling hills, I’ll flatten ‘em out, yeah
    It’s herd behavior, uh huh
    It’s evolution, baby

    Admire me, admire my home
    Admire my son, he’s my clone
    Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
    This land is mine, this land is free
    I’ll do what I want but irresponsibly
    It’s evolution, baby

    I’m a thief, I’m a liar
    There’s my church, I sing in the choir:
    (hallelujah, hallelujah)

    Admire me, admire my home
    Admire my son, admire my clones
    ‘Cause we know, appetite for a nightly feast
    Those ignorant Indians got nothin’ on me
    Nothin’, why?
    Because… it’s evolution, baby!

    I am ahead, I am advanced
    I am the first mammal to make plans, yeah
    I crawled the earth, but now I’m higher
    2010, watch it go to fire
    It’s evolution, baby
    Do the evolution
    Come on, come on, come on

  8. milan, japan….gas stop and collective perversions

    September 2, 2011 by hot tuNa

    just a matter of crisis…oil price raises…stop to fill the tank…thirsty, take a coke, maybe some peanuts, maybe a porn dvd…?!?!? just a matter of crisis…when do young italian girls will start to sell their second hand lingerie for vending machines at gas stations? just a matter of crisis…are you talking about global abstract market finance or about collective moral?

  9. fffound:_route_to_kai_tak__HK

    August 16, 2011 by hot tuNa

    fffound interesting map of the route to land in the wierd former airport of Hong Kong in Kowoloon..

  10. construction_of_destruction

    August 15, 2011 by hot tuNa

    Babelego – “Construction of Destruction”

    “Piece created for Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy™. An installation made from lego depicting the destruction of earth. It took 4 weeks and several trips to the lego shop to construct destruction. Approximately 3000 color lego bricks and NO glue. Stands approximately 45 cm high. Very heavy, yet delicate.”

    from Mojoko
    ….cool HK/SG artists…lovers of pre-non-computerized tools and techniques…

    another weired stuff..

    please note how Dante looks doubtful at Capitan America, who strangely looks hopeful at a Chinese revolutionary solider..!?!?!?!

  11. raw_malaysia

    August 8, 2011 by hot tuNa

    It’s amazing how tropical countries with a supposed strong relation to vegetation and natural environment can immediately give up their roots in the name of capitalist wealth and the “supposed” modernist luxury it brings along…

    The everlasting connection with the former colonialist from Britain brought a decadent form of high-tech taste which generated strange eco-tropical-tech like Ken Yeang, who apparently has still a lot of success among developing countries developers. This means that he and his party of beams, bolts and creeper plants are contributing to this huge and amazing development of the tropics and their eco-tropicality….

    Very few pero are able to interpret a new way of doing local tropical buildings and one of them is Kuala Lumpur based Kevin Low (_website: small projects_), who I got to know through my American/Iranian/Malaysian mate Ahmed.
    I would say that it seems one of the least artificial examples I’ve ever seen of contemporary architecture. The abstraction of forms in this cases doesn’t create the hardness that often dehumanizes recent designs, through an amazingly powerful sensitivity in raw materiality these projects create really integrated and “natural” environments.

  12. lost_in_database

    July 30, 2011 by hot tuNa

    Unfortunately most of the suggestions making up my master thesis, which where feartured in this page have been lost in the ethereal ocean of the net. Please be careful if your domain and database have different expiry date and maybe are also registered with different contact emails…you may ignore all the reminders exacly in the two months when they advise of your cancellation…
    In fact you still have all your contents, like images and files, maybe texts are missing, but mostly you lose the structure.
    Scrolling my time machine I’ve found some sql backups, so there’s something old and a long blackout period, cracks in the matrix, litterally.

  13. architecture in the age of intelligent machines

    by hot tuNa

    republish after database crash…

  14. the inevitable pride of building a NEW HIGH_end future

    July 29, 2011 by hot tuNa

    the national day is getting closer, just ten days left…, and the city is being wallpapered with red and white textiles.

    on building sites everybody exposes proudly the pride of being Singaporean. Otherwise they could get a fine of 24 SG$………more than bringing a durian in the MRT, but definitely less than cycling through an underpass…

  15. Hong Kong dreamin’

    July 17, 2011 by hot tuNa

    Chungking express, 1995, Won Kar Wai
    Hong Kong, one of the most impressive places on earth…

    Check out also Cramberries’ “dream” in its Cantonese version by the same actress Faye Wong…

  16. south-eastern_discrepancies…

    July 14, 2011 by hot tuNa

    Yesterday night I had the unforseen oportunity to attend one of the very rare design community events in this quiet, quiet island…
    At night and day bar, which I assure is one of the very few cool places in Singapore, there was a kind of meet-up of young south-eastern asian architects/designers organized by Fivefootway blog…
    It was a kind of a Pecha Kucha Night in Singaporean style, everybody quietly listening to the speakers in religius silence.
    Less beer but with a cosy buffet of meatballs, pastries and jellies, where everybody was queing orderly drinking a cup of hot tea or coffee…at 8 pm!!

