01 August 2017

Desde el fondo: learning from de Botton

"Another technique artists have used to discover their own identities through an engagement with admired predecessors is that of combination: taking a number of different and well-known influences and combining them in ways that have never yet been tried. The style of Francis Bacon now appears obvious and complete, but the path to this achievement was based on a gradual blending, Bacon was deeply impressed by Vincent van Gogh, as his studies for a portrait of him attest."
Alain de Botton and John Armstrong "Art as Therapy" Page 191.


 Guillermo Aranda-Mena at Paladio's Villa Rotonda, Piacenza.

 Original photos by Paulina Aranda-Mena, Hobart, Tasmania 2006

 Sofa 3D designs in Fusion360©Guillermo Aranda-Mena


10 July 2017


URBITAS refers to a collage of some of my favourite cities. If looking at the below traced image from top-right moving clockwise you could identify: Milano, Mantova, Venice, Rome, Barcelona, Paris, Manhattan, Guadalajara, México City, Zurich (centre left) and Melbourne (centre right). The collage was drawn and then painted over canvas (acrylic) depicting a megalopolis of my ideal city.  ... conversations (versus) NATURA refers to trees that I recently observed and engaged with in locations such as St Kilda and Phillip Island, Australia; Hong Kong, Macau and Singapore. The selected three on canvas (oil-pens) is in Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia and it is observation into nature and reflective exercise to "detox" from city life. The result is inconclusive.... and that is an important aspect of it. For the transition between UBITAS and NATURA I selected an image of a boutique shop I recently visited in Hong Kong. The work is organic yet set in the city with highest living density on earth which itself articulates the juxtaposition presented in this post. The last image is of a local public library in Macao which I accidentally stumbled upon. I was most impressed by build without disturbing the trajectory of robust tree branches.        

Guillermo Aranda-Mena@2017

03 June 2017


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Executive Summary
This project aims to creating commercial façade solution applying RMIT’s know-how on the fields of lean
manufacturing and circular business models removing the upfront investment into a lease mechanism.
With the increased technological advancement the production of façades can be localised back to Australia
at affordable cost with substantial increase in quality including aesthetic, fire safety, acoustic and thermal
isolation. The system will enable mass-customisation thus responding to market demands and preferences
for new building and large-scale retrofits. A fully commercial IT platform for Product Lifecycle Management
is provided by a collaborator. Our system aims for commercialisation and distribution via our global