Archive for the ‘materials’ Category
here’s a flickr pool with some interesting output from the material intelligence (intensive) fabrication and prototyping workshop held in new york city during the week of august 16-20.
…and a little more info on the process of the workshop:
the workshop progressed through a series of focused strategies beginning with material testing, followed by the development of prototypes, and arriving at aggregations of a single topological type. each prototype was created by simple operations, undertaken through a specific disposition, and evaluated for performative potentials. all assemblies were designed in an associative environment (grasshopper) and iteratively tested utilizing digital fabrication equipment (CNC 3-axis mill and CNC high-force cutter). the workshop concluded with a reception that exhibited design prototypes and full scale assemblies built by participants over the course of five days.
a selection of work from our students at university of sydney digital architecture research studio. the work presented here is three weeks of group workshops investigating material sytems both through analogue and digital models with an aim at understanding their constructive value in relation to the pavilion typology and prototype housing. see the workshop brief below. (more…)
a fantastic and insightful article featured in the national geographic on the work of andrew parker, a scientist whose research is based on biomimetics and evolutionary design with the intention of extracting good design from nature. parker is part of growing collective of biomimetic enthusiasts who’s investigations range from using fingerlike primary feathers of raptors are inspiring engineers to develop wings that change shape aloft to reduce drag and increase fuel efficiency to architects in zimbabwe are studying how termites regulate temperature, humidity, and airflow in their mounds in order to build more comfortable buildings.
read the full article here.
featured in the excellent pop tech conference, neri oxman discusses her phd research in design and computation. oxman’s interests lie within material technology, influenced primarily from natural systems with the material dictating form and program of the proposed design as opposed to forcing materials onto a predefined object. (more…)
quite a thorough collection of digitally fabricated models and prototypes have been rapidly accumulating for the last year and a half. the 499 strong flickr pool discuss and document their experiments; production techniques; experience with the fabrication industry and material explorations. great site for ideas to push your newly acquired fab machine.
magnus larsson recently presented his aa diploma year project under the tutorledge of jonas lundberg and steve hardy of ufo on ted. larssons anti-desertification proposal aims to find innovative solutions of how to combat desertification in the sahara/sahel regions of africa where sand dunes are currently moving southwards at a pace of 600 meters per year consequently ruining the landscape and making it impossible for the inhabitants of this area to make a living. (more…)