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A Hill On A House / Yuko Nagayama & Associates Architects: Yuko Nagayama & Associates Location: Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan Area: 267.0 sqm Project Year: 2006 Photographs: Daici Ano From the architect. This is an urban house surrounded by tall buildings on all sides except for the northeast facing a street. The issue was how to bring light into the interior, to open the enclosed volume and to develop scenery within it while avoiding looks from the neighborhood. There rises a white illuminated “hill” in the house. Its slope tilting to the southwest receives and reflects sun light onto the interior. It is this place that induces another story in our mind beside the everyday life of our own.

Rhino Grasshopper VS Generative Components (A canopy design created in Generative Components by Elif Erdine) This is the Second Guest post from Mark Loomis I would like to thank him for taking the time to share with us his findings regarding different generative design platforms,hope it serves to start an interesting conversation with our readers and followers. I’m Mark Loomis, a landscape architect who is guest posting on this blog. As promised in my previous post, I’m going to compare GenerativeComponents to Grasshopper. I also want to propose a way to explore them both by reading the book, ‘Elements of Parametric Design ’ by Robert Woodbury and using the GC and GH pattern tutorials websites that accompany the book. I’m not going to try to compare these products myself since I’m just now learning how to use them. There are two main differences between GC and GH: 1.

Celebrating 30 Years of Material Innovation This year marks both the 30th anniversary of Interiors & Sources, and the 4th anniversary of our revolutionary Materials Pavilion (#ISMatPav or #materialspavilion) at the annual NeoCon show in Chicago, and to celebrate, we’re making it bigger and better than ever! If you’re not familiar with our Materials Pavilion (and you should be!), it’s the perfect place to discover a broad and exciting selection of decorative materials and finishes all in one convenient location. The Pavilion’s emphasis is on experience and education. Also be sure to stop by on Tuesday afternoon to meet the Interiors & Sources 2014 I Like Design student internship contest winner! The following pages feature just a small sampling of the decorative materials and finishes you will find this year.

Kinetic Tessellated Skin To Filter Saudi Sunlight When sunlight hits human skin, the epidermis reacts by producing melanin to protect the tissues underneath from radiation. This simple principle comes to mind when viewing the new design for a pair of planned ultra-luxury spas in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, which will employ a kinetic metal skin that can shift depending on the angle and intensity of the sun. Known as the Portal Spas, the two crystalline structures will become the newest crown jewels of the swank King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) and will contain some of the most lavish spa amenities on the planet. Image via WorksBureau The skin will consist of panels of titanium that are perforated with thousands of irregularly shaped openings to let in varying amounts of sunlight. The design of the skin is based on the Tessellate Adaptive Façade System, developed by Chuck Hoberman (inventor of the famous Hoberman sphere) and the A. Image of Zahner’s demonstration Tessellate panels via WorksBureau

Craft Training School in Nairobi | DETAIL inspiration Project description Young people who grow up in Mathare, a slum district in the north of Nairobi, have little chance of obtaining professional training. To provide them with an opportunity to learn a trade, the German institution Promoting Africa, in collaboration with the Kenyan organization Youth Support Kenya, planned a new craft training school. Students of the Univer-sity of Technology in Munich drew up architectural schemes in the context of their term work. One of these designs was selected for further development, and working drawings were prepared by six students for the first of three construction stages. The complex consists of four buildings that define various outdoor spaces. Project details

2: LaserCut | Make Architecture 2: LaserCut by Otto Ng [] :: kit: - Universal laser cut machine at studio 7 - 1/16″x14″x17″ chipboard - settings: power 70, speed 10, 500ppi :: objective As part of the process towards the final project, lasercutting is my first investigation on the fabrication tools. Cut edges / Meeting edges / Folding lines / Required grain: Translating the fabrication method from the scale of small basswood model to a double sized chipboard object will face the following challenges: 1) how to create notches along curves to bind surfaces together 2) how to fold along curves 3) how to bend the surface and make it stay in shape :: notches :: folding most of them have similar result in terms of fold-ability which also very much depends on material and power setting :: surface flexible and able to hold the curvature: unfortunate burning: :: final result click here to download the dwg file Like this: Like Loading...

