ROB|ARCH 2018: Robotic Fabrication in Architecture, Art, and Design

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Human-machine collaboration during the assembly of lightweight metal structures. (c) Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich Human-machine collaboration during the assembly of lightweight metal structures. (c) Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich The advent of robotics in the creative and construction industries has led to an amazing revolution, changing not just how things are designed and made, but also transforming knowledge cultures, politics and economics that surround them. As such, the ROB|ARCH 2018 conference – hosted by the NCCR Digital Fabrication and ETH Zurich – will continue this path, developing and revealing novel insights, applications and impacts of this transformation within the scientific, creative, and entrepreneurial domains, including, for example, architecture, structural design, civil and process engineering, art and design, and robotics. A particular focus lies upon cross-disciplinary approaches and applications, providing state-of-the-art knowledge, techniques and methods of robotics not just in individual areas of exploration, but also beyond. These ideals aspire to complement the transformation processes of emerging robotic research and applications, and to redefine cross-disciplinary
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Call For Entries: Baghdad Design Centre

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Call for entries: Baghdad Design Centre Call for entries: Baghdad Design Centre Tamayouz Excellence Award launched the “Baghdad Design Centre,” an international architectural competition to transform the current unused site of the Old Governorate Building into the Baghdad Design Centre in the city's Cultural District; Al-Rusafa. This year’s competition has been under the spotlight as stakeholders and the architectural community in the country urged the local authorities to halt implementation of their own scheme for the site and wait for the results and recommendations of the competition.
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The competition hopes to see a new architectural approach that helps Baghdad celebrate its architecture and heritage. The transformation of the site into a Design Centre that showcases the best of contemporary design and is also a space for creative collaboration forms the basis of the brief. Whilst creating a new and optimistic vision for the future of design within Iraq the

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Learning New Design Viz Methods—Is It Worth It?

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Tower Studio by Pawel Mielnik, rendered in real time with Unreal Engine Tower Studio by Pawel Mielnik, rendered in real time with Unreal Engine Design visualization just keeps reaching new heights. While renderings remain a common part of design presentation, advances in technology have made new types of media not only possible but within the reach of even small teams and firms. These newer types of media require a change in workflow. Is it worth it? For architectural exteriors, a 360-degree panorama rendering is now fairly easy to produce and gives a richer presentation than a still or around. When such a rendering is loaded by a panorama player, the viewer can navigate the scene in real time, zooming in and out and rotating the view at will. The only downside to a panorama is the rendering time for such a large image. But if a real-time renderer is used instead of an offline renderer, a panoramic image can be generated in
Museum interior preserved in hyper-real VR by RealityVirtual
Silicon Valley’s Hacker Hostel VR experience
BMW Mixed Reality lab offers test drives while the car is still in the design phase.
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How To Determine How Many LED Lumens You’ll Need To Properly Light Your Space

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Photo by Studio Millspace Photo by Studio Millspace What is enough light? The question is difficult enough but when faced with having to calculate how much LED lighting you need to create a well-lit space, it can become a bit more complicated. Here’s how to determine how many LED Lumens you’ll need to properly light your space.
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Key Terms

Lumens A measurement of light emitted by a source, whether it’s LED, Fluorescent, Halogen, or Incandescent. This is also known as “brightness” or “light output.” Your reference point: A standard 100-watt incandescent light bulb produces about 1,500 – 1,700 lumens. Watts Not a measure of brightness; instead, it’s a measure of how much electricity (or energy) a bulb consumes to reach its claimed brightness. Each type of light source, LED, Fluorescent, Halogen, or Incandescent has a different lumen-per-watt ratio. Below we’re going to use lumens as a measurement

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Opening Lines: Sketchbooks of Ten Modern Architects

