Her; a film about a man who falls in love with a computer. As it turns out though, Her, Spike Jonze's new film, set in the near future in LA, leaves you with less of an impact from this complicated love story and more with a warm fuzziness about the prospect of city living in the future.
Interestingly, Jonze's future is pretty much defined by the sunshine. Every scene is bathed in shifting glows and warm orange tones which play about largely because of the architecture in place. I liked how the notion that modern technology and design, which can often be condemned as insular, sterile and impersonal was suddenly turned on its head by this fact. Suddenly, the closed off office was open, bright and warm, through the use of glass panes and rose coloured partitions and everything looked liked it had been bathed in honey.The skyscraper, the figurehead of modern detachment, was suddenly a beautiful light retreat, and importantly social too, and the commute to work was always interjected with massive open sky, rather than the dark grumble of traffic or the tube.
Developed by a Nairobi architectural practice, the United NationsEnvironment Programme (UNEP) and a Kenyan non-governmental organization, the community cooker solves sanitation issues in the informal settlements of Kenya by encouraging locals to gather rubbish to then burn for cooking and baking. via
"While walking to their urban destination, people will feel as if they are sometimes walking in the nature... the city skyline that used to be controlled by technology and power is now back to the artistic mood of faraway-so-close that our ancients have perceived in the nature."
MAD Architects 2017 Masterplan for Nanjing,China,based on Yansong's Shan-Shui City concept; an urban strategy based on a style of Chinese landscape painting and named after the Chinese words for mountains and water.