first image naminoma construction image © alessio guarino photography last august architecture students completed a study in bridging new technology with classic culture through the design and fabrication of japanese teahouses during a summer workshop held at the university of tokyo. three teams of 6 - 8 from the university of tokyo, department of architecture along with columbia university GSAPP fabrication lab had one month to produce three full-scale tea houses to test their concepts, methodologies and materials. the first part of the workshop introduced computational logic and concepts, which led to the second part of explorations related to japanese tea ceremony culture that served as a pretext for further exploring digital design and fabrication tools.
Lately, a variety of experimental wooden pavilions have been erected at the ETH Hönggerberg campus , Zurich. A pavilion made from bent plywood, designed and built by students of the AA Emtech , with support form the Structural Design chair . Two pavillons built as reciprocal frame structures, as part of a research project at the chair of Architecture and Technology . Jaú , designed and built by students from the studio Tom Emerson . Watch the time-lapse here .
Recently we’re having quite some fun* in the seminar with DYI 3d printing. The machine is hectic, unpredictable at times and has a number of quirks that need to be worked around. Other than that, hey – it’s cheap and it’s great. Below are more images of (test) prints. (more…) Since October 2012 I am working at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart , affectionately known as the AKA.
Design/Organization : Dimitrie Stefanescu [ improved.ro ], Patrick Bedarf [ a-ngine.com ], Bogdan Hambasan [ ASTA Cluj ] Organization : ASTA Cluj Workshop Team : Ciprian Colda, Anamaria Androne, Razvan Sencu, Madalin Gheorghe Assembly : Bogdan Badila, Vlad Pop, Georgiana Hlihor, Denisa Lula, Robert Veber, Zoltan Vaida, Imre Vekove, Ciprian Colda, Mihai Pascalau, Calin Negret, Bogdan Borbei, Iustin Nechiti, Dan Ioanici, Razvan Luca, Stefan Grosariu, Ioana Suceava, Alexandra Man, Andreea Darac, Irina Mates, Oana Bogatan, Andrei Varga, Radu Badila, Elza Sandor, Alex Greceniuc, Oana Matei, Alex Vladovici, Marcel Oprean, Ioan Pop, Vlad Rusu, Ioana Tomoioaga. Location : Cluj, Romania Date : 4-7th May2011 Photographs : Patrick Bedarf, Georgiana Hlihor, Daniel Bondas, Georgeta Macovei Text: Dimitrie Stefanescu
HYGROSCOPE – METEOROSENSITIVE MORPHOLOGY Achim Menges in collaboration with Steffen Reichert, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2012 Achim Menges Architect, Frankfurt Prof. Achim Menges, Steffen Reichert, Boyan Mihaylov (Project Development, Design Development) Institute for Computational Design, University of Stuttgart Prof. Achim Menges, Steffen Reichert, Nicola Burggraf, Tobias Schwinn with Claudio Calandri, Nicola Haberbosch, Oliver Krieg, Marielle Neuser, Viktoriya Nikolova, Paul Schmidt (Design Development, Scientific Development, Robotic Fabrication, Assembly)
photos: mos The Disappearing Chimney, from centralized object to de-centralized voids 1. The Caribbean Hut , Gottfried Semper, 1851 Reacting against the Industrial Revolution’s challenge to traditional paradigms of a humanist architecture, Semper constructs an anthropological narrative for the fundamental motives of design.
At “Let’s Talk About Food” Evening Salon We had some really great speakers last night that were all obsessed with one idea… bringing truly fresh and sustainable foods into our hands (and bellies!). Being a new resident of Los Angeles, it was wonderful to learn of the ways that people are pushing to make a more healthy future, and all in strikingly creative ways. By popular demand, I will end this blog entry by providing some website links for our speakers. But, for those of you that couldn’t make it to the evening salon, I will give a little extra information about each person out of my own excitement for their projects.
ArchiKluge is the first of a series of small experiments written in Java which explore ‘artificial creativity’, automatic design and generative approaches in architecture. ArchiKluge is a simple Genetic Algorithm that evolves architectural diagrams. It explores the qualities of design made by machines, devoid of any intention, assumptions or prejudices, and which often display a very peculiar form of mindlessly but relentlessly pounding against obstacles and problems until overcoming them, a manner of acting nature and machines commonly exhibit. A Genetic Algorithm is a program that evolves populations of solutions to certain constrains, quite the same way evolutionary processes do in nature.
Monday, June 13, 2011 | Rebecca Firestone | Interviews “Art has conventionally been distinguished from architecture based on utility – architecture must do something, while art is free from functional requirements. However, art can lead us to approach architecture as something more than just rote problem-solving. Injecting an element of “uselessness” into a building allows the artistic elements to form an intellectual background against which the building’s functional aspects can be fulfilled in innovative ways.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 | Rebecca Firestone | Interviews A few weeks back, I was standing in line at the opening party for Metropolitan Home’s Modern by Design showcase at Baker Street, wondering what the latest from San Francisco’s top interior design luminaries would be. This project, a high-profile rehab of a 7,700 SF home, involved invitations to 14 design studios and giving them the freedom to create the interiors as they pleased – on their own dime. Imagine my surprise at the top to discover Min/Day Architecture’s playful and colorful three-room “Jack and Jill” attic suite with handily elegant Murphy bed tucked away behind a custom-perforated sliding panel, a jewel-like green-tiled bathroom, and an adjoining room featuring large pink dots, with a modular table that looked like something Andy Goldsworthy might do if he ever tried working with stacked birch plywood as a fabrication medium.