Monthly Archives: September 2015

Top 10 parametric buildings around the world

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The Hangzhou Tennis Center Hangzhou, China, 2015 by NBBJ and China Construction Design International (CCDI).

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Beijing National Aquatics Center (Water Cube), Beijing, China, 2007 by PTW Architects, CSCEC, CCDI, and Arup.

What is a Parametric Building?

To identify a parametric building, we should first know the technical meaning of the word ‘parameter’. Parameter as stated in the Oxford dictionary is “A numerical or other measurable factor forming one of a set that defines a system or sets the conditions of its operation.” Hence, parametric design is a generative process that employs basic parameters in a specific formula. The formula contains mathematical functions of algorithms that are generated digitally through scripting and coding to accomplish successful design, or to find a suitable solution for architectural design problem. .

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Article Written by : Aidan Imanova

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New Energy Technologies want to make Electricity with Every Window

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Can be applied on traditional skyscraper windows.

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They can tint in custom colors.

American company, new energy technologies is developing electricity generating transparent windows and products for America’s 85 million detached homes and commercial buildings. Their mission has been to create solar windows which produce impressive amounts of clean electricity, that benefit the environment and the building landscape. The team developed a coating capable of generating electricity on glass and flexible plastics that is processed uniformly in different color tints. These polymer organic photovoltaic arrays are clear and only capture UV rays which can be scaled up and have unparalleled manufacturability.

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Article Written by : Piotr Boruslawski

Image courtesy of : New Energy Technologies

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Artists Turn a Concrete Parking Lot into a Cross of Light

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They transformed the empty concrete space into a dynamic strobing interplay of light, shadow, and sound all synced together.

Light and sound artist duo Nonotak Studio—Noemi Schipfer and Takami Nakamoto–recently overtook an underground parking lot in Le Mans, France as part of the Teriaki Festival. They transformed the empty concrete space into a dynamic strobing interplay of light, shadow, and sound all synced together.
Called Horizon V.2—Nonotak often create evolved versions of specific pieces, the first iteration of this was performed at Tate Britain in June—it features two cross-shaped lines of lights on stands which create a dreamy subterranean environment. Light and audio bounce off the surfaces and ricochet amongst the pillons to create dancing silhouettes and pools of light, along with blink-and-you-miss-it forms.

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Article Written by : Kevin Holmes

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Find Perfect Proportions Wherever You Go with This Golden Ratio Tool

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The Golden Section, also known as the Golden Ratio

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Pocket-sized card that helps you locate proportional perfection in your environment

The Golden Section, also known as the Golden Ratio, is a certain mathematical ratio that’s often found in design and prevalent in nature. Parsons & Charlesworth, a Chicago-based design studio, asked the question, “Is proportional perfection really found in nature or just an abstraction defined by mathematicians and designers?”. The Golden Section Finder, designed for Areaware, is a thin, pocket-sized card that helps you locate proportional perfection in your environment. Coming in either a bright neon yellow or transparent blue, the finder helps you see the Golden Ratio come alive in anything and everything around you.

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Article Written by : Nanette Wong

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Solaris Installation Visualizes Brain Waves with Magnetic Liquid

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The magnetically charged fluorescent liquid

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The neuro interface emotive epoc headset

The interactive installation by save lab demonstrates a influence field using a permanent magnet on magnetically charged fluorescent liquids. ‘solaris’ is a two phase system that modifies it’s surfaces to the unique transmissions from the human brain. The way it works is, the user wears a neuro sensitive headset, that computes brain activity and sends information to the installation, where its physicalized using magnetic waves. The studio tested the installation on different age groups, and professions. The results confirmed that brain activity and mood reflected the dynamics and characters of the liquids in the sphere.
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Article Written by : Piotr Boruslawski

Image courtesy of : Save Lab

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