It’s been up for a little bit, but I did want to post here my Creative Mornings ABQ presentation The Robotic Other. Thanks again to Roxanne and the Creative Mornings ABQ crew for making this a fantastic event.
Still from ‘Solipsist,’ directed by Andrew Thomas Huang
Achim Menges just finished his fifth ICD / ITKE Pavilion, his third in carbon fiber. As always, Achim utilizes a biomemetic strategy as the driver of the pavilion’s design, in this case he borrows from the weaving technique of the Diving Bell Spider. The Diving Bell lives underwater and to facilitate breathing it creates web-reinforced air bubbles. These bubbles served as the model for the ETFE / carbon fiber pavilion, utilizing a pneumatic framework for the strands.
What’s particularly notable about this year’s pavilion vs previous years, is the design of the robot itself. A Kuka arm was modded to not only place fiber and resin / glue in place, but also to respond to the deformations of the pneumatic formwork in real time. The structure is efficient and formally compelling, but the architectural team modifying a fabrication robot to this degree is the real innovation. Achim keeps setting the bar extremely high for the rest of us…
More about the 2015 ICD / ITKE Pavilion here.
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Obscura Digital’s installation for the F8 conference uses 3D Cameras like Kinects to track users and map similar interests, friends, locations, etc. The installation queries the user’s Facebook profiles, and uses the data to drive the floor projections. It’s a pretty interesting convergence of digital communication in physical space.
Read more here.
Passed along by Kameron Baumgardner.
I couldn’t be more honored to be presenting at the inaugural Creative Mornings ABQ. The nation-wide Creative Mornings theme will be “Robots”, so I’ll be talking about robots, architecture, and architecture for robots… the event will be hosted by Westbund West, so if you’re in ABQ either register here or come on by!
Here’s a collection of concept sketches done in Processing for my ARCH 602 design studio. The studio’s been looking at how digital communication is effecting a sense of place, these sketches are the start of proposals for a dynamic, enhanced physical environment.
Sound & color Movement
Movement web created with several node systems that have varying size/ stroke weight dependent on their proximity to one another.
Conceptual adaptive city
Teal block representing digital realm, orange block representing physical realm. When conditions are just right, a tertiary space emerges (the noisy bubbles) which represents a zone between digital/physical.
I’m not 100% that I’ll be there yet, but will be posting on that when I know. Feel free to connect through @aw_4.
Last summer I was lucky enough to attend the inaugural semester of the European Graduate School’s Digital Design PhD program. The EGS is well known for it’s philosophy / media & communications program, which has featured instructors like Slavlov Zizek, Jean Baudrillard, and Paul Virilio- Manuel De Landa is not only a former instructor, but an alumnus as well. The Digital Design program featured the jaw-dropping lineup of Neil Leach, Ben Bratton, Achim Menges, Patrik Schumacher, John Frazier, & Alisa Andrasek- and is bringing them all back next summer. The second year lineup will include Philip Beesley, Mark Burry, Vinca Kruk and Daniel van der Velden from Metahaven, Casey Reas, Rem Koolhaas, Sanford Kwinter and François Roche- so obviously I’m stoked. They’ve also introduced an Architecture and Urbanism PhD, which will feature some of the names already mentioned along with Keller Easterling.
The program is not just unique for its faculty but also for its format- each class is three days with two three-hour lectures. Every night there is a presentation by one of the faculty that’s open to all of the programs, so it’s remarkably intense. The entire “semester” is packed into 3 weeks, but was more productive than some semesters I had in grad school. The program was completely catalytic for my own work, and I could not recommend it enough… and that’s before you get to the fact that it’s located in Saas-Fee, the “Pearl of the Swiss Alps.”
The EGS is starting to post the lectures from last summer, I’ll be posting them here as well as documenting my experience this summer. Feel free to hit me up with questions on the comments below.