Tokyo Metropolis Architectural Illustrations by Alexander Daxbock

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Tokyo Metropolis

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Architectural Illustrations

INSPIRATION:
The Manga, composed of the two kanji (man) meaning "whimsical or impromptu" and (ga) meaning "pictures, is a local japanese manifestation (even inspired and derived from western media culture) of a globalized mediascape for the mass circulation of images primarily via printed media like comic books, magazines and newspapers but also now via new media like internet, video games and mobile phones - fun and entertaining to read, rooted in the daily life of millions of japanese people.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
This is an attempt and research to use the common graphical and visual language of a manga/comic as representation and communication tool for architectural designs. Looking for a different way to promote and present architectural l content besides known rendering and visualization techniques.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Could be one method to transport and represent architectural projects and implementations on a more common, non professional level and create at the same time an awareness for urban developments, cityscapes and activities that can take place there.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The first acutal drawn start for the project started already in 2015 in Vienna after a research exchange, done at the University of Arts in Tokyo. Until today the project is still ongoing and constantly improving and expanding in number of images or usage of media. From time to time new elements are being added or even removed. Mirrowing actually existing scenarios of cities and environments, objects or elements are being added, are replacing existing ones or will be permanently removed. Images and drawings that really have to be maintained and are in a constant flux or development or change.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Graphics and Visual Communication Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The images were only created on a digital level with the help of common illustration tools or programs. There was no 3d-model involved where I could extract lines or silhouettes from and no rendering engine or filter to generate a manga like look. Even using already digital tools, I implemented hand drawing methods e.g did I want to create darker areas or shadows, I was drawing lines above lines or put one pattern, one hatch above the other. So quite similar to hand drawings, when you want to create darker areas you keep on drawing on the same spot over and over or change direction of the strokes.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Size Drawings: 42 x 82cm / Size Frame: 50 x 100cm (Special Edition) Size Drawings: 40 x 60cm / Size Frame: 50 x 70cm (Standard Poster Size)

TAGS:
Manga, Atmosphere, Tokyo, Architecture, Comic, Representation, Cityscape, Urban, City, Daily Life

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
I like to see the drawing as communication tool and transmitter of atmosphere, emotion, time, space and information. Any spatial exploration is an act of architecture and so is the act of drawing. As we draw we form space and relations, the drawing becomes an evidence of a minds creative process and in terms of spatial investigation and becomes as valid and important as the built work. Driven Not to create something outstanding or unique but more something peculiar, something curious, like the german translation etwas eigenes, eigenartiges, the way i personally experienced Japan.

CHALLENGE:
Actually I spent an endless amount of time on one image. Because at the same time it was a trial and error principle, I was following, never done such a type/style of drawings with this 'architectural undertone'. During drawing one image I had ideas already for another one and started next to it with the other image, so they were mostly drawn next to each other...also one process that extended the completion because one day one images was more into my focus than the other ones.

ADDED DATE:
2018-02-16 22:16:20

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IMAGE CREDITS:
Alexander Daxbock, 2017.

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Alexander Daxböck

PROFILE:
Besides his interest on emergent forms of urban planning and urban development, he particularly focuses on the value and importance of architectural drawings, illustrations and stills as communication tool and transmitter of information, time, emotion or atmosphere. Trying to blur and combine certain limits and elements between architecture, graphics, comics and fiction. Drawings experienced and understood as playful sites and topographies, open for speculations, experiments and ideas besides describing only geometrical or a organizational quality characteristics of a particular project. The result, images handling different scales driven by diverse inspirations, detailed and vague at the same time. Occasionally being more relational or abstract than architectural, spatial or figurative, presented and positioned between a technical draft and an artistic expression and always relying on the observer for explanation. Being more interested in following the idea to keep things in play, to maintain an uncertainty, to share enthusiasm and joy than driven by the need to produce unique or in a certain way 'completed' drawings or illustrations.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Tokyo Metropolis Architectural Illustrations by Alexander Daxbock is a Nominee in Graphics and Visual Communication Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Tokyo Metropolis Architectural Illustrations by Alexander Daxbock is Winner in Graphics and Visual Communication Design Category, 2017 - 2018.



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