Recalling that the footprint is the mark left by a body pressed on a flexible material, the trace of a model over another. We note that there is a hierarchical relationship between the models in the game: a model that marks A and a B model that is scored. In our treatment A is the conceptual model and B is the structural model (BI) or the split (BII).
Here we evolve the bodies of soft robots made of multiple materials (muscle, bone, & support tissue) to move quickly. Evolution produces a diverse array of fun, wacky, interesting, but ultimately functional soft robots. Enjoy!
This video accompanies the following paper: Unshackling Evolution: Evolving Soft Robots with Multiple Materials and a Powerful Generative Encoding. Cheney, MacCurdy, Clune, & Lipson. Proceedings of the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference. 2013.
The initial goal of Trifecta is to explore the opportunities of repetitive casting in developing a light box that embraces light, reflectivity, and transparency which weaves one between reality and illusion. Depending on one’s station point and point in time, the light box provides a continuously evolving viewing experience.
The design intention is to derive a shape with a versatile joint connection that can intelligently puzzle together to form the larger installation. Relying on the basics of geometry, the individual piece is designed with three triangular joints so that three of the same pieces form a complete connection. The pieces weave in and out of each other in three layers and are carefully arranged to create an overall gradient reading. Sixty pieces are cast out of resin and mounted onto clear acrylic. The box is lined with changing LED lights and backed with mirrored material. The final desired effect is a composition greater than the sum of its parts.
Architecture firm Gensler have released a conceptual proposal for a new floating airport for London, located in the Thames Estuary with terminals connected by underwater tunnels.
Unlike previous concepts for a new London airport, including last year's proposal by Foster + Partners, Gensler's plans do not involve pouring earth into the river for land reclamation. Instead, "we're going to float the scheme on giant platforms," explains Ian Mulcahey, the firm's global head of planning.
‘Reading between the lines’ is a project by the duo Gijs Van Vaerenbergh, a collaboration between young Belgian architects Pieterjan Gijs (Leuven, 1983) and Arnout Van Vaerenbergh (Leuven, 1983). Since 2007, they have been realizing projects in public space together that start from their architectural background, but have an artistic intention. Their projects do not always originate out of the initiative of a classical client, for example, and carry a large degree of autonomy. Their primary concerns are experiment, reflection, a physical involvement with the end result and the input of the viewer.
It is amazing how something so everyday and recognizable as a loop-dee-loop can amaze and inspire us. Just a subtle change makes all the difference, no longer is it the straw wrapping that we play with rather than discard, not is is become something. Now it’s heavy duty, and it’s more real to us- understandable, straw wrappings get thrown out, we usually only throw out buildings that were built in the ’70s.
The firm Mesh Architecture collaborated with BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) for this competition entry, titled Wave Pier, to design the new St. Petersburg Pier in St. Petersburg, Florida. Below is the description given of the project by Mesh Architecture. Enjoy!
This project engages with the discourse of contemporary composites through vacuum formed simulations, creating a composite surface by squishing and embedding objects, imitating thin film layers which could eventually have performative qualities such as EL lighting or thin film solar panels. This meta-assembly explores the relationship between the highly articulated figure and a faceted surface. The assembly embeds 3-D printed figures that have been clicked into the surface, pocketed to accommodate the figures.
The ‘Kinesthetic Interaction Space’ is conceived as an interactive architectonic intervention aimed at children with autism, providing sensory stimulation to assist with intervention methods and aid interaction with other children through shared kinesthetic experience. The focus of the thesis is on the development of dynamic material systems that could enable new forms of interactive environment. Architecture is conceptualised as an embodied interface and physical space has been fused with digital media in order to stimulate the imagination of inhabitants. K.I.S. is intended to facilitate playful explorations and fluid dialogues between people. The user learns to interact with their environment through an intuitive process, engaging the physical presence of inhabitants and forming spatial narratives. The system is flexible, transformable and fully demountable, meaning that the same kit of parts can be assembled to adapt to a range of spatial requirements. Rather than one design solution, an infrastructure has been designed for the creation of architectural space, centred upon environmental experience. The thesis was developed through a full-scale prototype that was constructed to enable the experience of the qualities of the surface, both visual and tactile, and the observation of its use, including people’s responses.
