Neri Oxman

Inspiration

Founder of Materiology

One stunning personality. The 33-year-old has created FAB.REcology, a fabrication machine that changes the very nature of a material as it is printed, taking the process far beyond the current abilities
of rapid prototyping.

“Imagine you are feeding concrete into the machine and you have some sort of mechanism that controls its density,” Oxman says. “The concrete can come out very dense and thick, or it can come out very porous.” Areas that are load bearing would be solid, while those that provide ventilation and light would be permeable, dramatically reducing material redundancy and energy demands. “The architect becomes this composer that controls material distribution,” she says. “It’s no longer about the shape of a building but rather its behavior.” And though Oxman is now limited to feeding the relevant environmental data into the machine at the lab, she imagines the technology evolving into a giant robot that would survey conditions and print a building on-site.

Presentation for SeedMagazine:
http://s3.amazonaws.com/seedplayer/seedPlayer_320x240.swf?xmlURL=http://s3.amazonaws.com/RevMinds/data/revminds_neri_oxman_e.xml&width=320&height=240&autoPlay=0
Seedmagazine.com Revolutionary Minds

Pop Tech Presentation on Designing Form:
http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=7806194&server=vimeo.com&show_title=0&show_byline=0&show_portrait=0&color=00ADEF&fullscreen=1

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Plastic Nation

Inspiration

I spent this morning reading about a research project developed by terreform new york architecture organization called “Plastic Nation” trying to develop new design methods for synthetic materials.

The results are far from being something trully innovative, but through it i discovered the intense frenzy around using plastic bottles as design/construction materials – had no idea it’s extended soo much. The problem that i always had with this material is that the end result usually looks amatory and kitch.

Well…not anymore! A designer called Aurora Robson totally changed my view on plastic bottles.

Check video out:

Thoughts

Thoughts

In the course of history, the occidental relationship between nature and culture has formed a dualism. Whatever was wild nature was supposed to be civilized by culture. Whatever was culturally molded could not be considered natural. It is by this antagonism in the basic concept that, to this day, we perceive our natural environment. We differentiate between culture and nature, urban and rural areas, artificial and natural, even though the respective values have traded places.

It is no longer human culture that seems desirable, but it is nature, in its destruction by man, that seems to be in need of saving.

However, the antinomy of man and environment continues to exist without being questioned. Flowers are nature – buildings are culture. Chimeras such as port basins or nature reserves are <<loundered>> terminologically.

Image source: http://www.cubagallery.co.nz