The Potential of New Design Products
The Robotic Future of Design
We aren't suggesting that human designers are in danger of becoming obsolete, but when you see the recent work done by robots at the University of Stuttgart, you'll see why real—life creatives may be feeling a little nervous.
Researchers and students from the University of Stuttgart employed robots to hand stitch together this laminated plywood pavilion, which is basedon the anatomy of a sea urchin.
The design is made up of stitched plywood elements and demonstrates the potential of computational constructs in architecture and design.Of course, the entire thing was overseen by the brightest minds in the game (proving that humanity is still worth having around) but the project does show the enormous ground we are making in design technology.
Cross-laminated Timber Take Over
At this year's London Design Festival architect Alison Brooks will present her Smile installation, with the support of the American Hardwood Export Council.
The installation demonstrates the structural potential of cross-laminated timber and does so using American tulip wood.
Showcasing Brooks' incredible structural understanding, the large timber installation will only touch the floor at one point, and is bound to be a centerpiece of the festival.
A representative of the American Hardwood Export Council explained the importanceof the project, saying "the Smile is important because it will create the first-ever use of industrial-sized panels of hardwood CLT. This is the creation of a brand-new product, and a use of hardwood that could transform the way architects and engineers approach timber construction."
Sustainable Housing Initiative Takes Center Stage
Award winning architecture firm dRMM are also following the trend for cross-laminated timber and will put the product to use with The Baboushka Boxes installation that they will showcase at the London Design Festival.
This installation focuses on the future of housing, with a firm member describing it as "a mini manifesto for change. Change in the design, procurement, construction and user experience of housing."
It proposes ecologically and economically sustainable construction, a concept that is guaranteed to be a talking point of the event.