The Falkirk Wheel

December 6th, 2005 | Filed under: Architecture, Design, Mechanical Tech, Urbanism | 4 Comments »

The The Falkirk Wheel is a giant rotating boat lift and elevated canal developed by British Waterways to reconnect the Union Canal with the Forth & Clyde Canal, re-establishing east to west coast access for boats.

Thanks, Bryan.

The Push Button House

December 2nd, 2005 | Filed under: Architecture, Design, Sustainability, Urbanism | 3 Comments »

Adam Kalkin‘s Push Button House is a shipping container fully pimped out to reveal its lavish insides with the push of a button. “It works like a flower – you push a button and the thing transforms itself.”



November 14th, 2005 | Filed under: Design, Programming | 5 Comments »

Genometri‘s Gennovate (alpha) is a generative software package that can generate hundreds of variations on objects modeled in SolidWorks. The company’s site is low on specifics, but could be promising if the software is capable of taking a variety of model-types (parametric or non-parametric) into a quick generative study.

Hoberman Transformable Design

November 14th, 2005 | Filed under: Architecture, Design, Mathematics, Mechanical Tech | No Comments »

Chuck Hoberman’s new venture, Hoberman Transformable Design, seeks to extend his innovations into consumer products and architectural applications. Hoberman Associates’ work is centered on the fundamental idea that a designed object can transform the way a natural organism does.

Blended Wing passes wind-tunnel tests.

November 14th, 2005 | Filed under: Design, Future, Technology | 1 Comment »

A futuristic “blended wing” plane developed by NASA has passed crucial wind-tunnel tests. These reveal that engineers may have overcome some of the controllability challenges associated with the revolutionary aircraft design.

via NS

Spidron System

November 7th, 2005 | Filed under: Design, Mathematics | No Comments »

The Spidron is a planar figure consisting of two alternating sequences of isosceles triangles which, once it is folded along the edges, exhibits extraordinary spatial properties. [Spidron System]

Thanks, Neil.

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Origami Tessellations

November 3rd, 2005 | Filed under: Design, Mathematics | 1 Comment »

Origami Tessellations | folded deliciousness
Origomi’s Flickr Photostream

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Swarmfest : Collaborative Sketching

October 18th, 2005 | Filed under: Design, Social | No Comments »

SwarmSketch hosts collaborative sketches on popular weekly search terms. Each participant draws a small fragment of the whole and votes on the opacity of other user submitted lines.

via information aesthetics

New Songdo City : U-City

October 6th, 2005 | Filed under: Architecture, Design, Future, Social, Sustainability, Urbanism | 6 Comments »

New Songdo City, a man-made island being privately developed from the ground up by Gale International and POSCO E&C, is gaining much attention due to its contemporary nature and its willingness to experiment with ubiquitous technology from phase 1 to its completion of phase 5 in 2014. Dubbed ‘the Hong Kong of the 21st century’ or ‘Ubiquitous City’, the South Korean government’s scheme to attract multinational corporations with technology and a ‘Free Economic Zone’ will surely be something to watch.

via WorldChanging | wmmna | NYT

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Arthur Ganson's Machines : Kinetic Sculpture

October 2nd, 2005 | Filed under: Design, Mechanical Tech, Science, Video | 2 Comments »

Arthur Ganson’s kinetic sculptures are extraordinarily intricate playful mechanisms, choreographed to move in a delightfully life-like manner while remaining incredibly precise. [video] [move videos]