Wax 3D Printer

I saw this and thought it was pretty cool. More solid and also easier to adapt post production than the 3D printers we have at uni! Als0 easier to accidentally melt if left on a window cill…



Imagine a city of the future

Walking City

In a world where people live more mobile lifestyles than they have for centuries, cities are facing a problem they rarely planned for: their citizens move away. When jobs and resources start to decline, modern cities, such as Detroit, suffer difficult and often wasteful processes of urban contraction. In contrast to this, Manuel Dominguez’s “Very Large Structure,” the result of his thesis project at ETSA Madrid, proposes a nomadic city that can move on caterpillar tracks to locations where work and resources are abundant.

Of course this is not the first time that the idea of a nomadic city has been proposed. Ron Herron’s Walking City is one of the more recognizable Archigram designs from the 1960s, and has been influential to architectural theory ever since. However, the design for the “Very Large Structure” expands on the  by including strong proposals for energy generation on board the city.


More can be found at:  A Walking City for the 21st Century | ArchDaily.

Architecture and Photography Come Together to Make Art Within Art | Raw File | Wired.com



Most of us experience famous architecture through photographs. We can all mentally picture buildings like the Eiffel Tower and the Sydney Opera House, even if we haven’t been there. But there’s a whole niche of architecture photography that’s more about how a building feels than how it looks.

A recent exhibit Beyond the Assignment: Defining Photographs of Architecture and Design in Los Angeles focuses on just that — a more subjective view than the expected shots of stunning edifices and stiff models.

These photographers “aim to create lasting visual impressions in an age when limitless architecture and design news can be digested and forgotten in seconds on the web,” says Bilyana Dimitrova, the show’s curator, herself a photographer and photo editor.

The show includes 10 professional architectural photographers whose work is a far cry from the “house porn” lampooned on the blog Unhappy Hipsters or the digital renderings of architecture that can intricately simulate use patterns, light movements, and seismic reactions as convincingly as if the building was part of a video game.

The photos acknowledge the emotional component of experiencing buildings and respond to it in kind. In Undine Pröhl’s photograph of a futuristic house by Charles Deaton, for example, she poses a woman on the edge of the flying-saucer balcony, framed by sky and dry mountains — translating the empowering sense a house like this grants its occupants.

via Architecture and Photography Come Together to Make Art Within Art | Raw File | Wired.com.

See-through | hovercraftdoggy

See-through | hovercraftdoggy.

The offices of the Castilla León Junta by Madrid based architects ‘ESTUDIO ARQUITECTURA CAMPO BAEZA’ / photographs by Avier Callejas Sevilla

The Briefs So Far.

Week2 Week3 week1



Richard Beckett | Architecture – Interesting projects

This year the interest of the unit lies in exploring the underlying geometries (configurations, relationships, typo-morphologies, lattices) of dwelling within our cities.  Dwelling is quintessential to human existence, and today, more than ever it is in the centre of our architectural/environmental preoccupations. In a time where the world population is rapidly growing and with the majority living in cities, the need to house the basic needs of such a large quantity of people is unprecedented. How do we dwell in our contemporary cities? What drives us more and more into them? What are the social changes that are underpinning our contemporary sense of space?  Are new technologies prompting a new paradigm of dwelling?

via Richard Beckett | Architecture.

▶ Introducing WildCat – YouTube

Published on 3 Oct 2013
WildCat is a four-legged robot being developed to run fast on all types of terrain. So far WildCat has run at about 16 mph on flat terrain using bounding and galloping gaits. The video shows WildCat’s best performance so far. WildCat is being developed by Boston Dynamics with funding from DARPA’s M3 program. For more information about WIldCat visit our website at www.BostonDynamics.com.

WAM-V®: Marine Advanced Research, Inc.



Unlike conventional boats, the hulls of a WAM-V conform to the surface of the water. A WAM-V does not push, slap or pierce the waves. She utilizes flexibility to adapt her structure and shape to the water surface. Instead of forcing the water to conform to the hull, she gives and adjusts; she “dances” with the waves.

A superstructure is flexibly connected to specially designed pontoons by several components that actually move in relation to one another. A WAM-V has springs, shock absorbers and ball joints to articulate the vessel and mitigate stresses to structure, payload and crew. Two engine pods, containing the propulsion and ancillary systems, are fastened to the hulls with special hinges that keep the propellers in the water at all times. The inflatable pontoons act like the tires of a car, absorbing the high frequency waves.

via WAM-V®: Marine Advanced Research, Inc..

Book Reviews

Gavin Fraser – ‘Future Office – Design, Practice and Applied Research’ (ed. Grech, C. & Walters, D., 2008)

Kirsten Gibbs – “capture it – a future workplace for the multi-generational knowledge worker”, by Graham Vickers, published by the RCA

Samuel Chan – Space Meets Status: Designing Workplace Performance http://www.amazon.co.uk/Space-Meets-Status-Designing-Performance/dp/0415701058

Lucy Reader – ‘The modern theory of the Toyota production system: a systems inquiry of the world’s most emulated and profitable management system’ by Phillip Marksberry.


