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FACTS NOT OPINIONS David Kirkhaldy Engineer 1820–1897, UK

The Polymath

Leonardo di Serpiero da Vinci Polymath 1452 –1519

Kirkaldy Testing Machine Southwark, London 1874

B24 Assembly Line at Rohr California 1943

John Ruskin Arts and Crafts Movement UK1819-1900

The Arts and Crafts Movement was largely a reaction against the impoverished state of the decorative arts at the time and the conditions in which they were produced. It stood for traditional craftsmanship using simple forms and often applied medieval, romantic or folk styles of decoration. It advocated economic and social reform and has been said to be essentially anti-industrial.


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William Morris Arts and Crafts Movement UK, 1834 –1896


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Walter Benjamin The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction Germany, 1936


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Francois Roche Institute for Contingent Scenarios R&Sie(N) His architectural works and protocols navigate and articulate real and /or fictional confusing narration and physical production, writing scenario and developing apparatuses to transform situations.


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Log 25 Reclaim Resi[lience]stance edited by Francois Roche 2012


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#Advancity An open system of de-istitutionalized knowledge and culture that works concurrently in order to deal with problems and invent new items both social, material or immaterial

Cleveland Museum of Art Marcel Breuer 1967-70

[..] You say to a brick, ‘What do you want, brick?’ And brick says to you, ‘I like an arch.’ And you say to brick, ‘Look, I want one, too, but arches are expensive and I can use a concrete lintel.’ And then you say: ‘What do you think of that, brick?’ Brick says: ‘I like an arch.’ Louis Kahn

A conceptual house that would be 3D printed in sections in a factory and fitted together on site

Softkill Design (UK) Study for Protohouse 2013

Softkill Design (UK) Protohouse internal view 2013 The structure of the house was generated using an algorithm that imitates bone growth to deposit material where it is needed along lines of stress, resulting in a fibrous web rather than a solid envelope.

Softkill Design (UK) Study for Protohouse 2013

Protocell Shoe Rachel Armstrong 2013

“Science is Young!” Kevin Kelly 2003

An ever changing Science?

Biohackers Alessandro Delfanti 2013 Biohacking is the practice of engaging biology with the hacker ethic. Biohacking encompasses a wide spectrum of practices and movements ranging from DIY body-enhancements to DIY biologists who conduct at-home gene sequencing. Biohacking emerged in a growing trend of non-institutional science and technology development.

Open Access Movement Open access (OA) is the practice of providing unrestricted access via the Internet to peer-reviewed scholarly research. It is most commonly applied to scholarly journal articles, but it is also increasingly being provided to theses, book chapters, and scholarly monographs.

Citizen Science Once the exclusive domain of industry experts, science is crossing over into wider society thanks to open-source tools, affordable technologies and an inclusive community spirit. Able to uncover useful insights into product development, consumer behaviour and even big data, businesses should ally themselves with the new citizen scientist.

Cabinet of Post-digital Curiosities Yorge Ayala 2013

Architects as Scientists?

On-site 3D printed Moon Station Foster & Partners + D-Shape 2013

Reefs _ Test piece @Dinitech CoDeIt + D-Shape 2013

3D printed reef unit James Gardiner & D-Shape Bahrain 2012

3D printed reef unit James Gardiner & D-Shape Bahrain 2012

Grey Scott Algorithm on ReeFs CoDeIt + D-Shape 2013 A Reaction diffusion model is a mathematical model which calculates the concentration of two substances at a given time based upon the substances diffusion, feed rate, removal rate, and a reaction between the two.

3D printed reactioware (Glasgow University) 2013

Open Culture and Design

Grasshopper 3D community

Blender community 2013

Blender community


Louis Vuitton Foundation Gehry Architects 2006-2014


GT Global Exchange Gehry Technology 2008

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The Very Many Non-Lin Pavillon 2011

#advancity by sabina barcucci mia iuav 2013  

These slides have been presented in December 2013 at the Master in Interactive Art of IUAV, Venice. The presentation focuses on our current...