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    Where forward thinking terrestrials share ideas and information about the state of the species, their planet and the universe, living the lives of science fiction. Introduction
    Featuring Powers of Ten by Charles and Ray Eames, based on an idea by Kees Boeke.
    Geoff Manaugh: Quadraturin and Other Architectural Expansionary Tales

    Wednesday, October 13, 7pm
    W.M. Keck Lecture Hall

    Geoff Manaugh is the author of BLDGBLOG and The BLDGBLOG Book, former senior editor of Dwell magazine, and a contributing editor at Wired UK. Along with Nicola Twilley, he organized and co-curated the "Landscapes of Quarantine" design studio and exhibition at New York's Storefront for Art and Architecture in 2009/2010, and he is currently curating a 2011 exhibition for the Nevada Museum of Art called "Landscape Futures."

    From 'trap streets' in London and the fiction of China Miéville to the folklore of The First Fossil Hunters and myths of Alexander's Gates to, of course, Quadraturin by way of Franz Kafka, Mike Mignola, Rupert Thomson, 3D-printing bees, haunted skyscrapers, neutrino storms, the Cyclonopedia, and much more, the talk will be a quick rundown of both the narrative implications of architecture and the architectural implications of specific storylines.

    In addition to lecturing on a broad range of architectural topics at schools and museums around the world, Manaugh has taught design studios at Columbia University, the Pratt Institute, the University of Technology, Sydney, and USC. He lives in Los Angeles.

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    Wed, Oct 13, 2010  Permanent link
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    "Creating a miniature star on Earth" is the goal of the National Ignition Facility (NIF), home to the world's largest and highest-energy laser in Livermore, California. On September 29th, 2010, the NIF completed its first integrated ignition experiment, where it focused its 192 lasers on a small cylinder housing a tiny frozen capsule containing hydrogen fuel, briefly bombarding it with 1 megajoule of laser energy. The experiment was the latest in a series of tests leading to a hoped-for "ignition", where the nuclei of the atoms of the fuel inside the target capsule are made to fuse together releasing tremendous energy - potentially more energy than was put in to start the initial reaction, becoming a valuable power source. The NIF has cost over $3.5 billion since 1997 and is a part of the federally funded Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Scientists at NIF say they hope to achieve fusion by 2012.

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    National Ignition Facility Website (including video)here

    Sat, Oct 9, 2010  Permanent link

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    From Spectrum IEEE

    A strange creature, half robot, half rat, has been seen scuttling across a laboratory in Japan. It's RatCar, a rat-vehicle experiment that scientists hope could lead to improved mobility for people with disabilities.
    Researchers at the University of Tokyo wanted to see whether rats could control a miniature vehicle through the brain signals that move their limbs. They recently presented their project at the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society annual conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
    "We wanted to develop a brain-machine interface system aiming for future wheelchairs that paralyzed patients can control only with thought," says Osamu Fukayama of the university's Medical Engineering and Life Science Laboratory. "RatCar is a simplified prototype to develop better electrodes, devices, and algorithms for those systems."
    Unlike some brain-machine interface, or BMI, devices that rely on noninvasive EEG to detect neural activity, the RatCar works through direct contact with the brain. Other researchers have used this technique in getting rats to control robotic grippers and monkeys to control computer cursors and even advanced robot arms.
    In the RatCar, tiny neural electrodes [the dark dots on the tip of the device shown on the photo, right] were implanted in the motor cortex of rat brains, and the animals were suspended under a lightweight, motorized "neuro-robotic platform" with wheels. The objective was to make the vehicle collaborate with the rats to achieve the locomotion they desire.
    The rats were trained on the car by towing it around an enclosed area with the motors disengaged. A vision system positioned above tracked the rats by following colored markers on their backs and the vehicle. It fed the positions into a "locomotion estimation model" program that correlated the motion of the animals with readings from the electrodes.
    Next the rats were suspended more tightly to the car so their limbs touched the floor only slightly. The researchers then switched the system into "neuro-robotic mode," with the neural signals used to help drive the car. Six out of eight rats used in the study adapted well to the car.
    "The vehicle moved forward synchronously with a rat when it was placed inside," says Fukayama, but he adds that the degree to which the car was being controlled by the rat itself was unclear.
    Since the rat would be forcibly moved along with the car, measuring its real intentions became a challenging problem. Another difficulty was that only a small percentage of the electrodes actually recorded neural activity, and the recorded neurons didn't necessarily correlate with target movements.
    Fukayama and colleagues Takafumi Suzuki and Kunihiko Mabuchi plan to perform more experiments to address the uncertainties. They want to confirm that the rats can drive the car in different directions and also measure the force that the rats are exerting when trying to move under the car. That way, they could track differences in its motion and the rats' apparent intentions.The less force, the better the neural link is working.
    Rats have helped bring about many medical breakthroughs, and we'll see whether they'll help make thought-controlled wheelchairs commonplace.

