Latest Developments in Architecture & Technology

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Latest Developments in Architecture & Technology

Postby usarender » Tue Nov 27, 2007 6:44 pm

Solar Wind Pavilion, Gathering Place of Energy

"The Solar Wind Pavilion is a design proposal for California State University to provide an ecofriendly space for students and faculty to gather. The design begins with a 150-foot wind generator that leads down to a roof featuring concentric rings of solar paneling. This rippling form represents the actual energy flowing toward the campus from this 300-person gathering place.

Our only complaint? The fogging nozzles used in lieu of A/C may be good for the environment, but they'll wreak havoc on our laptop."


Seaside Dwellings...from Space

Similar to my Great Pyramid Idea, but way more expensive to build in cost per cubic meter of built area.

The Next Atlantis?

City in a Pyramid.

Gigantic 3000-foot Pyramid Proposed for Tokyo Bay

Here's an eight-minute video that shows you a grandiose idea somebody dreamed up: building a 3000-foot-tall pyramid in Tokyo Bay. This megacity would be so tall, and would have such tremendous volume that 24 80-story skyscrapers could be suspended within, and people would travel inside it via the tubes that are also supporting the enormous structure. It's extreme engineering, indeed.

You gotta feel sorry for those people living in Tokyo, all crammed together like sardines in a can, so maybe this wild idea could give them some elbow room. To rent the amount of space made by this huge structure, it would cost $10 billion a year within the city of Tokyo. If built, it will be the largest structure in the world. Go for it


But then again, not near the size of the Global Pyramid Project. :)

And could simply be destroyed by a tidal wave or a BIG earthquake.

And to sit skyscrapers within a pyramid structure? Why this? And on a bay? Not practical. Astronomical cost per cubic meter built..

Maybe they are not so smart after all...
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The Pyramid, Organic?

Postby usarender » Sun Dec 02, 2007 1:38 pm

A pyramid may or may not be "organic" but it certainly holds the power to carry the structures of the future.

Now, the form and substance of our current architectural elements must be embodied in the new LINGUISTICS of architecture, in such a way that the new technology will not dissolve the old window, but re-define it's parameters and means of use and application. The rooms no longer need to be the square boxes we predictably produce to fit our latrines of imagination. We could so to speak, absorb the old lattice work, frame and brick wall and mold a new form that is shaped directly by our command by the new LINGUISTICS of architectural thought.

In essence, the LANGUAGE of architecture and construction guide in the formation of a concept and create a world before our eyes. LANGUAGE is the source behind concept, behind design, behind creative thought, behind a world of possibilities!

Now, LANGUAGE can be interpreted in various forms, from spoken speech, to actual computer codes. Thus we can have a LANGUAGE of architecture, similar to a menu in a platform, and allow the language to design for us in 3D. This is the ultimate design tool that we are developing here and now. We have devised it and are in the process of perfecting such a system but do not wish to share all the ideas on these forums until we see greater technical participation of members here. This is the ultimate architectural artificial intelligence, one that is guided by human thought every step along the way. The software we see today attempts in a gross manner to do this, but with much inefficiency, and based on the old methods of construction and thinking.

Artificial Intelligence & Architecture

(To view the link, just click on the blue letters above. It will open the design community topic in a new window).

If we are to apply "new clothing to architecture", we cannot simply re-apply the same fake old skins over and over and re-arrange them". We need new skins that will allow for any structural solution, any shape, any form and that it be light-weight, cheap, mass-produced, allow for plastic forms and be structurally sound. We are looking into polymers and synthetic materials, as these can function both as structural as well as architectural elements, are strong, resistant, can be fire-retardant, and allow for a plastic type manipulation. I believe these materials can carry the future of construction.

For example, this company -->>

Innovative Polymers

has developed a polymer that maintains a high heat-deflection with a 10 minute gel-time. TP-4007 exhibits and HDT of over 170°C/340°F with a 264psi load. They develop polymers to specifications.

Polymers such as these maintain excellent on site plastic molding capabilities, good hardness, tensile strength, and other properties. For example -->>

http://www.innovative-polymers.com/pdf/ ... 20foam.pdf

It is a medium speed material that has great physicals, is high-impact, with a gel-time that allows easy vacuum or hand casting.

Wood-thermoplastic composites or WPCs are another product that has been around for some time, but not fully explored in architecture.

