School is back in session and so is Futures+, we can’t wait to see what comes out of this year’s studios and endless all nighters. We look forward to seeing your projects or your fellow classmate’s asleep under their desk! So we are kicking off the year with a project we came across awhile back by a group of students out of the Boston School of Architecture. Screen Wall was a workshop studio exploring digital fabrication in collaboration with Radlab, a rather interesting multidisciplinary design and fabrication consulting firm. The studio explored the field condition of a unit that could act as a ever changing screen element within the space. The playful exploration as the wall not as a static element makes you want to push this project even further. Check it out after the jump!
We have been on a bit of a summer break here at Futures+, but now we are back and coming at you with this hot Kickstarter out of the DS10 Studio at Westminster University School of Architecture. Georgia Collard-Watson and Thanasis Korras projects were both selected to be built at the 2013 Burning Man festival in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. DS10 is now crowd sourcing on Kickstarter in order to bring these projects to life! Futures+ had showcased both Shipwreck and Fractal Cult throughout the studio year, as we are constantly checking out WeWantToLearn.net. F+ would like to do our part and support these students as they have almost reached their halfway point. Check it out after the jump and support their kickstarter!
As architects and designers we tend to stray into every field of exploration, which is proven by the diverse portfolio of Brian Harms. A strong interest in digital fabrication and forward thinking design drew F+ to his work. The V-Dress, or voronoi dress, is a cross pollination of architecture, fashion, and digital production. We have touched about upon this topic before, as it seems to have become a growing trend with digital fabrication bridging into high fashion. The V-Dress modular unit that hides the body plays with provocative nature of veiling and revealing the human body. Check it out after the jump!
When we look at today’s efficient and leading “green” design’s we don’t necessarily understand, why they are eco-friendly and efficient. Wendy Teo’s project explores the redesign of Taipei Main Station, which experiences high levels of pollution and acts as an urban heat island. The exoskeleton design explores the use and integrated design of thermometric energy and bio-reactors into the skin of the building. The building itself has an ephemeral experience, where the building shows the user it is working and living machine. Check it out after the jump!
Moe Shahin explores how in the 20th century the drive and need to define order is through creating a contextual relationship. Instead of challenging the defining of space, Moe explored the use of the Cartesian grid, to stray away from the static programmatic spaces, and through space packing and connections to explore open plan design. Program becomes less rigidly defined, and becomes elastic in function throughout the design. The simple stacking of a unit yields a complex and richly connected flow of program. Check it out after the jump!
KREOD the small dream project of Chun Qing Li is well worth FUTURES+ checking out again, as the projects final images are amazing. The small pavilion constructed by a team of very young designers and professionals during the London Olympic Games. KREOD was one of the many outdoor exhibition spaces in the Greenwich Peninsula during the London Olympic Game. KREOD is a testament to to how we use digital design, fabrication construction, sustainable design in today’s digital age and incorporate and encompass collaborative design. Check it out after the jump!
LOCATION: London Olympic Games TEAM: KREOD - Chun Qing Li YEAR: 2012
X|A is organizing an international workshop of Advanced Architectural Design, part of an ongoing academic research, which introduces participants into contemporary discussions of formal exploration in Architecture and Art, through technical attainment of design and production. The Omni(progra)chromatic by X|A is under the auspices of Benaki Museum, the Hellenic Institute of Architecture and the Athens School of fine Arts. It is an opportunity for architects, students of Architecture and Art, professionals designers and artists.
It seems at every point in an architect’s career designing a chair is a must, maybe it is because it is the purest tangible object in which form follows function. Designing a chair creates the desire to master this miniature structure yet hold to its minimalist form. Eames was obsessed with bringing his designs into realization, much like Guillermo Bernal was in creating his CNC Exocarp Chair. Guillermo Bernal fascination with reptile and fruit scales comes through in his personal chair design. Check it out after the jump!
A project out of BLUE at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, which is a design research laboratory at the school. They take an experimental approach towards today’s digital fabrication and computational technologies to expand architectural boundaries. Natural Prosthesis by José Cadilhe, Julia Almeida, Michail Desyllas, & Salih Topal takes an ecological approach to how built architecture can interact with the machine that is nature. They didn’t take the approach of nature being this pristine perfect form, but an ever changing organism as a whole, and how can architecture better approach and connect with this system. Check it out after the jump!
STUDENT: José Cadilhe, Julia Almeida, Michail Desyllas, & Salih Topal SCHOOL: AA – Blue CRITICS: Alisa Andrasek & Jose Sanchez COURSE: Master in Architecture & Urbanism AADRL YEAR: 2012
Form follows function or is it function follows form? However you look at it students at the Università di Bologna, along with professor Alessio Erioli, pushed form through mathematics and parametric design software to create curvature as structure and an expressive strategy. The curvature and systematic relationships between those parts allowed for a self sustaining structure outside of the normative of ornamented skin design. The installation was showcased at the Architectural Biennale of Thessaloniki. Check it out after the jump!