Explorations: Exhibition EXPLORATIONS: Teaching, Design, Research COMMISSIONER Urs Staub, Head of Section Art and Design Federal Office of Culture, Berne CURATOR Reto Geiser STUDIOS Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Atelier de la conception de l’espace (ALICE) Professor Dieter Dietz Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Laboratoire de la production d’architecture (lapa) Professor Harry Gugger
[Image: The Palettenpavillon by Matthias Loebermann, photographed/copyright by Mila Hacke, Berlin]. The Palettenpavillon by Matthias Loebermann is a structure made entirely from shipping pallets, ground anchors, and tie rods. Designed to be easily assembled and dismantled, and then entirely recycled at a later date, the resulting building is intended as a temporary meeting place. Pallet House
Die Verzahnung, ETH Zurich, 2010Wahlfach Die Fügung von Elementen und Bauteilen nimmt eine wichtige Rolle im Bauprozess ein und beeinflusst massgeblich sowohl konstruktive als auch gestalterische Aspekte des Bauens. Vor diesem Hintergrund beschäftigte sich dieses Wahlfach mit differenzierten Verzahnungen geometrisch individuell geformter Module in Verbindung mit digitalen Fabrikationsmethoden. Gramazio & Kohler, Architektur und Digitale Fabrikation
On the Bri(n)ck at Graduate School of Design, Harvard University Professor Ingeborg M. Rocker of Rocker-Lange Architects and students at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, USA, have used a robot to build an undulating double-wall structure. The robot arm was programmed to place 4,100 wooden bricks to create complex double-curvature walls. The project, called On the Bri(n)ck, was a collaboration between the school's computer-aided design and computer-aided construction departments. The wall is on show at the school until 30 June.
Adventures in Stacking New Scientist published an awesome little article this week about nothing more complex than stacking blocks of wood(subscriber-only)... But, oh, how complex that task can be. It's the combinatorial architecture of the well-balanced stack. [Image: The diagrammatic mathematics of a structural experiment by Mike Paterson and Uri Zwick, as reported in New Scientist]. Computer scientists Mike Paterson and Uri Zwick have calculated new shapes and arrangements for the so-called "overhang problem," by which one attempts to stack blocks outward from the edge of a table so that the blocks "overhang" as far as possible (before the stack collapses, or before you and your friends go out for more beer). Strategically speaking, it turns out to be a matter of well-placed gaps, pressures, and weights.
by Alexandra Polier Known for beautifully raw images of the modern world, Bas Princen's exhibit "Refuge, Five Cities" currently on display at the Storefront for Art and Architecture shows a series of rare architectural finds in the Middle East. A trained architect, Princen uses photography not only to capture a sense of space but also as a way of subtly discussing current problems occurring within his field. In "Refuge," Princen stresses the growing divide in the Middle East between those living the dream and those building it. With little or no people pictured, the images remind us of sites whose initial purpose are long forgotten and have been completely abandoned by man. Refuge, Five Cities on Cool Hunting
Roads to Nowhere: Abandoned, Ruined and Unfinished Bridges
The function of form
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