Image courtesy Min | Day
Min | Day
Special Grant 4th Student Competition“Textile Structures for New Building” 1997
Though old, this site has some inspiring ideas on movable structure at architectural scale. Could those be future Archi bots?
Imagine covering these frame with elastic membrane in such a way that all surface are in tension, the resulting shape will 1)hold its own shape and allow huge deformation 2) have nice curves and edges like Mark Baskinger’s white balloon over metal frame
might I actuate it with linear actuators from inside and give it its own kinetics and shape its own world? another SMA gadget?
kenneths nelson, the inventor has some amazing experiment with different contraction forces.. not only a mater using the elastic ropes, he also discussed rigid connection, and magnetic connection.
could one change the direction of these magnets, and change the overall form?
Greg Witt’s amazing piece ” surface with sticks”
named after Russian mathematician Georgy Fedoseevich Voronoi
The segments of the Voronoi diagram are all the points in the plane that are equidistant to the two nearest sites.
Voronoi diagrams are used in
- find the largest empty circle amongst a set of points, and in an enclosing polygon; e.g. to build a new supermarket as far as possible from all the existing ones, lying in a certain city.
- computer graphics to procedurally generate some kinds of organic looking textures.
Beijing National Aquatics Center by Vector Foiltec
The Texlon® cladding system The cushions are manufactured from between two and five layers of the modified copolymer Ethylene Tetra Fluoro Ethylene (ETFE). Originally developed for the space industry, the material is unique in that it does not degrade under Ultra-Violet light or atmospheric pollution.
- surface is very smooth and has anti-adhesive properties, Texlon® ETFE self cleanses under the action of rain.
- Texlon® combines exceptional light transmission with high insulation. We can even create cladding systems that react to the sun and change their transmission and insulation throughout the day.
Urban Farming project at CMU (now unfortunately torn down)
reminds me of Francois Roche’s projects .,.,,
Archigram was an avant-garde architectural group formed in the 1960s – based at the Architectural Association, London – that was futurist, anti-heroic and pro-consumerist, drawing inspiration from technology in order to create a new reality that was solely expressed through hypothetical projects. The main members of the group were Peter Cook, Warren Chalk, Ron Herron, Dennis Crompton, Michael Webb and David Greene.
Mike Webb, 1967
On the occasion of an exhibition was in the domed hall of the Kunsthalle in Hamburg installed . In the middle of a square pool of 6 m side length of white plastic tissue a steel tower stood at the top of a glass-cube, in which there were two barrels with natural greenery. On the front sides of the cube were two attached semi-circular, divided into chambers made of transparent foil cushion the lungs, which over alternately controlled blast from the green cube and breathes. Like the wing of a human lung, lifted and pushed by them and they lowered the air is filtered and flavored with artificial additives in a tube system, which led right through the building to a customer location on the square in front of the Kunsthalle.
[google translate from here ]