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

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 |

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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

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 –
Kirsten Gibbs –
Sam Chan –
Dan Fleming –
Ino Protopapa  –
Aleks Zigalovs –
Jono Plant –
Gavin Fraser – DS5 blog
Anna Zezula –
Chris Hopkinson –
Robin Walker –
Lucy Reader –
Christos Makrides –
Laurence Walter –
Michael Blewitt –
Konstnatina Faltaka –










Warith’s drawings

here you go thanks to

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).

Work starts on Herzog & de Meuron’s Naturbad Riehen swimming pool


News: construction is underway on an outdoor bathing lake in Riehen, Switzerland, by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron.

Naturbad Riehen will be filled with natural water without chlorine or chemical additives and is designed to accommodate 2000 bathers per day. As well as the pool for bathers, the Naturbad will incorporate a series of biological water treatment basins embedded in a sloping field on the other side of the road.

Herzog & de Meuron originally won a competition to design a municipal pool for Riehen in 1979, but the scheme was shelved in 1982. The Swiss architects were then commissioned to rethink the concept in 2007, when they abandoned the conventional swimming pool concept in favour of a facility using natural filtration.

via Work starts on Herzog & de Meuron’s Naturbad Riehen swimming pool.

The La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science by Lyons

This science facility in Melbourne by Australian firm Lyons has a tessellated facade based on the hexagonal geometry of a molecular structure (+ slideshow).

Located at the Bundoora campus of La Trobe University, the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science is a six-storey building with hexagonal windows stretching across its front and rear facades.

“The cellular exterior of the building is derived from ideas about expressing the molecular research that is being undertaken within the building,” explains Lyons.

Some of the hexagons are extruded from the facade, creating a series of irregularly shaped meeting spaces, while others are simple windows shaded by overhanging canopies.

via The La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science by Lyons.

No Bad Colours colour changing workstation by Ron Arad at Salone


“We are talking about reflecting rather than transmitting colours, so we don’t require backlit panels and the surfaces enjoy rather than suffer from external light,” said Arad.

via No Bad Colours colour changing workstation by Ron Arad at Salone.

Project: Office for Living installation by Jean Nouvel at Salone

Milan 2013: French architect Jean Nouvel has set out his vision for the office environments of the future in a huge installation at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile this week (+ slideshow).

Commissioned by Cosmit, the parent company of the Salone, Project: Office for Living sees Jean Nouvel explore the changes taking place in the workplace and offers an alternative to today’s “unliveable” offices.

via Project: Office for Living installation by Jean Nouvel at Salone.

Kill Your Meeting Room — The Future’s in Walking and Talking | Wired Opinion |


“Sitting has become the smoking of our generation.” I argued this in my recent talk at TED2013 and elsewhere while advocating for the concept of “walking meetings” (or as I informally call them, “walkntalks”). Simply put: We spend more time sitting (average 9.3 hours a day) than sleeping (7.7 hours) — and it doesn’t even occur to us that this is not OK. So instead of using a standing desk, doing sitting meetings over coffee, or meeting in some fluorescent-lit conference room, I do one-on-one meetings as walks. It resolves the tradeoff between “taking care of health” and “getting stuff done.”

The solution seems so obvious, yet it raises all sorts of “But…” questions: “How do you take notes?” “How do you collaborate without a whiteboard?” “What about cellphone reception?” “Can we improve mobile meeting technology?” (This last one is a panel theme at SxSW this weekend.)

via Kill Your Meeting Room — The Future’s in Walking and Talking | Wired Opinion |

A few precedents




BT Tower 360 Panorama of London

BT Tower 360 Panorama of London.




remember to right click for different views



Interesting – New Education

Courses. – you can take online courses for free with amazing teachers.. the new university. Think about the difference between this and the university of 30 years ago – imagine how we will be working in another 30 years,


Documenting the Never-Built Dreams of the City of Angels


Documenting the Never-Built Dreams of the City of Angels




Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin are creating an exhibition of Los Angeles’ buildings that were never built.

It’s hard to build a building. Every project must be ushered through a gauntlet of approvals, zoning codes, committees, clients, and criticism, to say nothing of the laws of finance and physics. As much as some architects might dream of the purity of will that allows Howard Roark to dynamite his tower when it’s not as envisioned, the real world is full of buildings that must find their place in the public sphere, in a compromise between the visions and needs of architects, financiers, planning committees and nearby residents.

