Κυριακή, 7 Ιουλίου 2013

3D-printed room

Prototype unveiled for world’s
first 3D-printed room




Prototype unveiled for worlds first 3D-printed room
News: architects Michael Hansmeyer and Benjamin Dillenburger have revealed a prototype for the world’s first 3D-printed room.
Named Digital Grotesque and due to be unveiled on 22 July, the full-scale ornate room by Michael Hansmeyer and Benjamin Dillenburger will have 80 million surfaces rendered in smooth sandstone, with certain parts glazed and gilded. A 1:3 scale prototype of the room was shown at the Swiss Arts Awards 2013 in Basel and at the Materializing Exhibition in Tokyo this month.
Prototype unveiled for worlds first 3D-printed room
Generated using 3D-modelling software, the room will be constructed from grains of sand bonded together to create a new type of sandstone that's capable of achieving the intricate form.
Despite the ornate style of the room, Hansmeyer says they are exploring "new potentials of digital design by using a reduced, minimalist approach that nonetheless transcends rationality."
Prototype unveiled for world's first 3D-printed room
"Inspired by the natural process of cell division, we develop an algorithm that iteratively divides and transforms the initial geometry of a simple cube," they continue. "Despite simple rules, a complex world of forms arises at multiple scales: between ornament and structure, between order and chaos, foreign and yet familiar: a digital grotesque."
The pair work together in the Computer Aided Architectural Design department at ETH Zurich university.
Prototype unveiled for worlds first 3D-printed room
In a TEDTalk last year, Hansmeyer explained how he uses algorithms to replicate nature's morphogenesis process of creation, the splitting of one cell into two cells, which leads him to create forms with millions of facets. "No person could draft them by hand, but they're buildable," he said. "They could revolutionise the way we think of architectural form."
Other structures that have already been printed in sandstone include a robotic 3D printer that builds shelters on the beach and a three-metre-high pavilion resembling a giant egg with large holes in its surface, which was created by Enrico Dini and Andrea Morgante in 2009. Recognised as the first-ever printed architectural structure, it was intended as a scale model of a 10-metre structure that was never built.
Prototype unveiled for world's first 3D-printed room
Meanwhile the race to build the world's first 3D-printed house continues, with the top contenders being Universe Architecture's looping two-storey house that resembles a Möbius strip, DUS Architects plan to 3D-print a canal house room-by-room in the centre of Amsterdam and Softkill Design's Protohouse 2.0 with a fibrous structure resembling bone growth.
Read more about 3D-printed architecture in an extract from Print Shift, Dezeen's one-off print-on-demand magazine all about additive manufacturing.
See all our stories about 3D printing »

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Gazebo for TV show by Za Bor Architects

Gazebo for TV show by Za Bor Architects


                

Gazebo for TV show by Za Bor Architects
Russian architects Arseniy Borisenko and Peter Zaytsev have completed an outdoor kitchen for a yacht captain that resembles the broken-up hull of a boat.
Gazebo for TV show by Za Bor Architects
The spiralling larch pavilion near Moscow was created as part of a television show called Dachniy Otvet, which translates to The Village Talks, and invites different designers and architects to carry out surprise renovations for volunteer clients.
Gazebo for TV show by Za Bor Architects
The faceted helical structure comprises 14 chunky planes, each formed of larch planks glued together.
Gazebo for TV show by Za Bor Architects
A steel chimney bursts through the ceiling of the pavilion to provide an extract for a brick barbeque.
Gazebo for TV show by Za Bor Architects
Other pavilions recently featured on Dezeen include a seaside temple of oriented strand board and a riverside structure where inhabitants can hear what’s going on beneath the water’s surfacesee more stories about pavilions on Dezeen.
Gazebo for TV show by Za Bor Architects
Photography is by Peter Zaytsev.
Gazebo for TV show by Za Bor Architects
Here's some more information from Za Bor Architects:

