The Eco-Porn Competition

Tropes: The Eco-Porn Issue is the first in a series of manuals that will investigate tropes in architectural representation. Through open competitions and invited submissions, Reality Cues presses architects to explore the techniques and conventions upon which architects rely to communicate ideas concerning space, form and use, with a special concentration on the visualization of contemporary social values systems. Reality Cues hopes to amass a collection of exemplary tropes, analyze their value, and re-disseminate them to be exploited smartly and with precision.
One of the foremost responsibilities of architects today is to address the issue of sustainability. For some, this expectation has inspired the design of ingenious biological and renewable energy systems; for others, it has created pressure to make architecture that merely looks sustainable, aka “eco-porn.” Both categories use the same representational tropes to proclaim a message of greenness and social responsibility, allowing the use of eco-porn to proliferate unchecked. What is it about these tropes that allow us to trick others and ourselves into believing that what looks sustainable is sustainable? Is there value in delusion?

Tropes: The Eco-Porn Issue – 25$ (+ shipping) Click here to order!!!
The Eco-Porn issue includes:
· Interviews with Antonio Torres of Bittertang, Beatriz Ramo of STAR, and Ulf Mejergren & Anders Berensson of visiondivision
· Essays by Sammy Medina, Darien Montañez and Archistophanes
· Special features by GraffitiLab and new work by Reality Cues
Your issue of Tropes: Eco-Porn will be a unique, handmade book. Each issue is printed and bound on-demand by Publication Studio and comes complete with a born-on date. On-demand printing means no material waste! Yay environment!
Part magazine, part user manual, part reference book, each issue is a compendium of vividly rendered ideas for architects to indulge in and learn from. Have a look and order your copy today!
Below are the Honorable Mentions from our Eco-Porn Competition, just a taste of the architectural wonders you will see in your issue of TROPES!
30_sustainablearchitecturebang.jpgFloramorphism: Bloominating Inorganic Objects by BanG studio – Babak Bryan & Henry Grosman
30_lake-como-grid.jpgMy Green Manhattan by Ernest Morgan
30_sustainablearchitecturewm02A Green Sweep by Will McMullam 30_the-tower-of-babel.jpgTower of Babel by Feliks Bochenek 30_sustainablearchitecturecll01The Lawnjuicer by Charles Lee PrintJose Edgar Rodriguez Pacheco and Marlenn Siaca
30_sustainablearchitecturehcr01Real Green by Helene Crusson Ripoche
30_toruscutawayac75-1086-15725Space Settlements © NASA Ames Research Center
30_in-case-of-leed-leafIn Case of LEED Break Glass by P.M. Gaynor
30_sustainablearchitectureecThe Green Roof Trope by Eric Karasek
30_sustainablearchitecturechj01The Interspecies Peep Show by Cooper Jones, Maureen McGee and Nicole Carlson
30_sustainablearchitecturemekwSustainable Urban Ready Wear by Michelle Elbers and Katherine Wiley
30_bianca-500x558Cactushead Bianca Jagger
30_sustainablearchitecturecmtt01Weather G.O.D. (Global Omni-Climate) Device by Chantale Martin and Travis Tabak
30_sustainablearchitecturedd01Welcome to Ad Country by Double D’s
30_tumblrmmjio0qyrk1qc312mo1500Kiti Sushi
30_sustainablearchitectureje01Sycophant City by Jonathan M Essary and Kyle Kiser
30_ferrari-ishigami-finalCalculating Plant Occupancy Loads by Yoshihara Hisao for Reality Cues
30_sustainablearchitectureddbonusImage by Double D’s
30_sustainablearchitecturedrh01Genetically Greening the Garden by David Hanrahan
30_sustainablearchitecturedhk01High Grid/High Plane by Donghyun Kim
30_sustainablearchitecturedhk02High Grid/High Plane by Donghyun Kim
30_sustainablearchitecturecmtt02Weather Bubble by Chantale Martin and Travis Tabak
30_sustainablearchitectureagig01The Dream of Self-Sufficiency by Anne Gerharz and Igor Goldstein
30_sustainablearchitectureitIf Robert Moses had his way in 1941… by Ida Tam
30_sustainablearchitecturectnhgpodGreen_POD by Casey Tucker and Nathan Huette
30_redwood-loggers349600x450
 section_treehouse [Converted]Tree House by Juan C. Garduño
4.1.1Eco- World by Nejc Florjanc
30_sustainablearchitecturejerpmsc01Re-Production by Jose Edgar Rodriguez Pacheco and Marlenn Siaca
30_sustainablearchitecturejdptsjfArtificial Environments by Jareb Parker, Tommi Salmi and Jason Fedors
30_sustainablearchitecturecllbonusImage by Charles Lee
30_sustainablearchitecturedd02Sin City {DESSIN} by Double D’s
30_sustainablearchitecturewm03Woo’d® by Will McCullam