The aim of this paper to highlight the enabling powers of participative architectural design strategies and thus leaving space for uncertainty and surprise, with a particular focus on the work of Responsive Design Studio, a young emerging practice based in Zurich and Cologne. The playful synergies that can result from a constant dialogue between designer and user, object and function and the successful application of digital design and fabrication techniques as new, encouraging tools rather than dominating drivers are exemplified in a number of international projects that the studio has realized within the past few years.
Beside well known bands like Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails and Kid Rock, the Cone was -again- one of the main attractions on the festival area in New Orleans City Park. The Cone has been installed at the festival every year from 2009.
Strongly influenced by the original Eames Elephant from 1945 this piece of kids furniture was designed and prototyped early 2012. It was produced from 3M Alucobond and milled using a 3-axis CNC router at ETH Zürich’s Raplab.
Pictures and Videos of the ALIVE2013 – international symposium on adaptive architecture are now online.
ALIVE2013 was hosted at the Chair for CAAD, ETH Zürich on July, 8th 2013.
Speakers included:Prof. Ludger Hovestadt (ETH Zürich, CH), Prof. Philip Beesley (University of Waterloo, CA), Prof. Kas Oosterhuis (TU Delft, NL), Martina Decker (DeckerYeadon, US), Claudia Pasquero (ecoLogicStudio, UK), Manuel Kretzer (ETH Zürich, CH), Tomasz Jaskiewicz (TU Delft, NL), Jason Bruges (Jason Bruges Studio, UK), Areti Markopoulou (IAAC, ES), Ruairi Glynn (UCL, UK), Simon Schleicher (Universität Stuttgart, DE), John Sarik (Columbia University, US), Stefan Dulman (Hive Systems, NL)
Some impressions of last weeks exhibition at the Munich Creative Business Week. Thanks a lot to Editors’ Collection for the great space design, the organization and for setting it all up. Great Job. All products can also be purchased through their website.
We’re happy to announce that our products Durian, Floater and Chick ‘n’ Egg Chair will be exhibited from 21.02. – 24.02 during the mcbw– munich creative business week – moments.
The setup is organized by Editors’s Collection, our local reseller, and joined by two Munich based design offices: Formagenda and uocu. You’ll find the exhibition in the reception area of the old congress hall at Theresienhöhe.
This is our proposal for the IBA Basel 2020 idea competition in the area Weil am Rhein (D) / Village Neuf (F). Our strategy is to use the continuously changing water level of the river Rhine to create meadows which are differently flooded at different times of the year. This will result in a dynamic landscape that offers a variety of activities and new habitats for endangered species. The proposed environment, which can gradually change throughout the seasons, but also significantly within just a few hours, will form a trans-regional point of attraction and revalue both, the French and the German side of the river. Read more →
Benjamin Kemper graduated cum laude from TU Delft with a master’s degree in hyperbody/robotic building (MSc) in 2018. At TU Delft, he also worked as a robotic workshop assistant, collaborating with DIA Dessau (Bauhaus). He earned his bachelor’s degree (BA) in architecture at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences. He became a member of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation in 2014. Early during his academic career, he gained prototyping and manufacturing experience through several major architectural 1:1 installations and prototypes.
Editors’ Collection opens its Online Concept Store and we are proud to be represented with some of our finest products: Floater, Durian and possibly Chick ‘n’ Egg Chair. For those of you residing in and around Munich, Bavaria, a temporary showroom will be open to the public from Tuesday, 27.11.12 until Saturday, 01.12.12. The vernissage takes place on Monday, 26.11.12 from 18:30 – 22:00 at Widenmayerstraße 34, Munich. According to the organizers the Shop will cover a large variety including furniture, lamps, bicycles, toys, etc… so go ahead, check it out!
We have revised the original Chick ‘n’ Egg Chair! The form has been improved for stability and comfort. The grasshopper script has been reprogrammed for speed and reliability to allow changes in size, material thickness or resolution of the waffle grid. And the machine setup has been setup for on demand production.
Still looking for a Christmas present? The chair can be ordered via email to email@example.com. Price available on request.
Manuel Kretzer is invited to present his research at the Inspiring Matter Conference in London on Monday, 02.04.2012 at 14:20. The event is hosted at the Royal College of Art and will feature plenary talks by Sir Richard Friend, FRS, Cavendish Professor at the University of Cambridge; Anna Valtonen – Rector at the Umea Design Institute and former head of Design Research & Foresight at Nokia; Mike Davies, CBE – architect at Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners; and Susanne Kuechler – anthropologist and Professor of Material Culture at UCL. More detailed programme here: http://inspiringmatter.org/programme/
Floater is exhibited together with Sleepbox by Caspar Lohner from 17th to 21th January at Swissbau 2012, the most important meeting point for the construction and real-estate industry in Switzerland and one of the biggest specialist exhibitions in Europe.
SleepBox represents a contemporary furniture, designed for the demands of an increasingly urbanized environment. A human-scale object, which creates a space of comfort and relaxation within airports, offices or other semi public areas. The hard and uniform shell excludes the exterior and at the same time creates a soft and smooth interior. The project was designed by Caspar Lohner and supervised by Manuel Kretzer and Mathias Bernhard at the Chair for Computer Aided Architectural Design, ETH Zürich and realized in collaboration with Kläusler Acrylstein AG. Read more →
The Actuated Matter Workshop forms part of a recently started research initiative – a collaboration between the Zurich University of the Arts, Interaction Design (DDE), Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology (DMU), and the ETH Zürich’s Chair for Computer Aided Architectural Design – that explores the application of smart materials in architecture with respect to their ability to transform architecture into an “Emotive Environment”, a space that relates to its inhabitants in an emotive and responsive way. The focus is placed on the capabilities and limitations of materials themselves in generating kinetic, visual and acoustic feedback. Read more →