In the end, only one structure can occupy any given space. So history is littered with the detritus of never realized plans for revolutionary structures. Finding the right balance of power between all these forces is probably impossible. Sometimes those non-constructions didn’t happen for good reason. Sometimes it’s a real loss.

In association with the A+D Museum, Lubell and Goldin are proposing an exhibit celebrating LA’s history of buildings that might have been.

These projects seem impossible today. At certain points in the city’s history they seemed utterly doable.

Wired: How did the project come about?

Greg Goldin: It all began nearly two years ago when the Getty Research Institute asked the Architecture and Design Museum of Los Angeles if they’d be interested in displaying models the Getty owned of unbuilt projects. That soon morphed into an examination of projects from the 1990s through the early ’00s — not necessarily in the Getty’s possession. And that, in turn, morphed into a thoroughgoing look at projects spanning the decades going back all the way to 1900, because the more you look the more you find. The more you find, the better — and more potentially game-changing — the ideas and past proposals seem, which only leads you to do some more looking. In the end, we spoke to a slew of experts and historians and then we combed every major archive in the city to find the best unbuilt projects.

Wired: What is it with Los Angeles and mega scale architecture?

Goldin: Los Angeles had room to grow, with few geographical limitations, except the Pacific Ocean. All that open space engendered a spirit of wide imagination, and the two fed off each other. Los Angeles has also always been a place to jettison the past and begin anew, and from the beginning the city developed a reputation for embracing originality and reinvention. The happenstance of early aviation and aerospace and the creative, sometimes over-the-top spirit of Hollywood, only further fueled the imagination. Everything seemed possible.

Wired: How close did the projects you chose come to reality?

Sam Lubell: It’s a mix, but we tried to focus on projects that had a good shot at becoming reality. These kinds of schemes reveal not just the creative ambition in the city, but the constant hurdles that stopped them in their tracks. Of course we do have a few truly pie in the sky projects, which capture the imagination and underscore that every city needs to have impossible dreams.

Wired: Why do cities need impossible dreams?

Lubell: Architects and planners and even developers propose speculative work because it prods everyone, from common citizens to elected officials, to think about the city in new ways. A perfect recent example is Thom Mayne’s proposal for the Cornfields, just north of Chinatown and downtown. He would move Dodgers Stadium off the hill in Elysian Park and put it in the flats — at the southern most tip of the Cornfields park. He would replace the stadium with high-rise luxury condos. This is smart land-use and transit planning.

Los Angeles needs to be a city of dreams.

Another example would be Schindler’s prefab shelters from the early 1930s. These were an attempt to see how small, modular homes could be inexpensively and quickly constructed to address their terrible housing needs of the Great Depression. The project was speculative not just because it proposed prefab or modular but because the homes were engineered as a kit of parts — and builders were then (and now) reluctant to adopt such a formula.

But both of these speculations, at opposite ends of the building spectrum, push ideas forward. Schindler playing with prefab and interlocking plywood units has led to the inventiveness of Frank Gehry’s early work. Mayne’s radical reordering of downtown will force the city to think more about its future land-use policies — perhaps to the better.

Furthermore many of these projects seem impossible today, but at certain points in the city’s history they seemed utterly doable. Our culture has changed, and there is less of a spirit that anything is possible in Los Angeles. It’s a sentiment that the city has always to some extent held and it needs to embrace it. Los Angeles needs to be a city of dreams in order to thrive and to embody its most effective attribute.

Wired: Some people say that while LA was made possible by mega-projects it is now crippled by them and by a powerful NIMBY lobby. Does this assessment seem right to you?

Lubell: Certainly some of the over-reach from past mega projects — from Bunker Hill to Chavez Ravine to the Freeways — has certainly helped create a culture of NIMBYism in which residents are terrified by the prospect of any new development, no matter how innovative or benevolent. One of our goals with the show is to open Angelenos’ minds to bold projects that will also improve the city. It’s not true that all large scale work has to be a thorn in the city’s side.

It is also true to a large extent that the city is mired in ancient zoning laws, dating to the time when the city’s core was surrounded by light industrial uses and the suburbs were developed around freeways. So, in many ways, the city is trapped by its vestigial infrastructure and its outmoded infrastructure (freeways).

On the other hand, there is a growing awareness that this cannot withstand the pressure of change. The effort to green the L.A. River, to restore some of its concrete bed to an actual river; the idea of freeway caps to use the air rights of freeways for parks; the spread of residential adaptive re-use throughout the east side of downtown (the old light industrial sector); all indicate a shift in frame of mind.