Gazebo for TV show
The project has been developed specially for popular TV show «Dachniy Otvet» (Eng: «The village talks»). The idea of the show is that for those owners of country houses and cottages, who agreed to participate in the experiment, the invited designers or architects do re-planning of a part of their village.
Gazebo for TV show by Za Bor Architects
The important moment is that the house owners pay nothing for reconstruction, but at the same time they can't influence the result, so it comes always unexpected for them. The architects in their turn try to offer the most original solutions.
Gazebo for TV show by Za Bor Architects
The object here is fairly typical suburban area, with garden trees belonging to the captain of the yacht, who enjoys cooking on the grill with his family and a number of friends.
Gazebo for TV show by Za Bor Architects
Architects have suggested to make a small-size self-supporting structure consisting of fourteen planes made of larch white-tinted wood.
Gazebo for TV show by Za Bor Architects
The gazebo has the helical structure resembling a sea wave, with an area for feasts (dining zone) and, in the distant second part separated by a small air «gap», is a barbecue area with a chargrill made of brick and steel. Architect's concept for the construction is transparency and openness which inspires a contact between man and nature, especially because of surroundings: a green lawn and wonderful fruit trees giving an abundant harvest each fall.
Gazebo for TV show by Za Bor Architects
Neutral tints of the gazebo are drowning in intense colours of the garden - from the lush green in summer to yellow and red in autumn, and bringing together a rather complex and aggressive form with pastoral Moscow suburbs, allowing it to exist peacefully within the site context.
Gazebo for TV show by Za Bor Architects
Arseniy Borisenko and Peter Zaytsev — the architects, are making comments on the project: «We wanted to develop a complex dynamic structure that would not only perform its functions – gazebo and chargrill area, but would preserve the existing context of the site.
Gazebo for TV show by Za Bor Architects
Although our project is a complex structure consisting of 14 flat segments, we used neutral colours and natural larch wood.
Gazebo for TV show by Za Bor Architects
This helps, on the one hand, to present an object effectively and emphasize its structural features, on the other – to leave it in the existing suburban context, to fuse in the greenery of the garden, to please the eye, not to offend it.
Gazebo for TV show by Za Bor Architects
The gazebo planes are an excellent protection from the wind and rainfall, so we hope its new owners will be able to use it not only in summer but in winter as well.
Gazebo for TV show by Za Bor Architects
Architects: za bor architects / Arseniy Borisenko, Peter Zaytsev
Location: Moscow Region, Russia
Principal Use: recreation
Engineering: za bor architects
Materials: larchwood, break, steel
Project year: 2011
Gazebo for TV show by Za Bor Architects

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Toby Melville-Brown

Tower Series by
Toby Melville-Brown


Tower Series by Toby Melville-Brown
British illustrator Toby Melville-Brown imagines impossible architectural structures in his latest drawing series.
Tower Series by Toby Melville-Brown
Favela Arch (above and top)
The Tower Series depicts three fantasy skyscrapers, each intended to explore a different architectural scenario.
"Through drawing, I try to convey my obsession with civilisation," explains Toby Melville-Brown. "I'm not commenting on environmental issues, nor condemning our excessive nature; I'm merely fascinated with the synthetic landscape we have constructed around ourselves."
Tower Series by Toby Melville-Brown
Regency Tower
Favela Arch presents an entire city's worth of buildings piled up as a single structure, as a way to overcome a scarcity of land. Melville-Brown describes it as "like barnacles clinging to a rock".
Regency Tower is intended as an oversized trophy, celebrating the ingenuity of mankind, while Power Station is an industrial building on a mega scale.
Tower Series by Toby Melville-Brown
Power Station
"Each explores a different facet as to why we build the way we do," adds Melville-Brown.
The artist is selling 30 limited edition screen-prints of Tower Series from The Print Club in London.
Tower Series by Toby Melville-Brown
Power Station - detail
Other fantasy architectural illustrations we've featured include Tom Ngo's Architectural Absurdities, which feature a building made of stairs and an impossible lighthouse. See more architectural illustrations »
We've also published several fantastical photography projects, including a series of flying houses and giant Lego buildings. See all stories about manipulated photography »

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3D-printed Robohand helps children

3D-printed Robohand helps children
born without fingers



News: a prosthetic hand designed for people with missing fingers has been made available to download from the 3D-printing design database Thingiverse (+ movie).

