Skylar Tibbits

Inspiration

It is a rare architect who doesn’t want his buildings to be built. But Skylar Tibbits, a Philadelphia-based generative architect, experiments with new ways of creating space, and he doesn’t care whether or not his process yields habitable structures. Tibbits is interested in mathematical logic, and he develops algorithms that generate three-dimensional structures based on principles like fractals, recursion, and tessellation. Since he works directly from the math, Tibbits never knows what his end result will look like, and his designs rarely conform to conventional notions of buildings — one resembles a roller coaster, another looks like a pair of wings. “It’s never initially about developing space,” Tibbits says. “You’re developing relationships or organizations or scientific rules, and out of that comes space.” (source SeedMagazine)

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

Speed of Light

Inspiration

Speed of Light celebrates the tenth anniversary of broadband in the UK. Stripped back to its essentials, optical fibre is a thin strand of glass, with nothing more than a flickering beam of light traveling along it. United Visual Artists have used this beam as the starting point for the work.

Speed of Light consists of 6 site specific installations connected through light and sound. The story begins with an input from the audience, which is transferred into a pathway of light, leading through the atmospheric environment of the Bargehouse. The continuous line of light evolves through each installation in turn shifting in intensity and form. Speed of Light uses over 148 lasers across four floors and six rooms of the Bargehouse, a raw and industrial warehouse on the South Bank.

Speed of Light opened on the 9th of April and runs through to the 19th, so this weekend is your last chance to see it!

Presented by Virgin Media, for more information visit the Speed of Light Website



via InteractiveArchitecture

Surabhi Saraf

Inspiration

PEEL presents a visual and sonic echo of the present instance: it takes an unexamined moment and gives it life. The transitional motion of going to the fridge to get an ingredient is stretched into the echo of an unforgettable instant, and what emerges is an examination of the subtlety and hidden beauty of that moment.

Peel, Short Excerpt from Surabhi Saraf on Vimeo.