Dutch design studio Tjep. has rendered skeletal furniture from bronze to create a design collection “totally opposite to the technology-driven trends.”
The first woman to win the coveted Pritzker prize or “architectural Nobel”, visionary Zaha Hadid is a design phenomenon. Her vision for built environments and beyond represents a critical permutation for the physical world. Here is a primer on her work.
This video on 4D printing from design studio Nervous System shows how computational folding allows whole printing of objects surpassing a 3D printer’s size. Examples here include fashion products. Nervous System founders have intellectual capital in art and science (STEAM), fields too long separable in academia and conventional career paths. As technology is a commodity value creation will happen at intersections of traditional science and art such as here.
Here’s the most recent TED talk by Skylar Tibbits on 4D printing. The technology, which uses synthetic biology directed at self-assembling structures (similar to proteins), casts our current non-self-assembling built world as highly inefficient, and casts 4D printing with potential to revolutionize problem solving for the built environment.
Innovation can mean looking backward. Here Rolls Royce in 19th century substance and mid-20th-century engineering style, is collaborating with an Irish logistics firm to develop a hybrid sailing ship. Initial high capital costs are recouped early in a 3-decade sailing life in saved fuel expense.
Last year University of Tokyo researchers, aimed to reduce fuel consumption for large merchant vessels, simulated a cargo hybrid sailing ship with retractable 5-part telescoping sails made of aluminum and plastic. The Japanese hybrid sails recoup their cost over a 5-10 year period via an average 30% reduction in fuel consumption. Researchers described the automatic rigid sails as similar to airplane wings. Optimum sailing routes may be physically longer but temporally shorter, safer and less energetic to traverse as functions of wind strength and direction, and weather.