Interactive Graffiti on Architecture

August 21st, 2006 | Filed under: Architecture, Augmented, Urbanism, Video | 3 Comments »

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Interactive Architecture (video) is an illustration of the concept that digital projections can interact with the surfaces upon which they are projected.


For love or money

August 21st, 2006 | Filed under: Mapping | No Comments »

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salary vs performance by ben fry


Flood Maps

August 16th, 2006 | Filed under: Future, Scary, Sustainability, Urbanism | 1 Comment »

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Will your house become beachfront property by 2100? Find out with Flood Maps.

more at Times Online


Capturing Refraction

August 14th, 2006 | Filed under: Photography | No Comments »

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Here’s a beautiful set of photographs exploring refractions through various glass and transparent objects by Alan Jaras. Spectacular Flickr sets : Bending Light, Twisting Light, MicroWorld

via BLDGBLOG


Process/Drawing

August 14th, 2006 | Filed under: JAC | 2 Comments »

ReasThumb.jpgWriting software is at the core of Casey Reas’s artistic practice. The digital is his medium of choice rather than a means of manipulation. He reflects on the evolution of his work in software and why the history of using computers to produce visual images is largely an unrecorded one in the history of art, but why this might all be set to change as scripting takes on a new primacy in contemporary art.

I started playing with computers as a child. Our family’s Apple IIe machine was a toy for playing video games and writing simple programs in BASIC and Logo.1 I spent years exploring and testing it, but I preferred drawing and my interest in computers slowly dissipated. In 1997 I was introduced to John Maeda and the work of his students in the Aesthetics and Computation Group at MIT.

[pdf download]


Metaphysics of Genetic Architecture and Computation

August 12th, 2006 | Filed under: JAC | No Comments »

Thumb copy.jpgWith the dissolution of the last utopian project of Man in the name of Communism, the great spectre that once haunted Europe and the rest of the world has all but vanished, leaving in its wake an ideological vacuum that is now being filled by the tentacles of globalisation with its ecumenical ambition. As humanity has become mesmerised by the triumphant spell of capitalism, what remains less apparent in the aftermath of this dissolution is that the world is moving incipiently towards a threshold that is far more radical and fantastic than any utopic vision since the dawn of the Enlightenment. Once again, the world is witnessing the rumblings of a Promethean fire that is destined to irrupt into the universe of humanity, calling into question the nature and function of life–world relations as they so far have existed. These rumblings, stemming in large measure from the convergence of computation and biogenetics in the latter part of the 20th century, have already begun to invoke gravid visions of the unthinkable: the unmasking of the primordial veil of reality. [pdf download]


Protrude, Flow

August 12th, 2006 | Filed under: Video | 3 Comments »

An old one, but a good one. Sachiko Kodama and Minako Takeno’s “Protrude, Flow


Dazzle Topologies

August 10th, 2006 | Filed under: JAC | 1 Comment »

EVAN copy.jpgOne of the great lessons of the 20th Century that our particular generation of architects has inherited is our appreciation of the infra-thin scale: the primal math containing the profound secrets to all animate matter. Whether it is the splitting of the atom, or the isolation of the DNA strand in the first half of the century, or more recently discoveries surrounding the genome project, collectively they represent within their own respective disciplines the smallest increment of information necessary to recreate all possible expressions in the game of life. The significant value for architecture lies in our capacity to speculate upon biological mimesis as a new paradigm for both material and programmatic behavior. In other words, world history has entered into a radical phase where the very destiny of life as we know it can now be altered by reconfiguring the “computational logics” of natural selection. Beyond the profound ethical consequences of these considerations — which clearly need to be addressed — the significance of these advances for contemporary material practices resides in the infinite performative scenarios available in the creation of sentient matter. more »


Bump keying

August 9th, 2006 | Filed under: Future, Scary, Video | 5 Comments »

Scary! The bump keying technique is a lock picking technique that will open practically any lock by anyone with a bump key in a matter of seconds without any skill.

via MAKE


Tectonics, Economics and the Reconfiguration of Practice: The Case for Process Change by Digital Means

August 8th, 2006 | Filed under: JAC | No Comments »

sheldon-thumb.jpgThe current programming culture in architecture could all too easily be written off as a youthful, geeky obsession with the algorithmic and the parametric among nascent practitioners, who have had little if any opportunity to build. The activities of Gehry Technologies run counter to this stereotype. Building on 15 years of experience at Gehry and Partners, Gehry Technologies was founded in 2002 as an independent organisation dedicated to the business of technological innovation and the development of architectural software tools. Dennis R Shelden, chief technology officer, discusses the wider implications
of a concentrated focus on technological tools and organisational processes for designers and the business of building. [pdf download]