    Images: University of Tokyo's Medical Engineering and Life Science Laboratory

    Thu, Oct 7, 2010  Permanent link

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    From Bodies in Space

    “When I first entered into the shadowy room, I found my senses assaulted and then seduced, compelled to want more, see more, feel more. I wedged myself between the shafts of nearly imperceptible webbing that formed arcs, shards and meshes of light, hoping to track something unusual, possibly a moment of haunting, indescribable beauty to turn ripe!” (Notes to Self)

    In this first of what will be a monthly blog column dedicated to probing the insights of artists and scientists studying “the body in space,” I am pleased to feature the research and the researcher who produced “Ambient Alternity,” a new mediascape installation installed at SCI-Arc in Los Angeles. As a project conceived and developed by the up and coming architect/mediascape designer, f|Myles (aka F. Myles Sciotto), the work not only caught my attention but that of the SCI-ARC graduate committee which awarded the young designer with the “best thesis” award for Summer 2009. Given my interest in all things neuro and new, I was particularly moved to find the designer had used neurotech/biofeedback equipment to data collect!


    Ambient Alternity:
    Through the Projected Perception of Spatial Harmonics

    “I am not
    interested in
    the stable core
    of the known,
    but in the
    turbulent edge
    of the barely
    conceivable ”
    …Marcos Novak

    Blurring the threshold of both spatial and temporal constructions, Ambient Alternity is an
    experiment in architecture’s capacity to produce alternative forms of experience. It asks how our current understanding of how we experience our surroundings is going to be affected by the digital networks and persuasive computing beginning to be embedded within the physical

    All around us we have created stuff. Stimuli, candy for the modern imagination, stimulation for the conglomeration. We are amidst a trans-connected threshold, whereby everything is networked, plugged in, online, and in real time. Computer chips now outnumber humans and questions of embodiment through architecture need to be questioned. These emerging new paradigms require new developments in the formation of our future.

    Alternity employs informed dimensions of space and time. Superseding virtuality by attempting to avoid symbolism, existing between the physical and metaphysical, material and immaterial, real and unreal, it exists within this current blurred threshold. Society is beginning to get comfortable with this threshold and Architecture needs to become involved.

    These images explore the concept and practice of world making by designing an environment that allows for the experimentation of spatial and temporal harmonic possibilities using information asmaterial. Geometry (numbers in space), sound (numbers in time), and sense (coherence of numbers) are constructs containing forces and velocities which are translated by their inherent relationship to frequency, and periodicity, thus creating potential harmonies. This feedback loop through projection, both spatial (geometric) and temporal (sonic) are informed by mapping perception (EEG data).

    This allows a unique relationship to be reprogrammed, and is experienced through the
    TranSection; an evolved threshold paradigm, projecting space by perceiving our sense of it. It
    becomes an experiment in the evolution and transformation of the visceral, infinite space of

    In the installation (pictured herein), a feedback loop containing two programmatic models,
    perception and projection, are established. Upon entering the environment, the user is connected to a wireless EEG transmitter which senses the neural activity of the brain and sends it to a computer. A program then translates this data and maps it through different parameters,
    scanning and sending the coherent patterns found in real-time. These coherencies are then
    rendered in a virtual environment and sent to the projection paradigm.

    What I Am For
    New ideas and discoveries
    Architects designing trans-active spaces programmed and able to be adaptive by a system of
    parameters. There is no beginning and end to anything, the world is continually evolving and so the methodology is not where one thing ends and another starts, but rather transition between what has been, is, and will be. This threshold is not a defining moment, but when broken down only consists of a system of tolerances and capacities at which everything exists. This ideology of spatial and temporal thresholds needs to be acknowledged and examined, the designing of dynamic potentialities.

    What I Am Challenging
    Narrow views and outlooks
    I am theoretically challenging the notion of an “architect” deciphering space as static forms to be occupied and experienced by others, based with the notion that we live in an active world where things grow, adapt and evolve to their surroundings. The idiosyncratic dilemmas, historical events and personal preferences of the users offer the program to develop systems of dynamic spaces creating new paradigms of environment and embodied experience. I believe this will become more relevant and prevalent as the technological & information revolution continues and ultimately leads to a new understanding of space, environment and realization of the singularity.

    Why Is It Important
    This is the future, our future
    As the understanding of spatial and temporal constructs begins to evolve, architects should be
    the vanguard of conceptualization, experimentation, and generation. These new realms and
    dimensions of spaces require new tools, techniques and theories in the construction of our

    To learn more about the research of F. Myles Sciotto, go to his website:

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    Arch Daily

    “Alexandria”, a new digitally fabricated installation by Jonathan Henry + Arseni Zaitev from Anonymous Studio, will be placed in the Architecture Gallery of the Southern Polytechnic State University to open its biannual exhibition of young professional work. As part of the “Summer Salon 2010,” the architecture/art/sculptural installation seeks to raise conversation across the various design communities through its contemporary approach to creating space.

    The installation hovers inches above the floor and dramatically drapes across the gallery, creating a strong spatial diagonal that transitions from a simple canopy system into an object occupying the space. “The symbolic disillusionment with the political datum of the ground relinquishes the installation from prescriptive idealizations. Alexandria’s canopy will not be tainted by agendas but will be appropriated but those who are most likely to contribute to it,” explained the studio.