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Álvaro Siza (*1933) Évora, Quinta da Malagueira Caderno 1, 1977, Ink on paper, 300 x 210 mm, Image Courtesy Drawing Matter, © The Architect Álvaro Siza (*1933) Évora, Quinta da Malagueira Caderno 1, 1977, Ink on paper, 300 x 210 mm, Image Courtesy Drawing Matter, © The Architect Opening Lines: Sketchbooks of Ten Modern Architects, an exhibition drawn from the Drawing Matter collection, with additional loans from selected architects, is dedicated to architectural sketchbooks in practice and on display.
Niall McLaughlin (*1962) Detail of a brain, Alzheimer’s Respite Centre, Dublin, c. 1999, Coloured felt pen on paper, Image Courtesy Drawing Matter, © The Architect Niall McLaughlin (*1962) Detail of a brain, Alzheimer’s Respite Centre, Dublin, c. 1999, Coloured felt pen on paper, Image Courtesy Drawing Matter, © The Architect

The exhibition presents a variety of sketchbook and sketch practices by architects whose built work has been largely formed through drawing by hand on paper. In parallel, it explores the parameters of displaying sketchbooks, considering how an object intended to be held and leafed through can be presented within the requirements of a museum setting. The project therefore considers the content and materiality of sketchbooks both within an architect’s oeuvre,

Hans Poelzig (1869-1936), Gefallenendenkmal, 1922, Charcoal on tracing paper, 255 x 325 mm , Image Courtesy Drawing Matter, © Estate of the Architect
Peter Maerkli (*1953), La Congiunta, c. 1992, Ballpoint pen on squared paper, 110 x 140 mm, Image Courtesy Drawing Matter, © The Architect
Marie-José Van Hee (*1950), House, c. 1990, Graphite and coloured pencil on tracing paper, 205 x 298 mm, Image Courtesy Drawing Matter, © The Architect
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Seduction Pavilion: Call for Entries

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YAC – Young Architects Competitions – and the Foundation Fashion Research Italy – in cooperation with the Cineteca di Bologna - launch “Seduction Pavilion”, an architectural competition to design and realize an installation that will became a real landmark of an exhibition that the Foundation is going to dedicate to the endless beauty of aspiring female celebrities and pin-ups. A cash prize of € 10,000 + realization of the 1st prize project will be awarded to winners selected by a well-renowned jury made of, among the others, Patricia Urquiola (Studio Urquiola), Fabio Novembre (Studio Fabio Novembre), Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli (OMA), Claudio Silvestrin (Claudio Silvestrin Architects)
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BRIEF Refinery, elegance and seduction. The female universe has always been a sacred horizon, a mysterious threshold that has been inspiring a wide range of expressions of human culture. For women the

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Ditch the Wait with Real-Time Rendering

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Courtesy of Unreal Enterprise Courtesy of Unreal Enterprise A recent independent survey of more than 2000 architectural visualization professionals revealed an intriguing trend. More than 20% of these designers and architects are using real-time rendering as part of their presentation workflows right now, with another 40% trying it out for adoption.
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What’s going on here? The answer lies in the convergence of the real-time rendering technology originally intended for games, and the needs of architects to produce fully-polished views and animations more quickly. As CPUs and GPUs gained power and abilities, and tools like Unreal Engine introduced photoreal rendering in real time, we’ve seen the inevitable use of real-time rendering for architectural presentation. Review Design at the Speed of Thought You’ve spent days lighting your model and applying just the right materials, only to be slowed down by long render times. In the end, you’re left with just a handful

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Open International Competition for Alternative Layout Design in Standard Housing

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The Ministry of Construction Industry, Housing and Utilities Sector of Russia and DOM.RF, with the support of the Russian government, announces the Open International Competition for Alternative Layout Design in Standard Housing. Strelka KB have released a design brief and participants can enter here. The competition is designed to be a testing ground for creating the apartments of the future. Requirements for applicants’ proposals reflect the principles which define standard housing, including flexibility, usability, and stability. The aim is for submitted planning solutions to help meet the modern citizen’s need for comfort, communication, and personal fulfillment. The goal of the competition is to establish a clear “size range” and develop alternative layout designs for each type of standard residence, from studios to four-room apartments. Competition participants have to develop architectural concepts and elaborate on detailed layout designs with increased area size for further residents. Participants also have to emphasize
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The 2018 EyeEm Photography Awards

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Linas Vaitonis Linas Vaitonis With more than 590,000 submissions in 2017, the EyeEm Photography Awards is the world's largest photography competition for discovering new talents. The 2018 EyeEm Awards feature nine categories, including a category focused on architecture: "The Architect" where we encourage you to submit interesting lines, shapes, and beautiful spaces in architecture. Additional categories:
  • The Street Photographer
  • The Photojournalist
  • The Fashion Photographer
  • The Still Life Photographer
  • The Traveler
  • The Great Outdoors
  • The Portraitist
  • The Creative (Focused on the most creative editing/photoshopping in photography)
One lucky photographer of the year will receive a trip to Berlin for the awards ceremony, and all other category winners will receive gear and other prizes.

