The Flying Mast

(insane in the membrane...)

T-Splines and KeyShot Webinar

Here is the video recording of the webinar “T-Splines and Keyshot: Modeling and rendering in minutes and seconds–instead of hours” that took place online on May 20, 2010. It demonstrates the use of T-Splines v2.3 for creating curved objects and gives a sneak preview of KeyShot 2 Beta for realtime photorealistic renderings, fast and easy.

You can watch the video here.

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May 24, 2010 - 8:10 AM Comments: Closed

Tulip Umbrella by MDT-tex

MDT-tex had exhibited its beautiful design of the Tulip Umbrella in the Salone del Mobile 2010 in Milan. An impressive installation was held in the scenic inner court of Palazzo Isimbardi as part of the Fuori Salone events.

Tulip Umbrellas by MDT-tex at the Salone del Mobile 2010

The tulip Umbrella is practically an “upside-down” umbrella that opens upward –unlike the traditional umbrellas – and provides shelter from sun and rain.

Tulip Umbrellas by MDT-tex at the Salone del Mobile 2010

Tulip Umbrellas by MDT-tex at the Salone del Mobile 2010

It is a further development of the Converted Umbrella experimented on many occasions by Frei Otto and Bodo Rasch, probably the most notable of which is Rasch’s project for the inner Courtyard of the Prophet’s Holy Mosque in Medinah (1990-92). MDT-tex is the first company that produces and commercializes these convertible umbrellas to the vast market.

Tulip Umbrella (via www.mdt-tex.com)

The design of the Tulip Umbrella allows the rainwater to be collected in the central low-point of the umbrella and be washed-down trough a transparent drainage tube that wraps around the supporting column. It comes with either rectangular frame or circular frame and its opening mechanism is both manual and motorized.

Its beauty lays in its simplicity, coherency and functionality

Tulip Umbrella (via www.mdt-tex.com)

Tulip Umbrella (via www.mdt-tex.com)

MDT-tex is a pioneering German company that designs, builds and sells for more then a decade high-end sunshade systems, membrane constructions and custom-made products worldwide.

The company conducts the entire production process within its fully automated cutting-edge facilities – including the fabrication of the polyester-yarn membranes – in order to guarantee the high quality of its products.

A video from the Salone del Mobile 2010 (in Italian):

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May 19, 2010 - 12:40 PM Comments: Closed

The “Expo Boulevard” on designboom.com

The Sun Valleys in Shanghai (via designboom.com)

designboom.com just published a very interesting article on the “Expo Boulevard” (also known as the “sun Valleys”) – the huge membrane structure that covers the main entrance to the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai – designed by the Stuttgart based practice SBA from and Knippers Helbig Advanced Engineering (also from Stuttgart).

You can find the article here.

Here’s a previous post i wrote a few months ago on this blog regarding this impressive tensile structure.

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May 16, 2010 - 11:41 AM Comments: Closed

Architectural Knitted Surfaces II – International Workshop

Shenkar College of Engineering and Design

Tel Aviv

27 June – 1 July 2010

Photo: Erez Amitay. Student's project from the Architectural Knitted Workshop I, 2009

The second edition of the Architectural Knitted Workshop will take place in the Shenkar School of Engineering and Design in Tel Aviv on 27 June – 1 July 2010.

The workshop is a collaboration with CITA – Centre for Information Technology and Architecture of the Royal Denish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen.

Check my post on the year’s edition of the workshop in which I took part.

This year’s five-day architectural course will integrate Rhino’s Grasshopper in order to explore new shapes and patterns of knitting using generative algorithms.

From the workshop’s introduction:

Based on former research, the production process will be based on creating a direct link between digital representations and knitting machine code. This will offer the opportunity to model textile surfaces electronically and computationally, at a level that takes into account both the performance of the surface as a whole and its pattern, texture and materiality. The workshop will incorporate the use of different materials such as conductive fibers and advanced composite materials, to achieve both rigid and elastic conditions of interaction.

We will develop bespoke computer defined textiles as frameworks for the incorporation of computational attributes; transforming knitted surfaces into robotic membranes by imbedding sensing and actuation into their skin. Combining advances in intelligent textiles with parametric modeling we ask how these new technologies have impact on the way we think, design and make architecture.

Instructors:

Dr. Eyal Sheffer, Knitting Laboratory, the department of Textile Design in Shenkar .

Arch. Ayelet Karmon, Department of Interior – Building and Environment Design in Shenkar.

Associate Professor Mette Ramsgard Thomsen, MAA, PhD, Head of CITA.

Langauge: English

Details and application form here.

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May 12, 2010 - 5:24 PM Comments: Closed

Photovoltaic Tensile Structures by FTL Solar

FTL Solar's PowerMod

FTL Solar – an American company founded in 1998 – has developed a range of sustainable products that integrate lightweight tensile fabrics with thin photovoltaic panels called PowerMods®.

PowerMods provide shelter while generating enough solar electricity (up to 4.5 kWh a day) that could power construction tools, lights, fans, medical equipment, computers, and so on.

These versatile products are particularly lightweight, portable and flexible and therefore suitable for commercial, military and disaster relief purposes, as well as for car parks shades or small garden tent structures.

Via Inhabitat. com

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May 1, 2010 - 5:20 PM Comments: Closed