The Lotus Effect

Very interesting video showing how a lotus leaf reacts to liquid. Notice how even honey slides off the leaf like water.  Research is being done on material with a Lotus-like property, also known as superhydrophobicity.

 
 

Below is an image from a scientific paper published in 2008 titled Laser structuring of water-repellent biomimetic surfaces and fully available here. The image shows a comparison between the microscopic texture of a leaf and a surface shaped with a laser.  The artificial lotus shows very similar behaviour (and appearance) to the real leaf. A group in Germany called “Lotus-Effect” is also working on the reproducing the magic and has published great documentaries on their website.

Stunning Photographs of Burning Man 2011

Scott London, a journalist from California has published on his blog some nice images of Burning Man 2011. Thank you to Rodrigo Medina Garcia, author of DesignPlaygrounds.com  for the link.

Scott’s images are here :http://www.scottlondon.com/photo/burningman2011/ 

Check the pictures until the last one and an interesting description of the event by the journalist will appear: ” It’s no exaggeration to say the Burning Man festival is one of the world’s hippest and most mind-blowing gatherings. It’s not quite an art festival, not quite a desert rave, and not quite a social experiment, but something of all three. Held each summer in the remote Black Rock Desert of northern Nevada, it’s a week-long celebration of free-form creativity and radical self-expression.

Burning Man takes place in a temporary “city” some five miles wide that rises out of the open desert toward summer’s end only to vanish again after the event is over. For a few brief days, the ephemeral metropolis known as Black Rock City ranks among the largest communities in the state of Nevada.”

 

Social Forces, Literally !

Nathan Miller, creator of Slingshot has used Kangaroo and his own plugin on Grasshopper to import his Facebook friends as a  network of lines and applied different physical forces between them depending on the level of connectivity between friends.

Interesting way to start designing a building?

Video Below:

More Information on Nathan’s blog The Proving Ground.

Martian Landscape

Stunning images of the Martian Landscape taken by Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter since 2006. Thank you to Subtilitas for pointing it out and for The Big Picture for posting them.

Part of the Abalos Undae dune field. The sands appear blueish because of their basaltic composition, while the lighter areas are probably covered in dust. More, or see location on Google Mars. (NASA/JPL/University of Arizona) 

Scalloped sand dunes in the southern hemisphere of mars, displaying seasonal frost on the south-facing slopes, which highlights some of the regular patterns, as the frost forms only on parts of the ripples. More, or see location on Google Mars. (NASA/JPL/University of Arizona) 

Unit Trip

Here are some links to look at before our Unit Trip to Germany:

STUTTGART

ILEK – Institue for Lightweight Structures 

http://www.uni-stuttgart.de/ilek/

ICD – Institute for Computational Design

http://icd.uni-stuttgart.de/?cat=6

BOTANICAL STRUCTURES (Ferdinand Ludwig):

A video on Botanic Structures: http://mediacenter.dw-world.de/english/video/#!/251283/Plant_Pavilion

 The Mercedes Benz Museum by UN STUDIO:


MUNICH
Frei Otto’s Olympic Stadium

Grasshopper

Some very helpful links for Grasshopper:

Danny Boyes’s explaination of the Path Mapper and Lists 

Pattern Redux, a blog full of simple examples for Grasshopper 

-Nathan Miller’s use of Database with Slingshot on his blog The proving Ground 

-Some nice Grasshopper experiments from Morphocode 

-Digital Toolbox for Grasshopper tutorials

 

Brief 2011-2013

Below are links to PDF pages explaining our 2011-2012 brief in chronological order:

18/01/2012: BRIEF03: REALISE

(Students will adapt and confront their Burning Man proposals to broader contemporary issues. They will look at the impact of the Internet on physical spaces and might choose to design a networked headquarters/manufacturing facility for a global company or charity)

01/11/2011: BRIEF02: BURN 

(Students will implement their digital and analogue studies on Frei Otto and Buckminster Fuller  in a building for the Burning Man Festival)

30/09/2011: BRIEF01: LEARN

26/09/2011: “Unit Presentation Slideshow”

(10 minutes power point presentation to student for unit selection)

20/09/2011 : “DS10 A4 Page”

(given to the students prior to the Unit Selection)

Above: Facebook’ s new Server Farm in Lulea, Sweden

 Above: IKONOS satellite image of the Burning Man festival

Richard Buckminster Fuller with the Dymaxion Car and the Fly Eyes Dome © Courtesy Buckminster Fuller Institute© Frei Otto, Apparatus for computing minimal path systems, Institute for Lightweight Structures (ILEK), Stuttgart, 1988