The EyeEm Awards is free to enter, all you have to do is join the EyeEm platform (Android, iOS or web) and start uploading your photos with the tag [Category Name - Awards 2018].

How Real-Time Rendering Can Reduce Your Time and Effort in Architectural Design

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Designer Projektowanie i Wykonawstwo Designer Projektowanie i Wykonawstwo Architects are always trying to be more efficient and adding more value for clients. But with most software, rendering is very time-consuming, impairing efficiency significantly. It is exhausting for designers when the process of visual processing uses energy that would be better invested in design and architecture itself. With the Enscape plugin, real-time rendering and virtual reality can help to remedy this situation. The plugin integrates as a toolbar in the popular design platforms Rhino, Revit and SketchUp, with a version for Archicad also currently in development. Because the software is a plugin for these popular programs, architects do not need to learn to use new software, but work in their familiar system with some additional features. And since the software runs on the local graphics card, projects do not have to be uploaded to the cloud.

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Design Festival: FLOW! Getting Around the Changing City

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Getting around a city of millions is a miracle of design, engineering and cooperation. In conversation, on foot, by bus, train, bike and ferry, Van Alen’s weeklong Spring Festival this June invites participants to experience and consider the present and future of urban mobility. Starting with a bus tour in Manhattan on Sunday, June 17th, and continuing with daily events through a variety show on Governor’s Island on Saturday, June 23rd, FLOW! offers multiple opportunities for urbanists of all stripes to enjoy our constantly moving and changing New York City. “We want to bring together the urban planners and designers of today with the city-makers of tomorrow,” says Van Alen Curator of Public Programs Robin Schatell, “During the festival, we will imagine new approaches to moving people through our streets, sidewalks, and waterways.” The program builds on Van Alen’s research, public programs, and design competitions that have focused on
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Architecture for Wellness: The Space for Body and Soul

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108 hours of lessons, a 60-hour workshop and internships/lectures held by internationally-renowned architectural firms like Foster+Partners (London), Studio Libeskind (New York) Partisans (Toronto) Emmanuelle Moureaux Architecture+Design (Tokyo) Dejaco+Partner (Bolzano) Alberto Apostoli (Verona) Veneziano+Team (Milan) Matteo Thun & Partners (Milan). The Course Body is the main character of our times: it is the attire of our personality, the tool we use to measure ourselves against the world, the image with which we present ourselves to society. Cinema, fashion and photography are only the most recent narrators of a model of the body that has always been the object of human reflection. The modern man has simply renewed this model according to the ideals of style and beauty that are world-renowned and chased through fitness and nutritional programs. In a society that is more and more aware of bodies, there is an increase in the demand for places where the body is
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Architecture For Landscape: The Natural Environment as the Stage for Design

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Architecture for Landscape: YACademy’s high-level training course offers 8 scholarships, and internships in internationally-renowned architectural firms. 110 hours of lessons, a 60-hour workshop and internships/lectures in internationally-renowned architectural firms like Eduardo Souto de Moura, Jean Nouvel Design, Snøhetta, HHF, Duque Motta & AA, Stefano Boeri Architetti. The Course From Stonehenge to Greek temples, architecture is the signature of humankind on landscape, the artificial element that has always been connected to the natural environment. Architecture and landscape are linked by a fundamental continuity that is now starting to fade, damaging the quality of the space we dwell. More than ever today, landscape is a precious heritage that architecture can and must enhance, while protecting it to pass it on to future generations: architects must not give up on working on landscape, instead they should be able to design architecture that responds to each landscape’s specific feature and generates wonderful and
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Over 700 Experts and Active Citizens to Discuss Modern Housing Trends and Challenges in Kaliningrad

