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Minale-Maeda’s 3D Printed Connector Can be Downloaded to Make DIY Furniture

Minale-Maeda’s 3D Printed Connector Can be Downloaded to Make DIY Furniture | Form and inspiration | Scoop.it
Italo-Japanese Studio Minale-Maeda has come up with Keystones, a little clever connector for making your own furniture.
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AskNature

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AskNature is the world's first digital library of Nature's solutions, organized by function, that can serve as an educational and cross-pollinating tool as well as a collaboration forum among biologists, engineers, designers and other innovators.
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Artificial Leaf Can Make Oxygen in Space with Water and Light

Artificial Leaf Can Make Oxygen in Space with Water and Light | Form and inspiration | Scoop.it
Julian Melchiorri has created a plant that can produce oxygen using just water and light.

 

It seems like we are constantly getting a little bit closer to being able to live in outer space, but one teeny-tiny little detail keeps holding us back: oxygen. Plants just don’t like zero gravity environments, and toting around an indefinite oxygen supply isn’t really feasible. Enter the Silk Leaf: a manmade “plant” that can actually create endless oxygen using light and water.

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19-Year-Old Develops Ocean Cleanup Array That Could Remove 7,250,000 Tons Of Plastic From the World's Oceans

19-Year-Old Develops Ocean Cleanup Array That Could Remove 7,250,000 Tons Of Plastic From the World's Oceans | Form and inspiration | Scoop.it
19 year old Boyan Slat has designed the Ocean Cleaup Array which could reduce the world’s oceanic garbage patches by removing 7,2500,000 tonnes from them.
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17-Year-Old Builds Algae Biofuel Lab in Her Bedroom

17-Year-Old Builds Algae Biofuel Lab in Her Bedroom | Form and inspiration | Scoop.it

17-year-old Sara Volz invented a process that increases the amount of biofuel produced by algae to win this year’s Intel Science Talent Search. The Colorado Springs student claimed the $100,000 grand prize with her project, which uses artificial selection to pinpoint which organisms are churning out the most fuel. This new method not only helps to bring down the overall cost of algae biofuel, but it was developed primarily in her bedroom under a lofted bed!

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Monolith Clock Concept Is Not Your Traditional 2D Clock | Tuvie

Monolith Clock Concept Is Not Your Traditional 2D Clock | Tuvie | Form and inspiration | Scoop.it

Designed by Emre Bakir and Mustafa Karakus from Negrocobre Design Studio, Monolith clock concept offers a new perspective in telling the time. The body of this unique clock doesn’t look like your traditional clock, in fact, it’s a combination of a clock and a fine art. Throughout human history, time has been an important concept, it’s the oldest human inventions to meet the needs to measure daily intervals of time. The concept of “o’ clock” is a modern one. Monolith clock has been designed in three dimensions to break the boundaries of classic two dimensions clocks.

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Submergence: Hundreds of Floating LED Lights Dazzle Visitors at Oslo’s Galleri ROM

Submergence: Hundreds of Floating LED Lights Dazzle Visitors at Oslo’s Galleri ROM | Form and inspiration | Scoop.it
Designed by collective Squidsoup, Emergence combines 8,064 seemingly floating LED lights, that pulsate along with music when visitors pass through them.
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Golden Moon by LEAD

Golden Moon by LEAD | Form and inspiration | Scoop.it
Built in only eleven days, a spiky temporary pavilion combined Hong Kong’s building customs and craftsmanship with digital design techniques.

Having won the 2012 Gold Award for the Lantern Wonderland design organized by the Hong Kong Tourism Board, the giant light-weight geodesic structure occupied the Mid-Autumn Festival for 6 days in a reflective pool in Hong Kong’s Victoria Park.

Practice LEAD (an acronym for Laboratory for Explorative Architecture and Design) used the concept of a Chinese lantern to envisage the form, making references to the myths and traditions behind the festival: ‘According to the romantic story Chang’e (Moon Goddess of Immortality) lives on the moon, away from her husband Houyi who lives on earth. The couple can only meet on the night of the Mid-Autumn Festival when the moon is at its fullest and most beautiful.’ To symbolize the passion between the couple, the six storey-high spherical structure was clad with fabric that resembled the shape and colour of flames.

Translucent fabric of eight differing colours (from intense ivory and yellow to orange, red and deep bordeaux), metal wire and bamboo were used to construct the pavilion – creating a light, colourful execution. An off-centre grid was designed digitally and formed primarily from steel. The slight tilt gave the dome an asymmetric form, altering angles to draw people into the sphere. A bamboo secondary structure held the fabric cladding which was lit by a spread of LED lights which varied in colour throughout the exhibition.

