What do Cell phones, Quantum Physics, Light and Zaha Hadid have in common?

I just came across these really nice videos explaining complicated things in a very simple way.

The first video below explains how M. Faraday discovered magnetic fields and how J.C. Maxwell developed dynamic equations to describe them.

The concept of field can be used to explain many things such as light, cell phones (electro-magnetic vibrations) or even quantum physics (coming from the Greek Quanta = Packets).

The Architectural theorist Stan Allen, in his book Points+Line, even describes a new kind of Architecture based on fields instead of objects which one can relate all the “agent-based” parametric Architecture or to the built examples below of Zaha Hadid’s Hoenheim bus terminal or Eisenman’s Holocaust memorial in Berlin. In these projects, the components of the buildings are only valuable if they are seen as a whole.

Terminus Hoenheim by ZHA
Holocaust Memorial in Berlin by Peter Eisenman

Several DS10 students are looking at fields this year, from Will Garforth-Bless looking at ferrofluid to Chris Ingram tracing the trail of a field with point charges, Below is an example of how the grasshopper tool for field was used in the case of a 2d mapping of ferrofluid.

See videos below to understand how fields work and the history behind their discovery.

Author: Arthur Mamou-Mani

Arthur Mamou-Mani AA dipl, ARB/RIBA FRSA – is a French architect, director of Mamou-Mani Architects, specialised in a new kind of digitally designed and fabricated architecture. He is a lecturer at the University of Westminster and owns a digital fabrication laboratory called the Fab.Pub which allows people to experiment with large 3D Printers and Laser Cutters. Arthur has been selected as one of the RIBAj's 2017 cohort of Rising Stars. He has won the Gold Prize at the American Architecture Prize for the Wooden Wave project installed at BuroHappold Engineering and since 2016, he is a fellow of the The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. Prior to founding Mamou-Mani in 2011, he worked with Atelier Jean Nouvel, Zaha Hadid Architects and Proctor and Matthews Architects.

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