Hydro-Fold – ECAL & Christophe Guberan

Image by ECAL/ Christophe Guberan Hydro-Fold (no not hygro) is a fascinating technique of folding that automatically begins to assume a three dimensional shape upon being printed from a normal ink jet machine. Invited by its Director Marva Griffin to the 15th anniversary of theSalone Satellite, on the theme “Design Technology”, the ECAL (University of Art and Design Lausanne) presents an installation […] Continue reading →

HygroScope – Centre Pompidou Paris

Image by Achim Menges and Steffen Reichert HygroScope is an installation sponsored by the Centre Pompidou in Paris and was developed as a collaboration between Steffen Reichert and Professor Achim Menges at the University of Stuttgart, Germany. The project is an extension of prior research conducted by Reichert that culminated in two projects entitled Responsive Surfaces Structures I & II. Both Steffen Reichert and Professor Achim […] Continue reading →

Listener – Behavioral Architectures

Image by Mette Ramsgard Thomsen of CITA CITA is an innovative research environment part of the Royal Danish Academy of Architecture that explores the emergent intersections between architecture and digital technologies. Identifying core research questions into how space and technology can be probed, CITA seeks to investigate how the current forming of a digital culture impacts on architectural thinking and practice. The program’s projects are […] Continue reading →

Thermaespheres – Proposal for Public Thermal Bath in Athens, Greece

Future Cities Lab is an experimental design and research office based in San Francisco, California and Athens, Greece. Design principals Jason Kelly Johnson (creator of Grasshopper’s plug-in Firefly) and Nataly Gattegno have collaborated on a range of award-winning projects that focus on the intersection of design with advanced fabrication technologies, robotics, responsive building systems and public space. Continue reading →

Chicago Spire’s Formal Inspiration

Chicago Spire’s Formal Inspiration Its a well known fact that world renowned architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava‘s formost teacher in design has been nature. Granted his approach isn’t very systematic like other examples we’ve seen in more progressive naturally-inspired projects, its still worth noting his patronage of the formal qualities and beauty inherent in nature. The Chicago Spire is […] Continue reading →

Andres Harris Bone Inspired Structure

Andre Harris in his article Biomimetic 1.0 explains how he looked to the paradoxically lightweight yet ultra strong structure of bone found in the skulls of birds to inspire his design for a biomimetically optimized surface. We mentioned in an older post entitled Building Cars like Bone how car manufacturers have already looked to this […] Continue reading →
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