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Du traitement du signal à la nappe tridimensionnelle
Crédit photo : Benoit Sallé

Je profite de mon retour sur complexitys pour écrire sur mes deux passions : l’architecture et la musique. En décembre dernier se sont déroulées les Transmusicales, un rendez-vous immanquable pour les mélomanes/fêtards de la région rennaise. Et c’est pendant un concert que j’ai eu une sorte de révélation. Un rapide coup d’œil sur la programmation révèle la place incontestable laissée aux DJ. Que ce soit au début ou au  point culminant de la soirée, il est indéniable que ce personnage est aujourd’hui érigé au même statut qu’un groupe à la formation plus classique.

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“Looking at emergent phenomena in nature, don”t you think (traditional) design itself is against nature?”

This question arises from the presentation DESIGNING SPACE FOR EMERGENCE IS AN EMERGENCY in which we were exploring relations between design and emergent phenomena. Computational designer and researcher Andrea Graziano pointed out that we should rather think that “nature is the best designer ever” and suggested two inspiring mini-talks that I am sharing with you today. They both come from the website NextNature, a network that explores the changing relation between people, nature and technology. NEXTNATURE is asking a very simple question: “What is nature?”.

For example, do you think the image above is a photo of birds murmuring or a drawing generated by grasshopper or any other parametric design tool? Does a different kind of nature, created/designed by humans, exist?

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IMAGE ABOVE: cover of the book “Traces of Peter Rice”, a collaboration between Arup, Culture Ireland, the Centre Culturel Irlandais and the Irish Office of Public Works. Edited by Kevin Barry and published by Lilliput Press.

We are proud to announce Hugh Dutton‘s contribution to the book “Traces of Peter Rice” exploring the designs of this pioneering structural engineer, his life and work.

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“UNE LIGNE QUI DANSE AVEC LA NATURE” (ci-dessus) est un des 3 projets pré-sélectionnés dans le cadre de l’appel à projets pour un nouveau concept de ligne aérienne de transport d’électricité, engagé par Le Réseau de Transport d’Électricité (RTE) en relation avec l’Institut Français du Design.

EQUIPE DE PROJET:
Hugh Dutton Associés [architectes-designers] en collaboration avec
Gritech [ingénieurs]

Comme promis il y a 10 jours, voici les images de notre proposition “Une ligne qui danse avec la nature”, développée pour la reconstruction de la ligne électrique de Avelin-Gavrelle.

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PHOTO ABOVE: GLASS TECHNOLOGY LIVE event - These points of light seems to float. This illusion is possible due to transparent conductive layer that delivers electricity to LED embedded in laminated glass.

Mr. Hugh Dutton will speak tomorrow in Stuttgart at Glass technology live trade symposium about interactive concepts for transparent building shells together with Mr. Johann Sischka of Waagner-Biro.

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Universal Joint (Jonathan Chertok) presented the results of his ongoing research at the poster session of Advances in Architectural Geometry 2012 Conference held at Centre Pompidou Center in Paris in collaboration with Aurelien Lemonier, Curator of Architecture Department at MNM-CCi and the Ecole Nationale Superieure d”Architecture Paris-Malaquais. This work is the result of a hybrid design build practice based out of Austin, Texas and the research began in 1998 with a project that involved the digital recreation of a classical mathematical model collection housed in Goettingen, Germany.

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IMAGE ABOVE: Axial map of the central area of London, created to analyze the paths inside the city

At Hugh Dutton Associates we have recently worked on the relationship between parametric design and urban planning. Last year we coordinated the workshop Smart Cities in Turin and we published on this blog some studies about Participatory Sensing and Urban Data Visualization by Sara Alvarellos and Fran Castillo. Today we share an academic research by Andrea Galli, a young architect we met in Turin on the occasion of our lecture PARAMETRIC DESIGN /// COMPLEX GEOMETRIES /// NEW TECHNOLOGIES.

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We are pleased to announce our presence tomorrow at École nationale supérieure d”architecture Paris-Malaquais for the workshop Materializing the Louvre Cour ViscontiAdvanced Architectural Geometry 2012 directed by Waagner Biro.

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CI-DESSUS: Le T-Pylon, projet lauréat du concours RIBA, dessiné par Bysrup, a gagné les faveurs du jury par son minimalisme, sa simplicité et son pragmatisme.

En juin dernier, au Royaume Uni, un véritable buzz s’était déchainé autour d’un concours pour designer de nouveaux pylônes électriques (concours RIBA, photo ci-dessus). Partie prenante de ce concours, HDA avait relayé fortement l’information dans ce blog à l’occasion d’un entretien avec un journaliste de The Guardian.

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This a remind of a previous post in French. The third edition of Advances in Architectural Geometry / AAG will be held in Paris from the 27 to 30th of September 2012. Its attraction is reinforced by the support of the Centre Pompidou. As part of the AAG2012 symposium, a video panorama of Universities and Research Laboratories experiments will be held in the Forum -1 of the Centre Pompidou Museum.

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