These kinds of changes are slow, to say the least, and not everyone agrees with them. As NIMBYism, it is confined to very specific projects, and not to sweeping visions. The city electorate has voted for massive bond issues for transit, for libraries, for new schools. On a wider level, then, the city seems willing to shed its “infrastructural” past to make a new one.

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.

Wolfgang Tschapeller ZT GmbH

Wolfgang Tschapeller ZT GmbH

Wolfgang Tschapeller ZT GmbH.

These guys look interesting – particularly the way they address building within existing structures

thanks to Declan Molloy for the heads up

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).

Photos of Tweet Locations Bring 140 Characters to Life | Raw File |

In their project Geolocation, Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman scan the public Twitter feed for tweets that are geotagged and then travel to those locations to take pictures where the original tweet was sent. The photos they produce, either online or on the wall, always have the tweet written underneath.

For both Larson and Shindelman, the process is about picking off and humanizing a few of the digital bursts that otherwise might get lost in a sea of social-media noise.

“There is so much virtual information out there and we thought there was something fascinating about memorializing one piece of it,” says Shindelman. “It gives it a life beyond this little blip and provides a real, physical, human connection.”

via Photos of Tweet Locations Bring 140 Characters to Life | Raw File |

Architecture Pirates May Finish Copycat Building Before Original | Wired Design |


File under HA!

A Beijing building project by London-based architect Zaha Hadid is proving so popular that the structure is being pirated elsewhere in the country.

Hadid’s Wangjing Soho is an office and retail complex which uses three curved towers to echo the intricate movements of Chinese fans. But, according to Der Spiegel, the architect’s firm is being forced to compete with pirates to get the original structure finished before the copy.

“Even as we build one of Zaha’s projects, it is being replicated in Chongqing,” said Zhang Xin, the property developer who commissioned the structure. “Everyone says that China is a great copycat country, and that it can copy anything.”

Hadid herself seems a little more relaxed about the use of her work, provided the results contain a certain amount of innovation, saying “that could be quite exciting.”

via Architecture Pirates May Finish Copycat Building Before Original | Wired Design |

movement 1 « Kate Jones – Invisible Office


movement 1 « Kate Jones – Invisible Office.


Kate J

ones investigates the connection between the body and the office

The Architecture of Difference : | Form-Finding Utilizing the Social Field of Vision…


Utilizing the Social Field of Vision  and the localities need for an increase of pedestrian activity affords a certain  form across the site. At 20 – 25m the field of vision reveals facial features and expressions and an individual’s feeling and mood. It is at this distances that people become truly interesting and relevant in a social context. Indicated by the intermediate circles.

At distances less than these our other human senses begin to react to the presence of others, what we hear, smell and touch will also have an effect on our desire to engage. At 2 meters people enter our personal space and it is at this distance that collaboration can take place; indicated by blue dots.

via The Architecture of Difference : | Form-Finding Utilizing the Social Field of Vision….

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:

Goodbye Oscar Niemeyer!

The Last Modernist…
E.D.T., December 6, 2012

A Tribute to…

The Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer has died on Wednesday, December 5th, 2012 at the age of 104. He designed much (more than 600 works around the world) works of the country’s futuristic capital Brasilia. The Brazilian icon, who won architecture’s top award, the Pritzker Prize, in 1988, started his career in the 1930s and went on working well into the 21st century, after turning 10 leaves a considerable work the most known jewels(flagships) of which are the national Congress of Brazil, the Cathedral of Brasilia and the Museum of contemporary art of Niteroi, near Rio.

Architectural journey…

If you look through the projects listed on this page you will be inspired. My favorite is the french communist party HQ in Paris.

EGODESIGN.CA The first canadian webzine dedicated to global design.

David Cameron announces £50m facelift for Old Street roundabout Wired UK


Hmm – they seem to be copying a few of you.. anyone fancy the site? it’s a good one..


David Cameron has announced that the Government will put £50 million towards a project to regenerate Old Street roundabout through the creation of a large indoor “civic space” dedicated to startups.The new building will comprise classrooms, a 400-seat auditorium, co-working spaces and workshops equipped with machinery such as 3D printers to be used by startups and the wider community. The venue will employ between 15 and 20 core staff and have capacity to train 10,000 students in coding and enterprise. Brands need not worry about the loss of the illustriious roundabout billboard space as the whole of the exterior structure will become a screen for advertising. Cameron believes that it is representative of his strategy to “equip the UK to compete and thrive” in the global race.

via David Cameron announces £50m facelift for Old Street roundabout Wired UK.

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

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

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