BIM Plugin and Tools Development - Geometry Gym Barn Door Hardware | Barn Sliding Door Hardware & Track Systems Wonderful Wooden House Design in Czech Republic Invites Nature and Company The most wonderful thing about being in this wooden house is the parallel between indoors and out. Designed by architectural firm Sporadical, this contemporary nature-inspired house is nestled amid trees and earth in Czech Republic’s Central Bohemia. The house – a reflection of its environment – is built on a wooden frame and boasts a wood facade, artfully interrupted by large spans of glass that allow for views of the outdoors at every angle.

Joe's Hybrid 4x4 CNC Router The name says it all; it’s a hybrid of sorts and even more so than the 06’. Built of steel unistrut, 8020 aluminum extrusions and a smaller portion of MDF and HDPE parts it has become one of the most robust DIY cnc router projects to hit the web since Gerald’s Mechmate ( The clear difference however (and it is hard to compare the machine to an outstanding design like the Mechmate) is that it is a true bolt together machine. Often times DIYers are discouraged when they find a perfect machine for their needs but it is out of their abilities and resources. This was the case for Joe; not necessarily that he couldn’t weld the machine together. But he had a desire to design something that had the rigid nature of a machine requiring skills of a metalworker and the ease so that an every day person with enough aspiration could build it. Resembling much of the Shopbot’s original structure with unistrut it is a very commercial looking bolt together machine. Sample Machined Parts:

Judit Bellostes: Curved metal - Shuhei Endo: Architecture Studio Cyclestation M (bicycle parking) Maihara-cho, Shiga-Japan (1994). Arquitectura, Shuhei Endo architect institute. Fotografías, Este aparcamiento para bicicletas tiene una superficie útil de 325m2 (219m2 el solar y 185m2 el edificio). Las bicicletas se pueden aparcar a pie de calle, o en la planta primera a la que se accede mediante una rampa (para el transito rodado) y con una escalera de caracol (para el transito peatonal). La arquitectura de Shuei Endo, explora las posibilidades expresivas del metal curvado, mostrando la diversidad formal que se puede obtener con un simple plano de metal y la seductora geometría de las curvas. En su web “Paramodern Architecture” podéis ver una retrospectiva muy interesante de sus proyectos que abarca un total de 98 edificios construidos en dos décadas.

Springtecture B / Shuhei Endo: TATEMOG Endo Shuhei Architect Institute // 2002 Biwa-cho , Shiga pref , Japan ENDO SHUHEI Architect Institute This atelier house is made of steel corrugate plates. Digital Fabrication with Because We Can | East Bay Mini Maker Faire Jillian Northrup and Jeffrey McGrew are Because We Can, a full service design studio in Oakland that specializes in architecture, interiors and “fantastical things”. Even though they are a very small team, they are able to do digital design all the way through fabrication because they are leveraging a new class of affordable yet advanced tools like the ShopBot, a computer-controlled router for fabricating with wood, plastic, aluminum & more. If you’re someone who loves visual design, but has never ventured into physical making because power tools are a tad bit intimidating, come to Jillian and Jeffrey’s workshop presentation at East Bay Mini Maker Faire, “Using Digital Fabrication to Change the World: Empowerment Through Automated Tools.” A good example of Because We Can’s process is this tail for The Serpent Twins, a 2011 Burning Man electric art car/sculpture. Keep watching for the full schedule of workshops and talks. Like this: Like Loading...

I agree. As long as we don't mess up the environment, our future cities could be nice to live in. by parelboom Apr 3

wow! this is spacial... incredibly beautiful!! by pbg Apr 3