Monthly Archives: May 2015

10 Projects That Lay Out the Future of Brick


South Asian Human Rights Documentation Centre

Briefed to block noise and direct sunlight while retaining some light and ventilation. It screens an office building for a Human Rights NGO. The project demonstrates the delicacy that brick can have — in a form that would not be conceived with any other material. A new generation of architects are reimagining what a brick building is, and their work demonstrates that, far from being anachronistic, brick is likely to remain relevant in the future as new ways are found to exploit its many qualities. Brick doesn’t have the grandeur of stone or the modernity of concrete or steel. But they do have a remarkable series of properties: they’re economical, weather resistant, and fireproof. They can be made locally from natural materials and they’re recyclable. They’re also environmentally efficient, as their open cell structure stores heat and releases it slowly, making brick buildings cool in summer and warm in winter. Lastly, bricks are also widely liked by non-architects.

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Article Written by : William Hall

Photo by : Architizer

Source : Architizer

Transforming cladding system into a bioreactor with Urban Algae Canopy


Visualisation of the Urban Algae Canopy by ecoLogicStudio

London architecture practice ecoLogicStudio’s Urban Algae Canopy, which was unveiled at the 2015 Milan Expo, is a pavilion made from an ETFE (Ethylene Tetrafluoroethylene) skin that has been adapted to grow algae inside it. It takes an existing architectural technology and readapts it to host microalgal cultures. The system works by pumping oxygen and a solution of water, algae and nutrients through the ETFE cushions. The rate of the algae’s growth inside the system will vary with the strength of the sun.

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Article Written by : Ben Hobson

Photo by : EcoLogicStudio

Source : dezeen

Walk on Water in a Projection-Mapped Paddy Field



Upcropping of projection mapped screens takes root in teamLab’s interactive installation at this year’s Milan Expo. Staged in the Japanese Pavilion, HARMONY reimagines the symbolic Japanese rice paddy, the age-old foundation of country’s agricultural, as leaf-shaped screens reflecting pools of multicolored light. Installed at different heights throughout the room, the projection-mapped field replies to visitors’ movements with a myriad of dynamic designs, blooming in green swaths of grass and wriggling with silvery schools of fish. “This interactive art installation creates a space where visitors look as if they are wading their way through the ears of rice,” says teamLab on their website. “As they wander around, they can experience a passing of nature that is so characteristic of Japan across the period of a whole year.”

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Article Written by : Sami Emory

Photo by : teamLab

Source : the Creators Project

Janet Echelman Suspends Massive Aerial Sculpture Over Boston’s Greenway


Janet Echelman Suspends Massive Aerial Sculpture.

Janet Echelman‘s latest aerial sculpture has been suspended 365 feet above Boston’s Rose Kennedy Greenway. On view through October 2015, the monumental installation spans 600 feet, occupying a void where an elevated highway once divided the city’s downtown from its waterfront. “The sculpture’s form echoes the history of its location,” describes Echelman. “The three voids recall the ‘Tri-Mountain’ which was razed in the 18th-century to create land from the harbor. The colored banding is a nod to the six traffic lanes that once overwhelmed the neighborhood, before the Big Dig buried them and enabled the space to be reclaimed for urban pedestrian life.”

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Article Written by : Rosenfield Karissa.

Photo by : Image © Peter Vanderwarker

Source : archdaily

What Is The Role Of Hand Drawing In Today’s Architecture?


Competitions such as the RIBA Journal’s “Eye Line” contest celebrate the importance of drawing.

Historically, the ability to draw by hand – both to create precise technical drawings and expressive sketches – has been central to the architecture profession. But, with the release and subsequent popularization of Computer Aided Design (CAD) programs since the early 1980s, the prestige of hand drawing has been under siege. Today, with increasingly sophisticated design and presentation software, from Revit to Rhinoceros, gaining in popularity, the importance of hand drawing has become a topic of heated discussion.

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Article Written by : Rory Stott

Photo by : Image © Tom Noonan

Source : archdaily

Which Projection Mapping software?


Do you want to start projection mapping…?

The good news is that there are a lot of programs out there that will allow you to do so, but before you put the time in to learning any of them, take a quick peek at the thoughts for just play around in our Tools section and see for yourself. These tools are just the start and if you learn one, then the next step is to start making content for your mappings. What’s great is that a lot of the software used for creating content is cross platform, Mac & PC mainly. Popular tools of the trade include, Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, & Cinema 4D, while there are many more, these 4 and others like them should give you a large enough playground to create custom visuals. Additionally, check out OpenFrameworks, Isodora, Max MSP, vvvv, and Processing.

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Article Written by : Cornelius

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First Zero Net Energy Community In California Announced


First Zero Net Energy Community In California

There are several ZNE homes throughout California, but none clustered at one community. This community not only allows the value of operation cost reduction to the homeowners, but provides much-needed data to the utilities about kW production and demand at each home, and cumulatively at the transformer level to provide needed data to design service for community level Zero Energy as California building code progresses toward this standard. Meritage Homes is opening the first zero net energy community in California in Fontana, which is about 50 miles east of Los Angeles. Twenty of their Sierra Crest homes comprise the community. It is expected that 6 of the 20 will be ready by July of this year.

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Article Written by : Jake Richardson

Photo by : Meritage Homes

Source : cleantechnica.