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:


Business Meeting in Canary Wharf


Some Models may not require the workshop: don’t despair

Required: wire, pliers, patience.

Required: hosepipe, scissors, cable ties.

Required: plaster, fabric, needle, thread.

Required: latex, matches.

Required: plastic sheet, scalpel, electrical tape

Required: pasta

Required: wire/fishing line, clear resin/pva glue (good lighting and photography)

Required: paper/polystyrene cups

Required: lego

Required: wicker/brush, superglue, little pink people

Required: scrap bicycle chain and other bike parts, white spirit

Required: string, bags, sand

Required: paper, pins, fishing line, fishing weights, glue

Future office – Forbes

Microsoft has thoughts too:

some other strange views:



Board Meeting Videos

I’ll be adding the DS5 presentation videos here as I encode them, it’s a long process but I’m getting there:


aaron from DS5 on Vimeo.

dave 1 from DS5 on Vimeo.

nigel from DS5 on Vimeo.


Future Office Labs (London, England) – Meetup

I know that this group is pretty dead, but maybe we could take over/add to the discussion and maybe generate some interest in our event?


The idea of Future Office Labs is to encourage a collective exploration and discussion of new technologies and practices in the work-place.

It’s a group for early-adopters, change-makers, entrepreneurs and organizational revolutionaries; people who are excited by cutting-edge ideas, fascinated by shiny toys (go on, admit it), but frustrated when they don’t get to use them in their day-jobs.

You don’t need to be a technologist to join F.O.L.; you might be a power-user or a practitioner who can see the potential of doing things differently. In fact, one of the reasons I’m creating this group is to have a space to exchange ideas, for those who are NOT technologists, but who do have interesting thoughts about how it can be used.

via Future Office Labs (London, England) – Meetup.

BBC News – Viewpoint: A note from your future office in 2032

But in 2032 the “workplace”, or more specifically the local array of immersive spaces we now consider optimised for work, is as valuable as ever – even though many thought it might become a relic of the past.

People used to be willing to pick up and move their entire lives to be nearer to that building and have access to a small physical address within it, in which they were assumed to do all of their work.

But after mobile technologies gave rise to “work anywhere” norms and strategies, which often created great disruptions in employee work-life balance, employees and employers began to mutually embrace the notion that there should be easily-accessible spaces where work is optimised – to both enable work and to promote the enjoyment of it.

Thus, a new generation of workplace was created, allowing workers to immerse themselves in local spaces offering a wide array of highly cocooned or interactive settings to support their needs.

via BBC News – Viewpoint: A note from your future office in 2032.


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

Something to listen to while you work

Start the Week; Art and Design with Antony Gormley, Ron Arad, Christopher Frayling and Sarah Teasley, chaired by Andrew Marr.

something particular in this conversation for each of you….

and this for Toby Shark

Lecture: 21st and 28th Nov 2012 – Main Hall

For the next two weeks it is my pleasure to introduce Charlotte Bovis from Amanda Levete Architects to talk to you about Rhino and Grasshopper. Charlotte graduated from Oxford Brookes and went on to study at the RCA. She has worked for Future Systems and is currently working with AL_A :

The format will be a lecture on Wednesday 21st / 28th at 11am in the Main Hall, then Charlotte will be available in the design studios for a limited time for questions.

Tuesday Board Meeting Info

Schedule Tuesday 20th November:


CHANGE OF VENUE – Third Floor space 3 – (library end with link bridge – working screen provided)


10:30am                                               Board meeting: Leader Ronnie Maclellan CEO.


11:00am                                               Client presentations: 5 minute presentation of current work + 15 minutes discussion. You will be video recorded.


Presenting:                                         Aaron, Hilda, Nigel, Ross, David

Internal Review Panel:                  Tom Gr, Kate, Tom P, Kartic, TS + RM
Audience/notes:                              Antonio, Clare, molly, Peter




Presenting:                                         Tom Gr, Kate, Tom P, Kartic

Internal Review Panel:                  Antonio, Clare, molly, Peter, TS + RM

Audience/notes:                              Aaron, Hilda, Nigel, Ross, David




Presenting:                                         Antonio, Clare, molly, Peter

Internal Review Panel:                  Aaron, Hilda, Nigel, Ross, David

Audience/notes:                              Tom Gr, Kate, Tom P, Kartic


This is your chance to get feedback about your ideas and work from your work colleagues – please use this opportunity to your fellow office workers expand their ideas through critical feedback. If your advice is not constructive and critical, the company will fail and you’ll all be out of a job. It is in your best interests to contribute. You will be video recorded and your performance assessed by the CEO and Director.

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!

Interesting site

Tutorials Tomorrow

11:00 – Kartik introduction to prototyping

11:30 Kate, Kartik and Seb

12:30 Ross, Tom and Antonio

13:30 Lunch

14:00 Clare, Nigel and Josh

15:00 James, Molly and Aaron

16:00 Hilda, David, Tom and Peter

See you all at 11am followed by small group tutorials



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.

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.

Site Visit and Associated Documents

please download the pdf here: Document 12 05112012 5 main project

Until this point we have been concentrating on an individual office – but now we must consider the office building as a system of connected workers. Individual and communal spaces connected by seen and unseen networks.

Lebbeus Woods, R.I.P.

Detail from

Lebbeus Woods, visionary architect of imaginary worlds, dies in New York

Architects including Zaha Hadid and Nigel Coates pay tribute to Lebbeus Woods, the cult building designer who dreamed up fantastical structures from a parallel universe