Robotically woven hexagonal pavilion heralds revolution in architecture

March 1, 2017 by  
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An exciting fusion between robotics and architecture is on the rise, and the potential of digital fabrication is wonderfully expressed in the stunning Elytra Filament Pavilion. Designed by a team at the University of Stuttgart , the robotically woven structure is now on view at Germany’s Vitra Design Museum after its premiere at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London . The experimental pavilion is an artistic exploration between architecture, engineering, and biomimicry principles, weaving carbon fiber into fibrous structures inspired by beetles. Installed as part of the Vitra’s “Hello, Robot. Design between Human and Machine” exhibition, the 200-square-meter Elytra Filament Pavilion shows off the power of robotics in architecture. The University of Stuttgart’s Institute for Computational Design (ICD) and the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE) developed a unique robotic fabrication technique to create the pavilion’s 40 modular hexagonal units, each of which weigh 45 kilograms and take about three hours to make. A computer algorithm determined the pavilion’s design, which was then produced with the help of a robot. Taking cues from the forewing shells of flying beetles known as elytra, the computer-programmed Kuka robot spun resin-soaked glass and carbon fibers into hexagonal scaffolds and densely wound fibers into the canopy. The entire pavilion weighs 2.5 tonnes and is “exceptionally lightweight,” weighing less than 9 kilograms per square meter. Related: Robots weave an insect-inspired carbon-fiber forest in London “With Elytra Filament Pavilion we aim to celebrate a truly contemporary and integrative approach to design, engineering and production, resulting in a distinctive spatial and aesthetic experience,” said Achim Menges, an architect behind the project. “The canopy grows in response to real-time sensing data, showcasing the profound impact of emerging technologies and related new alliances between the fields of design, engineering and natural science. Through this we seek to provide visitors with a unique experience that offers a glimpse of novel architectural and engineering possibilities, which may transform our built environment in the future.” + University of Stuttgart Images by Julien Lanoo

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Donald Trump would probably hate this crossable border wall

March 1, 2017 by  
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As a tongue-in-cheek response to Donald Trump’s mission to build a wall along the US and Mexico border, Rotterdam-based Atelier ARI has created an art installation called Open Border. Created for the annual Winnipeg Warming Huts event, the bright orange 9-foot-tall, 120-foot-long “wall” is made of vertical plastic strips that easily let people pass through to the other side. The Winnipeg Warming Huts event is an arts competition that sees various designers install their art works along a long stretch of the Red River Mutual Trail. The open-air architecture gallery is known for having a number of fun, avant-garde designs, but this year, Atelier ARI’s winning installation is speaking volumes about Trump’s hard-line immigration policies. Related: Trump will give architects just five days to submit proposals for a Mexican border wall Visually, Open Border ‘s bright orange strips are in stunning contrast to the snowy landscape, inviting curious visitors to walk through from one side to the other. Although fun in nature, the protest art installation makes reference to a seriousness of the worrisome xenophobic international policies being demonstrated not only by the USA’s current administration, but worldwide. “Creating a wall or border on a route is one the most radical and unnatural architectural statements one can make, which was something we liked a lot,” de Grauw and den Berg told Co.Design . “The moment we came up with the wall we realized this would be a political act as well, relating to the speeches of Trump, but also refugee problems in Europe. [It’s] something you can pass through and a place to gather and warm up.” The design was strategically crafted to make people contemplate the issue as they pass through the orange curtains. The semi-opaqueness of the PVC strips cause people to be indistinguishable as they pass through, a metaphorical statement on the equality of the entire human race. Atelier ARI explains the significance, “Everybody in the wall becomes dark-red silhouettes. Everybody becomes the same.” + Atelier ARI Via Lost at E Minor

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Shell predicted the effects of climate change in its own 1991 film

March 1, 2017 by  
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A recent report by The Guardian reveals that Shell not only knew the extent of climate change as far back as 1991, but even made a film about it. The oil company’s film, called “Climate of Concern,” said the climate was changing “at a rate faster than at any time since the end of the ice age – change too fast perhaps for life to adapt, without severe dislocation.” Despite that knowledge, the company has gone on to heavily invest in the Alberta tar sands, and lobby extensively against climate change action. Check out the video below. As The Guardian notes, Shell’s film painted a bleak picture of a planet ravaged by the effects of climate change : “Tropical islands barely afloat even now, first made inhabitable, and then obliterated beneath the waves … coastal lowlands everywhere suffering pollution of precious groundwater, on which so much farming and so many cities depend,” says the film’s narrator as images of people dealing with the effects of natural disasters and famine float by. “In a crowded world subject to such adverse shifts of climate, who would take care of such greenhouse refugees?” Related: Shell tells US it’s ready to begin drilling 8,000 feet below Arctic seabed https://vimeo.com/205539515 At the time it was made, the film was available for public viewing by anyone – including schools and universities. But it seems to have largely gone off the radar in the decades since. And according to Professor Tom Wigley, who helped make the film during his time as head of the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia , the predictions made by the film 25 years ago remain pretty accurate based on today’s knowledge. “It was quite comprehensive on what might happen, what the consequences are, and what to do about it,” he told The Guardian, noting that predictions for temperature and sea level rise in the film were “pretty good compared with current understanding.” A copy of the 30-minute film was recently obtained by Dutch online newspaper The Correspondent , which posted the video on its website and Vimeo . Via The Guardian Images via Chris Light and dvidshub , Wikimedia Commons Video via The Correspondent