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On May 18-19, the city of Kaliningrad, capital of the westernmost part of Russia, will host the Living Environment: All About Housing Forum. The Forum includes a business program and the Urban Weekend outdoor public festival. Besides sessions and roundtables, the ambitious program of the event includes the shortlist presentation of the projects submitted for the Open International Competition of Architectural Concepts for Standard Housing and Residential Buildings. Architects and bureaus from 39 countries took part in this prestigious competition with their projects of innovative residential housing for future generations of Russians. The competition announces a remarkable prize fund: 20 finalists will receive 1 million roubles (about € 13 300) each, up to five winning projects will be awarded 2 million roubles (about € 26 600) each, and up to five runners-up will receive 1.5 million roubles (about € 19 900) each. The experts and guests of
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How Real-Time Rendering Can Revolutionize Design – Again

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In the 1990s, the field of architectural design was transformed by the widespread adoption of computers and CAD programs. This revolution affected the entire design process from start to finish, including presentation techniques. Traditional watercolor paintings were replaced by computer-generated images that could show the design from multiple angles. A virtual camera could even fly through the design and produce a video tour of the yet-to-be-built concept. This new workflow eventually saved architects, engineers, and designers time and money, and gave them new ways to present their work to a wider audience. But the revolution was hard-won, initially requiring users to learn new tools and spend a great deal of time on rendering.

Clients’ expectations continue to rise with every new innovation. With photoreal renderings now commonplace in TV shows and feature films, clients expect the same level of quality in their architectural presentations. Advances in rendering technology have made

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European Commission Launches Loi 130 Architectural Competition

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Picture of the Loi 130 site; copy right European Commission Picture of the Loi 130 site; copy right European Commission The European Commission is launching an international architectural competition to identify the best design proposals for its most important current real estate project in Brussels (Belgium) – the redevelopment of its premises at rue de la Loi 130 (hence the competition name, Loi 130). The competition invites teams composed of architects, landscape architects, building services engineers and structural engineers from around the world to come forward with forward-looking, innovative, sustainable and cost-efficient proposals for the project.

With a total gross floor area of between 175,000 and 190,000 m², the new inner city complex will include offices for at least 5,250 people, 2 childcare centres, a visitor centre that can welcome 345,000 people a year, 3,000 square meters of restaurants and shops and public spaces with green areas. The project will also include a new entrance to Maelbeek metro station, and

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Military Museum: Call for Ideas

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YAC – Young Architects Competitions – and the Italian Government launch “Military Museum”, an architectural competition to re-purpose a breathtaking military fortress in Sardinia into an international hub dedicated to the military history. A cash prize of € 20,000 will be awarded to the winners selected by a well-renowned jury made of, among the others, Fuensanta Nieto (Nieto Sobejano), Rossana Hu (Neri&Hu), Todd Saunders (Saunders Architecture), Edoardo Tresoldi, Livia Tani (Ateliers Jean Nouvel)
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There are places in which history is extremely meaningful. There are spaces where memory becomes nearly physical, tangible and where the memory of the past is stunningly real and intensively present. The military fortress of Capo d’Orso in Palau is one of these places. It is sculpted in the granite of a monumental coast. From its bastions, the luxurious yachts sailing in the Mediterranean Sea

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Future Campus – University College Dublin International Design Competition

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UCD Belfield Core Campus and Surrounding Area - Image courtesy of Barrow Coakley Photography UCD Belfield Core Campus and Surrounding Area - Image courtesy of Barrow Coakley Photography Future Campus – University College Dublin International Design Competition focuses on enhancing and enlivening University College Dublin’s (UCD’s) extensive campus. This competition – the first stage of which closes at 14:00 BST on Monday 26 March 2018 – is seeking an outstanding integrated multidisciplinary team for two much-needed design initiatives. First, the Entrance Precinct Masterplan will create a new urban design strategy for a 23.8 ha area that will guide UCD in defining the quality of the campus through placemaking, architecture and the public realm, as well as allowing for future planning. Essential to this will be a distinctive, confident and highly-visible entrance and arrival experience that expresses the University’s identity and showcases its Dublin site. The second element, the 8,000 sq m Centre for Creative Design, is conceived as a charismatic yet well-integrated architectural
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