Archive for October, 2006


Monday, October 30th, 2006

(link:) [no, 2 self photos]

rapid furniture

Sunday, October 29th, 2006

The e-mail containing the link to this site was so uninformative as to be almost rude, but one-click away from consigning it to the spam bin I paused and decided to take a look. I’m glad I did. Rapid prototyped furniture from mid-air freehand sketches; just enjoy the artist/geekist collision and don’t ask if they’re comfortable.

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The four FRONT members have developed a method to materialise free hand sketches. They make it possible by using a unique method where two advanced techniques are combined.

Pen strokes made in the air are recorded with Motion Capture and become 3D digital files; these are then materialised through Rapid Prototyping into real pieces of furniture.


self promotion

Saturday, October 21st, 2006

The RIBA should employ Paul Arendt from the Guardian to write all their publicity material:

The architect is an archetype, marinated in cinema history: he is intelligent, scrupulously fair-minded (Henry Fonda’s juror No 8 in 12 Angry Men was an architect), wealthy and creative. He’s secretly romantic, like Tom Hanks. He’s hubristic but brilliant, like Paul Newman in The Towering Inferno. And he’s a fantastic lay: witness the scene in Jungle Fever when Wesley Snipes has sex with Anabella Sciorra on his own drafting table. Back to the drawing board indeed.

This isn’t entirely true. I’m not particularly wealthy.

advert location

Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

Was curious about location of the tower block in the Sony advert. Did some digging, worked it out from the images, made a Google Earth placemark:


rainbow climbing high

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

This week in colour:

Old architectural failure turns into an explosion in a paint factory…


An explosion in a paint factory turns into a new architectural success…


[still frame {found via gravestmor} from new Sony advert / photo by igplatero of this year’s Stirling Prize winner Madrid Barajas Airport]

ArchiCAD student license

Friday, October 13th, 2006

Disclaimer: Whilst the following post may result in a return favour for me from Graphisoft (see update), I’m more than happy to pass on the news that ArchiCAD is now available for free to students. Back in the days of my undergraduate education I bought a student license of version 5 (which cost about £150 then) and it saw me through the rest of my course admirably. It’s a great piece of software. Visit the diploma projects in the academic section of my site for proof, and keep in mind that there’s been five more versions since then.

Hello Robert,

I was going through your blog, and perhaps you’ll find this is of interest.

I’d like to know if your site would be able to help pass on a great message to architectural students who visit – that they can now download the latest full version of Archicad FOR FREE. This Graphisoft policy began only a few weeks ago, and we’re sure students would greatly appreciate hearing this from you.

Students start out with a 30-day license code while we check their status, then they get a year’s code (which can be extended if their study goes beyond this.)

Navigate your visitors here to get more info:

There are also some buttons for anyone else who feels the need to big up ArchiCAD on their site:

But hey, don’t forget about your pencil.


Thursday, October 12th, 2006

From today’s last week’s BD magazine:

Housing Corporation chief executive Jon Rouse, who controls a £3.6 billion development budget over the next two years, outlined seven reasons for a return to suburbia and said anyone who believes the country’s housing crisis can be met through the expansion of urban centres is “frankly kidding themselves”. He said policy makers should admit that Barking Reach, the Thames Gateway’s flagship development, is not a “landmark urban development” but a suburb …

The seven reasons:

  1. Suburbia is the dominant form that British culture aspires to.
  2. Only suburban design can give us mixed communities.
  3. Only suburbia can reconcile national and local planning objectives.
  4. Suburbs are what people with no choice choose.
  5. Suburbs can protect the rural domain.
  6. Suburbs can be very sustainable.
  7. Good suburban design is very flexible and adaptable.

“There’s been a tendency – it’s the mainstream tendency – to describe places which are and should be suburban as urban.”

Dear Jon, I couldn’t agree more.

Housing matrix

Saturday, October 7th, 2006, a guide to housing design examples listed by project, architect, building typology, city and country: contains examples of housing designed by different architects in different historic periods, countries, and cities. Projects range in scale from single buildings to examples of large social housing projects containing thousands of dwellings. A typological guide provides for research by housing site and building organization. Each example is presented as an individual case study complete with building data and description, a critical analysis, bibliographic resources, photographic images, and drawings. The data is cross-indexed for easy searching by housing type, country, city, architect and date.

Found via Stan Allen’s blog.