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We are finalist for the Architizer A+ award with The Magic Garden, a project that was designed and built with the help of DS10 students last year. We are 1% away from victory and the votes finish this Friday. Please help – Vote for The Magic Garden! Below are the instructions for the vote. It is very simple but requires to “CONFIRM” the vote which is an extra step.

VOTE HERE : http://awards.architizer.com/public/voting/?cid=11

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We just finished our last tutorials of the first term! Congratulations to all the students for the great three months and looking forward to the remaining two terms.

Students completed both briefs (brief01:systems and brief2A:festival) and are starting the case studies of events as part of our last brief (brief2B:realise).

Here are couple pictures of the projects we have seen during the last tutorials. Where do you suggest building the structures over the summer?

Merry Christmas & best wishes for the New Year!!

John Konings's towering gridshell.

John Konings’s towering gridshell.

John Konings's towering gridshell.

John Konings’s towering gridshell.

John Konings's towering gridshell.

John Konings’s towering gridshell.

Andres Jippa's 3D prints, driven by Chaos theory's strange attractors.

Andres Jippa’s 3D prints, driven by Chaos theory’s strange attractors.

Andres Jippa's 3D prints, driven by Chaos theory's strange attractors.

Andres Jippa’s 3D prints, driven by Chaos theory’s strange attractors.

Andres Jippa's 3D prints, driven by Chaos theory's strange attractors.

Andres Jippa’s 3D prints, driven by Chaos theory’s strange attractors.

Andres Jippa's 3D prints, driven by Chaos theory's strange attractors.

Andres Jippa’s 3D prints, driven by Chaos theory’s strange attractors.

Andres Jippa's 3D prints, driven by Chaos theory's strange attractors.

Andres Jippa’s 3D prints, driven by Chaos theory’s strange attractors.

Andres Jippa's 3D prints, driven by Chaos theory's strange attractors. Construction Component.

Andres Jippa’s 3D prints, driven by Chaos theory’s strange attractors. Construction Component.

Henry Turner's Curved Intersecting Plywood Wave Structure

Henry Turner’s Curved Intersecting Plywood Wave Structure

Ieva Ciocyte's Flame Tower made of Intersecting plywood components

Ieva Ciocyte’s Flame Tower made of Intersecting plywood components

Sarah Shuttleworth's Moebius Strips made of Steel Stars.

Sarah Shuttleworth’s Moebius Strips made of Steel Stars.

William Garforth-Bless' Bamboo Hammock Amphitheatre

William Garforth-Bless’ Bamboo Hammock Amphitheatre

William Garforth-Bless' Bamboo Hammock Amphitheatre

William Garforth-Bless’ Bamboo Hammock Amphitheatre

Very enjoyable crit day for DS10 at Westminster University. It was our second cross-crit of the year and students showed their proposal for Brief2A, building an interactive structure for Burning Man or the festival of their choice.

Thank you very much to our helpful crits Harri Lewis (Ramboll RCD our engineers for last year’s Shipwreck and Fractal Cult), Marie-Isabel de Monseignat (Tutor at DRS1 Chelsea College of Art), Dusan Decermic, Anthony Boulanger and Katherine Herron. Here are couple pictures:

Marie de Monseignat is holding the Plywood Spiralohedrons

Marie de Monseignat is holding the Plywood Spiralohedrons

Jessica Beagleman's Plywood Spiralohedrons

Jessica Beagleman’s Plywood Spiralohedrons

Sarah Shuttleworth's large metal origami model.

Sarah Shuttleworth’s large metal origami model.

Paul Thorpe's Twisting Plywood pods 1:1 Model

Paul Thorpe’s Twisting Plywood pods 1:1 Model

Ieva Ciocyte's Burning Euclid Wall

Ieva Ciocyte’s Burning Euclid Wall

Joe Leach's Burning Seed Reciprocal Structure

Joe Leach’s Burning Seed Reciprocal Structure

Sarah Stell's wind powered animals

Sarah Stell’s wind powered animals

Josh Haywood's beautiful Digital Muqarnas

Josh Haywood’s beautiful Digital Muqarnas

Henry Turner's intersecting plywood wave structure.

