Peter Cook and Becky Northey are tree shapers. Their designs are so ten years ago; but still worth a post.
Materials used: water, sunlight, soil… and a sprout planted in 1998 of course. An examplary image of sustainable furniture.
In the nineties laser printers revolutionized graphic design. Currently 3d desktop printers are revolutionizing industrial design. Next we will be printing buildings and revolutionize architecture.
“D_shape technology makes it possible to 3D print 6 by 6 by 1m parts. These parts could either be shipped to the construction site or the entire building could be 3D printed on location. The parts made by D_shape resemble ‘sandstone.’ They are comparable in strength to reinforced concrete and the ingredients are the binding material and any type of sand. D_Shape’s materials cost more than regular concrete but much less manpower is needed for construction. No scaffolding needs to be constructed so overall building cost should be lower than traditional building methods.
“The system works with a rigging that is suspended over the buildable part. The system deposits the sand and then the inorganic binding ink. No water is necessary. Because the two components meet outside the nozzle, the machine does not clog up and can keep up its accuracy of 25 DPI. Enrico and D_Shape are currently talking to lots of construction & engineering companies and architects about their technology.
“The technology would seem to be especially interesting for these architects. With D-Shape they could make previously impossible forms and indeed approach a building not as a place where planes intersect but much more organically. As with regular 3D printing methods a lot of forms can only be made in this way. I for one would love to work in a Moebius strip office building….”
Neo was here.
A renewable energy technology company in Australia designed this power generation system inspired by the shape of the tailfins of sharks, tuna and mackerel. The currents on the ocean floor impose a force on the fin of the BioStream device. The to-and-fro motion of the fin is directed into a specially designed gearbox that converts the oscillating motion into a rotational motion that drives a conventional dynamo.
Its title might be self-explanatory and it sure looks intriguing… however kokkugia fails to give a thorough description for this architectual piece. Classified as ‘peculiar image’ until further notice.
Ten tons of cement were pourred into this grasscutters ant colony, revealing a subterranean structure of 8 meters / 26 feet deep. ‘Ant-City’ was built including circulating ventilation shafts and funghi gardens interconnected through pipelines.
Assuming that this is the work of a collective mind – would be logical. But then; imagine how would advanced aliens – studying earths cities – describe our architectual skills? Hence the real question should be: “How do aliens communicate?!”
This installation in P.S. 1 countryard (NY) serves as a music stage, leisure space and a vertical public farm. It grows – amongst others – peas, mint, rhubarb, and fennel. Cardboard tubes from concrete casting are used as planters while structural columns contain phone-charging stations and juice dispensers.
Set amid farmland in rural Japan, this small project is a bizarre hybrid of landscape art and infrastructure. It consists of a square, 20-space car park that looks as if it has been struck by an earthquake – its corners have been lifted into the air, its surface ripples and buckles and a great gash has been torn in its black asphalt surface.
Creativity for all! Design used to be predestined to a select group of qualified brand–owning designers. That model is made redundant. At least, if it is up to Studio Ludens in Eindhoven (The Netherlands). Today you can sculpt and buy your lamp or coaster on the internet; tomorrow it’s your house, car and mother–in–law. In the Next Nature everyone is a designer.
Never, 1999. By Nina Saunders
Remember the wind shaped pavilion? In Dubai they do it bigger. Architect David Fisher designed a skyscraper that rotates by wind power. Each floor rotates independently at different speeds, resulting in an ever changing shape that is not only spectacular but – with a wind turbine on every floor – should also be self-powered.
On the inside: Luxury penthouse villas, which will be over 1,000 square meters, will be completely custom-made to fulfill individual buyer’s personal needs, they will also include an indoor swimming pool, voice activated features, demotic control systems, built in phone system. Villa’s residents will have the possibility to drive directly into the building were a special elevator take their car to their floor and park at the entrance to their Villa’s.
You’ve got to see it to believe it. Although – as we write – construction is yet to start. The rotating tower is one of those structures to become famous already from their computer renderings. Seems to be a whole architectural category of its own nowadays. We call it image building… and Dubai is taking the lead.
Ken Ohyama makes Japanese interchanges look like a beautiful forest. How about a picnic?
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Lilium Urbanus is a collaborative senior thesis project by Anca Risca and Joji Tsuruga, recent graduates of SVA. Pretty cool to watch, the video is a metaphor of urban landscapes applied to a flourishing plant!
With their project ‘Rules of Six’ architects Aranda & Lasch envision an unpredictable, self-generating landscape of interlocking hexagons that could represent rooms, buildings or entire urban neighborhoods. The work explores self-assembly and modularity across scales. Using Rhino3D, high-density foam and an algorithm that mimicks the growth patterns of microscopic structures, they create a sprawling matrix of three-dimensional structures that can multiply indefinitely without sacrificing stability. Is this the organic-algorithmic city of tomorrow?
Growing buildings from crystal-like structures not only sounds utterly nextnature & fantastic, but also familiar: I bet these architects loved Superman’s Fortress of Solitude as kids.
You can watch it grow in front of your eyes. Via Core.form-ula.
Every fashionable self-conscious modern bird needs one of these futuristic dwellings, no? Designed by Kevin Sethapun.