Chair Farm by Werner Aisslingerat Ventura Lambrate – Dezeen

Chair Farm by Werner Aisslingerat Ventura Lambrate – Dezeen.

“Plant yourself a chair …”

Werner Aisslinger presents his plantation chair at the Milan Furniture Fair

Once again in April, the most recognised fair of the furniture industry opens its gates for design aficionados from all over the world. At the Milan Furniture Fair, visitors will witness a small sensation at “Instant Stories”, the special exhibition from Berlin at Lambrate: Amidst the platforms showing the latest in furniture design, a greenhouse is staged. Visitors are confronted with a gigantic box that gives the impression as if it has just fallen from heaven. This laboratory-like stage setup promises to be as spectacular as watching a dinosaur hatch from its egg: A chair is born from a steel corset! The only difference to the egg-comparison is the fact that the shell of the “chair farm” prototype is inside the chair’s structure instead of being outside.

office/park hybrid

SideSeat: can a swivel chair become the office of the future? – video | Art and design |

special chair nees

Doesn’t the bog-standard desk and chair seem so antiquated? Enter Dutch designer Jurgen Bey, who’s created the office of the future, a swivelling station that offers privacy in our age of flexi-time – and a whole new take on what working life could be. Oliver Wainwright visits him in his studio

via SideSeat: can a swivel chair become the office of the future? – video | Art and design |

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 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

Glass gym floor lights up to show markings for different sports Wired UK

Glass gym floor lights up to show markings for different sports Wired UK

A glass sports floor at a school in Germany uses hidden LEDs to switch between court markings at the touch of a button.The ASB Glassfloor by ASB Systembau GMBH aids concentration by only showing the floor markings for the sport being played but the company are also planning to expand the technology to include light-up training programmes and advertising capabilities.The floor is constructed from panels made from two glass sheets similar to car windscreens. These panels sit atop an aluminium frame which also contains the LED channels which describe a variety of sport floor markings. Etching to the surface reduces reflections which would otherwise be distracting while ceramic dots burnt into the top panel provide grip.

via Glass gym floor lights up to show markings for different sports Wired UK.

Silica nanowires get stronger as they get smaller (Wired UK)


A team led by fibre optics pioneer Sir David Payne claims to have developed the strongest and lightest ever silica nanofibres, after discovering that the material becomes more resilient the smaller it gets.

“Weight for weight, silica nanowires are 15 times stronger than high strength steel and 10 times stronger than conventional GRP (Glass Reinforced Plastic),” explained Payne, who in the 80s invented the erbium-doped fibre amplifier (EDFA) technology that boosts signals carried on fibre optics. “We can decrease the amount of material used thereby reducing the weight of the object… we can [also] produce silica nanofibres by the tonne, just as we currently do for the optical fibres that power the internet.”

The nanowires are made from two of the most common elements in the Earth’s crust — silica and oxygen — making it a cheap and profitable bet for developers. Furthermore, unlike carbon nanotubes or graphene — slated as the super strong, super conductive miracle material — the team believes it can potentially be constructed in lengths of wire thousands of kilometres long (carbon nanotunes, by comparison, have only been shown to maintain their strength at the size of a few microns)

via Silica nanowires get stronger as they get smaller (Wired UK).

Monstrous Mechanical Marvels: 9 Enormous Gadgets | Gadget Lab |

When it comes to phones, notebooks and portable game consoles, smaller is nearly always better. But sometimes a gadget just needs to be really, really huge.

True to their size, gigantic contraptions accomplish tasks enormously useful to our everyday lives. Take for example the Bagger 293 (above), a 31.3-million-pound bucket-wheel excavator capable of mining 220,000 tons of brown coal in a day. And if the only cost-effective way to get the Bagger 293 to the mine is to drive it across the Rhineland countryside, so much the better. Because people love to gawk at gigantic machines.

