4/17/2012

Today's video: Eco-Commune and Transcendent City by Richard Hardy-We Are Om

Two videos by a British film director Richard Hardy that I just discovered on twitter via Urbain trop Urbain, a French urban think lab: The Eco-Commune and The Transcendent City.
These two films are filmed and produced by Bartlett School of Architecture graduate Richard Hardy, now Art director and illustrator at We Are Om.
The first video is The Eco-Commune. Richard Hardy wrote on this film:
A short film [that] explor[es] a dystopian vision of London in the near future. The economic meltdown of 2009 has left the financial district abandoned, allowing space for nature to reclaim its iconic structures, and a new community of scavengers to settle within its midst.
Some images:
Eco-Commune, 2011 © Richard Hardy
Eco-Commune, 2011 © Richard Hardy
Eco-Commune, 2011 © Richard Hardy
Eco-Commune, 2011 © Richard Hardy
Eco-Commune, 2011 © Richard Hardy
Eco-Commune, 2011 © Richard Hardy
Eco-Commune, 2011 © Richard Hardy

The second film The Transcendent City has already been presented by Dezeen. For those who haven't read the article yet, click here.


THE ECO-COMMUNE from Richard Hardy on Vimeo.

In short, Richard Hardy depicts his film as follows:
[The Transcendent City explores] a future sustainable [developed] for a society that is currently not responding effectively to environmental dangers. "Transcendence" in this case referring to a point in time between our modern earth and the ultimate earth when artificial intelligence has reached or surpassed that of the human. The Transcendent city explores the concept of a technological singularity, where humans may have evolved to transcend our carbon based bodies forming a hybrid system with the artificial machine and in turn overcoming our biologically determined limitations.
Images below:
Axonometric of the Transcendent City, 2010 © Richard Hardy
Monitoring Device, 2010 © Richard Hardy
Chamber inside Nerve centre, 2011 © Richard Hardy
View towards Nerve centre, 2010 © Richard Hardy
Monitoring Device, 2010 © Richard Hardy
View towards wind generator, 2011 © Richard Hardy
Jungle of Monitoring devices, 2011 © Richard Hardy



THE TRANSCENDENT CITY from Richard Hardy on Vimeo.
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