Category: Architecture

Phantom Geometry

3D Printed Homes? Here’s The Scoop

In a recent TEDx presentation, Dr. Behrokh Khoshnevis, a USC engineering professor, showed off a prototype 3D printer he says may one day construct buildings in 20 hours. In the presentation, the printer extrudes a special composite fiber concrete to build a six foot wall, layer by layer. A computer animation demonstrates what the entire process might look like, complete with full scale walls, plumbing, and electrical. Voilà! It’s a house, neat as you please.

Dr. Khoshnevis calls his process “contour crafting,” and the video has caused a bit of a stir online. But novel as it seems, at first glance, there isn’t actually anything new about the machine, conceptual animation, or that mindboggling 20 hour goal. Contour crafting hit the press—animation in tow—as early as 2003, while Dr. Khoshnevis has doggedly pursued automated construction for 18 years.

Here’s the TEDx talk from Dr. Khoshnevis:

Read the complete article at Singularity Hub.

104-Year-Old Architect’s Work Brought To Life In 3D

Art and fashion publication Visionaire has brought to life the work of Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer with three-dimensional images of his most iconic works.

Though you may not recognize the name, Oscar Niemeyer once changed the world. In the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s this humble architectect from Brazil established himself as one of Modernism’s greatest luminaries through his use of modern design, permanently altering Brazil’s global identity.

Now, famed limited-edition multi-format art and fashion publication Visionaire and online art market Paddle8 have teamed up to give the artist his due

Read the complete article and view a photo gallery at psfk.


Nicholas O’Brien’s Net Art Highlights ConAgra’s Destruction Of Historic Architecture

Along with being home to the Union Pacific Railroad, the College World Series, Warren Buffett, and Saddle Creek Records, Omaha, Nebraska is also headquarters of ConAgra Foods—makers of delicacies like Chef Boyardee, Peter Pan peanut butter, Reddi-wip, Slim Jim, and Lean Cuisine just to name a few.

But if you’re a fan of any of these foods, you may want to take a closer look at Nicholas O’Brien‘s latest net artwork, A Temporary Memorial Project for Jobbers’ Canyon Built with ConAgra Products, which brings light to ConAgra’s destruction of 24 historic buildings in order to build their corporate headquarters back in 1989.

Even though Jobbers’ Canyon was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the designation only protected from federal powers trying to destroy it. So in order to build their Missouri riverfront campus to perpetuate America’s favorite snack foods, they destroyed some of the Midwest’s most characteristic architecture.

After making a trip to Omaha to uncover architectural plans and immerse himself in the site’s history, O’Brien rebuilt a selection of these buildings online out of ConAgra products, ultimately showing how big brands trumped these historic warehouses. We spoke to him about his process, why he was drawn to this issue, and why he thinks digital art needs more historical context.

Read the complete article at The Creators Project.

Photophore Cloaks A Frankfurt Building In Light And Interactivity

Photophore is an interactive light installation named after the light-emitting organ that appears on various marine animals, built by Danish communication design office Kollision in collaboration with projection company Martin Professional and lighting designers Matja Winkelmann and Jochen Schröder.

Read the complete article and view another video at The Creators Project.

This Tricked Out Church Is Truly A Religious Experience

Even if you’re not religious, you’re probably familiar with the baroque architecture and music typically associated with the Christian church—ethereal organ pipes, angelic choirs, and perhaps even a few gospel voices.

Czech projection mapping collective the Macula project has blended these two characteristics in Archifon I, an interactive light and sound installation inside the Olomouc Baroque de-baptized chapel in the Czech Republic.

Read the complete article at The Creators Project.

Blu Homes shows off 3D home Configurator tool for real home designs

It’s getting a lot easier to design your own home with a computer. A case in point is the Blu 3-D Configurator from Blu Homes, which simplifies home design to the point where regular non-architects can design their own homes with online tools.

The Blu 3-D Configurator is just the latest example of 3D graphics technologies developed for games finding new uses beyond the entertainment market. Blu Homes is announcing at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that a Massachusetts couple, Cathy and Walter Pearlman, designed their own two-bedroom home entirely by using the Blu 3-D Configurator. Once the design is complete, Blu Homes assembles the parts and ships them to the customer for assembly into a house.

The company turns the 3D designs created by users into actual homes. You can create your own or personalize a model made by Blu Homes’ architects and then fly through the home to get a feel for the actual layout. The hope is to revolutionize the way homes are built.

Read the complete article at VentureBeat.

Augmented reality brings magic to Middle Eastern architecture

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Projections from Obscura Digital on Vimeo.

The designers and technologists at Obscura Digital, a creative agency that delivers groundbreaking interactive experiences, have decided to make the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and the Al Jahili Fort their canvas, and the results will blow you away.

In case you’re not familiar, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is an absolutely beautiful piece of architecture located in the United Arab Emirates. It’s certainly a testament to great design, deserving attention by anyone passionate about design.

Read the complete commentary at Shareables

Majestic Islamic Architecture Transformed By Colossal Projection Mapping Feat

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Projections from Obscura Digital on Vimeo.

As someone who recently spent a year living in Doha, I can attest to the fact that the Middle East is no stranger to lavish displays. You may have read about Qatar’s recent daytime fireworks spectacle, Black Ceremony, by Chinese gunpowder artist Cai Guo-Qiang—his largest daytime explosion ever.

In similar fashion (and perhaps in an attempt to one-up its geographical neighbor), the United Arab Emirates recently commemorated the 40th anniversary of its National Day with an extravagant projection mapping display on the iconic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in the UAE’s capital city, Abu Dhabi. San Francisco-based tech lab and creative agency Obscura Digital was called upon to actualize the production, aided by a lengthy list of collaborators to make this feat possible.

Read the complete article at The Creators Project.

Augmented Reality Turns Building into a Pinball Game