    In fact the speaks where really interesting, probably not for the content, the average level was a bit raw, but for what it explained about the Indonesian contemporary situation…between remote world and modern brutal growth….
    Remember that, according to BBC world extremes, Indonesia is leading the world ranking for entrepreneur possibilities in 2010 ( maybe you can also notice that Italy is in the last 5 positions of the world, which is a bit scary among 183 countries!)

    Some guys were involved in cooperation projects on remote islands close to Flores and Bali in the middle of Indonesia. They reached a village that was a “bit” out of the frequented routes: to get there from Bali, which is the most connected place around there, you just need 1hr of flight, 5 hr of ferry and 5hr of trekking..!?!?!
    In this remote paradise that fortunately resisted the devastating pressures of western modernization, the people lives in traditional huts which seemed to be really interesting: made of bamboo and feathers they had a huge roof just a little above the ground and basically the building has an open ground floor and a few floors inside the roof itself.
    The cooperation group wanted to help them to make new buildings and proposed also a couple made of brick to fight difficult weather conditions (which at the tropics “sometimes” might be a bit hard), but the people said they didn’t need more than a couple of huts and that’s what they realized together..

    Just a while later another designer, specialized in lighting, presented a collaboration with a Singaporean firm (eco:id) on a very peculiar project: a step ahead in ultra luxury condominiums, the first high-high-end high-rise residential with car elevators to park your Lamborghini just in front of your home, even if it’s at the 27th floor!

    Without commenting the tropical passion for Lamborghini, which in other parts of the world would hardly be defined “elegant”, we must say that in southeast asia designers might deal with very variable concepts of needs and desires…

  17. army evolution: from terracotta to bits…

    July 5, 2011 by hot tuNa

    How to fight the raising threat of free information through internet in China? which is certainly one of the most powerful means for a new bottom-up way of doing “democracy”?

    Recent riots in northern Africa and Middle East are thought to have started through facebook groups, and finished in government dismissal…the web seems to become, as in the 90s futurists best previsions (Ray Kurzweil should be freaking out..), a real mean of direct information and, therefore, change…

    But is all of this real? or is even bottom-up web information manipulated by the powers?

    China’s Empire has changed since the time of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor, whose army is reproduced in thousends of solider terracotta sculptures. Today the really effective army is the so-called “50cent army” …a huge amount of people who get 50c a day to participate to forums and blogs, to comment and post according to what the regime decides, to distort public opinion and manipulate the un-public debate of the web…

    army army army… Asia’s favourite theme…

    here a few suggestions by Korean artist Doh-Ho Suh..

  18. criminals

    November 15, 2010 by hot tuNa

    left postcard fffound long long time ago, somewhere around AA school in London…

  19. spamming__monkeys

    November 3, 2010 by hot tuNa

    Please take a look at Eduardo Rega’s interesting project From Spam to Maps about stochastic generation of fragments to inform personal maps; and participate creating your maps…

    I participated in the first number (which you can download in its webpage) with a post about the infinite monkey theorem.

    Click here to view it complete.

  20. “other” possible immaginary worlds

    July 20, 2010 by hot tuNa

    Belgian photographer Filip Dujardin presents a collection of interesting “immaginary” architectural views…At first sight they could seem quite strange or weired projects’ renders, but their high detail and their normal dirtness give us a teste of reality.
    in today’s bombing of images it’s very difficult to distinguish fiction from the real and dujardin manipulates it and jokes about “possible worlds” which builts resampling common environements…

    From MARK Magazine:
    Every montage, says Dujardin, is one project. It begins with an idea for a specific image. Often he starts off by building a model of the form he is trying to achieve – at first in cardboard, but he has recently discovered SketchUp. He then goes on a photo safari, often just around the corner, to find suitable buildings “with a lot of the same things,” so that they can be cut and pasted and serve as building material. In fact most of the fictional structures are buildings in Ghent, just resampled