1. A short documentary film focused on the design of the HYDRAMAX Port Machines project exhibited as a part of the "Utopian Impulse" show at SFMOMA from 31 March - 29 July, 2012.

    Directed and produced by Eddie Lee (square2.com)
    Future Cities Lab - Jason Kelly Johnson & Nataly Gattegno (future-cities-lab.net/hydramax)

    Future Cities Lab’s HYDRAMAX Port Machines project proposes a radical rethinking of San Francisco’s urban waterfront post sea-level rise. The proposal renders the existing hard edges of the waterfront as new “soft systems” that would include aquatic parks, community gardens, wildlife refuges and aquaponic farms. A synthetic architecture is introduced that blurs the distinction between building, landscape, infrastructure and machine. Using thousands of sensors and motorized components, the massive urban scale robotic structure harvests rainwater and fog, while modulating air flow, solar exposure and intelligent building systems.

    Design: Jason Kelly Johnson & Nataly Gattegno
    Project Manager: Ripon DeLeon
    Project Interns: Gavin Johns, Cameron Eng
    Collaborative Sponsor: MIGA Motor Company (Dr. Mark Gummin)

    Interactive Model Description
    A network of infrared proximity sensors has been integrated into the four sides of the physical model. These sensors record the distance of gallery visitors to its edges. Information from these sensors is used to actuate the white feather-like “fog harvesting robots” and control the brightness of embedded LEDS. This model is an example of what Future Cities Labs call “live models”. Live models use the interaction of people to explore and simulate the potential effects of environmental forces such as fog, wind and sunlight.

    Model Materials: Cast and thermoformed acrylic, custom printed circuit boards, Arduino based microcontrollers, infrared sensors, shape memory alloy motors (Courtesy of Miga Motor Company).

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  2. Hydro-Fold

    On the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the SaloneSatellite, ECAL presents an innovative project designed by Christophe Guberan, student from the Industrial Design Bachelor programme.

    Opening hours: 9.30am to 6.30pm

    SaloneSatellite
    Fiera Milano, Rho
    Padiglione 22/24
    Spazio S
    cosmit.it
    ecal.ch

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  3. In this movie we see a student from the Product Design bachelors at the University of Art and Design Lausanne showing us how he uses a modified ink-jet printer to print grid-like patterns that fold and contort a piece of paper, transforming it from a 2D paper sheet into a 3D volume.

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  4. 20.04.2012.
    M6 final presentation

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  5. The project “HygroScope - Meteorosensitive Morphology” by Achim Menges in collaboration with Steffen Reichert explores a novel mode of responsive architecture based on the combination of material inherent behaviour and computational morphogenesis. The dimensional instability of wood in relation to moisture content is employed to construct a climate responsive architectural morphology. Suspended within a humidity controlled glass case the model opens and closes in response to climate changes with no need for any technical equipment or energy. Mere fluctuations in relative humidity trigger the silent movement. The material structure itself is the machine.

    The project was commissioned by the Centre Pompidou Paris for its permanent collection and will be first shown in the exhibition “Multiversites Creatives” starting on 2nd of May 2012.

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