Monaco-born artist Michel Blazy creates sculptures and installations out of everyday objects, often delivering an entertaining discourse on the brevity of life and fragile beauty. The artist’s latest installation, entitled “Bouquet Final”, has found a home in the medieval monastery College des Bernardins in Paris, filling the austere surroundings with flowing quantities of ever-growing foam masses. Blazy’s use of foam explores the inherent ephemeral qualities of the substance, a stark contrast to the hard stone architecture of the space.
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.
Cities produce more than 70 percent of the world’s carbon emissions, and transport is one of the largest contributors. Therefore, getting urban transport right is crucial to the health of our cities and our planet.
Our Cities Ourselves, a project of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, attempts to address these issues and promote a vision for our cities that is more livable, equitable, and sustainable. By highlighting international best practices and successful case studies, OCO seeks to facilitate an exchange of ideas on present urban conditions, key challenges, and possible solutions to realize our vision for better cities.
The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy works with cities worldwide to bring about sustainable transport solutions that cut greenhouse gas emissions, reduce poverty, and improve the quality of urban life.
In this interview Patrik Schumacher defends Parametricism as the global style for the 21st Century, conceived in the great lineage of epochal styles like Renaissance, Baroque and Modernism. It is defined and argued for on the basis of its results rather than in terms of its adopted techniques. The renewed concept of style is defended as factor in the formation and promotion of the global movement of Parametricism. The task is posed of advancing Parametricism from avant-garde hegemony to mainstream hegemony. To achieve this Parametricism is grounded in a general theory of architecture - the theory of architectural autopoiesis - which in turn is grounded in a general theory of society, namely Niklas Luhmann’s social systems theory. This theory understands society as a system of communications. Accordingly all architectural design is communication design. Under the heading of ‘parametric semiology’ this conception can be operationalized via the integration of agent based crowd modeling into the design process.
The crescendo of media reports about the advent of a DIY printable firearm has caused an understandable uproar. In the wake of so many high-profile, mass-casualty incidents involving firearms — and a lot of impotent rage by our elected officials — it seems counterintuitive that, as we circle the wagons around the idea of passing rational gun legislation at the federal level, we can also literally create a gun.
When I was in high school, some classmates brought a crinkled copy of “The Anarchist’s Cookbook” that they printed off the Internet. I, being an inquisitive teenager, flipped through the pages with a certain morbid curiosity. I didn’t know you could make a tennis ball bomb, or even develop thermite plasma that could melt through steel, in your basement or garage. Of course, the rational part of me knew I would never experiment with such ingredients, but I couldn’t help but be a little concerned about the people who would.
Now, the Internet is no longer the provenance of a select, geeky few, but rather is a mainstream information source that often eclipses television and leaves radio and print media in the dust. What was once accessible only by people in the know is now highly publicized.
"The Competition" is a film following 5 celebrity architects competing for the same project
Jean Nouvel, Frank Gehry, Dominique Perrault, Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster are selected to participate in the design of the future National Museum of Art of Andorra, a first in the Pyrenees small country. Norman Foster drops out of the competition after a change in the rules that allow the documentary to happen. Three months of design work go into the making of the different proposals, while, behind doors, a power struggle between the different architects and the client has a profound impact on the level of transparency granted by each office to the resident documentary crew, and which has a definite influence in the material shown in the film.
Danish architecture firm, BIG - led by Bjarke Ingels – has been announced as the winner of an international invited competition for the design of Europa City, a 800,000 square meter cultural, recreational and retail development in Triangle de Gonesse, France. Combining city development with an open landscape, Europa City creates a dynamic center of activity for visitors and residents, appealing to the variety of functions of city life. Europa City is situated along the route from Charles de Gaule Airport to Paris and has a wide range of programs that is part of a larger initiative to attract international tourism into the northern parts of Paris.
For Wired's 20th anniversary, we investigate the first generation born into a world that has never not known digital life. If you want to understand the past two decades, they are perhaps the perfect subjects.
Wired Design interviewed Otto Stockmeier the day after he and Derek Van Gorder released their science fiction short film, C (299,792 km/s). Stockmeier discusses how their movie was made with limited resources, raising money onKickstarter and using basic film making tools available to most everyone. 3D design software for CAD, CAE, and CAM designers
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...
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.
This is the third “mass leaving event” I know of in OSE history (others were in 2009 and 2011). There has also been a steady stream of individual volunteers leaving because of the poor management. Money spent on OSE has been wasteful thus far because the management has been wasteful – constantly destroying and rebuilding the community. This might well have been the last blow on OSE and widespread bad press will follow for the first time and the money sources will dry up.