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Ron Resch | Paper Folding – Origami Tessellation « arkinet This morning we found, through a tweet from our friend @digitag the work of Ron Resch, a visionary mathematician and designer who was one of first to explore the architectural potential of 3D tessellated structures in the 1960’s and 70’s. His work around paper tessellation is amazing and we can find his influence in the current works of Chris Bosse, FOA and many other architects that design with digital tools and parametric architectural forms. Resch writes about his own “training”: “I went to the University of Iowa, Iowa City on a scholarship for my sculpture. I did 4 years undergraduate and 4 years graduate work in the Art Department; graduating with a MFA in art and design in 1966. “The Ron Resch Paper and Stick Film” is my thesis submission. Along the way I have done a number of art shows, and museum exhibitions, and intend to do some more. — I think this qualifies me as “trained in art”. 20 years after the production of this animation he was call as an expert witness in “Ampex v.

Homeostatic Façade System Thursday, 06 January 2011 GreenMuze Staff The Homeostatic Façade System by Decker Yeadon Architects. The Homeostatic Façade is a building thermal control system that uses mechanical-muscle operated, exterior surface-mounted louvers and is a feature of Decker Yeadon Architects' intelligent green-building architectural design. The Homeostatic Façade uses polymer and elastomer louvers with a silver coating that open when illuminated by the sun, and close again as the sun’s heating effect wanes. The dielectric silver-elastomer forms an actuator that responds to an electric charge on the silver surface proportional to the amount of incident sunlight. <div style="background-color:red;color:white;width:160px"><strong>JavaScript is disabled! Adobe Flash Player not installed or older than 9.0.115! The louver system helps regulate the heat entering and leaving the building, thereby controlling the internal building temperature. Visit: Via FastCoDesign

Fitbit announces Flex fitness band with automatic syncing Check out our review of the FitBit Flex fitness band. Announced on the official Fitbit blog earlier this week, the health tracking company has developed a wristband version of the Fitbit One activity and sleep tracker. Called the Fitbit Flex, the wristband is designed to compete with the Nike+ FuelBand as well as the Jawbone Up fitness wristband. Rather than having to attach a Fitbit Zip or Fitbit One to an article of clothing,a Fitbit Flex user can wear the device 24 hours a day. While the wristband isn’t rated as being completely water-proof, the water-resistant rating means users can continue wearing the wristband while taking a shower or walking in the rain. Similar to the Fitbit One, the Fitbit Flex tracks how long you sleep during the night in addition to the amount of times you wake up in bed. Built into a section of the wristband, Fitbit product developers have included five LED lights that turn on during the day as a specific fitness goal is being reached.

9 Tritium Batteries - The 10 Coolest Technologies You've Never Heard Of - The Future of Tech Ever heard of bacterial photography—it's not as gross as it sounds—or chaos computing? 9 Tritium Batteries After years of advances in battery technology, many of our mobile gadgets still peter out before sunset on any given day. Several high-profile efforts are under way to fix this pesky problem, but one of the least pursued and yet most profound developments in energy technology is the battery that virtually never needs a recharge. For now, the technology is just for offbeat applications such as sensor networks for monitoring traffic and for communication satellites, not for consumer electronics. The BetaBattery is not based on chemical reaction. BetaBatt is also designing battery casings that are extremely resistant to heat and cold, so that the batteries can power sensors and electrical equipment in the most hostile environments—even in space.

Star Twist Tessellation v2.1 | Origami Tessellations I updated and cleaned up my crease pattern for the Star Twist Tessellation v2.1, and posted it to my diagrams page. This is one of my favorite designs, although it’s a bit tricky to fold. I’d like to figure out a better folding sequence, but right now all I have is a large, all-at-once collapse method. Anyhow, give it a try, if you are so inclined. It’s a beautiful pattern, and it repeats infinitely. It would probably be better to call this a “geometric progression” instead of a tessellation, but I’m not going to nitpick about it for the time being. Licensed under the Creative Commons non-commercial, attribution license.

i.M.A.D.E » Archive » Abstractions + Constructions The subject of this foundational, skill-building course – an assignment entitled: “Flat Fabrication” – represented a shift from the immaterial digital realm of three-dimensional modeling software into the world of flat-sheet materials. It involved an investigation of non-planar, complex (“fat”) geometric assemblies and their translation into the “flat” sheet material constructs to be produced using two-dimensional fabrication (laser cutting). Through iterative stages over four weeks, the students developed (and redeveloped) a tectonic, geometric, manufacturing and assembly logic for producing a final material construct for the end of the semester. The final goal was to produce a construct embedded with a physical intelligence that was informed by an iterative, digital-to-material feedback loop. Faculty: Jason Johnson, Branko Kolarevic, Joshua Vermillion Teaching Assistants: Leanne Mason, Jonathon Noble, Brian Pace

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2 Chaos Computing - The 10 Coolest Technologies You've Never Heard Of - The Future of Tech 2 Chaos Computing The word chaos, as any Get Smart fan will tell you, tends to evoke negative connotations—it's a disordered situation we want to avoid. But if William Ditto is right—and both the U.S. Navy and private investors are betting he is—the word may soon be seen in a whole new light. Ditto, chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Florida in Gainesville, is exploiting the principles of chaos to build a revolutionary computer chip that just may prove faster, cheaper, and far more flexible than traditional designs. Ditto's chip is like the microelectronic version of a stem cell: It's a device that can assume all sorts of different functions.

J6 - Origami Tessellation + I have debated with myself and friends over the legitimacy and practice of parametric design with "good" architecture. The technology and method is still primitive, in my opinion, but some great (looking) work has come out from it. On one side, I see the use of tools as purely experimental and superficial--powerful and visually compelling, but lacking in critical depth and ability to create a real human space. A very "cool, so what?" kind of architecture. On another side, I see current parametric design as the beginning of learning how to design more efficiently, purposefully and with computer-aided geometry that is based on mathematics rather than arbitrary inputs. However, what I am more interested in learning about is the possibility of using non-static surfaces to environmental use such as expandable solar shading/panel design or creating wind channels for wind farms. Fuck enclosures! Some links: And with that, Happy rest of Sunday everyone.

intro : pablo valbuena 10 Viral Fashion - The 10 Coolest Technologies You've Never Heard Of - The Future of Tech Ever heard of bacterial photography—it's not as gross as it sounds—or chaos computing? 10 Viral Fashion Researchers at MIT's Media Lab are developing fashion accessories on which patterns and designs can change according to the wearer's whim, and fashion prints can be shared wirelessly. Taking cues from the online world and applying them to the fashion world is the goal of the Media Lab research project dubbed "urbanhermes." The idea is for OLED-integrated clothing to display digital images and designs, updating whenever the wearer desires. Each piece of clothing would also have user-set permissions that could allow or disallow this propagation. While the idea of OLED-integrated clothing is not new, MIT's approach to viral propagation is innovative.