Architecture with Biological Response

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An Engineer’s Plan to Use Swarm Robots to Make Smart Buildings Behave More Like  Super-Organisms

Using swarms of robotic sensors that “chase” a structure’s human occupants, he wants buildings to understand everything about us, down to our emotional state.

These robot sensors will learn from their mistakes, self-regulate using digital “hormones”, and record information over the course of years, building up a record of experiences to be used as “DNA” to program future versions of themselves, or even other buildings.

“Living organisms give birth to the next generation, and have immunity to viruses such as influenza,” says Mita in a video promoting his work. “Our idea was that we wanted to give architecture this kind of biological response capability.”

(via BBC - Future - Technology - Robot swarms aim to bring buildings to life ht Kurzweil AI)

Architecture with Biological Response
joshbyard:

An Engineer’s Plan to Use Swarm Robots to Make Smart Buildings Behave More Like  Super-Organisms

Using swarms of robotic sensors that “chase” a structure’s human occupants, he wants buildings to understand everything about us, down to our emotional state.
These robot sensors will learn from their mistakes, self-regulate using digital “hormones”, and record information over the course of years, building up a record of experiences to be used as “DNA” to program future versions of themselves, or even other buildings.
“Living organisms give birth to the next generation, and have immunity to viruses such as influenza,” says Mita in a video promoting his work. “Our idea was that we wanted to give architecture this kind of biological response capability.”

(via BBC - Future - Technology - Robot swarms aim to bring buildings to life ht Kurzweil AI)

M&S Shwopping Revolution

Passing by Marks & Spencer this week in East London, you might be surprised to find a multicoloured building, it’s facade flapping in the wind.  Is it laundry? Is it conceptual art? Is some kind of post-pop yard sale?  In fact, the building has been covered top to bottom in unwanted apparel, as part of a campaign titled Shwopping, bringing attention to recycling and reusing clothing.  

Every day in the UK, approximately 10,000 pieces of clothing go into a landfill every 5 minutes!  That’s just under 3 millions pieces of clothing a day.  The Marks & Spencer facade helps us all to visualize exactly 5 minutes of waste.

The project is not all just artsy awareness - the Shwopping project has placed over 1200 drop boxes at M & S stores all around the UK.  The contents of these boxes will be donated to Oxfam, an international organisation that resells, re-uses or recycles used clothing. The money raised will go to help people living in poverty.  The density and diversity of the city can allow us to find resources in what might seem, at first glance, to be waste.  One man’s trash is another man’s treasure!

Join the Shwopping Revolution here or simply bring one piece of clothing to donate every time you buy a new one.

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The Guardian: “M&S launches ‘shwopping’ scheme”

Design Boom: “Clothes covered building - marks & spencr shwopping campaign”

Dome Interpretation

The Hala Stulecia or “Centennial Hall" is a piece of historic architecture located in Wroclaw, Poland.  It was built in 1911-13, as one of the first and most astounding structures to artistically utilise reinforced concrete.  The undulating and interwoven concrete quatrefoil forms a massive dome.  Max Berg, the architect, pushed the possibilities of the reinforced concrete material in a way that had never been done before.

The visual design lab AntiVJ has created a site specific, light and sound installation that fully embraces the mind boggling architecture.  They focused on the original architectural blueprints, as well as sci-fi cinematic references such as Fritz Lang’s Metropolis from the 1920s to Tron from the 1980s.

The installation is a contemporary update, harnessing the inherent movement implied by its form.  The UNESCO listed building has been given new life by this incredible interconnection between light and sound.

Be sure to watch the making of here

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Dome Interpretation
The Hala Stulecia or “Centennial Hall" is a piece of historic architecture located in Wroclaw, Poland.  It was built in 1911-13, as one of the first and most astounding structures to artistically utilise reinforced concrete.  The undulating and interwoven concrete quatrefoil forms a massive dome.  Max Berg, the architect, pushed the possibilities of the reinforced concrete material in a way that had never been done before.
The visual design lab AntiVJ has created a site specific, light and sound installation that fully embraces the mind boggling architecture.  They focused on the original architectural blueprints, as well as sci-fi cinematic references such as Fritz Lang’s Metropolis from the 1920s to Tron from the 1980s.
The installation is a contemporary update, harnessing the inherent movement implied by its form.  The UNESCO listed building has been given new life by this incredible interconnection between light and sound.
Be sure to watch the making of here. 

Bubble building

The Stockholm Globe Arena, known as the Ericsson Globe is apparently the world’s largest round building. The globe is the national indoor arena and while built for ice hockey, has also hosted the Dalai Lama, Pope John Paul II and Nelson Mandela.

Inside there is a funicular railway to take passengers around the spherical architecture called the Skyview.  This transport apparatus is made up of a little glass orb which hoists passengers around  using ski lift technology in about 20 minutes, going about 130 metres high.  It is an incredible way to get a first class view of surrounding Stockholm through the syncopated windows. 

Bubble building
The Stockholm Globe Arena, known as the Ericsson Globe is apparently the world’s largest round building. The globe is the national indoor arena and while built for ice hockey, has also hosted the Dalai Lama, Pope John Paul II and Nelson Mandela.
Inside there is a funicular railway to take passengers around the spherical architecture called the Skyview.  This transport apparatus is made up of a little glass orb which hoists passengers around  using ski lift technology in about 20 minutes, going about 130 metres high.  It is an incredible way to get a first class view of surrounding Stockholm through the syncopated windows. 
Building Pattern

Oscar Niemeyer

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Oscar Niemeyer, Building for the “Emprezas Graficas o Cruzeiro”, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1949

Oscar Niemeyer
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Oscar Niemeyer, Building for the “Emprezas Graficas o Cruzeiro”, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1949
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