Workshop Leaders: Martin De Bie, Irene Posch. New hybrid tools combining digital fabrication and traditional craft disciplines represent new challenges and possibilities for creation today. In this skill-share workshop, we will give an overview ...
"The next generation of materials are growing stronger and lighter thanks to superior modelling technology and 3D printing systems. Take the the Nanoscribe 3D printer Photonic Professional GT: this 3D laser lithography system can tackle rapid and powerful micro – and nanofabrication tasks in three dimensions. "
Daniel Stoupin, a PhD student at the University of Queensland in Australia, has created a stunning must-see video that will open your eyes to just how little most of us understand about the many different forms of life we have here on Earth. His “Slow Life” video combines thousands of ...
In an increasingly complex world, how do we know what is 'good'? Everything is shifting: political situations, financial structures, ecological strategies. How do we design for a complex and contradictory world? How should we equip designers to deal with change and uncertainty - not just for survival, but to flourish?
Can nature help restore harmony in our cities?Our cities are facing an uncertain future. Underground roads and automated transport, permeable pavements and water roofs, vertical farming and even glowing trees – from large-scale interventions to smaller scale enrichments, cities in the future will need to look vastly different to cities now.
Cities Alive – rethinking green infrastructure – shows how the creation of a linked ‘city ecosystem’ that encompasses 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.
Supported by the Landscape Institute and Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, Cities Alive leads us to five key requirements with significant implications for the future design of cities.
1. We need to recognise ‘urban green’ as more than an aesthetic consideration – it’s a fundamental part of an urban ‘ecosystem’ which improves social interaction and physical and mental health
2. We must make landscapes work harder, for multiple end-users and to improve climate change resilience, through a multi-functional design approach
3. Design creativity is needed to deliver a green city ecosystem – from both city-wide strategic projects down to more imaginative uses of space within the layers of a city
4. By capitalising on advances in technology to measure the value that nature delivers through ecosystems services, we can optimise the planning and design of urban space to meet future demands
5. We need an integrated approach to delivery that better links and connects policy to transgress ‘silo-driven’ cultures and achieve long term benefits.