Monday, May 14, 2007

Emerging Technologies (book)

Emerging Technologies and Housing Prototypes is a guide to new materials and technologies being used by architects.
Black Dog Publishing (27 April 2007)
ISBN-10: 190477265X
ISBN-13: 978-1904772651
Link to Black Dog Publishing page

This is an interesting book [even if the introductory essays are a little strange - lost in translation, maybe?] It is a good resource. I particularly like the tables at the start of each section that graph the properties and applications of the materials under the following headings:

Shape Performance
Optical Performance
Sustainable Performance
Integrated Performance
Responsive Performance
Material Profile
Process Technique
Case study Applications

The criteria used to determine innovative materials are:

It is non-polluting during the production process
It has been realised with low cost-effect technology
It is fully tolerable, recyclable and biodegradable
It is easy to stock
It is lightweight while maintaining high mechanical strength
It adds together properties of several materials (composite and nanocomposite materials)
It is obtained through technological transfer coming out of application from a different field

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I am exploring a hybrid form of art and design practice through the use of computer-based design and fabrication tools. I am interested in experimental objects and spaces that are dynamic and responsive and seek to challenge perceptions, expectations and established behavior.

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