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Memorial Rebirth

May 10, 2010No Comments

Atmospheric thickening Developed by Japanese artist Shinji Ohmaki, Memorial Rebirth is an installation intended to “weave stories with countless bubbles.” The project consists of 50

Shutters

Apr 29, 2010No Comments

Electronically-controlled textile Shutters is a shape-changing permeable textile for environmental control and communication. It consists of a curtain composed of actuated louvers that can be

Self-Repairing Matrices

Feb 09, 2010No Comments

Self-Repairing and Sensing Matrices The fact that structural damage can go undetected in many materials means that some products are often over-engineered. However, substances that

Hoberman Arch

Jan 08, 2010No Comments

Retractable arch The Hoberman Arch is a 72-foot-diameter transforming “curtain” composed of two main parts: a matrix of movable panels and a static arch that

Self-Healing Polymers

Dec 27, 2009No Comments

A structural polymeric material with the ability to autonomically heal cracks Structural polymers are susceptible to damage: cracks form deep within the structure where detection

WET Lamp

Dec 23, 2009No Comments

Water-filled glass lamp with manual dimmer According to Los Angeles-based NONdesigns, water and electricity have become friends. WET Lamp is an elegant and playful series

Hanabi

Nov 11, 2009No Comments

Shape-transforming lighting fixture Like the Lotus flower, which opens its petals in the presence of the sun and closes them in its absence, Hanabi opens

Softseating

Nov 02, 2009No Comments

Expandable and stackable paper seating Softseating is made entirely from kraft paper, utilizing a flexible honeycomb structure to fan open into stools, benches, and loungers.

Sonomorph

Oct 29, 2009No Comments

Sound-responsive wall Inspired by the natural phenomenon of tropism—in which a plant actively responds to external stimuli—designer Natasa Sljivancanin constructed an intelligent kinetic building system

Intelligent Bioplastic

Oct 25, 2009No Comments

Recyclable shape-memory biopolymer Unlike conventional petroleum-based plastics, polylactic acid (PLA) plastic is mass produced by chemical synthesis using raw materials derived from corn. The production