Archive for January, 2007
My thanks to everyone who came along to Eyebeam yesterday. It was amazing to see so many people turn up from both the architecture and interactive media world. I hope in some way that the event contributed a little bit to getting these often seperate worlds a little closer together. More details on the presentations will follow in the next posts.
My special thanks to Eyebeam for hosting us, Phil Ayres, Carmen Trudell and Jennifer Broutin, Marek Walczak, David Benjamin and Soo-in Yang for their talks and Professor Stephen Gage for chairing the night.
January 28th, 2007
Interactive Architecture dot Org is going Stateside! I’ve just finished putting the final touches to organising my first Interactive Architecture Event. It has been put together with the generous support of Eyebeam, New York, and Professor Stephen Gage of the Interactive Architecture Workshop at the Bartlett School of Architecture, London. Here are the event details.
Friday 7pm Jan. 26
EyeBeam, 540 W 21st Street, New York.
Organised by Ruairi Glynn of www.interactivearchitecture.org , Eyebeam is pleased to co-host, with the Bartlett School of Architecture, an evening of presentations on Interactive Architecture. Presenters will include Phil Ayres of Sixteen Makers, Eyebeam residents Carmen Trudell and Jennifer Broutin, Marek Walczak of MW2MW and David Benjamin and Soo-in Yang of the NYC architecture firm, The Living. Presenters will discuss their work for 15 minutes followed by a panel discussion moderated by Professor Stephen Gage of the Bartlett with a reception from 9-10pm. This event is open to the public free of charge with a suggested donation. This evening symposium will be the culmination of a two day "work in progress" International Jury held at Eyebeam between final year students of the Bartlett’s Interactive Architecture Workshop, and Parsons The New School of Design. The Interactive Architecture Workshop would like to thank the Stuart Murphy Travel Award Trustees for their generous sponsorship
The Two day "work in progress" International Jury held at Eyebeam (25/26 Jan) is also open to all. We would welcome artists, architects and students from other schools in the NYC area who would also wish to share their work in progress. If you or your fellow associates / class members are interested in joining us please contact me for more details. firstname.lastname@example.org
About The Bartlett Interactive Architecture Workshop
The Interactive Architecture Workshop is based in Diploma Unit 14 of the postgraduate studios at the Bartlett. Postgraduate Architecture students take a 2 year Diploma where the second year of the course is set up to encourage directed research into a particular aspect of design. Our students chose to investigate the architecture of time-based transformation. Projects vary from speculations about large long-term landscape transformations to the construction of 1:1 responsive and interactive installations.
Graduates from the studio include Jason Bruges , Usman Haque , Phil Ayres , Chris Leung , James O’Leary.
top image, Toby Carr, bottom image Collage of Unit 14 projects
January 21st, 2007
I’m always interested in kinetic architecture so I was excited to hear about Pavel Hladik’s current project which investigates the possibility of material systems that could enable new forms of interactive environment. This project aims to find an elegant and more effective solution that can realize a controlled flexible environment. Pavel uses shape memory alloys (SMA) to create moving structures. The assembly represents an interactive structure with emergent properties. While still at a research stage, I look forward to seeing how it develops, here are more details on the project.
The material system consists of components (from spirals of SMA) that affect each other. The SMA used in the project is a material consisting of three metals: nickel, titanium, copper (NiTiCu). Because of the characteristic of the alloy the deformation could be up to 5%. The material features two structures: the Hot shape and the Cold shape. The cold shape structure is very soft and could be deformed under load pressure whereas the hot shape determines the final position of the structure. The final result is coded to the SMA during the process of its production.
Components are assembled to create an electrical circuit in addition with lightweight conductive fibers. NiTiCu spirals serve as resistance wires. Therefore they are gradually heated. The stability is provided by lock joints and Teflon foil which serves against buckling of the whole assembly. Moreover, there is a variant with strong strings that hold the particles together. Physical representative models tested the pattern as well as possibilities for assembling the position and size of components. The proposed system opens a discussion regarding the division of environments and space. The structure could be used as an “intelligent” interior division or an environmentally sensitive shelter.
The design of the moving structure takes advantage of the Teflon foils and Shape Memory Alloys (SMAs) NiTiCu. This structure is fixed to the ground or to another structure and is a part of the electrical circuit. The reactions controlled by computer are caused by the various circuits which connect the members of spirals of SMAs. The members are covered by the layered Teflon foil which is welded to the shape which is determined by the critical shape of the whole structure.
The structure changes the shape continuously between the two critical positions. The SMAs change the shape according to the transformation temperature caused by the current passage. The deformation is about 5% but using spirals multiply the result. The transformation temperature is 30°C and that is why the spirals are covered with the heat protection covering. Two conditions of the structure come out from the characteristics of NiTiCu – the cold shape and the hot shape. The structure could be packed and transported during the cold shape position. The spirals of SMAs are welded to the joints which are connected by the system of locks which provides the stiffness of the whole structure. The structure is multilevel, and allotted chains determine the critical shape.
January 9th, 2007
The NoRA structure designed by students of Architecture & Design, Aalborg University, was presented at the Venice Architecture Biennale as an interactive architecture exploring how advanced architectural computing and sensor technology could attach the individual perception of place to temporary structures acting as agents for urban experiences. Architectural entities often closing up communication with the urban environment were questioned in a media architecture where the ‘capsules’ of urbanism contains a particular quality.
Excellent Paper that supports the Nora project and explores the ideas of Performative Urban Environments by Ole B. Jensen & Bo Stjerne Thomsen
Video of the making of Nora
In this way the moveable structure of NoRA embedded the potential for ‘in-between’ spaces to become new meaningful places and hence new types of ‘public domains’. This thinking leans on Performative Environments as a notion of what a building does instead of what it is, opening up for an urban architecture to be dynamic, open and facilitating self-organising, communicative environments for an organized complexity between flows of local interactions and network behaviour.
The design concept for NoRA was initiated through fluid dynamics software absorbing site characteristics as cultural movements, light and shadow into the organic mass. As a build structure NoRA was transported to the Island of San Servolo in Venice and programmed to release its variable sound and light scheme according to the movements of people around the building as well as a acting as a medium and stage setting for the users of the program facilities to project into the urban environment.
Here’s a full list all those involved, and my thanks to Bo for informing me of the project.
January 8th, 2007