Ever seen a giant wind turbine? Any idea what a crawler transporter does? How about a building-sized solar furnace? Read on for a glimpse at some of the biggest, baddest “gadgets” on Earth.

via Monstrous Mechanical Marvels: 9 Enormous Gadgets | Gadget Lab |

A little list of tech

from one-another’s blogs:

MIT smart room detects humidity, temperature and light for your comfort (Wired UK)

Indoor spaces are getting smart; now they are embedded with sensors that monitor humidity, temperature and light. “The challenge is connecting to this nervous system,” says Joe Paradiso, director of the Responsive Environments Group at the MIT Media Lab. His solution: WristQue, a plastic wristband that gives you remote control over your surroundings (shown above, on its charging dock). The low-power, 16-bit device has buttons to control temperature and electronics, and a slider to adjust lighting. The building stores weekly usage patterns for each room; when people enter, it adjusts heat and light based on the previous week’s data. When they leave, windows are closed and air conditioning is turned off, which cut energy use by a quarter during a three-week test.

via MIT smart room detects humidity, temperature and light for your comfort (Wired UK).

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:



The question I would ask is why wouldn’t your speculative office include robots? – today’s technology is as remarkable as science fiction

STEPHEN MELVILLE LECTURE TOMORROW (thursday 9am 3rd floor student hub)

Guys – we think you should attend tomorrow’s free lecture at 9am in the student hub – Stephen Melville is a structural engineer on the cutting edge of design. Please attend!

Computers run hot so why not harness that heat to warm a building, Swiss researchers say.- swissinfo


Companies often spend large sums cooling network servers, but Swiss scientists have found a way to cut those costs by using computer-generated heat to warm buildings.

Physicists at the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH) working with IBM have created a liquid-cooled server system that can slash energy bills by as much as half while generating heat with little to no additional carbon emissions.

“Computers are an excellent source of heat that until now has been wasted,” Bruno Michel, an IBM physicist and leader of the project, told

via Computers run hot so why not harness that heat to warm a building, Swiss researchers say.- swissinfo.

Compact and flexible thermal storage – Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology

Compact and flexible thermal storage

Forschung Kompakt, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft,  Jun 01, 2012

Biogas plants, combined heat and power plants don’t just generate electricity, they also produce heat. However, unlike the electricity they yield, the heat generally dissipates unused. A new technology is set to change this: It will allow the heat to be stored lossfree in the smallest of spaces for lengthy periods of time, for use as and when required.

via Compact and flexible thermal storage – Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology.



Explanation: Are square A and B the same color? They are! To verify this, either run your cursor over the image or click here to see them connected. The above illusion, called the same color illusion, illustrates that purely human observations in science may be ambiguous or inaccurate. Even such a seemingly direct perception as relative color. Similar illusions exist on the sky, such as the size of the Moon near the horizon, or the apparent shapes of astronomical objects. The advent of automated, reproducible, measuring devices such as CCDs have made science in general and astronomy in particular less prone to, but not free of, human-biased illusions.

Must-visit (often) Website MATERIA

About Materia New materials present opportunities for fascinating innovations. Materia stimulates and inspires architects, designers and producers to applythese materials to their designs. The company is a knowledge centre for developments and innovations in materials, and their applications for architecture and design. Materia is familiar with many innovative materials from all over the world, as well having knowledge of their specific characteristics. This knowledge is published worldwide by Materia using various media.

Materia’s aim: to build together with creative professionals on a new vision for the future: Today’s inspirations is tomorrow’s innovation!

Amazing CAD/3D Model Site

something to check out – of free 3D models and such and a place to upload your own for comment and criticism.

PEG stands for Personal Energy Generator

Extends office space to the wilderness:



I’ve often said that LED technology in its recent incarnation is one of the most important things to happen in architecture for 20 years.

Nick Holonyak was sure the LED would replace the incandescent light bulb when he presented it to GE executives 50 years ago. While the incandescent is still king in homes across the nation, the LED has transformed lighting in more ways than Holonyak could have imagined.

From those first dim red diodes to powerful streetlights in major cities, the LED has made its mark on the world.

The Ubiquitous Red LED

The first LEDs were red. This wasn’t an aesthetic choice. LEDs are made by building layers of semiconductor crystals on a wafer. As the layers are added, dopants are added to determine the color of the LED. The tiny wafer is placed into molten liquid and metal contacts and leads are then added. The mixture used in the first LEDs — gallium arsenide phosphide — produces a natural red color. That’s why red became the default color choice for so many indicator lights.

New processes have delivered a rainbow of available LED colors, making them suitable for far more than battery indicators and warning lights. But for the first 10 years of their existence, LEDs were red.


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