We are pleased to announce that DS10 student Andrei Jipa has been nominated for the RIBA Silver Medal 2014, for the best part II student project in the UK.

Andrei’s futuristic proposal “Solanopolis” blended a radical futuristic vision with an advanced understanding of mathematics and 3D printing technologies to create a 3D printed city whose design sprang directly from the underlying code in fractals, creating stunning architecture which echoes the implicit mathematical beauty found in Baroque architecture.

In order to physically recreate these proposals Andrei pushed the boundaries of 3D printing, rewriting the code sent to the 3D printer, devising and publicly sharing a new way of 3d printing with the world.

This was all set against a fantastically creative post apocalyptic narrative of an entire culture and economy based around growing potatoes and turning potato starch into plastic for an army of large scale 3d printers to keep on building up from the rising waters of a future flooded world.

It was in our opinion a very creative blending of brave ideas backed up by rigorous technical research and real world physical results, and we think he has a great chance of winning this years prestigious prize.

Andrei’s proposal will be featured soon on the RIBA website http://www.presidentsmedals.com/

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But wait, there’s more! On top of that yet another DS10 project, Hayam Temple designed by Josh Haywood, has been built over the Summer by a team including past and present DS10 students and  is currently bringing joy to the revellers at this year’s Burning Man festival in Nevada and has been receiving praise all over the place.

The beautiful project inspired by the delicate muqarnas found in Islamic architecture has received great international praise and has been featured across the web…

http://www.dezeen.com/2014/07/02/hayam-temple-by-josh-haywood-for-burning-man-festival/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/30/burning-man-2014-art_n_5632531.html

http://inhabitat.com/josh-haywood-designs-stunning-lasercut-plywood-pavilion-for-burning-man-festival/

10608431_532651670195593_877742028231652468_otemple2temple11Me and Arthur are greatly looking forward to yet another year of exciting designs and joyful architecture at Westminster University and very excited about the year ahead :)

Our WeWantToLearn.net students have submitted their final portfolios! After an inspiring day going through the projects, we gave them a final mark with the help of the other tutors from the University of Westminster. Below is a selection of the inspiring work that was submitted.

The projects range from a temple at the Burning Man Festival made of an unprecedented reciprocal structure (Joe Leach) to a 3D printed city based on a fractal algorithm and built using potato starch-based plastic grown by the inhabitants of Solanopolis (Andrei Jipa) all the way to a Pop-Up plywood mosque for Trafalgar Square (Josh Haywood) and a lace tent for the London Burlesque Festival (Georgia Collard-Watson) as well as a Kabbalah Centre in the City made from large spiralohedron (Jessica Beagleman), our students have explored a new kind of joyful and spiritual Architecture using the latest digital design and fabrication technique.

Joe Leach's Reciprocal Seed Temple for Burning Man

Joe Leach’s Reciprocal Seed Temple for Burning Man

Andrei Jipa's incredible 3D printed collection

Andrei Jipa’s incredible 3D printed collection

Garis Iu's Chanting Bridge for Mont St-Michel

Garis Iu’s Chanting Bridge for Mont St-Michel

Georgia Rose Collard-Watson's tent structure for the Burlesque Festival

Georgia Rose Collard-Watson’s tent structure for the Burlesque Festival

Our beautiful messy studio space full of 1:1 Prototype

Our beautiful DS10 studio space full of 1:1 Prototype

Our beautiful messy studio space full of 1:1 Prototype

Our beautiful  DS10 studio space full of 1:1 Prototype

William Garforth-Bless, Charlotte Yates and Andrei Jipa showing their models in the Diploma Studio 10 space

William Garforth-Bless, Charlotte Yates and Andrei Jipa showing their models in the Diploma Studio 10 space

