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We have recently read, with considerable amazement, a report from Curbed NOLA about what is most likely the last Hypothetical Development Organization sign that still exists “in the wild.”

Back in 2010/2011, when the project first appeared around the city, many of the signs were stolen or otherwise removed almost immediately. Others stuck around for a few months, a year.

Honestly by now we’d assumed they were all gone, to whatever destinies await such curious objects.

But, no. 

In an August 28, 2014 post, Curbed shared these pictures of the site near Urquhart St & Music St. that inspired Karmalot: “A retail karma market: The place to take the good karma others give you and sell it secondhand, or trade your spare karma for cold, hard cash. This building could be the first location of a nationwide chain with broad appeal. Kash 4 Karma, y’all” 

I couldn’t be happier to note that someone appears to have tagged the sign — “We Got It.” What does that mean? I don’t know!

Worthy of note: This particular manifestation of HDO was a collaboration with a super-backer who bought “naming rights” to one of our developments. That backer was SVA’s Masters In Branding program, founded and overseen by the delightful Debbie Millman. We worked with students from the class of 2011, who devised a thoughtful, engaging brand identity for our absurd Karmalot idea — informing the rendering ultimately executed by Mauricio Espinosa.

Also worthy of note: The primary motivation for our Kickstarter campaign was to raise money to cover the cost of hiring a printer to make professional-grade signs. And we must say, looking at how well this one has held up, OPA Signs did a great job. Worth every penny — or rather, worth every bit of time and effort it took to wring those pennies out of all you backers through Kickstarter.

Thanks again.

HDO

Via Signage Depicting Imaginary Building Uses In New Orleans by Hypothetical Development Organization » Hypo D STILL In the Wild (Incredibly!) — Kickstarter

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One winning entry in an architecture competition to reimagine the Astrodome proposes a Houston Ark.
The designers behind the entry, HiWorks with Erica Goranson, write an amusing story to go along with the images from a post-apocolyptic perspective 150 years in the future:
“In 2046, when storm waters from the relatively weak Tropical Storm Rick breached the trillion-dollar [Ike Memorial Dike] and surged up the Ship Channel, Houston knew it had only a few years left to prepare … It was not a dramatic surge of a storm that moved the Houston Ark off its moorings. Instead it was the slow and incremental rise of the Gulf.” Eventually the ark floats across what was the state of Florida.

 (via Will the Sea Swallow Houston? | OffCite Blog)

One winning entry in an architecture competition to reimagine the Astrodome proposes a Houston Ark.

The designers behind the entry, HiWorks with Erica Goranson, write an amusing story to go along with the images from a post-apocolyptic perspective 150 years in the future:

“In 2046, when storm waters from the relatively weak Tropical Storm Rick breached the trillion-dollar [Ike Memorial Dike] and surged up the Ship Channel, Houston knew it had only a few years left to prepare … It was not a dramatic surge of a storm that moved the Houston Ark off its moorings. Instead it was the slow and incremental rise of the Gulf.” Eventually the ark floats across what was the state of Florida.

 (via Will the Sea Swallow Houston? | OffCite Blog)

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JAMES BRIDLE Continuous Monument: Manhattan, 2014archival pigment print and interactive digital fileBeginning in 1969, Superstudio, an Italian design and architecture collective, published a series of theoretical drawings called The Continuous Monument – a structure they envisioned as a single piece of architecture that would span the entire world, unifying continents and cultures. Although Superstudio conceived of this series as a physical entity, its closest expression today is found in our digital infrastructure, which is vast, global, and yet almost entirely invisible. As a tribute to their vision, James Bridle recreates The Continuous Monument inside Google Earth, allowing the viewer to explore and virtually inhabit these fantastic spaces. 

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JAMES BRIDLE Continuous Monument: Manhattan, 2014
archival pigment print and interactive digital file

Beginning in 1969, Superstudio, an Italian design and architecture collective, published a series of theoretical drawings called The Continuous Monument – a structure they envisioned as a single piece of architecture that would span the entire world, unifying continents and cultures. Although Superstudio conceived of this series as a physical entity, its closest expression today is found in our digital infrastructure, which is vast, global, and yet almost entirely invisible. As a tribute to their vision, James Bridle recreates The Continuous Monument inside Google Earth, allowing the viewer to explore and virtually inhabit these fantastic spaces. 


Register to BID IN PADDLES ON! in London on July 3rd →
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Con/struct: The Fictional Urban Architecture of Justin Plunkett | Colossal
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Hive-Inn, A High-Rise Shipping Container Hotel Concept
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Danse Macabre - Time lapse (by Benjamin Sack)

Benjamin Sack’s incredible cityscapes are drawn with extraordinarly complex detail and filled with myriads of miniature and sometimes recognizable buildings. In his most recent solo exhibition at Ghost Print Gallery, Sack’s works loosely corresponded to the four movements of Beethoven’s “Eroica” symphony. “The overarching theme of this ‘symphony,’ Sack says, “is the hero’s journey (viz the viewer’s) into drawings detailed, complex and rich in metaphor; a sort of modern, existentialist epic.”

(Source: juxtapoz.com)

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Online architecture organization Blank Space recently released renderings from its fairytale competition, wherein they asked architects to write a story and design the fantastic structures of its world.

(via Here’s What Happens When Architects Write Fairy Tales - Once Upon a Rendering - Curbed National)

Online architecture organization Blank Space recently released renderings from its fairytale competition, wherein they asked architects to write a story and design the fantastic structures of its world.

(via Here’s What Happens When Architects Write Fairy Tales - Once Upon a Rendering - Curbed National)

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(via 38 Architectural Renderings You Won’t Believe Are Fake)
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What It Might Look Like If New York City Hosted the Winter Olympics