Er det Fredag? Ja, det er SIDEWAYS Fredag!

This Friday, March 2nd, Sideways proudly presents:

Ole Smith from Heatherwick Studio, London.

“Heatherwick Studio exists to make extraordinary projects happen. Established by Thomas Heatherwick in 1994, it is recognized for its work in architecture, urban infrastructure, sculpture, furniture design and strategic thinking. Team members come from disciplinary backgrounds that include architecture, product design, model making, fabrication, landscape design, fine art and curation.”

Hope to see you on friday in the Red Bar, department 2 – Bar opens at 4.30, Lecture at 5.

(Missed a previous lecture? Check out Sideways’ Lectures page!)

Years: Bartholomäus Traubeck

…something you may find interesting…

A nice soundtrack for you Sunday evening! The record player plays the information found in the trees year rings… ! !


They even tried to scratch the tree-nyl! (tree + vinyl!)


“A tree’s year rings are analysed for their strength, thickness and rate of growth. This data serves as basis for a generative process that outputs piano music. It is mapped to a scale which is again defined by the overall appearance of the wood (ranging from dark to light and from strong texture to light texture). The foundation for the music is certainly found in the defined ruleset of programming and hardware setup, but the data acquired from every tree interprets this ruleset very differently.”

In light of…

…this morning’s readings (archer and De Landa) and the discussions about education, specifically about process, technology, design and mindset:

Can we teach creative and critical thinking?

I found this article to be quite relevant and interesting not only regarding the importance of opening up to other types of thinking, but also whether it could be implemented into the general education system, and how that would affect the way “our thoughts shape the world” …

If you’re interested, do read the related/quoted articles too, as it seems that there is an entire movement developing around inserting creative thinking early on in education (ie earlier than college).

Architecture that repairs itself?

Venice is sinking. To save it, Rachel Armstrong says we need to outgrow architecture made of inert materials and, well, make architecture that grows itself. She proposes a not-quite-alive material that does its own repairs and sequesters carbon, too.

TED Fellow Rachel Armstrong is a sustainability innovator who creates new materials that possess some of the properties of living systems, and can be manipulated to “grow” architecture

Source: TED-talks

How much does ‘design’ influence your experience? – from Helsinki

Helsinki has been declared World Design Capital for 2012, and in celebration of that, they’ve set up quite a strange cafe…

From the cafe Kauko’s website, internet users can remotely control different aspects of the space like the height of tables, chairs, the lighting or the music level, and immediately see the effect those changes have on the customers… (the name, by the way, means remote).

I haven’t had a chance to try it out yet, but it sounded like a fun way to get people to think about / try out what affects a space, regardless of the fact that people seem to be using the interface mostly to annoy other customers hehe..!

WDC Helsinki 2012 – Kid  &  WDC Helsinki 2012 – Shorty from WDC Helsinki 2012 on Vimeo.

Origami Tessellations

In continuation of the post I wrote yesterday, I will briefly describe through images an interesting exploration on origami tessellations that I did while at CITA.

Departing from the shibori experiments with fabric, I tested origami tessellations to develop folding techniques that could be used to generate patterns for laser cutting textiles. The project was in part inspired by the beautiful Le Klint lamps, shown below. Le Klint lamps are folded from single sheets into complex 3D geometries based on principles of origami tessellations. Although, I have mainly been working with the 2D geometry of the folding pattern, the potential to add structure and create form through folds is enticing. For the tests shown below, I’m indebted to Eric Gjerde’s diagrams of origami tessellations. Another book that I can recommend on tessellations is Solid Origami by Shuzo Fujimoto. Lastly, if you are interested in the mathematics of origami tessellations, In the fold: Origami Meets Mathematics, is a helpful introductory article and the blog Space Symmetry Structure is excellent. Also, of interest might be Tomohiro Tachi’s Rigid Origami Simulator.

Talking about China

Here’s a very interesting article on the forever expanding South China Mall by Domus magazine that touches upon what Phil talked about today. Keep building in order to keep them wheels turning… I found the video to be at the same time very depressing and yet quite entertaining, much like an architecture student trying to make obvious jokes