‘Through a combination of state-of-the-art digital design technology and traditional hand craftsmanship, complex geometry can be built at high speed and low cost with the simplest of means. It rethinks the premise of digital design by anchoring the paradigm in a strong materiality’, say architects Kristof Crolla and Adam Fingrut of LEAD.

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rAndom International’s Sparkling Rain Room Lets You Play in the Rain Without Getting Wet

rAndom International’s Sparkling Rain Room Lets You Play in the Rain Without Getting Wet | Form and inspiration | Scoop.it

Andom International's Rain Room is a spectacular installation that recreates the fun of playing in the rain - except it's indoors, and you never get wet! The installation is programmed to track movements, and the curtain of rain stops when a visitor approaches it. The compelling and brilliantly choreographed work is located in London’s fantastic Barbican Centre. It may sound crazy in a city renowned for rainy days (surely a sun installation would be more popular!), but it encourages a sensation of power, safety and intrigue.

 

 

 

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Scientists Use Super-Strong Bacteria to Produce 24K Gold

Scientists Use Super-Strong Bacteria to Produce 24K Gold | Form and inspiration | Scoop.it

A team of Michigan State University researchers have discovered a bacterium that has the ability to withstand incredible amounts of toxicity to create 24-karat gold. This process, known as microbial alchemy, will help scientists turn a substance of no value into a solid, precious metal.

The team was led by Kazem Kashefi, assistant professor of microbiology and molecular genetics. Working along with Adam Brown, associate professor of electronic art and intermedia, the team discovered that the metal-tolerant bacteria Cupriavidus metallidurans can grow on massive concentrations of gold chloride – or liquid gold, a toxic chemical compound found in nature.

According to the research team, the bacteria is at least 25 times stronger than previously reported. They also combined their research with an art installation called “The Great Work of the Metal Lover”, which uses a combination of biotechnology, art and alchemy to turn liquid gold into 24-karat gold. The sculpture contains a portable laboratory, a glass bioreactor and the bacteria, which produce gold in front of an audience.Brown and Kashefi fed the bacteria unprecedented amounts of gold chloride and within a week the bacteria transformed the toxins into a gold nugget. “This is neo-alchemy. Every part, every detail of the project is a cross between modern microbiology and alchemy,” Brown said. “Science tries to explain the phenomenological world. As an artist, I’m trying to create a phenomenon. Art has the ability to push scientific inquiry.”

 

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SOL Grotto by Rael San Fratello Architects

SOL Grotto by Rael San Fratello Architects | Form and inspiration | Scoop.it

Rael San Fratello Architects has found a new purpose for 1368 leftover glass tubes from bankrupt panel manufacturer Solyndra.

For the Natural Discourse group show, the studio used the tubes for an installation deep in the natural haven of Berkeley's Botanical Garden. The tubes connect a cabin’s interior and exterior, lighting it naturally with daylight – and thus varying their luminosity throughout the day – while amplifying outside sounds for a more intense contemplation experience inside.

While isolating the visitor from natural surroundings, the installation enhances the sensual perception of the environment.

The exhibition is a collaborative project between The University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley and a multi-disciplinary group of artists, writers, architects and researchers; it will be on view until 20 January 2013.

 

 

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Bouquet Final by Michel Blazy

Bouquet Final by Michel Blazy | Form and inspiration | Scoop.it
French artist Michel Blazy filled a 13th century Parisian monastery with showers of soapy foam.

The incredible juxtaposition of material and architecture was part of Blazy’s Bouquet Final installation, presented earlier this summer at the Colleges des Bernardines in Paris' Latin Quarter.

Oozing from 4.5m of scaffolding, the thick white foam slowly drips to cover the ancient floor of the sacristy. A new performance begins every morning; at night, the foam is cleaned and the stage set for the next day-long show. Blazy says the concept references life and enchantment.

The result is a statement that contrasts the cheap accessibility of soap suds with the grandeur of the monastery space. The dripping suds create the framework for an abstract, pictorial masterpiece.

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Inner Forest-X.Studio

Inner Forest-X.Studio | Form and inspiration | Scoop.it

Iván Juárez, founder and principal of Mexican firm x.studio was part of the 2011 A-I-R program at Centre Dalsåsen. The art center is located on the west coast of Norway where a range of landscapes interconnect. Juárez enjoyed the fjords, forests, the ocean, rivers, waterfalls, and mountains. His creation is directly inspired by nature and is a reflection of a connection to the fjords landscape. His relationship with the environment was the essence of the work.

