The Flying Mast

(insane in the membrane...)

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

A visionary car made of… membrane…?!

I bumped into this cool video on the blog Minimal Structures.

BMW came up with this amazing concept (IMHO) of a car entirely made of  an elastic fabric skin (polyurethane-coated Spandex). The car was christened BMW GINA.

GINA stands for “Geometry and functions In ‘N’ Adaptations”.

BMW GINA (via baekdal.com)

BMW GINA (via baekdal.com)

Although it’s only a conceptual prototype, it is undoubtedly  a groundbreaking and inspiring idea that challenges the way cars were always designed, produced and conceived.

BMW GINA (via baekdal.com)

BMW GINA (via baekdal.com)

BMW GINA (via baekdal.com)

BMW GINA (via baekdal.com)

For more info:

MBW GINA on Wikipedia

BMW Web TV

Article on WIRED

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April 27, 2010 - 12:49 AM Comments: Closed

The “Sun Valleys” at the World Expo 2010


(Source: People's Daily Online)

(Source: People's Daily Online)

This is the first of six 40 meters tall cone-shaped canopies named “Sun Valleys” that are being built in Shanghai for the 2010 World Expo.
The “Sun Valleys” will be distributed along the Expo Axis, a multi-story 1 km long and 110 meters wide promenade providing commercial, catering, entertainment, and exhibition services for the millions of visitors expected to attend the forthcoming event.

Sun-Valley-Expo-7

(Source: People's Daily Online)

This covered pedestrian walkway will be the main entrance to the Expo site and will connect with four major pavilions through the elevated platform and underground passages. With its nearly 250,000 square meters, it is the largest structure being built for the venue.

(Source: People's Daily Online)

(Source: People's Daily Online)

Above the Expo Axis the giant light membrane roof will look like, as the organizers promis, “white clouds floating in the blue sky”.

The steel and plastic “Sun Valleys”, as the name suggest, will convey daylight and air into the underground level in order to reduce the energy consumed by the artificial lighting. Further, they will collect rainwater that could be recycled for irrigation and flushing purposes.

Each of these complex structures is made of approximaely 10,000 joins, all which are unique.

Sources: World Architecture News, China Daily, Inhabitat, People’s Daily Online.

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November 14, 2009 - 12:21 PM Comments: Closed

Architectural Knitted Surfaces | International Workshop

Shenkar College of Engineering and Design

Tel Aviv

22-27 February 2009

 

I had the pleasure to participate at this intensive 6-day international workshop held at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Tel Aviv.

A unique hands-on and cross-disciplinary collaboration between the Department of Interior – Building and Environment Design, the Knitting Workshop and the Plastics Engineering in Shenkar.

The workshop’s aim was to explore the potential implementation of parametric CAD tools in the built environment by analyzing the complex geometrical behaviour of three dimensional knitted textile materials, both at the level of the overall surface and the local stitch.

In the first phase we elaborated digital models of various complex textile surfaces by using ParaCloud Modeler – a parametric design tool, which converts spreadsheet driven matrices into a powerful generative and associative modelling and analysis application. In the second phase we produced prototypes of these models with a wide range of fabrication technologies such as 3D printing, CNC milling, laser cutting, as well as using the advance equipment of the Knitting Workshop and the Plastic Workshop to achieve both rigid and elastic conditions.

The wokshop was organized by the head of the Department of Interior – Building and Environment Design Prof. Shraga Kirshner and was directed by teaching staff from Shenkar: Dr. Eyal Sheffer, and architect Ayelet Karmon, in collaboration with Dipl. Ing. (TU) Norbert Palz, architect, from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, CITA, Center for Information Technology and Architecture.

Here are few images from the workshop:

 
 

The Stoll knitting machine in action at the Shenkar’s Textile Workshop:

 

 

A video realized by students during the workshop:

 

(Music: “Brancaster Coast” by Ochre, from the Album “A Midsummer Nice Dream“)

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April 5, 2009 - 12:46 PM Comments: Closed