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My Little Piece of Privacy

This week, a lot of people have been talking about Niklas Roy???s Robot Curtain. And with good reason ??? it is a very engaging little project.

So what???s different about us mentioning it here on Ponoko? Read on to find out???

The interactive curtain started off as an attempt to create more privacy for his workshop, which has a large window facing the street. Intentionally smaller than the window, the curtain is whisked across to wherever a pedestrian might be thanks to a clever collection of DIY electronics and mechanics.

Interestingly, the interactive nature of the robotic curtain is so engaging that it has the opposite effect ??? rather than protect privacy, the curtain itself is now becoming a minor local celebrity.

Click through for a terrific video and some personal reflections from Niklas.

The whole setup works really well. But in the end, it doesn???t protect my privacy at all. It seems that the existence of my little curtain is leading itself ad absurdum, simply by doing its job very well. My moving curtain attracts the looks of people which usually would never care about my window. It is even the star of the street, now! My curtain is just engaged. And because of that, it fails.

You can get plans and the processing sketch at his web site :

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Laser cut phono record presentation: "LASER" – "BACK IN"

Not only is this the funniest thing I have seen in a while but it is also super cool. I know I am going to try it out. May be we should have a contest to see who can make the best or worse sounds.

Make sure to check out the other videos to see how they sound

Isn’t great to be young nerdy and German.

All Kraftwork all day tomorrow.

Diminished Reality the new augmented reality by Ilmenau University @ponoko

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now you see it. . .       . . .and now you don???t

Making use of those ever-ubiquitous mobile cameras and the processing power that goes along with them has led to numerous explorations into augmented reality.

But what happens when you are not interested in adding to a scene? What if you wanted to remove something?

Some clever heads over at Ilmenau University in Germany have demonstrated their Diminished Reality technology ??? and it is impressive indeed. Simply draw a circle around the object you want to disappear, and then watch as the live feed reveals what your reality could be???

Click through to see Diminished Reality in action. Trust me, this is more than just a novel way to avoid cleaning up.

There has to be some great uses for this. Going beyond real estate agents getting rid of powerlines and unwanted elements, or even pretending that you tidied up your cluttered desk.

???The applications are as diverse as reality. We all know the problem is that we are increasingly flooded with stimuli and information. This technology allows for the first time to specifically reduce visual impressions. This allows us to focus on the important things and create an opening for the new.???

Real-time Diminished Reality can do all this and more. Plans are underway to integrate this technology into mobile handsets, as well as head-mounted displays for a truly immersive diminished experience.

TU press release (it???s in German): Objects Disappear Like Magic

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Great use of zip ties by UGO architecture and design @archdaily

There have been a lot of fun projects lately using zip ties as a building material and here is another one.

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After the H3Ar split earlier this year, Hugon Kowalski founded UGO architecture and design, and he shared with us his proposal for the Sukkah City Design Competition in New York. More images and architect???s description after the break.

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???O??? is a project of UGO architecture & design proposed for the Sukkah city competition. The participants of the competition were asked to design a contemporary sukkah ??? a temporary hut created for an annual Jewish harvest festival in New York.

Sukkah is one of the oldest building types to have a design and construction carefully regulated by Talmud. These temporary buildings are to symbolize memory about Jews??? 40 years exile in the desert after they were banished from Egypt.

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We wanted to create a form as flexible as possible to make sure that sukkah can be placed in many also unconventional places. We also wanted to make our sukkah as mobile as we can that???s why we decided on form of sphere. Moves inside the sukkah (walking and pushing of one of the walls) allow changing position of the sukkah.

???O??? was built from zip-ties produced from biodegradable plastic created from corn. Thanks to this particular building material, the created form allows merging inside and outside world (no borders) without sacrificing intimacy.

Inside the sukkah you can find folding table and many puff-chairs in which can be hold a sleeping bag.

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Thisis inspiration by Andrejs seen @bldgblog

I am not sure i buy the project as a whole but the diagrams and presentation are beautiful


[Image: From Andrejs Rauchut’s thesis project at the Cooper Union].

For his final thesis project this year at the Cooper Union in New York City, student Andrejs Rauchut diagrammed and modeled “a constellation of architectural set pieces” meant for “a day-long performance of The Comedy of Errors” by William Shakespeare. Rauchut’s final project presentation included an absolutely massive, wood-bound book: it started off as a flat chest or cabinet, before opening up as its own display table.

