Architecture


I’m pleased to announce the formation of my new multidisciplinary design studio, Studio Les Bêtes.   For more information and updates on that enterprise, please visit http://lesbetes.wordpress.com.

This blog will continue to support my software development work – I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus lately, focusing on my design work.  Pantograph is currently on hold until the new Blender 2.5 API stabilizes – after that, I’m still deciding whether to work to support Freestyle as a Blender vector-rendering option or to continue to develop PantographFreestyle shows a lot of promise, has the weight of solid developers behind it, and also is able to create vector (svg) output – the style modules seem to have enough flexibility to add features pretty easily.

cheers,

Severn/rocketship

Natatorium Project to be Exhibited at Tokyo Biennale

The Rouse Hill Natatorium, a project that I designed with Francis Bitonti (FADarchitecture) and Brian Osborne (BOTH) will be exhibited from April 7 to May 17, 2009 in Turin Italy, and then travel to Tokyo in May of 2010 as part of the Advanced Architecture Settimo Tokyo Biennale:

The House of Arts and Architecture Association CASARTARC  in Settimo Torinese, Turin, is developing a project called ‘Advanced Architecture Settimo Tokyo’ (AAST), a group of Generative Architecture events: workshops, a two days conference and an exhibition with venues in Settimo , Tokyo,  Cagliari and London. The events of AAST focus on the approach to design through parametric design tools, such as Rhinoscript, Grasshopper, Mel, DP, GC. The first stage of the exhibition will run from 7 April to 17 May 2009 in Turin, Italy. The opening conference for the exhibition will be made by Patrik Schumacher (partner at Zaha Hadid Architects).

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“Bleeding-edge” is updated again:
-no longer does sys.exit(1) when Cairo is not present
-swf output may be fixed (?) but ming still crashes Ubuntu 64
-config settings are now in pantographConfig.py, to make it easier to update without re-setting your home dir.

…has wiped my ftp space – again.  Downloads will be back shortly – sorry for the inconvenience! (Seriously, if I could buy internet service from a herd of baboons operating out of a basement instead, I would)

Team members: Severn Clay-Youman, Nathan King, Daniel Ramirez

Designing for Promiscuity

Because of their speed and efficiency, bicycles may well be the future of transportation in the 21st Century city. For cycling to reach its full potential in the urban milieu, a locking strategy must be developed that meets the needs of all cyclists. The traditional bicycle rack simultaneously accommodates and explicitly limits the urban cyclist: here you may bring your bike on the sidewalk, here you may park your bike safely, here you are allowed.  It is a familiar type of urbanistic intervention: clearly delineated, appropriately proportioned within the streetscape. It belies, however, the opportunistic nature of urban cycling: rather than a simple replacement for driving a car, cycling fills the gaps between walking, public transportation and driving.

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