 

To build his pavilion, Juárez spent a lot of time collecting materials from the forest floor – mainly pine cones. These seeds of the forest were carefully stacked to make a semi-enclosed cylinder that envelops the viewer in the textures of the forest. Inside, the pavilion directs the view up and out of the top towards the forest canopy and the sky beyond. The pavilion is as much about the act of its creation as it is about the final product.

 

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Sologic Unveils the First Ever Life-Sized eTree Charging Station

Sologic Unveils the First Ever Life-Sized eTree Charging Station | Form and inspiration | Scoop.it
Heard of the eTree? If not, get ready to plug in and charge your phone with free, green energy.
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Budapest Trams look like time travalling vehicles

Budapest Trams look like time travalling vehicles | Form and inspiration | Scoop.it

In 2009 the Budapest Transport Company started a beautiful festive tradition of covering some of its trams in LEDs.

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BMW GINA Light Visionary Model: Premiere

With the development of the BMW GINA Light Visionary Model the BMW Group presents trendsetting solutions. Chris Bangle gives us a first impression of the ideas behind the process of sculpturing an experimental study. This is the story behind this innovation!
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3Doodler: World’s First ’3D-Printing Pen’ Lets You Draw Designs in Thin Air!

3Doodler: World’s First ’3D-Printing Pen’ Lets You Draw Designs in Thin Air! | Form and inspiration | Scoop.it

Desktop 3D printing technology has allowed builders to take control of their projects with an astonishing degree of precision. For those who want a little more manual control and and a smaller price point, the 3Doodler by the folks at WobbleWorks is a great alternative. As the world’s first 3D-printing pen, the device takes the heated extrusion head of a normal 3D-printer and uses a single piece of ABS or PLA plastic threaded through the back. The standalone device allows the user to effectively draw in the air, making structures that stand as strong and rigid as anything constructed by the Makerbot, if slightly less finished in appearance.

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Dutch Architects to Build ‘Endless’ Möbius-Inspired House Using Giant 3D Printer

Dutch Architects to Build ‘Endless’ Möbius-Inspired House Using Giant 3D Printer | Form and inspiration | Scoop.it
Amsterdam-based architect Janjaap Ruijssenaars is preparing to build the one of the world's largest 3D-printed house.
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Camper by Benedetta Tagliabue (EMBT)

Camper by Benedetta Tagliabue (EMBT) | Form and inspiration | Scoop.it
These shoes were made for walking – up miniature hills, along slick metal glaciers, and right into the walls.

Benedetta Tagliabue’s design for Camper’s first American location – in Washington D.C. – has created a shop that should entice kids and adults alike. The inspiration for the store, her third after Sevilla and Barcelona, is diverse, citing fun house mirrors that distort your reflection, the rugged surfaces on a long walk, and the creation of the shoe itself.

The result is a bright, graphic store with walls of mirrors, snaking silver light fixtures, and ribbed wooden shelving units covered with a dripping overlay of reflective metal. In the centre of the shop, a boot-shaped shelf undulates into a low bench, while red, white and mirrored silhouettes of heels and sneakers blend into one.

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concrete facade of the Stadthalle in Chemnitz

concrete facade of the Stadthalle in Chemnitz | Form and inspiration | Scoop.it

concrete facade of the Stadthalle in Chemnitz, Germany by architect Rudolf Weißer

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SuperBrands at London Design Festival

SuperBrands at London Design Festival | Form and inspiration | Scoop.it

Richard Hutton's product for Ngispen is brilliant in its simplicity - it is laser cut from a single sheet creating absolutely no waste.

 

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Aluminum Plates by Arnold Goron for Isabel Marant

Aluminum Plates by Arnold Goron for Isabel Marant | Form and inspiration | Scoop.it
French artist and designer Arnold Goron has filled seven high fashion stores with installations of aluminum plates stapled to wooden structures.
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Shaping Traditional Oral knowledge

Shaping Traditional Oral knowledge | Form and inspiration | Scoop.it

Save food from the fridge

 

This project is about traditional oral knowledge which has been accumulated from experience and transmitted by mouth to mouth. Particularly focusing on the food preservation, it looks at a feasible way of bringing that knowledge into everyday life.

Through the research into the current situation of food preservation, I’ve learned that we hand over the responsibility of taking care of food to the technology, the refrigerator. We don’t observe the food any more and we don’t understand how to treat it.

Therefore my design looks at re-introducing and re-evaluating traditional oral knowledge of food, which is closer to nature. Furthermore, it aims to bring back the connection between different levels of living beings, we as human beings and food ingredients as other living beings.

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