    The installation provides a physical framework for students to layer their own projects onto the panels, thus, physically joining the surface with visions of the students. “It will be a place of storing and retrieving the ongoing studio work that occur concurrent with its lifespan,” added the studio. The design lends itself to the presentation of student work as the arrangement of panels creates a system of layering that allows the work of the student to fade and the work of the artist to appear, or vice versa, depending upon the viewing angle.

    “The increased opacity, thinner panel coverage, allows the viewer to see the paneled surface behind the students work and creates two surfaces, the surface of the exterior screen element and the reverse surface of the opaque presentation area. This internal/external dilemma is produced with its internality prohibited from occupation, creating an imagined space of occupation surrounded by the amassed knowledge of the higher education system,” explained the designers.

    Tue, Sep 14, 2010  Permanent link

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    Tormach wants to sell you an upgrade package for your Mach3-compatible CNC robot that includes a 1.3M USB microscope with 220X optical magnification, a mounting bracket, and all the necessary software to turn your CNC equipment into a scanner. The cool part is they've also produced a video showing how to hack together a slightly-less-powerful system using a $20 pen cam and some free software that will let you make 2000 dpi scans. The "killer app" for this equipment is automatic reverse-engineering of parts, but if you had a big enough CNC table, you could probably also use it to scan maps, posters, artwork, or other oversize stuff. Would be interesting to hear from somebody with a ShopBot or similar large-bed CNC router who was messing around with this. [via Hacked Gadgets]

    Tue, Sep 14, 2010  Permanent link

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    Architecture & Beauty: A Troubled Relationship:
    with Yael Reisner, Sir Peter Cook, Hernan Diaz Alonso, Frank Gehry, Greg Lynn, Thom Mayne and Eric Owen Moss

    Wednesday, Sept 15, 7:30pm
    SCI-Arc Graduation Pavilion
    Alumni and Friends Reception follows

    Architecture and beauty provide the dynamic catalyst for a symposium moderated by Yael Reisner with architects Sir Peter Cook, Hernan Diaz-Alonso, Frank Gehry, Greg Lynn, Thom Mayne and Eric Owen Moss, who are among today's most progressive and high-profile architects featured in her book written with Fleur Watson, Architecture and Beauty: Conversations with Architects about a Troubled Relationship (published by John Wiley & Sons, 2010). The symposium will offer a rare insight to these creative minds, as they share their positions, opinions and points of view on whether they think beauty is integral or non-essential to architecture.

    Stirring further the contemporary architectural issues that stem from the troubled relationship between architecture and beauty, the symposium will highlight architects' complexity with the visual culture, self-expression and its reflection on subjectivity and objectivity; the 'I' vs. the 'eye' ; all and more in discussion with the distinguished panelists of L.A. based architects - 5 out of the 16 featured architects in the book.

    Immediately following the symposium, please join friends and colleagues for a SCI-Arc alumni reception with Cook, Diaz-Alonso, Gehry, Lynn, Mayne, Moss and Reisner. The book will be available for purchase at the event.

    Mon, Sep 13, 2010  Permanent link

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    Patrick Schumacher: Parametricism and the Autopoiesis of Architecture
    Intro by Eric Owen Moss

    Monday, September 13, 7:30PM
    SCI-Arc Graduation Pavilion

    Patrik Schumacher is partner at Zaha Hadid Architects and founding director at the Architectural Association Design Research Lab (AADRL). He joined Zaha Hadid in 1988.

    Schumacher studied philosophy and architecture in Bonn, London, and Stuttgart, where he received his Diploma in architecture in 1990. In 1999 he completed his Ph.D. at the Institute for Cultural Science, Klagenfurt University. In 1996 he founded the Design Research Laboratory with Brett Steele, at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, where he continues to serve as one of its co-directors. Since 2004 Schumacher has been a tenured Professor at the Institute for Experimental Architecture, Innsbruck University. Currently he is also a guest professor at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. His extensive theoretical writings are available at


    Mon, Sep 13, 2010  Permanent link

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    LA-based collaborative design and fabrication studio ball nogues just finished their
    most recent public art proposal. the project consists of a sculpture situated on the
    exterior wall of an existing parking structure at santa monica place - originally designed
    by frank gehry - near the beach and third street promenade. the site is heavily trafficked
    by tourists on foot and in automobiles. named 'cradle', the permanent artwork was installed on
    tuesday, july 27, 2010. it measures 39 ft. wide and 36 ft. high.

    the piece is an aggregation of mirror polished stainless steel spheres and operates structurally
    like an enormous newton’s cradle (the ubiquitous toy found on the desktops of corporate executives).
    each ball is suspended by a cable from a point on the wall and locked in position by a combination
    of gravity and neighboring balls.


    Sat, Sep 11, 2010  Permanent link

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    Marcos Novak 1996


    Fri, Sep 10, 2010  Permanent link

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