Sheet metal, bricks, stones, concrete all have their place, but these materials require heavy machines in cutting, much labor and skill in assembling. "Plastic" materials, on the other hand, can be easily crafted on site by skilled artists who do not necessarily need to employ heavy equipment.

So, the idea, is how we bring new life to our architecture and world without promoting archaic monopolized systems, materials and programs. Together, we have just devised a new Liquid Architecture, one that is malleable, plastic in thinking, form and technical application.

Another interesting debate on the latest in technology --->>

VAPOR BARRIER STUDY SPOKANE WASHINGTON WITH 103 HOMES

and this one is interesting as well -->>

Flying Concrete

and -->>

Global Innovation & Architecture

and further -->>

The Structures of the Future

Mr. Nelson

Project Liquid Universe Coordinator

This is just the beginning of a very fantastic journey of cooperation, and I am very excited to be a part of this. To contribute towards the development of architecture, of technology, of mankind, to the unity of ideas, to a system of global participation and effort ! It is an extraordinary opportunity.

This effort is global, it is connected, it is intelligent, it is being developed by some of the greatest minds, it is not controlled by one company, it is multi-disciplinary, it is community driven, it is collaborative, it is open, it is free, it is inspiring, it is visionary, it is the immortal force of global cooperation, with a free liberal open mind and spirit. It wields the power to transform the reality as we currently know it, and project us into a future of unlimited possibilities, potential, growth and achievement!

Welcome to the journey!

This is just the beginning !

"The Linguistics of Architecture, the Beauty of Language".

"The Inner Beauty of the Soul, the Believer in Dreams".

"To Reach for the Unlimited, the Eternal, the Immortal Substance our our Wildest Dreams".

"Language. It carries the power of our thoughts, conveys the immortality of our soul, transmits the worlds we create, inspires the generations to come, conveys the code of our thought, expresses the intent of our idea, creates the energy that transforms, brings a world of creations, is the structure to convey our wildest imagination, can be tangibly connected to the world around us, or can be a metaphor of thoughts and ideas to come, it can hold the shape of our imagination, it can guide in the creation and in the form of our ideas. It can be expressed in a gesture, a work of art, a statement, an idea, a vision, an architectural masterpiece or in a code of organization. In it's multiple faceted form, it is universal when it speaks in unison, when it dreams the same dreams, when it carries the force of our imagination to it's ultimate fulfillment.

The Power of Universal Thought.
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Postby P.C. » Sun Dec 02, 2007 1:52 pm

Yes but is it Designed to do that ?
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Postby usarender » Sun Dec 02, 2007 3:27 pm

The Tokyo Bay pyramid was certainly attempting to do that.

I guess there are those who did not see the video.
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Postby P.C. » Sun Dec 02, 2007 4:10 pm

"Tokyo Bay pyramid"

You refere an unbuild structure as argument, Thank You !!!
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Postby usarender » Mon Dec 03, 2007 1:41 pm

No argument, and arguing please, thank you.
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Postby usarender » Mon Dec 17, 2007 5:39 pm

Amphibious houses

The Dutch are gearing up for climate change with amphibious houses. If rivers rise above their banks, the houses rise upwards as well.

37 "swimming" houses are already strung along a branch of the Maas. At first glance, they seem quite unremarkable. The cellar, in this case, is not built into the earth, but on a platform. The hollow foundation of each house works in the same way as the hull of a ship, buoying the structure up above water. To prevent the houses from floating away, they slide up two steel posts - and as the water level sinks, so they sink back down again.

"The columns have been driven deep into solid ground," explains Dick van Gooswilligen from the construction company. "They are even strong enough to withstand currents you would find on the open seas. As global warming causes the sea level to rise, this is the solution."

One of the leading architects in maritime architecture is Koen Olthuis. His office has designed houseboats with a parking deck for the car and lower deck storage for a motorboat. Now, his team is coming up with plans for office buildings a hundred meters in height that "swim." The key is a technique whereby the foundation of the construction can be transformed into a float. A foam core is encased in concrete, with steel cables securing it against the pull of potential currents. Individual pontoons can be joined to one another like Lego blocks.

"This construction model is built to last at least one hundred years," Olthuis says. If anything should happen to the foundation, the whole thing can be taken to the dockyard.

