Archive for the ‘Edwina’ Category

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On Science and Religion

06/12/10

“There is a fundamental difference between religion, which is based on authority, and science, which is based in observation and reason. Science will win because it works.”

-Stephen Hawking

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James Turrell Interview

06/04/10

Planetarium…

¨We generate light at night in the cities to offset our fear of each other, but lighting the night sky cuts off access to the universe. And the territory we inhabit is a visual territory. There are certainly aural aspects to it, I’ll grant that, but if you cut off access to the universe, you don’t live in it. It’s a psychological change to do that, to light the sky and cut off access to the stars.¨

For more goodness go here.

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“Design won’t save the world. Go volunteer in a soup kitchen, you pretentious f**k.”

03/01/10

Saul Griffith on Heirloom.

more

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rainbow church

02/15/10


“The idea of this architecture project “Rainbow Church” dates back to when I was in early 20s.
When I was in France for a business trip, I went to Vence, a commune located near Nice. There, I visited the Chapelle du Rosaire, which Henri Matisse, a French painter, created in his last years. I was engrossed in the beauty of the light that the chapel created. I experienced a space filled with the light of Matisse: Being bathed in the sunlight of the Provence, the stained glass with Matisse’s vibrant colors suffused the room with full of colors. Since then, I had been dreaming of designing an architecture where people can feel the light with all senses.”

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self-powered sensors

02/11/10


“…devices could be powered just by differences in temperature between the body (or another warm object) and the surrounding air, eliminating or reducing the need for a battery.”
more here

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TEI talk on art + science

01/27/10


TEI is being hosted at the Media Lab this year. Panels, talks and posters, the event is closing today with a forum on art + science: A discussion between architect John Fraser, artist Vik Muniz, artist Tavares Strachan, and biologist Natalie Kuldell, moderated by Jean-Baptiste Labrune and Ryan O’Toole of the MIT Media Lab. Live cast here.

on Vik Muniz.

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inflatables

11/21/09

50×50 Foot Pillow, used as a medical pavilion at the Rolling Stones free concert at Altamont in 1969

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this monday’s assignment for “how to make almost anything” class is about composites. we are to work with compression vs. tension. resins and fibers.
aiming to work with natural materials found in situ, trying to achieve the right balance and minimizing material while maximizing space is the plus ultra.
so inflatables seemed like an ideal candidate for the structure where to build upon.
in researching about them my partner in crime came upon this awesome manual, the inflatocookbook, by the antfarm

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machines!

11/16/09

so, about to finish off the semester, there are a few machines i got a hang on:
laser cutter!
cut and raster on wood, cardboard, acrylic, food, anything! as long as it is not something that bounces the lasser back at you while cutting. or that melts. so no no mirrors, no no wax.
design something, send it, cut it, like magic.
shopbot!!
similar than laser but allows for more depth. presumably up (down?) to 6 inches.
water jet cutter!
cut aluminum, wood, anything.
3D scanner!
scan any 3D object, replicate and print!
3D printer!
print anything into 3D. gotta have a 3D model and material is expensive.
better option for replicating:
molding and casting!
make a mold out of wax (positive) pour silicone/rubber (negative) pour hydrostone, alloid metals (positive) and voila!! multiply forever.
or make a negative mold and end with a silicone positive.
vinyl cutter!
make anything you want out of vinyl.
stickers? flexible pcbs?
modela milling machine!
mill little pieces, pcbs, wax molds for molding, anything.
other tools i yet have to play with:
3 and 5 axis milling stuff.

go crazy.

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FabLab

11/04/09

FabLabFab labs provide widespread access to modern means for invention. They began as an outreach project from MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms (CBA). CBA assembled millions of dollars in machines for research in digital fabrication, ultimately aiming at developing programmable molecular assemblers that will be able to make almost anything. Fab labs fall between these extremes, comprising roughly fifty thousand dollars in equipment and materials that can be used today to do what will be possible with tomorrow’s personal fabricators. Fab labs have spread from inner-city Boston to rural India, from South Africa to the North of Norway. Activities in fab labs range from technological empowerment to peer-to-peer project-based technical training to local problem-solving to small-scale high-tech business incubation to grass-roots research. Projects being developed and produced in fab labs include solar and wind-powered turbines, thin-client computers and wireless data networks, analytical instrumentation for agriculture and healthcare, custom housing, and rapid-prototyping of rapid-prototyping machines.

Neil at TED on FabLabs  here

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Design Revolution.

09/22/09

Urgent and optimistic, a compendium and a call to action, Design Revolution is easily the most exciting design publication to come out this year. Featuring more than 100 contemporary design objects and systems–safer baby bottles, a high-tech waterless washing machine, low-cost prosthetics for landmine victims, Braille-based Lego-style building blocks for blind children, wheelchairs for rugged conditions, sugarcane charcoal, universal composting systems, DIY soccer balls–that are as fascinating as they are revolutionary, this exceptionally smart, friendly and well-designed volume makes the case for design as a tool to solve some of the world’s biggest social problems in beautiful, sustainable and engaging ways–for global citizens in the developing world and in more developed economies alike. Particularly at a time when the weight of climate change, global poverty and population growth are impossible to ignore, Pilloton challenges designers to be changemakers instead of “stuff creators.”