Otherworldly tree sculpture mimics plant growth with glowing veins

May 1, 2018 by  
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Architecture and design practice Orproject has created a striking sculpture in Düsseldorf, Germany that combines biomimicry with innovative technologies. Created to simulate plant growth, Photopsis takes the form of a tree built from 100 CNC -cut and CNC-bent stainless steel panels. And, at night, the fiber-optic cables that branch out across the sculpture light up like glowing veins. Winner of an A’Design Award , Photopsis was created mainly through computational algorithms and digital simulations of plant growth. “This venation algorithm simulates the need of plants to reach the sun light or of veins in leaves to supply every cell with nutrients,” wrote the architects. “In doing so, the growth of the branches or the veins slowly expands to cover a large area.” Related: Orproject Unveils Giant Bubbles Filled With Fresh Air for Polluted Beijing The lighting system projector is hidden in the sculpture’s concrete foundation. The base of the sculpture is also the starting point for a bundle of 200 fiber-optic cables, which gradually branch out to connect to all the nodes on the stainless steel surface, mimicking veins of crawling ivy on a tree. Though the glowing veins are almost imperceptible during daytime, they give Photopsis an otherworldly glow at night. + Orproject Photography: Kateryna Iakovlieva, Orproject

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MIT Creates Cloud-Like Silk Pavilion With the Help of 6,500 Silkworms!

May 31, 2013 by  
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Laurens Van Wieringen Recycles Waste Plastic Into Colorful Fluid Tableware

February 15, 2013 by  
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Dutch designer Laurens Van Wieringen collects rejected plastic items from factories and scrap yards and turns them into functional psychedelic objects. His “Mixed” tableware is made by melting and sculpting polypropylene surplus into bowls, plates, and cutlery with a wonderful recycled aesthetic. Read the rest of Laurens Van Wieringen Recycles Waste Plastic Into Colorful Fluid Tableware Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cnc , dutch design , green materials , green products , industry waste , Laurens Van Wieringen , multi-colored , multicolored bowls , Recycled Materials , Recycled Plastic , tableware

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SDA’s Stunning Wood-Wrapped Chelsea Workspace Features a Sweeping World Map

November 26, 2012 by  
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Synthesis Design + Architecture has combined the trappings of a modern workspace with the timeless beauty of wood. The organic, sweeping shapes cleverly hide frosted Perspex storage units that are internally lit by LED s. The CNC-cut plywood ribs and spacers create the image of a world map, providing visual interest and leading the eye across the room. Made for a private client in Chelsea, the workspace is “an exercise in realizing complex geometries with limited finances”. Looking at the bespoke desk, precisely crafted panels, and flowing architecture, one would never guess Synthesis was limited by anything. + Synthesis Design + Architecture Via Dudecraft

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Feel Free: Resource-Efficient Structure Sheds Some Light on CNC Fabrication in Melbourne

October 11, 2012 by  
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Aether and Hemera’s LED Installation Uses Artificial Intelligence to Transform Human Voices into a Brass Band Light Show

October 11, 2012 by  
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“Which is your Brass Voice?” is an art installation which employs Artificial Intelligence (AI) and digital media to create an engaging, interactive sensory experience for the audience. Designed for the International Brass Festival 2012 in Durham, this sound and LED light piece is the result of an interdisciplinary collaboration between IT Architect and Researcher Dr Claudio Benghi and Artist Gloria Ronchi . The installation invites people to discover their brass voice by speaking, singing, shouting or whispering into microphones Each of the five microphones represents a specific brass instrument: Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Muted Trumpet and French Horn sounds are generated capturing the individual nuances of volume, pitch and the intonation of people’s voices. Hear the (loud) results after the jump. The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Read the rest of Aether and Hemera’s LED Installation Uses Artificial Intelligence to Transform Human Voices into a Brass Band Light Show Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aether and hermera , art installation , artificial intelligence , brass band music , Claudio Benghi , Gloria Ronch , international brass band festival , LED art , led installation , light show , synesthesia

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Colorful Flatpack Jigsaw Puzzle Turns into a Giant ‘House of Flags’ in London

October 4, 2012 by  
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October 4, 2012 by  
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Super-Durable Material Made from Wood Waste is Stronger, Cheaper, and Lighter Than Kevlar

September 4, 2012 by  
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Ever wondered why paper beats rock in a game of roshambo ?  It turns out that cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) derived from wood pulp extract can be used to create one of the strongest materials known to man.  Out-toughing even Kevlar and carbon fiber , the material is lightweight, cheap, and abundant.  Found in forest by-products such as sawdust and wood chips, CNC could be used to create materials with applications in military defense, engineering, medicine, and consumer products. Read the rest of Super-Durable Material Made from Wood Waste is Stronger, Cheaper, and Lighter Than Kevlar Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cellulose , cellulose nanocrystals , cnc , forest products laboratory , glucose , kevlar , lignin , madison , us forest service , wisconsin

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