Structural Tessellations and Morphologies The honeycomb is probably the epitome of structural efficiency. Bees have been creating hexagonal comb structures for millenia and humans inspired by the incredible structural strength to weight ratio of their combs have joined them. It is said that the first man-made honeycomb was made by Daedalus using gold by lost wax casting more than 3000 years ago. In 1859 Charles Darwin said that “the comb of the hive-bee, as far as we can see, is absolutely perfect in economizing labour and wax”. Little noticed is that even the the closed ends of the honeycomb cells are also an example of geometric efficiency as their trihedral shape allows two opposing honeycomb layers to nest into each other, with each facet of the closed ends being shared by opposing cells.
Art Tools of Jorge Royan By some stroke of luck, I got to see some of Jorge Royan's sketches on facebook and knew I had to interview him for the Art Tools and Gears series. He's an architect, photographer and sketcher from Argentina. Man of many talents. His sketches have a strong architectural rendering style with the form mixed with details and nice composition. habitatge col·lectiu / collective housing / vivienda colectiva / logement colectif There are many different aspects to describe what a courtyard is, and what defines this architype. Most people see the courtyard as an open space surrounded by buildings or walls. This enclosed space is often open to the sky. By focusing on courtyard structures I have done research in four projects based on what describes a courtyard. The research is based on form, and how these shapes are working in terms of entering the apartments on the ground floor plan.
Inside Smartgeometry Inside Smartgeometry: Expanding the Architectural Possibilities of Computational Design Edited by Brady Peters and Terri Peters On behalf of the Smartgeometry group, we would like to invite you to the launch of "Inside Smartgeometry: Expanding the Architectural Possibilities of Computational Design" edited by Brady and Terri Peters and published by John Wiley & Sons. The richly illustrated, hard cover book features 24 original texts from members of the SG community. It provides both a history of the past ten years of SG, and offers ideas for the future of computational design in architecture.
Architectural Watercolors by Sunga Park Harrods, London Sunga Park works in South Korea as a mural wallpaper designer. Her architectural watercolors selection features buildings from cities around the world, including London, Paris, Busan, Venice, and Oxford. The buildings are painted in a fade out manner that gives them a floating essence and leaves imagination to fill in the rest. 40 free high resolution leaf textures Stock leaf textures could be very useful to have on hand if your design is nature-related. Green is perfect for creating calming and relaxing effects, and it can bring a comfortable experience to visitors of your website. Proper use of these high-resolution textures can make your artwork or web design look more natural and realistic. While most textures in this collection are green, there are also yellow, red, orange, and purple leaves that can be indispensable for indication of seasons or adding bright colors to your design.
fastcodesign You've probably noticed that in most architectural renderings today, the people populating the images look eerily similar. Noor Makkiya, an architectural designer, argues that design tools like Photoshop and the ease of cutting and pasting imagery have robbed architectural depictions of their ontological layer. "True architects since the early centuries used human figures not only to describe the quantity and the quality of the environment but also for deeper purposes of study and expression," she writes on her website. "Architects project themselves into the human figure. So if we compare drawings from different architects, we frequently find differences in body shape and body activity, for practicing architects often represent their own ideologies as a reference for understanding the human physical condition." All of the sketches have a story to tell, according to Makkiya, but a few are especially symbolic.
codedchromics I hadn’t heard about this before but fist (whoops, mean first) saw this earlier this month mentioned on Syuzi Pakhchyan’s blog Wearable Technology (always an inspiration!) Sophie de Oliveira Barata offers a ‘real’ option ‘surreal’ option and an ‘unreal’ option – you’ve just got to love that! Here are some of the incredible decorated and unusual prosthetics from The Alternative Limb Project -
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