1. prostheticknowledge:

    Micro Robots

    SRI International have developed incredibly small and fast robots that are capable of following building instructions - video embedded below:

    SRI is developing new technology to reliably control thousands of micro-robots for smart manufacturing of macro-scale products in compact, integrated systems.

    sriinternational have a Tumblr blog here


  2. Oblique Circulation

    Folding planes through artificial evolution

    Computational Architecture – Topographies & Topologies

    Can architecture be computed? The potential of computational architecture goes far beyond curved surfaces and free-form geometries. Rather, it is an entirely novel method of design. This method can not only generate previously inconceivable forms, but can also enable designs that incorporate complex sets of relationships with out resorting to reductionism.

    In using these technologies, the architect no longer designs the geometry, but rather designs the process by which the geometry is generated. The architect forfeits direct control over the form’s appearance, while asserting control over the form’s desired attributes. It is through definition and an abstracted specification of these attributes that design decisions are performed. Once a solution space has been encoded, the architect assumes the role of a nurturer and moderator, recursively applying the processes until the most ideal configuration has evolved.

    The role of the computer progresses from a drawing aid to an intelligent assistant. Information technologies thus bring design sketches to life: points, lines and planes gain intelligence and work together towards a common goal. Objects are no longer regarded in isolation, but are interlinked and connected to their environment. Depending on the nature of the code, the computer is able to independently vary, evaluate, and select designs. An optimization takes place that ideally is able to embrace the complexity brought about by juxtaposed objectives, rather than having to simplify these. Entire families and landscapes of objects can be generated: singularity turns to plurality. In the best case, the computer devises surprising typologies that go far beyond what one may have conceived of.

    Benjamin Dillenburger writes programs instead of drawing. In presenting his most recent research and projects from the Chair for CAAD at the Swiss Federal Institute for Technology (ETH) in Zurich, he shows possible trajectories for the use of computational design in the field of architecture. The scale of the presented projects ranges from computationally generated ornament, to buildings, to an urban scale. Yet all projects have a common denominator: they are conceivable only through the use of information technologies – they are undrawable.


  3. Shibuya Tower

    John Szot Studio

    This proposal for a housing block tower in the Shibuya ward of Tokyo explores the influence of computer-aided design in establishing emergent systems of spatial organization. Rather than employing the computer to intelligently derive forms based on performance criteria or an extended metaphor, it is used to arbitrarily partition and program space and to give material assignments to the panels that comprise the facade. This generates an authentic ‘landscape’ of program and experiential conditions that are intentionally “out of phase” and require local, small-scale gestures to reconcile their oppositions. 

    The result is a series of unique living units, each with an inherent idiosyncratic character that forces existing paradigms of urban domesticity into new configurations. This in turn creates an intimate bond between occupant and domicile, enriching both the building and the lives of those inside. Furthermore, in the interest of creating a diverse community, the stochastic distribution of living units of differing sizes ensures the building’s community will be composed of tenants of varying economic status.


  4. Photos: Natsumo Imai

    Horizon House exhibition at Gund Hall APR 2- MAY 7 2014

    (Source: archgame)

  5. moviecode:

In the Blade Runner interrogation scene, someone is clearly listing Applesoft BASIC code on an Apple ][+, e.g. “] LIST 100-10000”.

In the Blade Runner interrogation scene, someone is clearly listing Applesoft BASIC code on an Apple ][+, e.g. “] LIST 100-10000”.
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    In the Blade Runner interrogation scene, someone is clearly listing Applesoft BASIC code on an Apple ][+, e.g. “] LIST 100-10000”.

  6. n-architektur:

Oblique Circulation Benjamin Dillenburger

Oblique Circulation Benjamin Dillenburger
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    Oblique Circulation
    Benjamin Dillenburger

    (via wiremuse)

  7. prostheticknowledge:


    Online exhibition and documentary on the craft and decline of the neon sign industry in Hong Kong. As well as an online map which locates where any remaining signs would exist, there is a fascinating documentary short featuring craftsmen whose livelihood have been affected by the introduction of the LED light:

    NEONSIGNS.HK is an interactive, online exhibition dedicated to exploring, mapping and documenting Hong Kong’s neon signs. The seventh in the Mobile M+ exhibition series, NEONSIGNS.HK invites the public to post images and stories of their favourite neon signs to its Neon Map, and to rediscover these compelling features of the city’s streetscapes from the perspectives of design and urbanism, visual art, cinema, literature and popular culture. 

    From 21 March to 30 June, 2014, the NEONSIGNS.HK website will be actively updated with new content, ranging from essays and slideshows to videos, specially-commissioned projects and news about offline tours, talks and workshops. M+ has begun acquiring, for its permanent collection, notable Hong Kong neon signs that are otherwise at risk of being lost. As such, the aim of NEONSIGNS.HK is to enhance the understanding of these fast-disappearing and under-researched fixtures of the city’s urban landscape, while eliciting the public’s help in identifying and contributing knowledge about the neon signs that remain.

    The highly recommended short film can be found here

    The project’s main webpage can be found here

    (via naillig)

  8. superdrivel:

    By request, some Asian cities (+relativized to some American cities)

    Tokyo and LA for the win! rappers know what is up! Thanks SupD!

  9. kickstarter:

    Project of the DayCity of Darkness Revisited is a book of photos that tell the story of Kowloon Walled City, which was, before its demolition in 1993, the world’s most densely populated place. The creators, Ian Lambot and Greg Girard, are putting out a new edition of the book, and further filling in the story of this strange 0.01 square mile structure. If you are interested in how it worked architecturally, scope out this video

  10. (Source: scificity, via superdrivel)