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?


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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
· Contributors: BanG studio, Ernest Morgan, Will McMullam, Feliks Bochenek, Charles Lee, Jose Edgar Rodriguez Pacheco, Marlenn Siaca, Helene Crusson Ripoche, P.M. Gaynor, Eric Karasek, Cooper Jones, Maureen McGee, Nicole Carlson, Michelle Elbers, Katherine Wiley, Chantale Martin, Travis Tabak, Double D’s, Jonathan M Essary, Kyle Kiser, Yoshihara Hisao, David Hanrahan, Donghyun Kim, Anne Gerharz, Igor Goldstein, Ida Tam, Casey Tucker, Nathan Huette, Juan C. Garduño, Nejc Florjanc, Jareb Parker, Tommi Salmi and Jason Fedors


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!







Floramorphism: Bloominating Inorganic Objects by BanG studio – Babak Bryan & Henry Grosman 


My Green Manhattan by Ernest Morgan 


A Green Sweep by Will McMullam 


Tower of Babel by Feliks Bochenek 


The Lawnjuicer by Charles Lee 


Jose Edgar Rodriguez Pacheco and Marlenn Siaca 


Real Green by Helene Crusson Ripoche 


Space Settlements © NASA Ames Research Center 


In Case of LEED Break Glass by P.M. Gaynor 


The Green Roof Trope by Eric Karasek 


The Interspecies Peep Show by Cooper Jones, Maureen McGee and Nicole Carlson 


Sustainable Urban Ready Wear by Michelle Elbers and Katherine Wiley 


Cactushead Bianca Jagger 


Weather G.O.D. (Global Omni-Climate) Device by Chantale Martin and Travis Tabak 


Welcome to Ad Country by Double D’s 


Kiti Sushi 


Sycophant City by Jonathan M Essary and Kyle Kiser 


Calculating Plant Occupancy Loads by Yoshihara Hisao for Reality Cues 


Image by Double D’s 


Genetically Greening the Garden by David Hanrahan 


High Grid/High Plane by Donghyun Kim 


High Grid/High Plane by Donghyun Kim 


Weather Bubble by Chantale Martin and Travis Tabak 


The Dream of Self-Sufficiency by Anne Gerharz and Igor Goldstein 


If Robert Moses had his way in 1941… by Ida Tam 


Green_POD by Casey Tucker and Nathan Huette 


 


Tree House by Juan C. Garduño 


Eco- World by Nejc Florjanc 


Re-Production by Jose Edgar Rodriguez Pacheco and Marlenn Siaca 


Artificial Environments by Jareb Parker, Tommi Salmi and Jason Fedors 


Image by Charles Lee 


Sin City {DESSIN} by Double D's 


Woo’d® by Will McCullam