[Images: From Andrejs Rauchut’s thesis project at the Cooper Union].

The diagrams therein are extraordinary: they map character movement not only through the ancient city of Ephesus, where Shakespeare’s play is set, but through the “constellation” of set pieces that Rauchut himself later designed.

[Image: From Andrejs Rauchut’s thesis project at the Cooper Union; view larger!].

As Rauchut describes it, The Comedy of Errors “follows a single day in the life of the port city of Ephesus through the eyes of its commuting citizens, from the high perch of the duke to the city???s prostitutes.” This has interesting spatial implications:

    The shrewdest and most elaborate part of the play is its circuitous, knotted plot. The city starts to fold in on itself when a merchant named Antipholus arrives in Ephesus unaware that his long-lost twin brother now lives in Ephesus. The local citizenry misidentify the brothers as each Antipholus is shuffled in and out of scene. A complex strand of chaos breaks out throughout the city that climaxes with one of the brothers attempting to publicly murder his wife out of shear frustration. While the play investigates how the circulation patterns in a city can be hijacked to create chaos, it also demonstrates how, through the art of gathering, peace can be obtained via discussion and the exchange of information. We see this in the last act when all the characters gather and finally make sense of the day???s events.

Urban design becomes public dramaturgy.

[Image: From Andrejs Rauchut’s thesis project at the Cooper Union].

The bulk of Rauchut’s work went into producing a series of timelines and graphic depictions of character movement in Shakespeare’s play.

[Image: From Andrejs Rauchut’s thesis project at the Cooper Union].

In the massive image seen above, for instance, “Each box represents the time and space of an act and the crossing of a box by a line signals a character???s entrance onto the stage. One can see that it is in the final act, when nearly all the lines collectively intersect the last rectangle, and all the characters are on stage, that they can finally straighten out the events of their collective day. Up to this point, as the timeline demonstrates, the characters have been weaving in and out of contact with one another, multiplying the fragmented misinformation that spreads throughout the city.”

[Images: From Andrejs Rauchut’s thesis project at the Cooper Union].

He then went on to experiment with overlaying these character paths onto Staten Island, part of the New York City archipelago, as if trying to draw an analogy between the seafaring, splintered island geography of the ancient Mediterranean???with its attendant heroes and unacknowledged gods???and the contemporary commuter landscape of greater New York.

This transposition of Shakespeare’s characters’ movements onto Staten Island, Rauchut explains, became “the backbone for the design of a series of architectural set pieces inserted into the suburban fabric of Staten Island. At each of the points where characters interact, an architectural set is built.”

[Image: From Andrejs Rauchut’s thesis project at the Cooper Union].

Ultimately, the project aimed for the indirect choreographing of a public, urban event???it was to be a “guerilla instigator of public space,” as Rauchut describes it:

    The final design is a constellation of architectural set pieces that would be used for a day-long performance of

The Comedy of Errors. Actors would travel along their scripted routes through the city dressed in plain-clothes crossing paths and delivering lines. The audience would consist of interested citizens, gathering, following, growing, leaving, and occasionally returning as they continue through their d
aily routines.”After the play is over,” he concludes, “the architecture would remain and would be used by the locals of Staten Island”???the remnants of a play incorporated into everyday urbanism.

To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of that sort of participatory street theater, but the spatial ideas underlying Rauchut’s project???that is, the precipitation of architectural forms from the public passing of an unannounced literary event???is certainly thought-provoking and could have some pretty awesome effects applied elsewhere, with different texts. Books become clouds, raining events and built forms onto the city.

(Thanks to Hayley Eber for inviting me to see Andrejs Rauchut’s project at midterm last spring! Of possible earlier interest: Bloomsday).

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Helix Spire by remash + Thomas 192 2×4’s of cool @archdaily

Very nice installation done with stacked 2×4’s

Helix Spire / Erich Remash + Chris Thomas

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Erich Remash and shared their Helix Spire, a temporary 25 foot sculpture constructed from 196 2x4s and weighing 2000 lbs.  The tower was designed to be easy to climb, bringing those up to a small space that can function as a small gathering place or a small observation platform.  Rising into the sky, the tower???s geometry creates an interesting visual against the sky as it spirals upward.   The Helix was constructed two times this year; once at LARC near Conway Washington for Critical Massive, and then in the heart of Nevada???s Black Rock Desert for Burning Man.

More images after the break.

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