30+ beautiful photos of fantastic abandoned places and modern ruins. From abandoned amusement parks to incredible churches and strange tunnels....
a3 _ research
meme pool for architectural design course @ Università di Bologna
Curated by Alessio Erioli
Surprise surprise.... (not so much for some), shape matters more than "substance", material properties are still a question of form, just on a different scale. In the words of Stephen Hyde: "Shape determines function, and the energetics of function dictates the optimal structure required".
From the article:
"The new findings show that the crucial aspect of the new 3-D forms has more to do with their unusual geometrical configuration than with the material itself, which suggests that similar strong, lightweight materials could be made from a variety of materials by creating similar geometric features." and "“You can replace the material itself with anything,” Buehler says. “The geometry is the dominant factor. It’s something that has the potential to transfer to many things.”"
A wonderful present from Isak Worre Foged
from the description:
"At first glance, this book may appear eclectic. It contains writings from architectural practice in a language and structure based on subjective views and experiences, combined with research contributions based on systematic design investigations of discrete computational systems. Discussions range from an undulating masonry wall at the University of Virginia erected by then-U.S. President Thomas Jefferson to agile robotic manufacturing processes and computational solver strategies based on graph networks. Conversely, the focus of this anthology is expressed directly in the title: bricks and systems. The basis for this theme is the work conducted at the Utzon(x) Research Group at Aalborg University, in combination with the rich tradition and implementation of masonry work in Denmark, which has attracted increasing attention from architectural practitioners and researchers alike. How should one understand this book, with its widely varied yet converging contributions? As stated by German architect Frei Otto, buildings should be understood as auxiliary means—they are not ends in themselves. We believe this book should be understood through the same lens. It connects, rather than concludes, and it aims to illustrate and identify new modes of working in architecture, particularly with regards to brickwork and other complex systems of modular assemblies, whether physical or digital."
TOP 10 3D printing stories of 2016 - continuing our annual review of the year’s BIG stories, we round up the 3D printing projects that caught our eye in 2016.
poking the potential and limits of additive fabrication
Researchers use an ingenious design to make a soft robot that moves on its own.
rethink robotic possibilities
3D printing has the potential to revolutionize the way humans manufacture and build things, from the small scale to the very large. By combining robots wit
The Curse of the Title strikes again, but this is an interesting account on the current state of Branch Technologies
Reebok is using robots, a thick gloopy substance, and 3D-drawing techniques to make sneakers. The revolutionary new process does away with the need for traditional molds, offering what it says is a more comfortable fit.
It's more 2.5D, really.
Wing morphing could be the next big innovation in aviation.
shape-shifting composite materials