Studio630 is the research blog of Kyle Rogler. This blog posts articles of work in architecture, urban design, technology, culture, and programming that currently influence me. Currently stationed at BNIM Architects.
One industry at a time, from health care to music, small companies are transforming how we discover and contract with professionals. Now Architizer is getting into the game. The site, best known for featuring architects’ portfolios, is betting that it can attract real estate developers and private owners with ground-up projects and match those buyers with its community of design talent.
"Architecture represents a great deal more than a need for shelter. At its best architecture engages with profound human issues. Even mundane and seemingly unimportant structures can be lifted by sensitive and intelligent design. My work as a photographer is predicated on a desire to broaden the conversation about our built environment, to be an advocate for design that elevates, to help construct an argument where good design isn’t an occasional, rare and special thing but an everyday, routine and expected event. Some of the most rewarding moments in my life have been spent in the company of the occupants of a new building, sharing in the pleasure and optimism that is to be found when a special place has been delivered."
Even though most buildings are designed using the latest digital tools, actual construction is stuck in the past; building is messy, slow, and inefficient. 3-D printing might change that, but recent projects like these printed houses in China demonstrate one of the technical challenges—the equipment itself has to be gigantic, because it can’t work unless it’s bigger than the building itself.
A team of researchers from Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia are working on another solution: A swarm of tiny robots that could cover the construction site of the future, quickly and cheaply building greener buildings of any size.
“Every day, all over the world, animals and insects set about the purposeful tasks of designing their homes, catching their prey, and attracting their mates. In the process they create gorgeous nests, shelters, and habitats. Capturing 120 of these wonders in all their beauty and complexity, Animal Architecture presents a visually arresting tribute to the intersection of nature, science, function, and design.”
A team in Amsterdam is working to 3-D print the classic Dutch canal house, a project that marries the city’s traditional architecture with state-of-the-art additive manufacturing.
Their effort is more than a study in futuristic design and building—they’ve got their sights on very real global issues that are set to mount in coming years.
"For the first time in history, over half the world’s population is living in cities," says Hans Vermeulen, a cofounder of the 3-D Print Canal House project. “We need a rapid building technique to keep up the pace with the growth of megacities and we thing 3-D printing can actually be the technique to provide good housing for the billions of people on this planet.”
A great set of images and resources on traditional Indian Stepwells, which once served as an invaluable resource not only as water capture devices, but also as cool, fresh public spaces in arid climates. The other images are from an Andropogon project in India where we proposed uniting old and new technology by restoring and re-imagining on-site stepwells to serve as vital community spaces on a new hi-tech university campus.
As the editor and author of the imagine series we are proud to find concepts becoming reality. This time Archdaily reports that Arup just developed a knod that is following the path of the forces within the unit to make a lighter and more optimized load bearing elemement using additive manufactoring processes or as most of you are calling it: 3D printing.
Actually we thought it a bit further and bigger, but with the rapid development of the industry all around additive manufacoring we are blessed with bigger, faster “printers” that are able to build with nearly every material to imagine.
Have a look on our pages from 2007 and imagine what would be possible if the machines become big as houses. Check also the phd from Holger Strauss, who developed a facade corner cleat and a post and beam facade knod out of aluminium.
We are proud and happy that our sometimes crazy ideas of the imagine book series become true, proofing also that there is a lot of potential in the concepts we have collected. Dont miss the no. 4 of our series Rapids thats the one about rapid prototyping.