Fatalities are likely to happen in panic situations when people try to evacuate Buildings. In this Video, I will share my experience in using Kangaroo physics engine in Grasshopper to simulate crowd behavior. This simulation is accurate enough to support recent literature in this areaFatalities are likely to happen in panic situations when people try to evacuate Buildings. In this Video, I will share my experience in using Kangaroo physic...
Today the Nederlandse Tuinbouwraad (NTR) announced the city of Almere as the location for theFloriade 2022 horticultural expo in the Netherlands. In preparation for the upcoming expo, the city will transform itself into green garden paradise according to plans designed by MVRDV. The expo site will be created as a permanent extension of the city center that will be rooted in sustainability and ecology - MVRDV and Almere promise that Floriade 2022 will be 300% greener than any other expo.
This is the thesis, created and executed by me, Matt Davis, for my B.Arch from Virginia Tech. It is entitled 4 Lines of Architecture. The pictures you see are pictures taken of a 3/8 inch=1 foot model constructed of soldered copper wire of differing gauges. The largest gauge- that of the lines is representative of 4 inch tube steel.
The thesis began with the breaking down of the ‘primitive hut’ into four basic building components- Floor, Stair, Window, and Enclosure. The four elements were each assigned a line. Each of these four is a form-giver to the construct, which is an observation post for Meteor Crater in Arizona, USA. The kicker is that each element has to look back to its line- no matter where it happens to be in the section (top, bottom, left, right)- for its support and structure. If the line is on the top, then perhaps it is hung; on the side? Then there’s a cantilever to deal with.
Thousands and thousands of years ago the surface of the earth was but one supercontinent known as Pangea. Ecosystems once linked with others are today kept apart by oceans and seas after being broken into splinters. From this separation we have developed different cultures and unique environments that have defined the way we live. Yet in our search for knowledge and entertainment one of the few things that unite these worlds can be found within zoos were we can interact and observe animals that are not indigenous to where we live.
This summer, Hunan University’s School of Architecture sponsored the Digital Architecture Laboratory (DAL), a workshop created to bring architects and students together to explore digital fabrication techniques. Hosted in Changsha, China, the workshop was led by Biao Hu, a professor with the university, and Yu Du, an architect with Zaha Hadid Architects. Suryansh Chandra, also with Zaha Hadid Architects, and Shuojiong Zhang, ofUNstudio, were invited to participate as tutors for the workshop, which with a theme of “aggregated porosity” would explore variations in material density and the juxtaposition of solid forms with skeletal ones. Additionally, the project had to be a structure that provided shade and fit within an approximately 10-by-10-by-20-foot area.
This project designed by Juan Jose Sanchez Martinez from the European University of Madrid is a proposition for a subaquatic archeological park of Yenikapi, Istanbul. The grounds of a forgotten harbor for more than 16 centuries restructured into a subaquatic museum transited through a hammam. We face the preservation by the evolution of a new cultural tourism where history and body create an emphatic bond. The project folds with the exterior, it flows towards the landscape, not imitating its forms but its evolutionary process.The historical curved line-up of Instanbulian’s domes compaction is sophisticated into a net of funicular catenary curves, assuming the cultural landscape like a genome-formula that solves the structure.The fold in the inside contains the atmosphere, it is the management of a thermodynamic dérive. The essential is to receive our bodies as in an ecological relation to the space, namely to dip into the mechanism of the corporal thermo-regulation in order to lower the global enthalpy of the project. It’s about generating a multiple system of passive strategies and interlink them to the net of thermal sensations of the body. For instance, the difference of temperature of a dry bulb in the interior of the building would be about 10°C-11°C between summer and winter, but by modifying all the thermodynamic variables of the space (such as relative humidity, speed of air, conduction of the soil, rate of renovation of the air, etc.) we would be able to level out a thermal sensation of 24°C-25°C in the course of one year. This thermodynamic adaptability implies energy savings up to 35%, not because of its mechanism but simply because of its concept.
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