Posts Tagged ‘Architecture’

Posted: November 6, 2012 by Wildcat in Uncategorized
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ARCHITECTS HAVE BEEN talking for years about “biophilic” design, “evidence based” design, design informed by the work of psychologists. But last May, at the profession’s annual convention, John Zeisel and fellow panelists were trying to explain neuroscience to a packed ballroom. The late-afternoon session pushed well past the end of the day; questions just kept coming. It was a scene, Zeisel marveled—all this interest in neuroscience—that would not have taken place just a few years earlier. Zeisel is a sociologist and architect who has researched the design of facilities for Alzheimer’s patients. Architects, he explains, “understand about aesthetics; they know about psychology. The next depth to which they can go is understanding the brain and how it works and why do people feel more comfortable in one space than another?” (via Corridors of the Mind –)

Posted: September 2, 2012 by Wildcat in Uncategorized
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The largest manmade structure is now used much differently than was originally intended by its designers. Of all Internet communication, only a fraction of traffic is intended to be exchanged between specific network elements anymore. Instead, the network should find the content desired by end users. In his doctoral dissertation for the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in Aalto University, Jarno Rajahalme argues that this contradiction is due to the inability to evolve the network architecture to better match its use. The present structure of the Internet is a result of commercial activity and competition. Rajahalme affirms that this should be taken into account when designing and modelling alternative Internet architectures. “There is a mismatch between the way the Internet functions and the ways in which it is actually used,” Rajahalme pinpoints one of the main issues of Internet communication research.

Internet architecture is at odds with its use

Posted: July 5, 2012 by Wildcat in Uncategorized
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What if the buildings around you were alive, and responded to your touch? Hylozoism – the theory that everything is alive – is the philosophy behind Philip Beesley’s Hylozoic Series: Sibyl, an exhibit at the border of architecture and science fiction that is now on display in Australia at the 18th Biennale of Sydney. Equal parts robotics, chemistry and prototypical architecture, the exhibit is a distributed network of interactive, moving and almost living elements. “I would say this is a work of sculpture and a work of architecture,” says Beesley, a Canadian artist and architect. (via CultureLab: Artificially alive artwork tantalises and surprises)

Posted: June 24, 2012 by Wildcat in Uncategorized
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Shma’s bold “water city” concept is a reimagining of the medieval Thai city of Ayutthaya, that rethinks flood defenses for the 21st century by drawing inspiration from the past. It’s a concept, yes, but one worthy of a second look, given that this is a uniquely Thai response to the catastrophic flooding that hit the country last year. Gizmag takes a moment to set Shma’s scheme in its proper context: that of the very recent past, as well as that of Ayutthaya’s heyday as one of Asia’s, if not the world’s, foremost cities. (via Ayutthaya 3.0: Bold take on flood-defense would restore “Venice of the East” to former glory)

Posted: May 27, 2012 by Wildcat in Uncategorized
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TED Fellow Lucy McRae is a body architect — she imagines ways to merge biology and technology in our own bodies. In this visually stunning talk, she shows her work, from clothes that recreate the body’s insides for a music video with pop-star Robyn, to a pill that, when swallowed, lets you sweat perfume. Trained as a classical ballerina and architect, Lucy McRae is fascinated by the human body, and how it can be shaped by technology. (via Lucy McRae: How can technology transform the human body? | Video on

Posted: May 7, 2012 by Wildcat in Uncategorized
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Polish firm Deep Ocean Technology has unveiled the latest of Dubai’s outlandish architectural endeavors — the Water Discus Hotel — which is to be comprised of a series of sci-fi styled discs, one of which will be positioned 21 stories underwater. Offering guests a view directly into the Persian Gulf from the beds of their modest two-person rooms, the hotel is to be constructed by shipyard firm Drydocks World. In addition to the unusual accommodation, the proposed hotel is to include a diving center, underwater tourist vehicles, a spa, garden areas, an above-water terrace, and a helipad for guests. (via Deep Ocean Technology Unveils Plans for Their Insane Underwater Discus Hotel in Dubai | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building)

Posted: May 5, 2012 by Wildcat in Uncategorized
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Last week that giant multinational of aluminum production Alcoa announced its new “smog-eating” architectural panels – in other words cladding stuck to a building’s exterior that can remove pollutants from the surrounding air. The aluminum panels, branded Reynobond with EcoClean technology, have a titanium dioxide coating which breaks down pollutants in direct sunlight. Of course the purifying properties of titanium dioxide are well known, and have been widely applied, both in so-called self-cleaning applications, such as an experimental cotton treatment; and products such as lightbulbs that purify the air in a room. We’ve even seen research products to apply titanium dioxide, also known as titania, to water purification systems. Titanium dioxide is really rather useful. Because of its brilliant whiteness, the naturally-occurring compound is commonly used as a pigment in paints, plastics and papers, as well as food and medicines. Added to skimmed milk, it’s thought to increase palatability. Its ability to absorb ultraviolet radiation make it a commonly used ingredient in sunscreen. (via Alcoa announces “smog-eating” architectural panels)