Henry Turner’s intersecting plywood wave structure.

Will Garforth-Bless' bamboo and fabric hypars

Will Garforth-Bless’ bamboo and fabric hypars

Lorna Jackson's Spacer Fabric Cloud

Lorna Jackson’s Spacer Fabric Cloud

Charlotte Yates' Origami Roofs

Charlotte Yates’ Origami Roofs

Naomi Danos' Folding roofs.

Naomi Danos’ Folding roofs.

Mark Simpson's mirror diamonds in the desert.

Mark Simpson’s mirror diamonds in the desert.

Here are couple pictures taken during the two last tutorial sessions. Promising breakthroughs from several students. Time to create a believable proposal (including large model and drawings) for Burning Man or any other festival.

Shiren Pattel's helicoidal tower inspired by Manual Baez

Dhiren Pattel’s helicoidal tower inspired by Manual Baez

Ieva Ciocyte's Euclid Tower

Ieva Ciocyte’s Euclid Tower

Ieva Ciocyte's Euclid Tower

Ieva Ciocyte’s Euclid Tower

Jessica Beagleman's study of the Zome structure

Jessica Beagleman’s study of the Zome structure

Josh Haywood is applying the Hankin's method to the Muqarnas

Josh Haywood is applying the Hankin’s method to the Muqarnas

Paul Thorpe's Modular plywood Tower

Paul Thorpe’s Modular plywood Tower

Garis Lu's Motors accelerate with proximity sensors

Garis Lu’s Motors accelerate with proximity sensors

We are now on Kickstarter! Click on the image below or on this LINK to kindly back our projects.

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Little summary of our productive day at Westminster with Chris Ingram and Georgia Collard-Watson: We produced a 1:1 physical model of the wood laminate technique recommended by Ramboll (drawing shown in previous post). We will us this technique to form the twisting longitudinal spines on our building.

The openings on the back ribs are now defined parametrically by a sine curve and unroll with the strips for fabrication.We tested couple options and are happy with the one shown below which breaks the direction of the strips.

Working on the parametric model with Chris Ingram at Westminster University

Working on the parametric model with Chris Ingram at Westminster University

Georgia Collard-Watson with the 1:1 laminate prototype

Georgia Collard-Watson with the 1:1 laminate prototype

Chris Ingram testing the bendiness of the laminate structure

Chris Ingram testing the bendiness of the laminate structure

Testing the notches

Testing the notches

Resolving Shipwreck's structure - Working on the interface between back stripes and vertical ribs.

Resolving Shipwreck’s structure – Working on the interface between back stripes and vertical ribs.

Resolving Shipwreck's structure - Working on the interface between back stripes and vertical ribs.

Resolving Shipwreck’s structure – Working on the interface between back stripes and vertical ribs.

Modelling the ribs and notches - We are currently adapting the ribs and spine to add strength.

Modelling the ribs and notches – We are currently adapting the ribs and spine to add strength.

The Sine curve Interface controlling the back strips openings on Grasshopper

The Sine curve Interface controlling the back strips openings on Grasshopper

The back strips openings

The back strips openings

It was DS10’s Final crit yesterday which concludes our BRIEF03:TEMPLE. Wonderful day with a wide spectrum of temples showing the concerns and fascinations of a group of twenty-one architectural students in 2013. A myriad of political and spiritual statements on today’s society helped by parametric design tools and physical modelling. Here is the list of all the themes that emerged in the third term:

