I have always wanted to talk about the future in architecture; coming across this post on Dezeen, I thought its a good time to talk about what seems to be the future . Apparently a Chinese firm is planned to build this building using prefabricated pieces that are installed on the site like “lego”. This firm has already completed a smaller 30 story tower using the same method in 15 days which is great. I believe that construction techniques have always been one of the biggest limitations to design and innovations such as this are definitely the future. With all the so called sustainable benefits that such methods of construction can bring to the industry, I have to say in terms of design and function such methods could have a low side to them. The mass production and the rigid modular pieces definitely has an impact on both aesthetics as well as the functional arrangements of the spaces. A design that is a direct product of such method is as unpleasant as this tallest tower which is planned to be constructed. This is why I think architects should invest GOOD RESEARCH in this field and try to think of new ways of design that leads such construction methods instead of being a victim to it.
There is no doubt that “Digital Fabrication” is THE FUTURE! As this technology is evolving, very soon we would all be able to 3d print any object we design. I love this technology and its power to totally change our future; I would say the same way as electricity changed our life! being a girl, high heels are my obssession and I was thrilled to see two concepts of my interest (digital fabrication and high heels) getting mixed. Designed by Dutch fashion designer Marieka Ratsma and American architect Kostika Spaho, this heavenly beautiful piece is inspired by bird’s skull. The design is in a way to provide efficient light weight structure and minimize material use. I am totally in love and I can not wait to wear them ONE DAY!!!
I loved the concept behind the design of the House NA by Japanese Architect, Sou Fujimoto (http://www.sou-fujimoto.net/). The idea is to create loosly-distributed spaces that are operating in harmony like a “tree” and its branches. I think the architect has re-defined the modern house in a totally innovative and distinctive way. This house is well related to the modern society in which the boundaries between public and private are fading through social media ( as well as all other modern means that give us the opportunity of sharing our life). The house in its core as a private entity features fully open spaces to both interior and exterior offering a unique lifestyle to its residents. On the other hand, the design features the projection of transparent panels into space that provide visual continuity throughout the context, a perfect solution for the congested urban neighborhoods. Even though the architect himself has set the emphasis on the experience of living in this house as a re-definition of ancient tree houses; for me this is “THE HOUSE” of our age as unique as our era. It is a piece I appreciate for its contribution on defining the architecture of our time. The Architect explains the concept in Archdaily :
“The intriguing point of a tree is that these places are not hermetically isolated but are connected to one another in its unique relativity. To hear one’s voice from across and above, hopping over to another branch, a discussion taking place across branches by members from separate branches. These are some of the moments of richness encountered through such spatially dense living.The white steel-frame structure itself shares no resemblance to a tree. Yet the life lived and the moments experienced in this space is a contemporary adaptation of the richness once experienced by the ancient predecessors from the time when they inhabited trees. Such is an existence between city, architecture, furniture and the body, and is equally between nature and artificiality.”
Hydro-Fold belongs to Christophe Guberan, a 3rd year student of the Bachelor in Industrial Design at ECAL/ University of art and design Lausanne . The project is basically a technique of creating folded forms by using, a printer, water and paper. The patterns are created in the computer and printed on a special paper. Due to the effects of ink and water the paper starts to fold along the printed lines. As simple as it looks, the project is highly innovative and I believe it offers a big potential specially in the field of industrial design. Make sure you check out a video of the process here.
I believe material is a key element in design; it is the essential mean of presenting the object. I was overwhelmed with the juxtaposition of materials in the design of the stool called “Stitching Concrete” by an industrial design graduate called Florian Schmid (http://www.florian-schmid.com/). This project offers a revolutionary idea which takes the flexibility of concrete into a new level; the ability to stich it!! The truth is we must eventually develop new techniques of construction and this project is a perfect example of the “right direction”. I definitely think the technique offers infinite potential in form making not only in industrial design but also architecture. This is the future!!!
“These stools are made by folding fabric that’s impregnated with cement then drenching it in water. It consists of cement layered between fabric and a PVC backing. Once soaked it can be manipulated for a few hours before hardening. A wooden mould supports it while drying within 24 hours.”