Structure with nice facade…

I wanted to share this parking structure with you that uses Led technology to illuminate the facade. I thought this is relevant when discussing how technology influences architecture and structure design, similarly as some of the examples presented in class.

http://www.siemens.com/press/en/presspicture/?press=/en/presspicture/2010/building_technologies/ibt201006024-03.htm

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Hinged Walls…

Similar to the project Professor Kearns and his partners have done with the movable hinged wall, I found another idea like this called the Storefront for Art and Architecture in  New York City which is an art gallery. It has a series of hinged walls which are movable and I am assuming could be made using an arduino like device along with code as illustrated in class. If you want to know more than read the article.

http://inhabitat.com/postopolis-is-coming-to-nyc/

Future City…

I read a book written by Mike Davis called the Planet of the Slums. I bring this up due to the discussion of the future city presented in class. There are many statistics in this book of population and how cities are growing tremendously in population size every day. I share this with you because this book states how the majority of individuals will end up living in cities in the future. The stat for this I believe was somewhere around 75% of the population will live in major city by 2025. This brings up an interesting point for how architecture will evolve and change because of this. For example Tadao Ando and his tight housing developments. I guess it just brings up an interesting point of space use( agriculture/farming, green space) especially with stats stating elsewhere that a high rise’s life expectancy is around 35-40 years.

David Lynch Production…

I was exposed to David Lynch in another class. He’s a little bit out there with the stuff he produces. Very imaginative. I bring him and his work up because the video Six Men Getting Sick Six Times just reminds of a work which looks as if it were done with Flash. Just thought I would share to introduce the artist and idea… It gets a little annoying after a while… He definitely is an interesting individual to say the least.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awe8mqlDHDM

Ray Kurzweil-Live Forever…

When discussing the theorist Ray Kurzweil and his ideas/predictions of the future I became very interested in his theory on the human body being able to live forever. I found an article going more into depth on this and it seems a little out there but i guess anything is possible. Over the years the life expectancy has risen, but not in huge jumps such as thirty to one hundred to 500 hundred, in which I find his idea more plausible. Although technology is constantly evolving and I imagine if not eternal than atleast life expectancy will rise do to some “nanobot” like object which could be placed in the body. This although is a bit scary and makes me think what will a human become? I find that we then would become more robotic.

http://www.informationweek.com/news/internet/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=195200003

Technique For Flash

In another class I was exposed to the artist Ken Jacobs. He creates videos which possess a great/easy technique for how to a  Flash video could be created. In the class I actually watched a video on Child Labor and all it was, was two images which created the whole video by movement back and forth and zoom in and out techniques. It is pretty remarkable that two images created the whole film. Sadly, I was not able to find a replica although i found a similar video which he created called Day and Night. This video too seems to only be composed of two images. It is hard on the eye but if you watch it long enough your eye begins to play tricks on you. This is very relivant in thinking of Flash as not this huge and long production but by a quick representation illustrating a movement.

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xO7nq54y6C0

Videos Helpful for Techniques in Flash

In my spatial stories class i was exposed to this piece of work. It appears it could be done by Flash. It uses collage/photo montage like techniques which I find to  be helpful when thinking of the capabilities of Flash. This author Lewis Klahr has produced many videos similar to this is style and if you like it and want to know more search his videos on YouTube. It’s a little abstract and out there but a good learning tool for what can be done.

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofpHowcg68o