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Incredible Lift-bit sofa digitally transforms into any shape you want

April 13, 2016 by  
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Win a Boskke Planter, Vitra Cork Stools and more design goodness (worth $1200) in our Dwell Store holiday giveaway!

December 15, 2014 by  
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Attention all design geeks! In the spirit of giving for the holidays, we’re teaming up with Dwell magazine to offer a lucky Inhabitat reader the chance to win some phenomenal design products from the Dwell store . The prizes include swoon-worthy home goods like a pair of comfy new Vitra cork stools (worth $940), a conversation-starting ceramic Sky Planter (worth $25), a handy and darling portable lamp ($245), and the elegant Boskke Cube 3 clear planter ($49.95). So give yourself a gift for the holidays and enter to win today ! CLICK HERE TO ENTER THIS GIVEAWAY > Read the rest of Win a Boskke Planter, Vitra Cork Stools and more design goodness (worth $1200) in our Dwell Store holiday giveaway! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: boskke clear cube planter , boskke planter , clear cube planter , clear planter , cork stools , design gifts , dwell , dwell magazine , dwell store , follow me lamp , free stuff , giveaway , holiday gifts , inhabitat , inhabitat giveaway , inma bermudez , Vitra , vitra stools

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London’s Design Museum and Vitra Launch a Pop-Up Garden on the Banks of the River Thames

May 14, 2013 by  
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London’s Design Museum has formed a new partnership with furniture company Vitra to create a pop-up garden on the River Thames. The garden showcases pieces by design world’s biggest names, including Charles and Ray Eames, Jasper Morrison, Jay Osgerby and Verner Panton in a colorful glass case. Read the rest of London’s Design Museum and Vitra Launch a Pop-Up Garden on the Banks of the River Thames Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Design Museum London , furniture exhibition , london design , London design events , pop-up exhibition , pop-up garden , swiss design , swiss design company , temporary exhibitions , Vitra , Vitra chairs , Vitra furniture , VITRA pop-up garden        

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London’s Design Museum has formed a new partnership with furniture company Vitra to create a pop-up garden on the River Thames. The garden showcases pieces by design world’s biggest names, including Charles and Ray Eames, Jasper Morrison, Jay Osgerby and Verner Panton in a colorful glass case. Read the rest of London’s Design Museum and Vitra Launch a Pop-Up Garden on the Banks of the River Thames Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Design Museum London , furniture exhibition , london design , London design events , pop-up exhibition , pop-up garden , swiss design , swiss design company , temporary exhibitions , Vitra , Vitra chairs , Vitra furniture , VITRA pop-up garden        

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London’s Design Museum has formed a new partnership with furniture company Vitra to create a pop-up garden on the River Thames. The garden showcases pieces by design world’s biggest names, including Charles and Ray Eames, Jasper Morrison, Jay Osgerby and Verner Panton in a colorful glass case. Read the rest of London’s Design Museum and Vitra Launch a Pop-Up Garden on the Banks of the River Thames Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Design Museum London , furniture exhibition , london design , London design events , pop-up exhibition , pop-up garden , swiss design , swiss design company , temporary exhibitions , Vitra , Vitra chairs , Vitra furniture , VITRA pop-up garden        

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London’s Design Museum has formed a new partnership with furniture company Vitra to create a pop-up garden on the River Thames. The garden showcases pieces by design world’s biggest names, including Charles and Ray Eames, Jasper Morrison, Jay Osgerby and Verner Panton in a colorful glass case. Read the rest of London’s Design Museum and Vitra Launch a Pop-Up Garden on the Banks of the River Thames Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Design Museum London , furniture exhibition , london design , London design events , pop-up exhibition , pop-up garden , swiss design , swiss design company , temporary exhibitions , Vitra , Vitra chairs , Vitra furniture , VITRA pop-up garden        

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London’s Design Museum has formed a new partnership with furniture company Vitra to create a pop-up garden on the River Thames. The garden showcases pieces by design world’s biggest names, including Charles and Ray Eames, Jasper Morrison, Jay Osgerby and Verner Panton in a colorful glass case. Read the rest of London’s Design Museum and Vitra Launch a Pop-Up Garden on the Banks of the River Thames Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Design Museum London , furniture exhibition , london design , London design events , pop-up exhibition , pop-up garden , swiss design , swiss design company , temporary exhibitions , Vitra , Vitra chairs , Vitra furniture , VITRA pop-up garden        

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