Dubbed Robohand, the prosthesis was conceived by Richard Van As, a South African carpenter who lost four fingers from his right hand in a work accident.
Robohand
He got in touch with Ivan Owen, a mechanical props designer from the USA, and the pair designed a set of mechanical fingers printed from plastic with a Replicator 2 desktop 3D printer, donated by Makerbot.
Robohand
"[The Makerbot] dramatically increased the speed at which we could prototype and try out ideas, and gave us the ability to both hold a physical copy of the exact same thing, even though we were separated by 10,000 miles," says Van As in the movie.
Robohand
They then tried making a complete hand for a child with amniotic band syndrome, a condition that causes babies to be born with missing or severely shortened fingers.
Robohand
The resulting Robohand is worn around the wrist and lower arm like a gauntlet and driven by the motion of the wrist.
Robohand
Bending the wrist forwards causes the cabling to pull the fingers closed, while moving it back releases the fingers.
Robohand
The digits, knuckle block and wrist hinges are all printed by the Makerbot and joined by cabling and stainless steel bolts, all of which are easy to find and replace.
Robohand
Prototypes of the Robohand in different sizes
"With the Makerbot, as [the child] grows, all we do is scale it up and print him another one, and the hardware just gets taken from that and put on the new hand," explains Van As, adding that old hands can then be reused by other children.
Robohand
The 3D print files for the Robohand are open source and available to print from the Thingiverse website.
Robohand
Other uses of 3D printing in medicine include a 3D-printed bionic ear that can hear radio frequencies beyond a human's normal range.
We recently reported on the possibility of printing human organs in Print Shift, our one-off publication about the emerging technology – see all 3D printing news or see design for healthcare.

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Porcelain shoes by Laura Papp




Porcelain Shoes  by Laura Papp


                

The platform heels of these shoes by graduate fashion designer Laura Papp are moulded from porcelain (+ slideshow).
"Textiles and laces were dipped into porcelain and then burnt, so the shape remains but the materials are destroyed," Papp told Dezeen.
Porcelain Shoes by Laura Papp
Three different gauzes were used to create patterns influenced by stalactites and the stonework of the Sagrada Familia by Gaudí, whose birthday was celebrated with a Google doodle not long ago.
The Porcelain Shoes are each as light as one kilogram due to the half-centimetre-thick heel walls and a pair can withstand weights over 160 kilograms.
Porcelain Shoes by Laura Papp
Contrasting with the rough heels, smooth white leather is used for the vamps. Each has a different style of opening and slashes up the ankle at various offsets.
The platforms are angled inward from the heel and toe to create smaller soles, which are formed from rubber.
Porcelain Shoes by Laura Papp
Papp recently graduated from Budapest's Moholy–Nagy University of Art and Design with a bachelor degree from the Faculty of Accessory Design.
We've previously published shoes based on furniture and engineering, and filmed a movie with the designer of a pair of high heels you wear back to frontSee more shoe design »
Porcelain Shoes by Laura Papp
The text below was sent to us by the designer:

This experimental project was for my bachelor degree. My inspirations were the stone surfaces of dripstones and Antoni Gaudí's Sagrada Familia. My goal was that the rustic features would show up in the heels. I imagined it in white, because it shows the plastics best. The right material was porcelain as it is able to imitate any fine surface, and one of the strongest materials.
Porcelain Shoes by Laura Papp
The shoes could hold more than 160 kilograms but the platform is not heavy, only one kilogram, because the heel wall is only half a centimetre thick. Finally, three pairs of shoes are made from different gauzes. The vamp is made of leather, which contrasts with the platform. The homogeny and the rustic reinforce each other. The sole of the shoes are made of rubber.

