Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Tensegrity in a cell

This is a very interesting article. It's really worth checking the interactive feature, and, specially, the articles, animations and links that are found at the end.
The lab behind it is run by this guy who does not shy away from being inspired by art and architecture.

Raphael Navot

I had seen this work long time ago (Frame 03)
and I thought it was very advance in the sense that it brought in a certain sense of nostalgy for the digital imaginery. I don't have a clue of how it may relate to us, but I am glad I found it again and I am dropping in just in case it helps to open a door.

Earth Surface Machine

Very elaborate post on BLDGBLOG about Philip Beesley's work in Toronto that is worth checking out. Wonderful images.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

mapping blogosphere

another interesting work on mapping. this time the world of blogs.
data mining
nothing new, but still good to keep

Saturday, June 24, 2006

design sponge

design sponge is a popular blog site to promote new ideas, also a place where inspiration could be drawn

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Wikipedia se defiende de los vándalos

Los editores de la enciclopedia libre bloquean artículos conflictivos.

Monday, June 19, 2006

programming design I

...or designing by music.
"Giant Steps" by Michal Levy

David, I think you should take this one further.

Contour Crafting

is like that breath in the back of your neck
check out the demo videos

countour crafting (CC) is a layered fabrication technology developed by Dr. Behrokh Khoshnevis of the University of Southern California. Contour Crafting technology has great potential for automating the construction of whole structures as well as sub-components. Using this process, a single house or a colony of houses, each with possibly a different design, may be automatically constructed in a single run, embedded in each house all the conduits for electrical, plumbing and air-conditioning.

industry shift

industrial manufactures are steping in.
welcome to a brave new world...

Saturday, June 17, 2006

nanotechnology in architecture

here is a site recently launched about nanotechnology and architectural implications. It also linked to this site by Peter Teadon and another one on consumer product applications and many others....

Friday, June 16, 2006

lets step out and take some fresh air...

"It took us a long time to realize that the power of a technology is proportional to its inherent out-of-controlness, its inherent ability to surprise and be generative. In fact, unless we can worry about a technology, it is not revolutionary enough"

Will Spiritual Robots Replace Humanity by 2100?
by Kevin Kelly

Keller Easterling at the CCCB

Keller Easterling is one of the most important contemporary writers working on the issues of urbanism, architecture and organization in relation to the phenomena commonly defined as globalization. She wrote books and articles on organization and outlaw spatial products.
One of her themes is the high-tech agriculture at Almeria (pictured).

She will be (hopefully) at the CCCB on Monday, the 19th, at 20:00.

photovoltaic interlude, part II

Expressways could be retrofitted with vast, overbearing tensile structures supporting photovoltaic materials, thus becoming distributed energy producers. Their spreading and implied connection with urban and industrial structures would help minimize the waste of energy that occurs with its transport from production to consumption sites, that here would almost coincide.

Some art for the weekend

In retrospect, we don't have many posts on "contemporary art" as such. Or have we? Can we still take neat, compartmentalized categories seriously? Anyway, here's some Tony Cragg.

On a different note, vvork is a great source for many great stuff out there. It points us towards the likes of Roxy Paine, Simone Decker, Chris Jordan, Julia Lohmann, demakersvan, Tara Donovan, and many, many others.

(warning: as with everything, proceed at your own risk)

Wednesday, June 14, 2006


Some updates on the.very.many site and many scripts files for reference information and testing.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Minimal Surface

A new world of surfaces is coming... Take a look at this site.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Architecture and mathematics

A little bit of history on architecture, mathematics, geometry and art tought by Juan Monterde teacher at the University of Valencia. It's just an overview, short an simple.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

On energy, hydraulics and deviations - part IV

Wilson Bentley's beautiful images of snowflakes.

Engines of Creation

One of the key books regarding nanotechnology is now online, for free. And also, Eric Drexler's site is worth checking. As well as this one.

It will still take a couple of decades for this technology to be available for making truly gravity-defying architecture, for example. Or truly smart architecture. Or...

Let's hope the trend of crucial books being made available by their authors continues.
(There was already John Frazer's, as well as S. Wolfram's A new kind of science, and certainly more that I don't remember right now)