Shadow Space

Don’t forget to watch it full screen!

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Barloon landscape wall and stair

Nice work Kevin!  UrbanWilds

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Studio Grade

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Our new lamp

After many hours of contemplation and fabrication our table lamp is getting closer just a few more tweaks and we might be done!


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We’ve already had two open forums at the project room and it’s been a great ride.  Great conversations with great people including our regular collaborators, Cameron HallShahana DattaguptaIan Campbell, Eric Baldwin, Gundula Proksch and new ones as well, Fred MetzFlora GoldwaitheKen YocumAmy Lindemuth
We ended up drawing an abstract diagram of what the model might consist of, three pieces an adapter a processor and a sensor and we decided that if we could generate a series of these out of biological material and have them communicate like cells that we approach a way buildings can be a living system integrated with its wider context.
Looking forward to future sessions, including Shannon LoewAna Pinto da SilvaAnnie Han and Daniel MihalyoGreg Howes
The The Project Room is a public venue show up and let us know what you think?  


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establishing aCapitol Hill eco-district

Broadway performance hall was filled as Capital Hill Housing Authority hosted a discussion around developing an eco-district for Capitol Hill. A presentation (see report here) followed by an engaging panel discussion identified key benchmarks to reach for. There is a growing momentum towards ways to move our cities towards a more integrated practice of sustainability. And its great to see that even though as a practice, we often pitch towards the edge of the ‘far future’, many of the ideals and principles are being seeded for the near future with a wide appeal and support. All essential steps towards making cities more vibrant.

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afternoon light, fans a-whirring

look up and breathtaken

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Robot Readable world

Robot readable world from Timo on Vimeo.
One of our favorite futurists Bruce Sterling posted this Vimeo of robot eyes, quite intriguing when you imagine they are all taken from actual machine footage.   

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this guy thinks like zeroplus

or so says our friend Dan McCloy…

this comes as the highest of compliments (for us anyway, hopefully that comparison wouldn’t scare Rueben 🙂 )
not just because of his sweet and quirky demeanor
or because his work is beautiful and intelligent,
but mostly because he so eloquently describes seeing wonder and light in the world, and within that, learning to search for the core of what lies behind these external appearances.

a man after zeroplus’ heart!

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shishi 011

annual trip out to a wilderness beach on the Washington Coast, this year with a new addition “The KELTY” and a new word:
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a bit of magic that must be shared…

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our planet inspires awe and a deep response


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miscellaneous robotica

We are excited to have been chosen to work with Microsoft’s Stratpro division in imagining the future — assisting the six.Here are two interesting related items that have turned up in the last week. I decided to post them, because of course, the future (and in this case, the past as well)  includes robots. These videos are interesting to watch to see how kinds of different challenges are solved and how criteria shapes the end result.

This video of the treebot has been posted at various points around the web, you may have run across it:

“The design of Treebot is fairly unique: it uses a set of flexible linear actuators connecting two gripping claws to allow it to move around like an inchworm. While the back gripper holds on, the front gripper releases and the body extends forward, allowing the robot to literally feel around for a good place to grip.
Keeping to the inchworm theme, the robot doesn’t use much in the way of fancy sensors. Instead, it’s all tactile. You can tell the robot which direction you’d like it to go and how far, and the robot will grope its way to its destination, adaptively navigating from trunk to branches.”

Although the treebot is “blind”, researchers are working on the treebot optimizing its climbing path to enable faster and higher movement.

These examples called Karakurihave no actuators but are amongst the first lowtech ‘robotic’ prototypes, a fine craft developed 200- 300 years ago during the Edo period.

I am reminded ofTheo Jansen’sbrilliant ingenuity in creating family of strandbeests that roam the beaches, completely analog sensing, actuating, and responsive which carries the quality of both – the fine craft and completely lowtech ‘programming’ of the Kamakuri and the real time reactiveness of the treebot.
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