"Monocoque" represents another approach to the fabrication of a skin-like membrane. The entire weight of each object is supported by its skin, with thicker areas that are reminiscent of natural vascular structures bearing most of the load. As such, they require no internal supports. The objects are fabricated through computational algorithms that, when output through a 3-D printer, produce structures that stand on their own
Monday, June 1, 2009
Neri Oxman. architect and researcher at the MIT University, won last january the first The Earth Awards for her FAB.Recology research which combined principals of biomimicking with the design and construction of built enviroments. Naomi founded Materialecology in 2006, interdisciplinary research initiative that undertakes design research in the intersection between architecture, engineering, computation, biology and ecology. Some of her research results were exhibited last year at the Design and the Elastic Mind, MOMA NY. I think her work is extremely interesting, definetely someone with a NEW vision.
Oxman's "Cartesian Wax" is a material designed to replicate the multiple functionalities of living tissue. It uses a combination of flexible and rigid resin to create a building "skin" that evokes living matter and responds to its local environment; its transparency level is modulated based on local heat and light conditions
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