Saturday, December 01, 2007
Dates: 11.29.07 - 03.01.08
vivisys Installation + Exhibition
Jason Johnson and Nataly Gattegno + vivisys was produced in collaboration with the composer/sound artist/instrument designer Troy Rogers. Rogers is a PhD. candidate in UVa’s Music Department Composition and Computing Technologies Program VCCM. The Tektonics Design Group of Richmond collaborated on the project and sponsored all of the CNC fabrication work.
EXTENSION GALLERY FOR ARCHITECTURE
1835 South Halsted Street - Chicago Arts District
Monday, November 05, 2007
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Sunday, October 07, 2007
2. Sensing: If things knew when they were being used -- wouldn't we save a whole lot of energy? The "Power of Dreams" commercials by Honda. Here is the YouTube [Link].
3. Constructing: An intriguing project from the ETH in Zürich that uses information extracted directly from a 3D (digital) model to guide a robotic arm as it constructs a (physical) algorithmically generated serpentine brick wall (move over TJ!). [Link]. From Monocle: "The Gantenbein Winery, in Fläsch, Switzerland, has been the prototype for an entirely new approach to bricklaying: using modified industrial robots. Traditionally, the promise of industrial robots has been that they would replace the human workforce. But these projects, led by the Architecture and Digital Fabrication laboratory at ETH Zürich, demonstrate a different result: architects are free to create designs and patterns of a precision that simply could not be achieved by hand."
Friday, September 21, 2007
Monday, September 03, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
This short film documents several experimental design prototypes produced by the Robotic Ecologies Seminar during the Spring 2007 semester at the University of Virginia. Concepts from these prototypes will continue to be developed during 2007-2008. A working 1/2 scale prototype for an experimental energy-harvesting robotic glass house is currently being developed. The project is scheduled to be released and exhibited in January 2008. Note: to download a higher-res (42 MB .wmv format) movie file click here: DOWNLOAD. You can also hover over the hyperlink + right-click and select "Save Target As" to save the movie. Enjoy!
Saturday, July 07, 2007
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Thursday, May 31, 2007
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Other recent commentary May/June 2007>>
ZDNet/Roland Piquepailles's Tech Trends:
Robo Ecologies Shape Themselves To Serve You:
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Monday, April 30, 2007
The release party and Phase 04 Final Discussion will take place on Saturday, May 5th from 7-9:00pm at the McGuffey Arts Center Downtown [Map] in the Studio 11 space. Our invited guests include Axel Killian from MIT, Kamin Whitehouse (sensor networks) from Computer Science, Matthew Burtner (composer and sound artist) from Composition and Computer Sciences, as well as guests from Robotics and the UVa School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture including William Morrish, Robin Dripps, Peter Waldman, Lucia Phinney and landscape architect Chris Fannin. SARC student Tamar Shafrir will also be debuting her latest Robotic Ecologies documentary film/robo-propaganda/sci-fi thriller. Safety goggles and ear protection will be provided!
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Install the Beta Version:
Good Links to tutorials etc.
Forum and Various Links:
Good Introductory Exercise by Dr. Axel Killian:
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
The date for the final release discussion + party will be announced soon! Location: McGuffey Art Center, Downtown Charlottesville. Date, Time: TBA
Friday, March 30, 2007
Reciprocity, Feedback, Material Intelligence (or even Personality?): Phase 02 Presentations took place on Wednesday night. Each team presented working robotic prototypes: The Cell Team (see movie above) presented an interactive scissor canopy (link), the Loop Team is developing a responsive heliotropic vertical assembly (link) and the Ribbon Team is working on a suspended intelligent material assembly (link). Luckily we still have 5 weeks to develop and refine the projects. [Special thanks to our "RoboPaparazzi" Tamar Shafrir, also thanks to our recent project reviewers: Profs. Nataly Gattegno, Jenny Lovell, Jeanna Ripple and Anselmo Canfora)
Saturday, March 10, 2007
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Monday, February 19, 2007
I have two more Make Controller Kits for groups to begin testing. I will get them to Alex and Troy today. In the meantime – please make sure that you meet with your Ribbon, Loop or Cell team ASAP to get project ideas rolling. Here are some helpful links specifically for the Computation and Machine Groups:
MakingThings Website (LINK)
Making Things Forum (LINK)
Cycling 74 MAX/MSP/Jitter (LINK) :
MAX/MSP 30-day Trial Download (LINK)
MAX/MSP + Make Controller PATCHES (LINK)
cv.jit for MAX/MSP comp vision (LINK)
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Sensors: http://www.sensorland.com/ see "how they work" section
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Also, here are some of the links to research offices that we have discussed recently in the seminar: The Living run by David Benjamin and Soo-in Yang, Tristan d'Estree Sterk of the The Office For Robotic Architectural Media & The Bureau For Responsive Architecture, Francois Roche of R&Sie and Biothing. Also Peter Yeadon's nanoarchitecture. Enjoy!
