Contemporary Architecture’s better threads

“It’s more than skinny-leg suits, ties, glasses, semi-covered tattoos, sunscreen, and PolSci.” –Anonymous

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The Creators Project Published on Oct 7, 2013

Buildings That Breathe | Doris Sung’s Living Architecture
Using responsive thermo-bimetals that “breathe” to heat or cool a building, Doris Sung is making architecture more lifelike and environmentally friendly.

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The Creators Project Published on May 2, 2013

Architectural Visions of the Future | Meet Factory Fifteen

Film and animation collective Factory Fifteen build architectural representations of the future inspired by current socio-political and economic situations including the London riots and rapid population growth.

Factory Fifteen:

The Creators Project Published on Feb 14, 2013

Curating Public Space | Hirshhorn, High Line, Lincoln Center & More
Diller Scofidio + Renfro is the interdisciplinary design firm behind NYC’s High Line and Lincoln Center, The Boston Institute of Contemporary Art, and the planned Seasonable Inflatable Structure for The Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C.

The Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden:

Diller Scofidio + Renfro:

The Creators Project Uploaded on Mar 3, 2011

Meet MOS Architects (MoMA PS1)
MOS Architects are not your ordinary architects. Watch how this collection of architects and designers experiment with writing software, creating movies and designing art installations.

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One response to “Contemporary Architecture’s better threads

  1. Elizabeth

    Further to The Creators Project short video above.

    Doris Sung with Armoured corset. When it warms up, each of its tiles curves to allow ventilation. Photo by Steve SchofieldDoris Sung with her Armoured corset. When it warms up, each of its tiles curves to allow ventilation. Photo: Steve Schofield

    ### 3 Sep 2014 (via
    Technology | Architecture
    Doris Sung’s metal roof can breathe
    By Madhumita Venkataramanan
    The roof pictured here is alive: when it gets too hot, it becomes more porous, letting a breeze into the room. It’s made from thermobimetal: a layered combination of metal alloys that responds to the environment, like a plant. Their ability to curl when heated means they can be used for shape-changing building façades. The creator of this living canopy is American-Korean architect Doris Sung, 50, who takes her inspiration from biology. “Our skin is designed to accommodate our bodies,” she says. “Our surroundings should be the same — the walls around us should respond and adapt to the humans within them.”

    Her dO|Su studio is working with Spanish research organisation Tecnalia to build smart windows made from the material, which, like the canopy, will ventilate the room via porous surfaces when heated. “When the Sun hits the canopy, its pieces will curl to either block it or let it in,” says Sung. “We’re also working on self-assembly systems where the heated piece will curl and lock into a new position, without labour.” Another Sung prototype can fold itself into a chain.

    The key is in the software she designs. “The digital component is important in the planning process, not only to model, but to figure out the shapes needed,” she explains. “The material wants to curl, but it curls differently depending on how it’s cut. Digital design infuses that smartness into it.”


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