Archive for April, 2006
With the upcoming Mechanoid Elephant performance in London of ‘The Sultan’s Elephant’ by Royal de Luxe, I was reminded of the work of Charles Ribart. In 1758, he planned an addition to the Champs-Élysées in Paris, to be constructed where the Arc de Triomphe now stands. It consisted of three levels, to be built in the shape of an elephant, with entry via a spiral staircase in the underbelly. The building was to have a form of air conditioning, and furniture that folded into the walls. A drainage system was to be incorporated into the elephant’s trunk. The French Government, however, was not amused and turned him down. What a shame!
April 29th, 2006
The Sultan’s Elephant is a fairy-tale for adults and children alike, and features a vast, moving, wooden elephant, 42 tons in weight, and the height of a three-storey house. The mechanoid elephant will make slow but steady progress around Westminster’s streets for four days in May.
The spectacle is the work of French company Royal de Luxe and will appear on the streets of London as the biggest piece of free theatre ever staged in the capital. Royal de Luxe has performed all over the world and are particularly known for a series of extraordinary shows involving gigantic, moving figures up to forty feet high.
April 28th, 2006
RESPONSIVE ARCHITECTURES: Subtle Technologies 2006 Festival
Here is the opportunity to hear scientific talks in the context of those who draw metaphors from and interpret science. For Responsive Architectures 2006, we are proud to cover topics from dynamic cell structure, migration and cancer, brain development, nanotechnology, material science, fluid mechanics, heat and mass transfer.
June 1-4, 2006: Subtle Technologies Symposium
“We invite artists, architects, designers, engineers, scientists, and the general public to join us in this dialogue. Research presentations and artist talks will be complemented by exhibitions and workshops. The Symposium is preceded by the Canadian Design Research Network Parametric Design Workshop.” Angella Mackey, Toronto, Canada
April 27th, 2006
Airbus A350 will unveil its new A350 twinjet at the Aircraft Interiors Expo 2006 exhibition in Hamburg that will feature opulent interiors by BMW. Airbus has linked with BMW Group Designworks to design a new interior on the A350. Chief engineer Dougie Hunter said, “We can project onto the ceiling whatever is appropriate for the mood required – for example the night sky or clouds etc.” Hunter says that, “a concept around the door two area has a bar area and seating for economy while the entrance area will feature a dome to give the feeling of spaciousness or openness in the cabin.
April 26th, 2006