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Paris Fashion Week Shoes Spring 2013

Paris Fashion Week Shoes Spring 2013             



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Shoe highlights from Paris Fashion Week Spring 2013:
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Credit: Elle
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Anthony Vaccarello
I absolutely support this Giuseppe Zanotti and Anthony Vaccarello team. Last season (this fall) we saw the first collaborative collection and you can find one of the styles at Colette right now, already sold out in my size :(.
I would wear all of these spring sandals! Each design has different sized straps and textures. Many feature leather, patent leather, small nylon cords, metal rings and back-zip. It’s easily one of my favorite shoe collections…now I’m debating which one I like more, Casadei for Prabal Gurung or these, that’s a tough one.
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Credit: Vogue UK
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Balenciaga
Leather derby shoes elevated with a parallelogram-shaped chunky metal heel. Blogger Rumi Neely tweeted: “Shoes so heavy you can’t really casually swing your feet = Balenciaga Derby”, that basically sums it up.
Balmain-Spring-2013-shoes
Credit: Vogue UK
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Balmain
It was definitely a classic shoe collection and I was let down. I guess I was expecting more as the last two seasons were full of embellished, over-the-top, beautiful heels. The only shoe that was unique from the other designs was from look 37  featuring a diamond cage cut-out design.
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Credit: Vogue UK
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Nina Ricci
High-heel sandals filled the runway with the exception of one patent leather bootie seen at the beginning of the show. These heels feature a strap across the toe, sculpted heel and an edge/border along the toe line. It’s the same technique we’ve seen before from Maison Martin Margiela.
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Credit: Vogue UK
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Lanvin-Spring-2013-shoes
Lanvin
Lanvin collection included mainly pumps with one sandal & boot. The pumps feature a hidden platform, skinny ankle-strap, iridescent snakeskin, western-inspired stitching, pointed-toe and tapered heel. Both of my favorite styles were the two western designs, especially the pump.
Christian-Dior-shoes-Spring-2013
Credit: Vogue UK
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Dior-shoes-Spring-2013

Christian Dior
These shoes have the same curved heel that we saw in Nina Ricci’s show. Each style features between 2-4 different kinds of textures including a small PVC insert and metallic patent leather strap. My favorite design was the ankle-strap sandal with iridescent snakeskin, grey snakeskin and pink metallic patent leather strap.
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Credit: Vogue UK
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Isabel Marant
These sandals feature distressed leather, studs and a stacked wooden heel. I prefer the shoes from the last two seasons (Fall 2012 & Spring 2012) however the designs are nice and I know we will see these shoes everywhere.
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Credit: Vogue UK
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Givenchy
I’ve already expressed my distaste for the continuing use of PVC in the Milan Fashion Week post and we’re seeing more & more of it (even at Chanel too). I don’t find these sandals attractive and dislike how they make the foot look; am I missing something?!
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Credit: Vogue UK
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Viktor & Rolf
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Credit: Vogue UK
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Vivienne Westwood
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Céline
So far, Céline wins the award for having the most disappointing shoe collection. I was excited since many other collections included ankle-strap sandals. I thought there was a chance we may see something like these again…I was very wrong. Instead, we saw pointed-toe pumps completely covered in mink and faux pedicure heels.
Chanel-Spring-2013-shoes
Credit: Style.com
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Chanel
Valentino-Spring-2013-shoes
Credit: Vogue UK
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Valentino
I know I’ve been going on PVC rant however I do like how Valentino embellished these shoes – with lucite pyramid studs! The popular Rockstud pointed-toe slingback had a facelift and now features plastic straps and buckles. I definitely see the shorter heels perfect for Elle Fanning & Taylor Swift.
Saint-Laurent-Spring-2013-shoes
Credit: Vogue UK
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Saint Laurent
These remind me of Donna Karan’s Fall 2012 shoe collection. There were several Mary Jane styles and a few designs featured a black & gold python cap-toe. 
Alexander-McQueen-Spring-2013-shoes
Credit: Style.com
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Alexander McQueen
When I was on a documentary film kick last year I watched several on bees and they’re truly fascinating! This collection is beautiful…if only beekeeper suits were this cute. Some of these shoes feature a slip stitch honeycomb knit upper with patent leather and others are completely patent leather. All of the shoes have a metallic gold platform with a sculpted lucite wedge filled with muti-sized crystals.
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Credit: Style.com
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Miu Miu
More shoes to come (Elie Saab)! Check out the New York, London and Milan shoe posts.