Aker Brygge / Lendagar Arkitekter + Archency Architect: MAPT = Lendager Arkitekter, Arcgency Local Architects: Alliance arkitekter Location: Aker brygge, Oslo Built: 2010-2011 Client: Norwgian Property Site Area: 2000 sqm Project year: 2009 Photographs: Jiri Havran, Enya Aspen With Bølgen we were looking for a multifunctional building that will be a meeting place within the urban fabric. The vast range of programmatic needs asked for a high degree of flexibility.
resilience.io – Supported by The Ecological Sequestration Trust resilience.io is an open-source, cloud-based regional platform, which gathers satellite/earth observation, open government and crowd-sourced economic, social and environmental data together in one place, in an understandable, palatable and visual format. Backed by an advanced systems model1, resilience.io integrates human-ecological-economic systems2 and calculates the current resource flows from economic, human and ecological activity and the impact on human well-being. With this base, it can be used to visualise and predict the outcome of different scenarios which results in better planning and decision-making for a achieving transformation to a more resilient city-region. Importantly, resilience.io enables economically beneficial resource management to be funded through new direct investment into a wide variety of projects, which use and contribute to the data in the platform. It also insures against extreme risks, especially in energy, water and food security. Want to know more?
3D Printers, FDM Prototyping, 3D Models Bring Performance Prototyping In-House The Dimension 1200es features the largest build envelope of any Stratasys Design Series performance 3D printer. Running on Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) Technology, it prints in nine colors of real ABSplus thermoplastic. Blog: A new approach to printing metals There have been numerous attempts to print conductors. Fab@home, Ed Sells and myself have all tried it previously with very limited success. Whilst I've been able to print a basic circuit from solder, we were unable to achieve the resolution to produce anything but the most simplistic circuit board. Forrest Higgs and others have tried to identify a useful non-metallic conductive material but conductivity has always been fairly poor. Months ago I blogged about using Nickel Carbonyl powder for exactly this purpose.
Freeside Atlanta: Making print cartridges for a Z400/Z402 3D printer One of the costs of running an inkjet based 3D printer is that the cartridges have to be replaced on a regular basis. The Z400 and Z402 use Canon BC-20 ink cartridges which are readily available. There are currently two known ways of making these cartridges ready for the printer. The first method is to cut the cartridge in half, remove the foam inside, cut a Blue Falcon BD-50 Centrifuge tube in half, and epoxy it and a small O ring to the reservoir at the bottom of the cartridge. Asian Culture Complex / UnSangDong Architects + Kim Woo Il In the design proposal for the Asian Culture Complex, UnSangDong Architects + Kim Woo II constitutes a stage that acts as a new container for the culture and everyday events. If the new stage for the city is creating an empty open space out of penetrations pathways and plazas, making the new ‘city stage’ is the same as to conduct an enormous mapping operation with penetrating programs and landscape. They propose the Asian Culture Complex as the earth in between creation and disappearance. The earth that is transformed into fragmented pieces and become urban landscape filled with memories of the site and historical evolution of various spectrums of relationships. More images and architects’ description after the break. We provide a culture canvas that can be filled in by the citizens of Gwangju.
Publications Cities Alive looks at how we can build nature into our urban systems at all scales through high quality landscape design, via new development or retrofitting through a green infrastructure design approach. The publication analyses existing research and trends in landscape design, drawing out key elements which can help deal with rapidly rising urban populations, mitigate climate change and produce integrated solutions. It shows how the creation of a linked ‘city ecosystem’ encompassing parks and open spaces; urban trees, streets, squares; woodland and waterways can help create healthier, safer and more prosperous cities. To realise this vision, green infrastructure has to now take a more influential role in the planning and design of cities and urban environments.
3D printing An ORDbot Quantum 3D printer. 3D printing or additive manufacturing is a process of making a three-dimensional solid object of virtually any shape from a digital model. 3D printing is achieved using an additive process, where successive layers of material are laid down in different shapes. 3D printing is also considered distinct from traditional machining techniques, which mostly rely on the removal of material by methods such as cutting or drilling (subtractive processes). A 3D printer is a limited type of industrial robot that is capable of carrying out an additive process under computer control. The 3D printing technology is used for both prototyping and distributed manufacturing with applications in architecture, construction (AEC), industrial design, automotive, aerospace, military, engineering, dental and medical industries, biotech (human tissue replacement), fashion, footwear, jewelry, eyewear, education, geographic information systems, food, and many other fields.
DIY High Resolution 3D Printer Even though 3D printers have become mainstream and costs have declined, most cannot create a fine level of detail when printing. For rapid prototyping, you can fabricate one yourself such as the High Resolution DLP 3D Printer. Homemade yet still turns out impressive results. The 3D printer uses a Digital Light Processing chip with a high resolution video projector to render each layer of the image on a resin which is cured by a UV laser layer by layer. Each 0.1 mm thick needs about 8 seconds to cure. As the photos show, the high resolution DLP projector renders pretty accurate results.