Solanopolis - Andrei Jipa's 3D printed potato fractal city

Solanopolis – Andrei Jipa’s 3D printed potato fractal city

Solanopolis - Andrei Jipa's 3D printed potato fractal city

Solanopolis – Andrei Jipa’s 3D printed potato fractal city

Solanopolis - Andrei Jipa's 3D printed potato fractal city

Solanopolis – Andrei Jipa’s 3D printed potato fractal city

Solanopolis - Andrei Jipa's 3D printed potato fractal city

Solanopolis – Andrei Jipa’s 3D printed potato fractal city

Solanopolis - Andrei Jipa's 3D printed potato fractal city

Solanopolis – Andrei Jipa’s 3D printed potato fractal city

Solanopolis - Andrei Jipa's 3D printed potato fractal city

Solanopolis – Andrei Jipa’s 3D printed potato fractal city

Solanopolis - Andrei Jipa's 3D printed potato fractal city

Solanopolis – Andrei Jipa’s 3D printed potato fractal city

Solanopolis - Andrei Jipa's 3D printed potato fractal city

Solanopolis – Andrei Jipa’s 3D printed potato fractal city

Solanopolis - Andrei Jipa's 3D printed potato fractal city

Solanopolis – Andrei Jipa’s 3D printed potato fractal city

Solanopolis - Andrei Jipa's 3D printed potato fractal city

Solanopolis – Andrei Jipa’s 3D printed potato fractal city

Solanopolis - Andrei Jipa's 3D printed potato fractal city

Solanopolis – Andrei Jipa’s 3D printed potato fractal city

Josh Haywood's Hayam and Pop-Up Mosque for Trafalgar Square

Josh Haywood’s Hayam and Pop-Up Mosque for Trafalgar Square

Josh Haywood's Hayam and Pop-Up Mosque for Trafalgar Square

Josh Haywood’s Hayam and Pop-Up Mosque for Trafalgar Square

Joe Leach's Reciprocal Seed Temple for Burning Man

Joe Leach’s Reciprocal Seed Temple for Burning Man

Lorna Jackson's Surreal Dali Museum

Lorna Jackson’s Surreal Dali Museum

Mark Simpson's Synthetic Diamond Crematorium

Mark Simpson’s Synthetic Diamond Crematorium

Jessica Beagleman's Kabbalah Centre

Jessica Beagleman’s Kabbalah Centre

Jessica Beagleman's Kabbalah Centre

Jessica Beagleman’s Kabbalah Centre

 

We had our final crit today! Great projects concluding our brief2B:Realize. Here are couple pictures. Thank you very much to our external critiques Daewha Kang (Associate Zaha Hadid Architects), Lawrence Friesen (GenGeo), Stephen Melville (Director Ramboll UK), James Solly (Buro Happold), Michael Clarke and to our colleagues Anna Liu and Roberto Botazzi.

Joe Leach's Burning Man Temple

Joe Leach’s Burning Man Temple

Joe Leach's Burning Man Temple

Joe Leach’s Burning Man Temple

Andrei Jippa's 3D printed fractal city

Andrei Jipa’s 3D printed fractal city

Andrei Jippa's 3D printed fractal city

Andrei Jipa’s 3D printed fractal city

Josh Haywood's Pop-Up Mosque in Trafalgar Square

Josh Haywood’s Pop-Up Mosque in Trafalgar Square

Garis Lu's Mont St-Michel's Chanting Bridge

Garis Lu’s Mont St-Michel’s Chanting Bridge

Lorna Jackson's Surreal Dali Museum

Lorna Jackson’s Surreal Dali Museum

Lorna Jackson's Surreal Dali Museum

Lorna Jackson’s Surreal Dali Museum

William Garforth-Bless'Bamboo Tower for the Damyang festival

William Garforth-Bless’Bamboo Tower for the Damyang festival

Charlotte Yates' London Fasion Festival Origami Catwalk

Charlotte Yates’ London Fasion Festival Origami Catwalk

Charlotte Yates' London Fasion Festival Origami Catwalk

Charlotte Yates’ London Fasion Festival Origami Catwalk

Sarah Stell's Zipped Building

Sarah Stell’s Zipped Building

Sarah Stell's Zipped Building

Sarah Stell’s Zipped Building

Georgia Collard-Watson's Burlesque Festival Pop-Up structure

Georgia Collard-Watson’s Burlesque Festival Pop-Up structure

Naomi Danos' joyful wall breaking media centre in Israel/Palestine

Naomi Danos’ joyful wall breaking media centre in Israel/Palestine

Jessica Beagleman's Kabbalah Centre

Jessica Beagleman’s Kabbalah Centre

George Guest's Fringe Festival Bridge

George Guest’s Fringe Festival Bridge

Sarah Shuttleworth's Promenade Concerts in Hyde Park

Sarah Shuttleworth’s Promenade Concerts in Hyde Park

Dhiren Patel's twisting hexagons bamboo structure for Durja Purja

Dhiren Patel’s twisting hexagons bamboo structure for Durja Purja

Mark Simpson's Artificial Diamond Funerarium

Mark Simpson’s Artificial Diamond Funerarium

Our studio is back after a month of holidays. Here are couple pictures from our tutorials today. Impressive progress from our students including a 3D printed potato-based fractal civilization (Andrei Jipa), a series of recursive bamboo structures for the Durga Puja festival (Dhiren Patel), an origami roof for the fashion week (Charlotte Yates), a spiky eco-retreat to meet the Sami people (Natasha Coutts), a temple for the Burning Man festival made of reciprocal plywood components (Joe Leach), a hypar tower for the Damyang Bamboo festival (William Garforth-Bless), a Pop-Up book drop pavilion (Ieva Ciocyte), a surreal Dali Museum in the Park (Lorna Jackson), a promenade concert in Hyde Park (Sarah Shuttleworth) and many more… We are so excited by the diversity of projects this year and the clear continuity between our brief2A and brief2B. Looking forward to the final crit on Thursday 15th May!

