Wednesday, 23 July 2014

'The Other Woman' Film Review

Carly (Cameron Diaz) discovers that her boyfriend Mark (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) has a wife when she shows up at his house to surprise him. Just as she is about to forget about the whole thing, Mark's wife Kate (Leslie Mann) show up at her office and the two begin a very unlikely friendship.

Slow starting, a third of the movie chronicles the beginning of Carly and Kate's friendship, and isn't until when they start plotting their revenge that the movie picks up pace. With a predictable ending, the thrill is getting to that point, but 'The Other Woman' fails to induce laughs in a natural way. Scenarios are forced and some of the jokes are cringe-worthy. 

Monday, 21 July 2014

'The Imitation Game' Film Trailer Preview

The first trailer to 'The Imitation Game', based on a true story of Alan Turing, who cracked the German Enigma Code during WWII has been released.

Co-starring Keira Knightley and Mark Strong, the movie looks to be dramatic and quite intense. With a good cast, this could be getting some award attention! 

The film will be released in November. Check out the trailer below:

Saturday, 19 July 2014

'Laggies' Film Trailer Preview

The first trailer for the upcoming comedy starring Keira Knightley, Chloe Moretz and Sam Rockwell has arrived.

'Laggies' tells the tale of a woman (Knightley) who is stuck in adolescence and hides out with her new found teen friend (Moretz) when she is proposed to, and is forced to grow up before long.

The film is released in October. Check out the trailer below: 

Saturday, 12 July 2014

'Wild' Film Trailer Preview

From the director of Dallas Buyers Club comes another Oscar Bait Film, called 'Wild'.

Starring Reese Witherspoon, 'Wild' is a 'chronicle of one woman's 1,100-mile solo hike undertaken as a way to recover from a recent catastrophe.' The trailer seems quite intense and will no doubt gain Witherspoon some traction for another best actress Oscar, as will 'The Good Lie'.

The film will be released in September. Check out the trailer below:

Friday, 11 July 2014

Year 3 Project 3: Plastic Design Guild

Site: Skegness

Increasing beach litter is threatening the health and safety of beaches for humans and wildlife. The greatest amount of rubbish found are plastics, almost all of which are recyclable, but only 24% are currently being recycled.

With advancing technologies, waste materials such as plastic bottles, discarded fishing nets and plastic particles can be transformed back into useful materials such as polyester and nylon to be used in the fashion, textiles and manufacturing industry.

The programme features a regeneration process that will see the cycle of plastic bottles being transformed into a garment through the depolymerisation and repolymerisation process into useful threads subsequently used within the design studios.

The scheme aims to tackle the huge issue of coastal waste whilst injecting inspiration and culture to the area through fashion shows and exhibitions. The economic benefits from the programme will also reinforce aspiration by providing skilled to semi-skilled employment throughout the year.

Products that are worn out or broken can be returned to be recycled and re-enters the production process to form new products.

The architecture will be inspired structurally by tensile systems and fabric architecture, expressed through a dynamic roof design that interweaves public and private space.

Year 3 Project 2: Seafront Recycling Hub

Site: Skegness

My intervention is a direct response to the observed litter problem in Skegness, which features Blue Flag Award winning beaches for cleanliness.

The Seafront Recycling Hub aims to provide a centre for beach cleaning activities to be organised and executed, as well as an inviting and functional place for volunteers. The storage of recyclable goods will be the focus of the design, in creating an element of display that will raise awareness.

The project takes a materials based approach to design. From the initial developmental models, the use of concrete to house the rubbish was desirable due to its structural strength and sculptural quality.

Exploration into concrete surface textures and how rubbish might be incorporated into its designed use was carried out, with a particular interest in translucent concrete. Using this material allows the contents of the vessels to be revealed as it fills up.

The functional zone of the building takes the form of an alternate volume, comprising of a different materiality- steel frame and poly-carbonate panels. The lightness and translucency of the structure creates the feeling of it being embedded within the concrete vessels. 

Year 3 Project 1: Multiview

Site: Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire

Coastal erosion, climate change and long shore drift exacerbate the conditions and increase flood risk. The human response to introduce flood defences all along the coast line are necessary  in order to protect the 75,000 properties at risk.

Unfortunately, the hard engineering and raised structures form a visual and physical barrier between the coastal towns and the seashore. The picturesque seascape is hidden and inaccessible.

My response to the site conditions is an exploration of the permeability of the sea wall, making improvements to the visual and physical access to the sea. As the only walking route in Lincolnshire is 'The Viking Way', my intervention manifests itself as a new walking route called 'The Great Lincolnshire Expedition', which seeks to create an experience for tourists and locals like throughout the year.

A prototype of a structure to be placed at Cleethorpes acts as a renewal of the promenade, providing gentle access across the sea wall. Influenced by groynes which run perpendicular to the sea wall, the structures will be made of timber. 

A development of this prototype will explore responsive systems and reactive technologies in order for the structure to adapt to climatic conditions such as tide levels, wind direction and solar power. 

Overall, the defined route is not prescriptive and gives users the opportunity to create their own routes from personal experience and preference.

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