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Out There: where Architecture meets Semiotics

What are the first things you think when I say “architecture”?
Heavy long-lasting buildings? Pyramids? Sparky skyscrapers? A thirty floor residence? The tour Eiffel?
If this is what we usually mean by “architecture”, maybe we need to change our beliefs.

As Semiotics tought me, the meaning of things is not simply an “object” (a “chair” is not only "the object that has the shape of a chair”, because a stone on the grass is actually a chair, if you sit on it!) but the consequences related to them (actions but also feelings).
In other terms, the meaning is what things REPRESENT.
Thats why the 11th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice is called “Out there: Architecture Beyond Building”.
Architecture is not just about “buildings” and “constructions” (=objects): we need to look beyond them.

Today the world is extremely dynamic, buildings cannot be something eternal anymore. What we create must be easy to develop, light, avaiable to be changed in order to our temporary needs.
Architecture is the way to create a world that

we feel like home
(Aaron Betsky)

but paradoxically, without building stable houses.
Its a way to communicate our time, our fears, our views.
Buildings dont represent this anymore.

Visual arts and performances, cinema, collage, illustrations, practices, immaginations, deconstructions, experiences, undefined shapes. Sperimentation, and not just an exposition of what already exists.

This is what I saw “Out there”.

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Inspiring Ads

They charge for your baggage and will no longer give free snacks thanks to the recent high fuel prices, but somehow they still come up with the most amazing TV commercials.

United Airlines uses different techniques and styles of illustrations accompanied by a pleasant piano to announce its services. Also Sea Orchestra, light bulb and the rose are definitelly worth your time.

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Harper's minimal realism

The Golden Book of Biology” came out around 1961 and it has some of the most amazing illustrations ever.


Charley Harper, the man behind the art, described his unique visual style as “minimal realism,” capturing the essence of his subjects with the fewest possible visual elements. Very inspiring!

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El Sr García

He is just another García, one of the five million people with the same surname. But he likes that, because, as the timid and sickly person he is, having a more remarkable name would make him feel oppressed.


Even with such common name, srgarcia still makes pretty unique collages.

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Only for nonsmokers

An absolutely amazing Flickr set of advertising images and posters from all over the world through history related with the tobacco industry by Lamarde. I am really enjoying it.


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Airport Security Follies

Don’t you just hate Airport Security? Particularly in certain countries, where their security procedures are so ridiculous they are even funny. This cartoon collection of Airport Security Follies has some really nice techniques and a great sense of humor.


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The Creature is born

Rising from concept to physical realization and lurking in the depths of imagination, Invisible Creature emerges. And its invisibility certainly knows how to handle design, illustration and direction.


Careful, its work may have two simple purposes: to feed your inspiration or to completely kill your creative ego.

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The Other Side

The idea behind the book “The Other Side” just fascinates me. Each page has a corresponding opposite, so we get to see the “two sides of the picture”. Here is a door, what’s on the other side?

Hungarian Istvan Banyai, artist and designer, uses his characteristic stylized illustrations to surprise us with the answer.

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Don't play with your food

Pen and the pixel made a series of plates inspired by scenes of the Harrow Ladies Luncheon Club from John Betjamen' s Metroland (1970).


They also reminded me some of those scary voices of my childhood.

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Rubens makes great illustrations. He has a pretty functional website too.


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Neat Repetition

Samantha Hahn has a very diverse and beautiful collection of patterns and textures.


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The Graphic Imperative

Social posters are one of my biggest passions. They communicate, exhort, persuade, instruct, celebrate or warn. Their graphic message has the power to open our eyes, to make us think and perhaps to change our mind.


The Graphic Imperative is a compilation of 121 international posters for peace, social justice and environment, created during 1965 - 2005. It is also an iconic exhibition that travels mostly all around USA.
Here you will find the itinerary and here the inspiring posters.

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The social posters of Joe Scorsone and Alice Drueding have appeared in many international publications and exhibitions. They also have received numerous awards around the world.


Get inspired by their work at sdposters. com

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Altered Engravings

Beautifully macabre prints by Dan Hillier, who is every week at The Sunday Upmarket (at the Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, East London), showing and selling his limited edition pieces.


You can also buy them online.

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Fortune-telling by ulani.de


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Some good advice from Mia Nolting. Check out her lovely drawings, diagrams and philosophies at her blog, or site.

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Andrey Gordeev's trip

Talented Russian illustrator Andrey Gordeev takes you "around the world for twelve months," but in a very original way; as if you were a local driving around town.


Clever idea and excellent execution!

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