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"Ferropolis, "the city of iron" is an open museum of old huge industrial machines in Gräfenhainichen, a city near Dessau, Germany. It's an open air museum which contains machines from the mid-twentieth century. They can measure to 30 meters high, 120 meters long and weigh up to 1980 tons. Moreover, the area is used for several events like opera or music festival like the Melt! festival or the "Ferropolis in Flammen"." - Wikipedia
Another video of the flying fabrication system developed by Gramazio and Kohler and Raffaello D'Andrea at ETH, with a further information available from the ETH website.
Some more interesting stuff coming out of Raffaello D'Andrea ETH research group
December 4, 2011
So here is the first actual preview of Gramazio and Kohler's lastest project currently on exhibit at FRAC Orleans. A series of flying robots that pick up and place polystyrene bricks to form a tower.
"20 Hz observes a geo-magnetic storm occurring in the Earth's upper atmosphere. Working with data collected from the CARISMA radio array and interpreted as audio, we hear tweeting and rumbles caused by incoming solar wind, captured at the frequency of 20 Hertz. Generated directly by the sound, tangible and sculptural forms emerge suggestive of scientific visualisations. As different frequencies interact both visually and aurally, complex patterns emerge to create interference phenomena that probe the limits of our perception."
November 29, 2011
This is a film where the camera is constantly in motion, with sweeping balletic long takes, crane and hand held shots, tracking shots, including some over and down the side of buildings, through cane fields, into swimming pools, around packed night clubs, even hovering and moving along high over a street in the middle of a packed funeral procession - all without the usual cutting. I estimate the average length of a take in this film at about 2 - 3 minutes, a figure rare and astonishing these days, even with the benefit of steadicams - but jaw dropping given the still-unwieldy equipment they were surely using in 1964. In particular one or two large scale sequences must have taken days, if not weeks, to prepare, and presumably needed government marshaling to choreograph. (Ironically, whether or not the film makers intended it, the liberated camera work on display here reflects the notion of revolutionary freedom far more than the actual story vignettes.)
The film itself is shot in high contrast gleaming black and white, favouring wide angle lenses, and with a constant deep focus that reminded me of Greg Toland's work for Welles or some of James Wong Howes' work. Kalatozov's use of a handful of character 'types' throughout recalls Eisenstein's (and in fact there is a faint reference to his the Odessa Steps sequence in 'Battleship Potemkin' at one point when the revolutionary rioters march down some steps), but the effect here is far more sensual and lyrical. (Among the professional actors, Sergio Corrieri also appears in the better-known Memories of Underdevelopment). The film's 'artiness' is undeniably a distraction from the message of struggle, and to the original viewers the beautiful images must have been a long way from reality in the New Cuba.
November 25, 2011
Ex-Unit 23 students, Matt Shaw and Will Trossell's company Scanlab have scanned parts of the Arctic for Greenpeace.
Mihir Benodekar Y4
Behnaz Berengi Y4
Kevin Chen Y4
Stuart Colaco Y4
Jacob Down Y4
Meng (Henry) Liu Y4
Nurlina Marof Y4
Richard Northcroft Y4
Megan Passey Y4
Tom Svilans Y4
Chi Wai (Peaker) Chu Y5
Thais Espersen Y5
Thomas Harvey Y5
Birgir Jonsson Y5
Madhav Kidao Y5
Joseph Shaw Y5
Thomas Smith Y5
November 8, 2011
Everyone knows this was Natalie Wood's last film, and that some of her scenes were filmed after her death with a stand-in you only see from behind. Director Dondald Trumball, best known for his special effects work in Blade Runner, Close Enounters, a Star Trek, chose this time to build his story on plot and character development, a good choice given the enormous talent he had to work with.
Trumball's battle with studio execs to finish the film after Wood's death, rather than claim the insurance proceeds and call the film off, ended his career in Hollywood, but assured that this gem would not be lost. It is somewhat ironic that Natalie's swan song should be a sci-fi movie, since she was hardly known for work in the genre, but she brings a grace and charm, as well as depth and beauty, to the genre that is usually lacking.
Most sci-fi films based on technology don't age well, and there are times where this is no exception. The idea of recording on tape, let alone making tape loops, must seem like wax cylinder recordings to today's MP3 generation. The tapes themselves were props borrowed from a film being shot nearby, and that film was itself a dismal failure. But the concept is timeless, and so well done that, all in all, the film still works as well as it did in 1983.
This place is an interesting resource in london that provides facilities and workshops on all kinds of topics about hacking machinery, electronics etc. They have their own laser cutters, electronics bays, and workshop.
October 14, 2011
"The Eternal Frame is an examination of the role that the media plays in the creation of (post) modern historical myths. For T.R. Uthco and Ant Farm, the iconic event that signified the ultimate collusion of historical spectacle and media image was the assassination of President Kennedy in 1963. The work begins with an excerpt from the only filmed record of Kennedy's assassination: Super-8 footage shot by Abraham Zapruder, a bystander on the parade route."
also other really interesting film by same group + Alva Altos Doc is worth watching
October 13, 2011
Swiss architect exploring "image-made" architectures using Photoshop and photography.
Nice documentary about Kubrick's obsessive working methods, and the vast archive of research (and just pure eccentricities) he left behind stored in boxes on his estate.
Free plugin download for 3DS Max for 3D Scanning files.
An excessive use of the laser cutter but incredible:
March 1, 2011
For me, architecture gets really exciting when people start borrowing technologies from other disciplines, and incorporate them into projects. This japanese company has milled an aluminium motorbike helmet from a solid block of aluminium on their dynamic 5 axis machine- pretty sweet motion, and hopefully a flavour of things to come in the B... a lot of ally swarf left over though..
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New journal edited by Shaun Murray - may already be available at the AA bookshop.
video from related conference here (inc. liquid factory...)
"Design Ecologies foregrounds the inextricable connection between human communication and ecological accountability in architectural design. This burgeoning field has the potential to become a far-reaching discipline, bonding a community that crosses over into and out of architecture, environment, interaction, urbanism, and performing arts and communication.
Through original design exploration ranging in scale, the journal will proffer a critical vision towards the built environment, and promote ecological transitions within local and global contexts. It will challenge the everyday emerging practices of architectural design by offering a transdisciplinary framework for design production."
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