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Buckminster Fuller

November 11, 2005 |

it must be Buckminster Fuller week here on Interactive Architecture

R. Buckminster Fuller, 1980

Every so often I like to highlight a few of the truely inspirational characters of Interactive Architecture from long before there were such things as … Read More

Buckymobile : Nano-Car

November 9, 2005 | | One Comment

Following on from my Buckypaper post a kinetic application for buckminsterfullerene is being developed Researchers at Rice University. Kinetic engineering at the smallest level has led to the construction of a one-molecule car, complete with working chassis, axles, and wheels! … Read More

Buckypaper

November 9, 2005 |

Nano technology will transform architecture in the not too distant future. Buckypaper owes its name to Buckminsterfullerene, or Carbon 60—a type of carbon molecule whose powerful atomic bonds make it twice as hard as a diamond. And Buckminsterfullerene of course … Read More

Creating Haunted Architecture – Usman Haque

November 8, 2005 |

Some of my friends from the Interactive Architecture Workshop at the Bartlett were guinea pigs recently for (ex-student and tutor) Usman Haque’s new project Haunt.

Using humidity, temperatures and electromagnetic and sonic frequencies that parapsychologists have associated with … Read More

Kaleidophone – Christian Möller

November 5, 2005 |

By selecting the telephone numbers indicated within the base range of the cladding the visitors can evoke sounds using the number keys of their telephones. They can also manipulate the shade play on the surface of the light sculpture. … Read More

Bump – Remote Sensing

November 4, 2005 | | 2 Comments

In each of the two cities Linz and Budapest a foot bridge made of wooden planks are installed. If someone steps on a plank in one of the cities, an impulse released from the body weight is immediately sent … Read More

Blinkenlights & Arcade

November 3, 2005 |

Blinkenlights Okay so this is quite an old project but what a lovely one.

Blinkenlights was a large abstract interactive computer display. The lights of each window could be animated with the program “Blinkenpaint”. Everybody could send ones selfdeveoped … Read More

Interactive Pillows

November 2, 2005 | | One Comment

Stemming from the need for more subtle forms of communication to complement existing IT devices, this project explores interactive pillows as a means of enhancing long-distance communications. Through natural interaction with a pillow in one location, dynamic textile patterns are … Read More

bendable concrete

November 1, 2005 |

Okay so concrete is a little dry but flexible architecture isn’t and who knows what the future of flexible concrete could bring to interactive architecture

A new type of fiber-reinforced bendable concrete will be used by University of Michigan … Read More

Sensitive Skin for Robots and Buildings?

October 29, 2005 |

The University of Tokyo researchers have developed a flexible artificial skin that could give robots a humanlike sense of touch. The team manufactured a type of “skin” capable of sensing pressure and another capable of sensing temperature.

And … Read More

arch-os

October 28, 2005 |

An ‘Operating System’ for contemporary architecture (Arch-OS, ‘software for buildings’) has been developed to manifest the life of a building and provide artists, engineers and scientists with a unique environment for developing transdisciplinary work and new public art.

Arch-OS is … Read More

broad spectrum white leds

October 27, 2005 |

Take an LED that produces intense, blue light. Coat it with a thin layer of special microscopic beads called quantum dots. And you have what could become the successor to the venerable light bulb.

The resulting hybrid LED gives … Read More

ReFashion Lab – Smart Studio

October 26, 2005 |

The ReFashion Lab is a concrete example of how architectural space and interactive media can be combined to create new types of interaction.

The ReFashion Lab can be understood as a spatial media interface to information and ambience, addressing … Read More

Fog Screen

October 25, 2005 | | 2 Comments

Finnish technology company FogScreen Inc wins the Plasa Award for Innovation 2005 with this lovely new interface design

In this walk-through exhibit, pictures are projected onto an ultrafine vapor “screen.” The fog is dry to the touch. The FogScreen … Read More

Ambient Devices

October 21, 2005 |

Present day computer technology, including PDA’s and cellphones, utilize only a fraction of our sensory and cognitive capabilities.

Ambient devices elegantly embed digital information into the objects and environments that surround us. These displays are in the form of … Read More

RE:MARK and The Hidden Worlds of Noise and Voice

October 20, 2005 | | One Comment

2 really nice pieces that are interested in the visualisation of invisible flows of information. These two aesthetic and sensory observatories for the perception of this parallel reality have been developed by Golan Levin and Zachary Lieberman in collaboration with … Read More

Fun Palace – Cedric Price

October 19, 2005 | | 14 Comments

CEDRIC PRICE (1934-2003) was one of the most visionary architects of the late 20th century. Although he built very little, his lateral approach to architecture and to time-based urban interventions, has ensured that his work has an enduring influence on … Read More

See through Aluminium!

October 18, 2005 |

Remember the scene from Star Trek IV where Scotty barters the formula for transparent aluminum for a small run. It now appears that we can now add transparent aluminum to the science fact column.

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