3d [Re]Facade

Check out this innovative 3D projection system which (basically) projects an abstraction of a reality over the actual reality. Quite a simple and effective method of adding to place creation and or as a canvas for urban artists.

Last year, we at Gresley Abas were exploring similar ideas but with laying down canvases of digital screen for artists to use as a basis for ongoing public projections, including the idea of creating a digital projection box to clad the walkways along Forrest Chase. However, this 3D projection solution may be far more cost effective and more easily maintained.

Based on the video below, perhaps the GPO and Commonwealth Bank buildings could be even more effectively used for adding life to Forrest Place.

Note that some of the capabilities of this system of better demonstrated towards the latter half of the video, so be patient…

I also think this technology could be pushed further into a more interactive realm. Let’ see realtime processing allow virtual models to  interact with pedestrians via motion sensing.   Now that would be an attraction…

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associative design – evolution or the hand of god?

Tome uncovered this rather remarkable project on YouTube. Although some of the architectural assumptions may be naive, the presentation clearly illustrates the evolving power of parametric and associative design tools – in this case for urban design.

Whilst appearing to lack any focus on what a human relationship to generated spaces and forms might be, it is equally the closest model I have seen to instant replication of an ancient evolved human settlement.

Evolution or the hand of god?

If anyone knows the origin of this work please post a comment to let us know.

via YouTube

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Urban Camouflage


Sometimes there’s no getting around the unsightliness of utility boxes. They’re in every community. You usually find them painted pea-soup green or grey. Some get plastered with stickers, others get tagged, and then some are made INVISIBLE!? Yep – through the clever work of Joshua Callaghan, the everyday utility box becomes a piece of art that visually stays out of the way.

via  wejetset magazine


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“Casual Carpooling” in San Fransisco…

“The single largest transport resource … in the entire country, are the empty seats in everyone’s car.” —Randy Rentschler


Every weekday, between 6:00 and 9:30 in the morning, a stream of cars and a line of pedestrian commuters converge at a Safeway supermarket in the Rockridge neighborhood of Oakland, California. Without a single raised thumb, the individual passengers fill the empty seats in the waiting vehicles. Once a car has three people, it jumps onto the nearby Highway 24, bound for the Bay Bridge. Thirty minutes later, the Rockridge cars drop off their passengers in San Francisco. Once in the city, riders walk to work or hop on city buses. It’s unregulated, efficient carpooling with total strangers.

This practice is appropriately known as “casual carpool” by locals. To anyone who’s tried to manage a daily commute from East Bay communities like Oakland or Berkeley into San Francisco, the benefits are immediately apparent. The passengers are freed from the rigid schedule of the Bay Area Rapid Transit trains. Missing a BART train can mean waiting 15 minutes for the next one, but the carpooling spots have a steady stream of cars, allowing for a fluidly unscheduled commute. The drivers, by carrying a carload of three or more people, get to use the fast, toll-free carpool lane for High Occupancy Vehicles on the Bay Bridge. They skip a $4 toll and the gridlocked traffic that builds up at the tollbooths.

via GOOD

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Generating power through human movement…


Recently,  an increasing number of reports are emerging regarding the development of piezoelectric systems to harness the energy created from the movement of pedestrians and vehicles.

As reported in New Scientist late last year, Haim Abramovich at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa has developed a method of converting road vibrations into electricity. Abramovich claims that piezoelectric crystals are placed under the bitumen during construction and can ultimately generate up to 400 kilowatts per kilometre of 4 lane highway. Testing begins on a highway in northern Israel this month.

Equally interesting is the contunuing experiments by the East Japan Railway Company in harnessing the power of its millions of daily subway users through the use if piezo electric devices at heavily trafficed areas.


JR East will begin its experiment on December 10 and continue it until February 2009. The power-generating floor will cover an area of 25m squared and will be installed at 7 ticket gates and 7 staircase steps inside the gate.

The company expects the floors to produce 1,400 kW/sec each day. If the piezoelectric experiment is successful, the train station floors will ultimately be used to power ticket gates and electronic display systems.

via cleantechnica.com

Start learning about piezoelectricity here

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A bike lane that travels with you

In response to Phil’s post on making your own bike lane, Lightlane is a projected version that illuminates our own personal bike lane.

via goodblog..

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Architecture Students Build Prototype Housing

Here’s a great initiative out of New Orlean’s in the USA.

Out of the destruction of Hurricane Katrina, the Tulane School of Architecture has been been actively working on urban design strategies and the design and construction of low cost sustainable housing prototypes.

Faculty and students engaged in URBANbuild studios are deployed to neighborhoods throughout the city to develop creative and sustainable urban design strategies, innovative designs for new housing, and proposals for site-specific urban interventions and large-scale mixed use urban environments.

via URBANbuild

The program (Urban Build) was started in 2005 and has produced several houses and urban design strategies to date.

Both housing and urban design projects can be seen at URBANbuild’s website.   Check it out….

The school is working in collaboration with BILDIT who are a collaborative design and construction group doing other very interesting work also New Orleans. Their site is also well worth a visit. I am a fan of this particular house on Lowerline Street.

lowerline street house

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Shantytown, U.S.A.

A new urban development approach being investigated by Teddy Cruz in southern San Diego.  The shanty town model…

Just a short drive from the U.S.-Mexican border, a densely packed community will soon hum with activity. Homes will be jammed together, with any leftover space commandeered by taco stands, market stalls, and gathering places. It’ll be a far cry from the sanitized suburbs of southern California, but make no mistake: It will sit on the American side of the border.

Indeed, if the architect Teddy Cruz gets his way, the shantytowns of Tijuana, Mexico, will act as a blueprint of sorts for a new kind of urban development. “Architecture has been so distant from the politics and economics of development,” says Cruz. “We need to rethink the way we’ve been developing, and what we mean when we talk about housing, density, community, and neighborhood.”

Behind the precariousness of low-income communities, says Cruz, there is a sophisticated social collaboration: People share resources, make use of every last scrap, and look out for each other. Cruz is incorporating this resourcefulness into the planning of two new developments, in San Ysidro, a border-town community in southern San Diego, and in Hudson, New York. If they work as planned, these projects will become powerful case studies for a new approach to urban development that could be implemented across the country.

via GOOD » Shantytown, U.S.A.».

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Google Earth has Realistic Buildings

Google would have us believe that there is a lot more building happening in New York than we have been lead to believe. With a recent update to Google Earth, Manhattan’s skyline has increased in density and in detail.

Check out the Google Earth New York a year ago and the New New York..

Google Earth now has Realistic Buildings | Certified RANDOM.

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