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PHOTO ABOVE: Dynamic Solar Shading sketch model. Advances in Architectural Geometry 2010 / SOURCE :

We often wrote in this blog about developability of complex surfaces.
In one of our post about geometries of bending I said:  developability is a key concept you have to understand if you are trying to construct very complex forms that are easy to draw but difficult to build.

But why? Because if you can develop a surface, then you can build it.
Now, robots from ROBOFOLD are saying something similar: if you can fold it, we can build it.



Bonne anniversaire.
Exactement il y a 2 ans, le 27 août 2009, on publiait notre premier post sur ce blog.

En 2 ans à HDA | Hugh Dutton Associés beaucoup de choses ont changé, et aussi notre façon de communiquer avec nos lecteurs et de maintenir actif notre réseau a évolué avec une vitesse étonnante.


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Tomas Saraceno

Title: 14 billions (working title)
Year: 2010
Dimensions/Scale 1:17 Latrodectus mactans web
Materials: Black rope, black elastic chords, hooks
Exhibited: Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden 2010.
Courtesy: The artist and Andersen’s Contemporary, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery and pinksummer contemporary art


As we have often highlighted on this blog, flickr is one of the most important social networking tools for our office, as it allows us to keep in contact with many people and to share our work. One of the most successful operations we have carried out on flickr is the Passerella 2006 Flickr Group where we collect photos of our footbridge in Turin taken by people.
With this post we would like to share a small selection of pictures coming from our Flickr network. This is a good example of how networking is about learning and discovering things, rather than just advertising your own work.



In the past 20 years, the communications revolution produced by the Internet substantially affected the way we interact with the world. This has driven us to a change of perception in the traditionally recognized opposition between real and virtual. Nowadays, a new paradigm is actually re-drawing reality as a complex system of relations between layers as “face” (physical) and virtual. Architects and urban planners can no longer ignore this new reality generated by ubiquitous computer technologies that we have translated to the reconfiguration of physical space in urban areas, with the term “hybrid public spaces”.


How would Piero della Francesca paint his “Città Ideale” if he was living today?