The first town based on this model, numbering 12,000 houses, might conceivably be built close to Amsterdam's Schiphol airport.
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Mega ‘world jewel capital’ complex to rise in Riyadh

Postby usarender » Mon Dec 17, 2007 5:49 pm

Mega ‘world jewel capital’ complex to rise in Riyadh

RIYADH. As a standing testimony to Riyadh as “a center of opulence and regality,” a major SR1.5 billion project is in progress to make the city the “world’s jewel capital” as envisioned by Prince Bandar ibn Mohammed Al-Saud.

Opposite the Directorate of Passport on King Fahd Road, at the heart of this complex will be a 7-star hotel, the first of its kind in Riyadh, along with luxurious villas and a four-story commercial center of international jewelry and luxury shops.

The whole idea behind this mega project, according to Michael Say, chairman, M.S. Maxco, the prime contractor from the Philippines, is to offer an elevated lifestyle and outstanding investment opportunities to the business community.

The three-in-one complex would bring it global recognition as the World Jewel Capital (WJC),” Say said, adding that his is the first Philippine company to land a prestigious contract in the Kingdom.

Long-term observers pointed out that Prince Bandar’s mega project makes business sense as it targets, among others, Saudi women, who own an estimated 40 percent of private wealth worth over SR90 billion and thousands of businesses from retail to heavy industry.
The planned construction of an exclusive jewelry showroom could provide an outlet for these women to shop for gems and jewelry in the luxurious ambience of a seven-star setting. It could also bring to Riyadh women from other Gulf states looking for the ultimate in ornaments, sought after not only as a status symbol but also for festive occasions, such as marriages, that take place almost all year-round.

Spelling out the salient features of the project, Say explained that the “World Jewel Capital” would embody Prince Bandar’s “visualization of an architectural icon. It will feature a luxurious complex of Mediterranean-inspired low-rise garden villas harmoniously blending with the stunning architectural design of three crowned towers which form the new icon of this royal landmark.”

He said 40 beautifully appointed villas of modern Arabian theme would be built embodying the latest in security, lighting and kitchen systems. “The Royal Tiara Villas will redefine the style of high living,” Say noted, Kazinform refers to the Arab News.

Another high point of its distinctive architecture will be a mosque capable of accommodating 200 worshippers. Prince Bandar has approved its architectural design. Besides villas, luxury apartments are also on offer in a choice of one-, two- and three-bedroom unit layouts.

“The Crown floors are specially appointed for the exclusive use of royalties and VIPs. Its exclusive membership club, The Emerald Club, will be for women of taste and style,” Say added.

Nick J. Tonoski, WJC marketing director, told Arab News that the 35-story jeweled tower, resembling a gem-like structure, would be reflected in the Royal Gem Apartment for tourists and guests. Another highlight will be the center for precious gems and intricate jewelry display “of select international jewelers and prominent royal personalities. The hotel will showcase a lobby and function rooms offering exciting illusions of colorful lighting effects,” he observed.

Tonoski said the complex, which is already under construction, would boost the Saudi economy, since the construction material is being procured locally. Saudi manpower will also be hired when the project is up and running, he added.
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Postby usarender » Fri Jan 25, 2008 6:23 pm

Artificial Intelligence & Architecture

(To view the link, just click on the blue letters above. It will open the design community topic in a new window).

Another interesting debate on the latest in technology --->>

VAPOR BARRIER STUDY SPOKANE WASHINGTON WITH 103 HOMES

and this one is interesting as well -->>

Flying Concrete

and -->>

Global Innovation & Architecture

and further -->>

The Structures of the Future

Mr. Nelson

Project Liquid Universe Coordinator

This is just the beginning of a very fantastic journey of cooperation, and I am very excited to be a part of this. To contribute towards the development of architecture, of technology, of mankind, to the unity of ideas, to a system of global participation and effort ! It is an extraordinary opportunity.
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Postby P.C. » Fri Jan 25, 2008 7:04 pm

"Spelling out the salient features of the project, Say explained that the “World Jewel Capital” would embody Prince Bandar’s “visualization of an architectural icon. It will feature a luxurious complex of Mediterranean-inspired low-rise garden villas harmoniously blending with the stunning architectural design of three crowned towers which form the new icon of this royal landmark.”

And that is supposed to solve today's major problems in all terms ; "Prince Bandar’s visualization of an architectural icon." ?

And that will solve all problems ???
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