Monday, January 29, 2007
Jameco (mailorder, nice pics)
Electronic Plus (in CA)
Solarbotics (hobby thin film solar mods)
Max/MSP/Jitter (student packages available)
Processing (free download)
Make Controller Kit
BASIC Stamp by Parallax
All Electronics, MobileVideoZone, QualityMobileVideo, Care Electronics
NYU Tisch Physical Computing ITP
Making Gears: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/People/rapidproto/mechanisms/chpt7.html
Input Tech (sensors etc.): http://www.billbuxton.com/InputSources.html
Kinetic Design Group Matrix: http://kdg.mit.edu/Matrix/matrix.html
Saturday, January 20, 2007
[100,000 km] of capillaries, self-lubricating crushers and cranes: this whole mechanism guided from a turret containing stereoscopic rangefinders, olfactory and auditory sensors, air-conditioning inlet and exhaust, and a main fuel intake. The whole system needing no servicing for 70 years, if well managed!” (Buckminster Fuller)
Friday, January 19, 2007
Thursday, January 18, 2007
Paul Fromm email@example.com - Karey Helms firstname.lastname@example.org - Seth Edwards email@example.com - Billy Glick firstname.lastname@example.org - Katie Hilton email@example.com - Howard Kim firstname.lastname@example.org - Michael Bartosch email@example.com - E. Scott Mitchell firstname.lastname@example.org - Nora White email@example.com - Ko Kuwabara firstname.lastname@example.org - Greta Modesitt email@example.com - Troy Rogers firstname.lastname@example.org - Eyal Einik email@example.com - Matthew Robisch firstname.lastname@example.org - Jessica Terdeman - email@example.com - Anthony Lawson firstname.lastname@example.org
Tamar Shafrir email@example.com - Alex Kong firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is the text from the intro of the syllabus:
This seminar is not just about architectural machines that move. It is about groups of architectural machines that move with intelligence. We will call these new organizations “Robotic Ecologies”: promiscuous new environments brought forth by the rapid release of advanced computation into the physical realm. The ideas we will explore in this seminar are an attempt to understand, to work with and against, these new technological (and some say spiritual) paradigms. Our explorations will be as much about exposing the dangers of our twenty-first century technological imperative as they are about celebrating their latent potential. We will no doubt be both terrified and thrilled by the rich, diverse and fascinating territories currently emerging in the arts and sciences.
The crossing of architecture and robotics represents one of the most promising and perhaps exigent technological intersections in recent times. Robots are sensing, thinking and moving entities. They are different from most machines in that they are capable of intelligent behavior – the capacity to learn, adapt and act on their senses and intuitions. Groups of robots, or robotic ecologies, are unique in their capacity to work as an organized system: rather than merely acting on their individual desires, robotic ecologies can work collectively in swarms or packs. Without much fanfare, an extraordinary new phylum of intelligent machines is coming to life in laboratories, studios and machine shops across the planet. Designers are building and programming kinematic self-replicating machines, modular self-assembling robots, fields of sun-tracking robotic sunflowers, and the like. As Marshall McLuhan famously said, “First we build the tools, and then they build us.” This seminar is about experimenting, exposing and exalting these new tools, processes and technologies. It is about exploring what happens when endless arrays of intelligent machines come together to form and define the world around us.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Basic tutorials are online at: http://www.rhino3d.com/tutorials.htm [Remember to scroll down through the tutorials, there are some basic tutorials further down the page]. For video tutorials: http://www.rhino3d.tv/ [The tutorials are free but you need to log-in]. Rhino Wiki: http://en.wiki.mcneel.com/default.aspx/McNeel/RhinoHome.html [Search for a topic or just browse… tutorials, whitepapers, models, scripting, bios, etc, etc….. this is the place where you can find just about anything]. If you find better links please send them to me!