Warith’s drawings

here you go thanks to https://www.facebook.com/abdul.w.zaki?hc_location=stream

Folio | Folio | Architectural Review

Folio | Folio | Architectural Review.


good drawings!


Mataerial 3D-prints beautiful ‘gravity-defying’ structures (Wired UK)


Mataerial is a 3D printer that actually works in three dimensions, printing thick “cables” of plastic that harden instantly on contact with air in any shape, and in any direction.

Instead of building up layer upon layer like a normal 3D printer, Mataerial works more like a robotic arm from a car factory that spraypaints parts. It works around the piece, laying each cable one by one (as you can see in the video). “This patent-pending method allows for creating 3D objects on any given working surface independently of its inclination and smoothness, and without a need of additional support structures,” the designers write.

via Mataerial 3D-prints beautiful ‘gravity-defying’ structures (Wired UK).

A few precedents




DS 5 Technology: function follows form.

DS 19

function follows formLe-Duc Oxford only

Important guidance from your technology tutor – click link above for full original signed pdf text with further reading

DS5/TS/OB…… or if only it could be advanced as the DS23… (for further reading see Rolande Barthes ‘Mythologies’.. don’t worry it’s not long and is very cool !)

Remember all technical decisions are in the end aesthetic decisions .. no discussion , that’s a fact !

Remember function follows form and do not believe anyone who tells you otherwise .

Remember the beautiful words of le-Duc as follows, did you ever think the search for the truth had anything to do with your studies ?  I bet it doesn’t appear as a measurable learning outcome!

‘In architecture there are two ways of being true.it must be true according to the (ADVANCED) programme and true to (ADVANCED) methods of construction. To be true according to the programme is to fulfil exactly and simply the conditions of need; to be true according to the methods of construction is to employ the materials according to their qualities and properties…purely artistic questions of symmetry and apparent (ADVANCED) form are only secondary conditions in the presence of our dominant principals.’

Eugene Viollet- le- Duc: Entretiens sur L’architecture. 1863-72

office manifesto

look up:


It could be the basis for your projects personal manifesto.

Manifesto of the Office Appreciation Society

WE BELIEVE that offices are unjustly maligned
and that life would be immeasurably poorer without them.

We think that they are Architecture’s poetry,
and the most egalitarian of her displays, since
everyone can have a fantastic view of them.

We pledge to fight ‘red-brick thinking’ wherever we find it.
Life would be dull if we had to exist in
office-less monotony day after day.

We seek to remind people that offices are expressions of
our culture’s moods, and can be read like those of
a person’s countenance.

Offices are so commonplace that their beauty is often overlooked.
They are for dreamers and their contemplation benefits the soul.
Indeed, all who consider the spaces they see in them will save
on psychoanalysis bills.

And so we say to all who’ll listen:
Look around, marvel at the ephemeral beauty, and live life with your imagination in the offices!

With thanks to D Greene, assisted by http://cloudappreciationsociety.org/manifesto/

Now, look up that link and let it inspire your manifestos. (instruction from David)



Feedback has been emailed to each of you.
We should have added that your presentation skills have improved noticeably.
Keep this up, it will prepare your well for that wicked world out there.
T D & R

Manifesto of the Office Appreciation Society

CROSS CRITS – Your Digital Portfolio: Toby’s technical guidelines

Really useful technical guidance on compiling your digital portfolio

Digital Portfolios Technical Guidelines

to download templates, refer to:



Business Meeting in Canary Wharf

Interesting site


Institute of Making

The Institute of Making is a multidisciplinary research club for those interested in the made world: from makers of molecules to makers of buildings, synthetic skin to spacecraft, soup to clothes, furniture to cities. Learn more

via Home – Institute of Making.

Beijing to become smart city within three years (Wired UK)

Beijing to become smart city within three years

By Sarah Marsh12 October 12

via Beijing to become smart city within three years (Wired UK).


DOCUMENTs – Page now available

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Digitally Connect Space

Digi/Space USE - 1970-2010

Digi/Space USE – 1970-2010

Our Student Blogs

Here is a list of the Blogs submitted by our students so far – check back, this post will be updated.

Molly Northover http://mollynorthover.wordpress.com/

Tom Pond http://tomgpond.tumblr.com/

Hilda Chak: http://hildachak.wordpress.com

Sebastian Pitman: http://sebastianpitman.com/blog.html

Clare Washington: http://clarewashington.wordpress.com

Kate Jones: http://katejones949.wordpress.com/

Aaron Brownsdon: http://aaronbrownsdon.wordpress.com

Josh Greig: http://studiogreig.wordpress.com/

David Jarrard: http://jarrarddave.wordpress.com/

Peter Robinson: http://rockarchitecture.wordpress.com/

Kartik Poria: http://kartikporia.wordpress.com/

Antonio Rovira: http://arovira88.wordpress.com

Tom Greenfield: http://thomasgreenfield.wordpress.com/

Ross Dannmayr: http://rdannmayr.tumblr.com/

Nigel Dakin: http://nigeldakin.blogspot.co.uk/