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Techstyle Haus: Solar Decathlon 2014

Techstyle Haus: a Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 competition entry made with textiles.
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OriMetric – new rubber origami driven material exploration // by Mads Hansen

OriMetric – new rubber origami driven material exploration // by Mads Hansen | SOFT Architectures | Scoop.it
  By successfully blending old with new, Danish Designer Mads Jeppe Hansen, has found great inspiration in the art of traditional Japanese paper origami when developing and creating a new clas...

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PARC Researchers’ Invention Could Revolutionize Electronics | MIT Technology Review

PARC Researchers’ Invention Could Revolutionize Electronics | MIT Technology Review | SOFT Architectures | Scoop.it
PARC’s technique of mincing chips into printer ink could revolutionize the way electronics are made.
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Robot swarms aim to bring buildings to life

Robot swarms aim to bring buildings to life | SOFT Architectures | Scoop.it
Meet the man who wants to create architecture that understands everything about us – down to our emotional states – and learns from its mistakes.
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The Architecture of Living Buildings – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science

The Architecture of Living Buildings – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science | SOFT Architectures | Scoop.it
The beautiful photos on this post are by Tim Nowack. Check out his site. Fire ants are self-architects: they construct buildings using their own bodies. Put a chasm in their path, and they’ll unite...

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HygroSkin - FRAC Centre Orléans

The project HygroSkin – Meteorosensitive Pavilion by Achim Menges in collaboration with Oliver David Krieg and Steffen Reichert explores a novel mode of climate-responsive…
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Open-air cinema by Csutoras & Liando built from scaffolding

Open-air cinema by Csutoras & Liando built from scaffolding | SOFT Architectures | Scoop.it
This temporary open-air cinema in Jakarta, designed by Csutoras & Liando, was erected in just 10 days using scaffolding, plywood and industrial fabric.
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Sophia Chang installs stretchy fabric tunnels through a gallery

Sophia Chang installs stretchy fabric tunnels through a gallery | SOFT Architectures | Scoop.it
People could immerse themselves in a huge fabric cocoon at this interactive installation by architect and artist Sophia Chang.
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vehovar & jauslin and formTL inflate aarau bus station canopy - designboom | architecture & design magazine

vehovar & jauslin and formTL inflate aarau bus station canopy - designboom | architecture & design magazine | SOFT Architectures | Scoop.it
architects vehovar & jauslin with engineering firm formTL, have constructed a large floating structure that forms the 'aarau bus station canopy'.
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Trend— Architecture intended to shape behavior

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In 1966, a British planner called Maurice Broady came up with a new term for the architectural lexicon: architectural determinism.

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Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s curator insight, January 13, 2014 7:04 AM
SCUPers continue to learn and share about the planning and design of environments to facilitate and stimulate learning. A similar growth in attention to health care design has an even stronger drive behind it, “because that’s where behavioural changes have life and death consequences.”A recent and related SCUP member resource is the report-out from the first Chapman Prize Award, Research on Learning Space Design: Present State, Future Directions .Tags: Design, Architecture, Learning Environments, Healthcare, Behavior, Facilities Design“Fortunately, there’s a resurgence of belief that buildings can change behaviour, led by a few architectural journals: World Health Design, Environment Behavior and HERD.”This comes after decades of rejection so intense that in 1966 the term architectural determinism was coined to describe the practice of “groundlessly asserting that design solutions would change behavior in a predictable and positive way.”We like this conclusory sentence: “To give architecture back its mojo, a new interest in how architecture changes us must be fostered.”From The Conversation by Jan Golembiewski, Researcher in Environmental Determinants of Mental Health at University of Sydney
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Ceramics don't have to be brittle: Materials scientists are creating materials by design

Ceramics don't have to be brittle: Materials scientists are creating materials by design | SOFT Architectures | Scoop.it
Imagine a balloon that could float without using any lighter-than-air gas. Instead, it could simply have all of its air sucked out while maintaining its filled shape. Such a vacuum balloon, which could help ease the world's current shortage of helium, can only be made if a new material existed that ...

 

 


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This Startup Is Turning the Human Body Into a Next Gen Design Platform

This Startup Is Turning the Human Body Into a Next Gen Design Platform | SOFT Architectures | Scoop.it
The story of this startup begins with a murder.
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Making architecture come alive : Mita's Group - YouTube

The Mita Laboratory is researching smart sensor networks that include robots, along with diagnostic methods, for obtaining information about the environment ...
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Barkow Leibinger’s “Kinetic Wall” prototype exhibited at the Venice Biennale 2014 | News | Archinect

Barkow Leibinger’s “Kinetic Wall” prototype exhibited at the Venice Biennale 2014 | News | Archinect | SOFT Architectures | Scoop.it
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Emotion in Architecture

research thesis "emotion in architecture; the experience of the user"
Simon Droog and Paul de Vries
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Faculty of Architecture TU Delft
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Hush felt pod by Freyja Sewell

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Felt pod chair called Hush by British designer Freyja Sewell made from biodegradable felt presented at Clerkenwell Design Week 2013.
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solar powered cumulus parasol by studio toer self-inflates in the sun - designboom | architecture & design magazine

solar powered cumulus parasol by studio toer self-inflates in the sun - designboom | architecture & design magazine | SOFT Architectures | Scoop.it
netherlands-based studio toer has designed 'the cumulus parasol', a solar powered shade which self-inflates when the sun starts shining.
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Body Atlas Reveals Where We Feel Happiness and Shame - D-brief | DiscoverMagazine.com

Body Atlas Reveals Where We Feel Happiness and Shame - D-brief | DiscoverMagazine.com | SOFT Architectures | Scoop.it
New research shows emotional states are associated with distinct bodily sensations regardless of culture and so specific that they can be mapped.

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Emanuele Naboni's curator insight, May 2, 2014 7:50 AM

quite interesting opportunity to related body temperature to space design

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Retractable Roof House Kinetically Adapted to the Climate of Melbourne

Retractable Roof House Kinetically Adapted to the Climate of Melbourne | SOFT Architectures | Scoop.it

As the name suggests, the Convertible Courtyards House, by Christopher Megowan Design, kinetically adapts to the notoriously variable climate found in Melbourne, Australia. This project added a kitchen, living area, dining area, bathroom, master bedroom, ensuite and two decks to a previously overlooked yet charming weatherboard cottage in the inner urban suburb of Prahran. Nestled on an intimate street, the existing house is one of a series of heritage protected cottages. In response to the north-facing block of land, a central courtyard was created between the weatherboard and modern extension in order to flood the open kitchen, living and dining area with natural light...


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