  • Temple to Love and Lust in Brighton, U.K. – by Georgia-Rose Collard-Watson
  • Temple to Revolution in Tahrir Square, Egypt – by Luka Kreze
  • Temple to Making in the City of London, U.K. – by Michael Clarke
  • Temple to Vibrations on Mount Neru, Tanzania – by Dhiren Pattel
  • Temple to Crowdfunding the City of London, U.K. – by Sarah Shuttleworth
  • Temple to Infinity in the Mojave Desert, U.S.A – by Andrei Jippa
  • Temple to Augmented Reality near Oxford Street, London, U.K. – by Mark Simpson
  • Temple to Gin, near Kings Cross, London, U.K. – by George Guest
  • Temple to Permaculture, in Totness, U.K. – by Philp Hurrel
  • Temple to Bees, in the Olympic Park, London, U.K. – by Jake Alsop
  • Temple against Electro-Magnetic Radiations, in Snowdonia National Park, U.K. – by Chris Ingram
  • Temple against Pre-Packaged Meat, in Smithfield Market, London, U.K. – by Alex Woolgar
  • Temple to Bio-Polymers , in Thelford, U.K. – by Marilu Valente
  • Temple against Consumerism, in Selfridges, London, U.K. – by Jessica Beagleman
  • Temple to Online Knowledge, in the Sillicon Roundabour, London, U.K. – by Tim Clare
  • Temple to the Awareness of Death, in Mexico – by Thanasis Korras
  • Temple of Illusion, in South Bank, London, U.K.- by Daniel Dodds
  • Temple to Water on the Thames, London, U.K. – by William Garforth-Bless
  • Temple to Atheism in Lower Lea Valley Park, London, U.K. – by Emma Whitehead
  • Temple to Light in Elephant and Castle, London, U.K. – by Josh Haywood
  • Temple to Sun Worship in the Wyndham Council Estate, Camberwell London, U.K. – by Natasha Coutts

Thank you very much to all our external critiques: William Firebrace, Jeanne Sillett, Harri Lewis and Jack Munro.  Two weeks more to go until the hand-in of portfolios (28th May). Here are couple pictures:

Luka Kreze's thorned tensegrity architecture against dictatorship on Tahrir Square and a manual for revolution.

Luka Kreze’s thorned tensegrity architecture against dictatorship on Tahrir Square – A manual to start a revolution.

Jake Alsop's wax-generated temple for Bees

Jake Alsop’s wax-generated temple for Bees

Chris Ingram's Slate Community, away from electro-magnetic radiation

Chris Ingram’s Slate Community, away from electro-magnetic radiation

Marilu Valente's Digital/Physical experiement on elastic bio-polymer

Marilu Valente’s Digital/Physical experiement on elastic bio-polymer

Marilu Valente's diagramming of the  bio-polymer stretch

Marilu Valente’s diagramming of the bio-polymer stretch

Emma's  'Agora' - temple agora / forum for Sunday assembly -atheist congregation and for tech startup groups /music network Sofar sounds

Emma’s ‘Agora’ – forum for Sunday assembly – atheist congregation

Sarah Shuttleworth's Temple to crowdfunding - Kickstarter HQ

Sarah Shuttleworth’s Temple to crowdfunding – Kickstarter HQ

Crowdfunded structure for Sarah Shuttleworth's roof

Crowdfunded structure for Sarah Shuttleworth’s roof

Jessica Beagleman's "Atelier" on the roof of Selfridges is made of sewed pieces of plywood/

Jessica Beagleman’s “Atelier” on the roof of Selfridges is made of sewed pieces of plywood/

William Garforth-Bless'Temple to Water using a thin fiber glass shell and floating components on the Thames

William Garforth-Bless’Temple to Water using a thin fiber glass shell and floating components on the Thames

Philip Hurrell's Temple to the Transition Movement in Totness, Devon

Philip Hurrell’s Temple to the Transition Movement in Totness, Devon

Daniel Dodds' abstract for the Temple of Illustion

Daniel Dodds’ abstract for the Temple of Illustion

Tim Clare's temple to online knowledge is an irregular gridshell following learning spaces

Tim Clare’s temple to online knowledge is an irregular gridshell following learning spaces

The story of a reciprocal structure and a temple to making by Michael Clarke

The story of a reciprocal structure and a temple to making by Michael Clarke