Held at Evergreen Brick Works, the Toronto Mini Maker Faire celebrated the culture of making, crafting, DIY-ing, tinkering, hacking and sharing. It was a weekend where makers of all kinds shared their projects and thoughts. Exhibits on display included robots, laser cutting, letterpress printing, a 3D print gallery and kinetic sculptures.
I visited the Maker Faire at the Brick Works to find out what it means to make things – to be a maker?
This film is about that question. It is about the relationship between people and technology and how they merge through the act of making. Call it “craft in an age of digital fabrication”.
“WIND GARDEN” is an outdoor installation which consists of a bed of flowers whose blossoms rotate thanks to the energy produced by the wind. The installation is made of flowers that are built to rotate even in presence of very weak wind. The work gives the possibility to “see” the wind in its action. The design is based on the Darrieus vertical-axis wind turbine. As wind changes during the day and the seasons the dynamic of the installation changes as well.
“WIND GARDEN” was created in 2013 for the Exhibition “Nuove Geografie Europee” (“New European Geographies”) organised by “Atelier Europa” to represent and promote in a creative way the collaboration between three regions: Tyrol, South Tyrol and Trentino. In 2014 “WIND GARDEN” was exposed again for the Exhibition “Europaregion: Lasst Uns Zusammen Wachsen!” (“European Region: let’s flourish together!”) in Bolzano.
ETH MAS CAAD0809 students (Bernhard Mathias, Bouziana Katerina, Brockmann Kent, Direk Güneş, Stavropoulou Aphrodite, Zarali Jasmin) proudly present:
Coeus, concept for a low-cost wind turbine.
Part of the DMY International Design Festival Berlin, Youngsters Exhibition
In the search for possibilities concerning renewable energies, a wind turbine is demonstrated which can be produced using FiDU technology. A Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT) format was chosen since they can operate efficiently without sophisticated and expensive equipment to orient them into the wind. They are often more flexible in their design and have a wider range of applications than horizontal turbines with regards to the potential to decentralize yet upscale the capacity for energy production.
The dimensions and proportions were based on existing studies of free-standing wind turbines. Models were used to test which forms and contours resulted in the desired profiles. Three separate wing designs were subsequently advanced and developed: a single-chamber, triple-chamber and a waveform wing. These designs lead to different approaches regarding the connection of the three-armed support. The production of the primary components of the wind turbine was accompanied by a search for suitable assembly methods. The biggest assembly challenge was combining the deformed FiDU elements in a precise and stable manner.