Category Archives: architecture

Filippo Brunelleschi: I built that

Via: nationalgeographic.com

Soaring to a height of 374 feet, the dome of Santa Maria del Fiore is a wonder of ingenuity nearly six centuries after its construction. Its grandeur and artistry were meant to outshine those of any other structure in early Renaissance Italy, elevating Florence over rival cities. Though many believed it was too big and ambitious to build, architect Filippo Brunelleschi succeeded, using methods that experts don’t fully understand even today.

 

Brunelleschi: Studies of His Technology and Inventions

 

 

 

Is Ai Weiwei A Dangerous Man?

“There are no outdoor sports as graceful as throwing stones at a dictatorship…”

“Choices after waking up: 1. To live or to die? 2. To be true or to lie? 3. To be lively or to decay? 4. To live or be forsaken? 5. To be wise or to be idiotic? 6. To smile or to be humiliated? 7. To denounce or to celebrate? 8. To be more courageous or to be more fearful? 9. To take action or to be brainwashed? 10. To be free or to be jailed?

And one for luck.”              (Ai WeWei’s Top 10 Tweets)

Via: Wikipedia

Ai Weiwei (Chinese: 艾未未; pinyinÀi WèiwèiAbout this sound English pronunciation (help·info)), born 18 May 1957 in Beijing, is a Chinese contemporary artist, active in sculpture, installation, architecture, curating, photography, film, and social, political and cultural criticism. Ai collaborated with Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron as the artistic consultant on the Beijing National Stadium for the 2008 Olympics. As a political activist, he has been highly and openly critical of the Chinese Government‘s stance on democracy and human rights. He has investigated government corruption and cover-ups, in particular the Sichuan schools corruption scandal following the collapse of so-called “tofu-dreg schools” in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. In 2011, following his arrest at Beijing Capital International Airport on 3 April, he was held for 81 days without any official charges being filed; officials alluded to their allegations of “economic crimes”.

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Ai Weiwei documentary: Never Sorry  version1

Smithsonian: Is Ai Weiwei China’s Most Dangerous Man?

Ai Weiwei website

 

 

“Let Me Tell You About The Very Rich. They are Different From You and Me.”

Via: quotecounterquote.com

In 1925, Fitzgerald wrote a short story titled “Rich Boy.” It was later published in a popular book of his short stories titled All the Sad Young Men (1936). The story begins with this passage:

“Let me tell you about the very rich.  They are different from you and me. They possess and enjoy early, and it does something to them, makes them soft where we are hard, and cynical where we are trustful, in a way that, unless you were born rich, it is very difficult to understand. They think, deep in their hearts, that they are better than we are because we had to discover the compensations and refuges of life for ourselves.  Even when they enter deep into our world or sink below us, they still think that they are better than we are. They are different.”

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Wow! Video Projection Mapping Is So Cool

Via: Wikipedia

Projection Mapping, also known as Video Mapping, is a projection technology used to turn objects, often irregularly shaped, into a display surface for video projection. These objects may be complex industrial landscapes, such as buildings. By using specialized software, a two or three dimensional object is spatially mapped on the virtual program which mimics the real environment it is to be projected on. This way, the computer knows exactly where to project its information as it can bend and highlight any shape or form. Almost any surface can be used to ‘become a dynamic video display of 2D and 3D images that can transform what is reality for the audience into illusions and images of infinite possibilities’.[1] Using this information, the software can interact with a projector to fit any desired image onto the surface of that object.[2] This technique is used by artists and advertisers alike who can add extra dimensions, optical illusions, and notions of movement onto previously static objects. The video is commonly combined with, or triggered by, audio to create an audio-visual narrative.

3D Mapping for TV Advertisement / Making of from Media Apparat on Vimeo.

10 Projection Mapping Demos That Will Blow Your Mind!

12 Must See Examples of Projection Mapping

Example: Tell A Story With Projection Mapping 

Example: Mannequin    Sculpture    Ralph Lauren        Sneaker

A 3D Printed Jumbo Jet? A 3D Printer Can Build A House In 20 Hours

Additive Manufacturing‘ or 3D-printing is a technology right out of the movies.

If you can think it. Technology can build it for you.

Forbidden Planet‘,  a (1956) science fiction movie, wrestles with the good and bad of having the power, through technology, of creating in the ‘real world’ anything your mind can think of.

Via: Toms Hardware / by Tuan Mai

Over the past couple of years 3D printing has become more and more impressive, capable of quickly and efficiently creating a large range of objects. But one professor from the University of Southern California has dared to dream even bigger, developing a 3D printing system that could effectively print an entire home in less than a full day.

Called Contour Crafting, the process involves utilizing a gigantic 3D printer that is placed overhead an empty lot where the home will be built. The machine builds walls with multiple layers of concrete, adding plumbing and electrical wiring as it goes and eventually leaves a complete home that only needs doors and windows to complete.

If that wasn’t impressive enough, the system can also robotically paint walls or add tiles to the floors. Although Contour Crafting was created with the thought of easy to build, low cost housing in mind, the process can be modified to create luxurious homes or larger buildings. For more information on the project, head on over to the Contour Crafting webpage.

10 ways 3d printing will blow you mind

Concrete Technology

Architects are starting to 3D print Houses

MIT Technology Review: Additive Manufacturing

10 surprising things we could see printed soon

Living In A Shipping Container Home

Via: sciencefriday.com

Michele Bertomen and David Boyle bought an empty 20-by-40-foot lot in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. They planned to build something traditional, but when the bid for the masonary envelope (the building without plumbing, electricity) came back at over $300,000, they re-evaluated. Inspired by Bertomen’s students at New York Institute of Technology, the couple decided to try building their home from shipping containers–which cost them about $50,000 for the building envelope.  Bertomen, an architect, and Boyle, the general contractor, designed and oversaw construction of their home.

Prefab Shipping  Container Homes $32k

Examples: Shipping Container Homes       Best     Basic Designs