Monday, October 18, 2010

Caterina Tiazzoldi - TOOLBOX - professional incubator

"Toolbox is a professional incubator realised in an industrial building in the city of Torino.

The project is believed to meet the needs of a city in a phase of substantial transformation.
At a time when, with a laptop and a Wi-Fi connection, it is possible to work from anywhere, the question emerging is what professional space is needed for. How is it possible to design a space combining users’ plurality with the coherence of the whole design? How is it possible to mediate between a need for socialisation and privacy, between relaxation and concentration?

From the functional point of view, the project consists in the creation of an open space with 44 individual workstations combined with other services and activities. The goal has been to keep the modular concrete structure unaltered.

The main span of the building has been divided lengthwise by a series of ‘filter volumes’ used as technical spaces for storing lockers and equipment. On one side, there is the co-working space, on the other side, the corridors and the functional ‘box’ containing shared facilities such as meeting rooms, print rooms, informal meeting spaces, mailboxes, a patio and a kitchen."

Wandern im Wissen - Hiking in the knowledge

"Die Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Bremen hatte die Hochschule für Künste Bremen eingeladen,einen Beitrag zu ihrem 350jährigen Jubiläum zu gestalten. Seit 350 Jahren ordnet und strukturiert die Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Bremen Wissen und macht es ihren Nutzern zugänglich. Das Suchen und Finden von Informationen sind die zentralen Anliegen der Nutzer. Täglich wird hier ein schier endloser Strom an Suchanfragen bearbeitet und beantwortet. Studierende der Hochschule für Künste Bremen haben diesem sonst unsichtbaren Vorgang einen ästhetischen und poetischen Ausdruck verliehen.
Im Zentrum des 15 Meter hohen Treppenhauses der Bibliothek zeigt eine Skulptur aus gefaltetem Papier die Verbindung des traditionellen Speichermediums mit der digitalen Informationswelt."

Monday, September 27, 2010

Allegory Of The Cave

"The Allegory of the Cave, also commonly known as Myth of the Cave, Metaphor of the Cave, The Cave Analogy, Plato's Cave or the Parable of the Cave, is an allegory used by the Greek philosopher Plato in his work The Republic to illustrate "our nature in its education and want of education". (514a) The allegory of the cave is written as a fictional dialogue between Plato's teacher Socrates and Plato's brother Glaucon, at the beginning of Book VII in Benjamin Jowett's translation and in chapter IX in Robin Waterfield's translation (514a–520a)."


Interactive Architecture 2010

"Metropolitan Works is pleased to present this forum for the building design community to gather and share ideas and experiences around exploiting new technologies to enable the built environment to dynamically respond to people in or around it.

This conference promises, with the help of a fantastic line-up of speakers, to draw out ground-breaking ideas in the realm of interactivity in architecture.

Chaired by Fiddian Warman of Soda Creative, the organisation behind the Interactive Arts BAFTA Award-winning Sodaplay, this full-day event will provide a platform for industry leaders to explore key themes emerging in interactives. Each theme will be exemplified, examined and critiqued by a multidisciplinary panel in the context of their own work."

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Folded Steel

These folded steel stripes are supposed to be a place to sit and maybe to hang on a few pieces of cloth or whatever you want.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Liquidmetal® Technologies

"Liquidmetal® alloys are a revolutionary class of materials that redefines performance and cost paradigms. The superior properties of Liquidmetal alloys are made possible by revolutionary scientific and technological innovations. Liquidmetal alloys represent the first enabling materials technology since the creation of thermoplastics and possess characteristics that make them superior in many ways to other commercially-viable materials. First, they have an "amorphous" atomic structure, which is unprecedented for structural metals. Second, they include a multi-component chemical composition, which can be optimized for various properties and processes. Finally, they lend themselves to process technology similar to that possessed by plastics."

Monday, August 9, 2010

Membranes 24 - Online form finding of membrane structures

"Online form finding of membrane structures - with just a few clicks...

If you are looking membrane design or to create digital models of tensile structures you've found the right spot. Use our online tools and just contact us for additional information. We can support you for many questions along the process of membrane structure design."

Thursday, August 5, 2010


"The ACADIA 2010 conference will focus on the changing nature of information and its impact on
architectural education, research and practice. With the ever-increasing integration of information technologies in the design laboratory, the discipline of architecture has changed profoundly in recent years. The emerging fields of digital fabrication, generative and evolutionary modeling among others, are now at the core of investigations in a growing community of digital design practitioners and researchers."

Advances in Architectural Geometry 2010 - Vienna

"Geometry lies at the core of the architectural design process. It is omnipresent, from the initial form-finding stages to the final construction. Modern geometric computing provides a variety of tools for the efficient design, analysis, and manufacturing of complex shapes. On the one hand this opens up new horizons for architecture. On the other hand, the architectural context also poses new problems to geometry. Around these problems the research area of architectural geometry is emerging. It is situated at the border of applied geometry and architecture.

This symposium will bring together researchers from the fields of architecture and geometry to discuss recent advances in research and practice and to identify and address the most challenging problems. We aim at connecting researchers from architectural and engineering practices, academia and industry. The event consists of two parts, two days of hands-on workshops followed by two days of oral and poster presentations in conference style, including four keynote speakers."

Thursday, May 6, 2010

mnmlist: just the essentials

@ [ u t o ] - a collection of past & ongoing works

This is a very interesting Blog from Ursula Frick and Thomas Grabner. They are dealing with some geometrical challenges within Rhino (Script) and Grashopper.

Monday, April 19, 2010

unhappy hipsters - It's lonely in the modern world

Very funny Blog which tackles with stylish buldings and their occupants. :)

Sunday, April 4, 2010

kangaroo - live physics for Rhino and Grashopper

"Catenary/Funicular structures and Surface Relaxation are now relatively established methods of form-finding in design, but I think there is potentially a huge variety of other ways in which physical laws could be used (and misused) to create forms which are somehow optimal, interesting, useful, perhaps even beautiful."

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Appunti di architettura digitale ed altro

"Il mio intento, come dice il nome del blog, è di "taggare" o meglio linkare ciò che vedo intorno a me nel campo della ricerca architettonica digitale senza voler classificare o dare indicazioni di merito. Voglio solo fornire spunti a chi non conosce l'argomento e stimoli per una ricerca personale a chi è già interessato. Questo blog vuole essere un contenitore di notizie "democraticamente random"."
Andrea Graziano

Friday, April 2, 2010

Formtexx- freeform facades with automotive precision

Formtexx has launched its unique double-curvature facades at The Building Centre. These facades are manufactured using the technology and precision of automotive mass production.

The launch of this innovative process shows that the digital design and manufacture of complex geometry sheet metal work is now a seamless reality. It´s not rapid prototyping – it is rapid manufacturing on an industrial scale. Formtexx has developed an entirely new category of sheet metal processing which produces custom double curvature components to the finish quality and precision of the high end automotive industry. It does this robotically, without fixed tooling, and in the quantities anticipated by major construction projects.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Digital Tectonics: Robotic Fabrication

This is the course blog for Digital Tectonics >> Robotic Fabrication taught within the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University by Jeremy Ficca.

Geometry Gym

Exploring techniques and ideas for design and assessment of structures. Particularly linking Rhino3d with structural analysis programs to assess and explore shape and form.