Andrei Jippa's Fractal 3D Printed Potato Civilization

Andrei Jipa’s Fractal 3D Printed Potato Civilization

Andrei Jippa's Fractal 3D Printed Potato Civilization

Andrei Jipa’s Fractal 3D Printed Potato Civilization

Andrei Jippa's Fractal 3D Printed Potato Civilization

Andrei Jipa’s Fractal 3D Printed Potato Civilization

Joe Leach's Burning Seed Temple for Burning Man

Joe Leach’s Burning Seed Temple for Burning Man

Joe Leach's Burning Seed Temple for Burning Man

Joe Leach’s Burning Seed Temple for Burning Man

Joe Leach's Burning Seed Temple for Burning Man

Joe Leach’s Burning Seed Temple for Burning Man

Ieva Ciocyte's Pop-Up Book drop Project

Ieva Ciocyte’s Pop-Up Book drop Project

Ieva Ciocyte's Pop-Up Book drop Project

Ieva Ciocyte’s Pop-Up Book drop Project

Lorna Jackson Dali Museum Latex Concrete Casting

Lorna Jackson Dali Museum Latex Concrete Casting

Lorna Jackson Dali Museum Latex Concrete Casting

Lorna Jackson Dali Museum Latex Concrete Casting

Dhiren Patels Recursive Bamboo Structures for Durga Puja

Dhiren Patels Recursive Bamboo Structures for Durga Puja

Natasha Coutts Sami Eco-Retreat

Natasha Coutts Sami Eco-Retreat

Natasha Coutts Sami Eco-Retreat

Natasha Coutts Sami Eco-Retreat

Natasha Coutts Sami Eco-Retreat

Natasha Coutts Sami Eco-Retreat

Charlotte Yates Fashion Week Recursive Origami Pavilion

Charlotte Yates Fashion Week Recursive Origami Pavilion

Charlotte Yates Fashion Week Recursive Origami Pavilion

Charlotte Yates Fashion Week Recursive Origami Pavilion

Sarah Shuttleworth promenade concert in Hyde Park

Sarah Shuttleworth promenade concert in Hyde Park

William Garforth-Bless Damyang Bamboo Festival Tower

William Garforth-Bless Damyang Bamboo Festival Tower

 

Toby Burgess and I are very happy to announce that HAYAM – Temple to Sunlight, designed by Josh Haywood of Diploma Studio 10, University of Westminster, has won the Burning Man Art Grant. Similarly to last year’s amazing experience building Shipwreck and Fractal Cult, we will develop the project with the help of engineers at Ramboll Computational Design and will travel to Burning Man in August to realize the project. Josh Haywood has just sent the great pictures below of the latest prototypes in which we are lashing the plywood pieces together.

 

Josh Haywood - WeWantToLearn.net - Hayam, Temple to Sunshine for Burning Man 2014

Josh Haywood – WeWantToLearn.net – Hayam, Temple to Sunlight for Burning Man 2014

Josh Haywood - WeWantToLearn.net - Hayam, Temple to Sunshine for Burning Man 2014

Josh Haywood – WeWantToLearn.net – Hayam, Temple to Sunlight for Burning Man 2014

Josh Haywood - WeWantToLearn.net - Hayam, Temple to Sunshine for Burning Man 2014

Josh Haywood – WeWantToLearn.net – Hayam, Temple to Sunlight for Burning Man 2014

Josh Haywood - WeWantToLearn.net - Hayam, Temple to Sunshine for Burning Man 2014

Josh Haywood – WeWantToLearn.net – Hayam, Temple to Sunlight for Burning Man 2014

Toby and I explain the reason behind these projects in the TedX video below, The Architecture of Joy:

 

As the grant is limited, we need your help to pay for transportation and the additional costs related to construction, you can donate on the PayPal button below:

My study about a custom G-Code for FDM 3d printing geometries based on a central axis (not necessarily a straight line! – any curve would do). Rather than printing layer by layer horizontal sections that are uneven and inefficient in terms of travel time, the slices are consistent and always perpendicular to the central axes. Moreover the transition between layers – rather than being done from a single point through a vertical motion which is the traditional approach – is a continuous gradual motion upwards, the travel path resembling a spiral, thus improving efficiency.

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