A Gizmo That Makes 49 Rubber Duckies Sway in Perfect Harmony

Getting people excited about motors can be a tough. Sure, there are die hard Hemi fans, but the electromechanical motors made by manufacturer Faz Elektrik do little to stir emotions, even as they power huge industrial fans. With an important trade show on the schedule, the Turkish firm knew they needed some way to showcase their relatively boring black boxes, so they turned to British artist David Cranmer for help.

He promptly suggested an unorthodox solution—a programmable matrix of 49 ducks that appear to float gracefully on invisible swells. “I was hoping they wouldn’t think it was too frivolous for a reputable industrial manufacturer,” says Cranmer, “But they went for it right away and sent me a big box of motors.”



Here is the latest Brief document (Combined) released on the 22/10/13


DS5 Toby and Ronnie

DS5 Toby and Ronnie


Nothing new here guys, just a combination of all briefs so far – you already have these.




Glowing Plant Project founder: don’t fear GM bioluminescent plants Wired UK


European Regulations around genetically modified organisms GMOs have a very negative impact around the world, according to Antony Evans, co-founder of the Glowing Plant Project.The Glowing Plant Project uses an enzyme called luciferase — which makes fireflies and some fungi and bacteria glow — to modify the DNA sequence of a small plant called Arabidopsis. The project smashed its targets on Kickstarter, raising more than $480,000 £299,000. However, the plant has to be grown in the US due to EU regulations.Evans believes that these regulations are “all very well for politicians and activist living in Europe with good food” but that “for every action there’s the cost of inaction”, and that cost is often being borne in the developing world.

via Glowing Plant Project founder: don’t fear GM bioluminescent plants Wired UK.

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

RoboBee: tiny robotic ‘insect’ flight demonstration – video | Technology | theguardian.com

A tiny robotic ‘insect’, the size of a penny, demonstrates its controlled flight abilities. Developed by engineers at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, RoboBee weighs around 80mg and has a wingspan of 3cm. Scientists anticipate the devices will open up a wide range of discoveries and practical innovations, such as pollination, search and rescue, military surveillance and traffic monitoring

via RoboBee: tiny robotic ‘insect’ flight demonstration – video | Technology | theguardian.com.

The Briefs So Far.

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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.

At One of Tech’s Hottest Startups, a Huge New Office Aims Small | Wired Business | Wired.com

square offices

square offices

A meeting could, for example, take place at “Haight and 6th.” The “streets” are meant to serve as guideposts for navigating the vast space. Within that grid, desks are clustered around fishbowl-like “team rooms” — glass-walled cubes that act as meeting halls for groups focused on different aspects of the business, from branding to finance. High-top tables for “standing meetings” function as street corners for impromptu get-togethers.

“There’s this tipping point where you stop thinking about office planning and start thinking about city planning,” says Maja Henderson, who joined Square as Dorsey’s assistant in 2010, the company’s first non-tech employee. She started working as the office manager, which at a small startup meant everything from payroll to public relations to snacks. Her role grew with the company, and she became the lead on the new office, overseeing design and construction to ensure a seamlessness between Square’s philosophy and the place where that philosophy gets put into practice. “Your office is just a physical manifestation of your culture,” Henderson says.

Nothing symbolizes that culture as clearly as the coffee bar, the crossroads where all the office neighborhoods intersect. Centrally located along the Boulevard, the bar is staffed by full-time baristas who also work as product testers for Square’s latest offerings. (At the old office, the baristas were using an under-wraps version of Square’s iPad stand before most other employees had even seen it).

via At One of Tech’s Hottest Startups, a Huge New Office Aims Small | Wired Business | Wired.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.


Student Blogs:

Maja Szybicka – ds5mjsz.wordpress.com
Kirsten Gibbs – oatmealenthusiast.wordpress.com
Sam Chan – http://samuelchan2013.wordpress.com/
Dan Fleming – http://dtfleming.wordpress.com/
Ino Protopapa  – http://inoproto.wordpress.com
Aleks Zigalovs – http://zigalovs.wordpress.com/
Jono Plant – http://jonathanplant.wordpress.com/
Gavin Fraser – DS5 blog
Anna Zezula – http://annazezula.wordpress.com/
Chris Hopkinson – http://chrisds5.wordpress.com/
Robin Walker – http://robinx86.wordpress.com/
Lucy Reader –http://lucyreaderds5.wordpress.com/
Christos Makrides – http://cmarkides0.wordpress.com/
Laurence Walter – http://laurencewalter.wordpress.com/
Michael Blewitt – https://michaelblewittds5.wordpress.com
Konstnatina Faltaka – http://nandiafaltaka.wordpress.com