Prof. Thijs Asselbergs also send us a feedback, have a loot what he things about this years symposium.
“FE7 brings together many disciplines. From manufacturer to designer, from economist to researcher. It is at the right time a melting pot of new creativity and adds new value to the necessary changes in creating new solutions in architecture. FE7 makes clear what the new opportunities for successful integration of technology for modern architecture can mean. It is an incentive for innovation and new thinking.”
with a little bit of sadness we received a picture from Detmold …our first experimental construction the fibre reinforced concrete hybrid facade we made in 2004 in the University in Detmold is aproaching its end…
In fact they are tearing down the old faculty building and the mock up is still standing next to it. The Mock up was bolted next to the stairs and after moving the whole faculty this piece was forgotten…and became a reminder of the fun and exitement we had during our first building construction semester. If you look carefully at the picture you are able to spot a freshly appointed professor Knaack and Marcel Bilow in his role that become also his passion of life: building prototypes with students.
What these two started here 10 years ago is still a valid way of education and research and still a thrill to do !
The Province Groningen invited us for the festive book launch of our 7th image book - Imagine Rehousing which was written in context of the NEND project, a collaboration of German and Dutch organisations of the Ems Dollart Region. The event took place in refurbished shoe shop that now used as architectural office. An ideal location and a good example for the day’s and our book’s motto: refurbishment has creative and innovative potential! or as the Dutch say: Herbestemmen loont!
Every now and then we are supporting also projects within the faculty of Industrial design of the TU Delft. In this case it was hard to refuse when Casper van der Meer asked for support for his project he did in cooperation with fiction factory a design based workshop in Amsterdam, who got the possibility to further develop an mould that is able to produce a house wrapped out of corrugated cardboard. They called it the Wikkelhuis or Wrapped House and nowadays the W-House.
The design was already given via the rotating mould, that is set on a truck trailer which was developed from Rene Snel already years ago. Fiction Factory took over the machine and had already a first contract for a house in Schiphol. When Casper joined the team it was set up to develop this process towards a manageable product, that would serve for different purposes.
It was quite a task for him working in the project team which was run also by the head of Fiction Factory Oep Schilling and for the faculty to fullfill his demands according to the requirements of the TU as a graduate project.
At the end we have to say, he has passed all of our different goals and requirements. And it was no problem also to have his defense of the graduation project, the very first time in the history of Industrial Design off the campus. Of course which place would suit more to show his accomplishments within the team and his work for his graduation work other than mext to the impressive machine and the first elements that were produced with his details.
Dr. Elvin Karana from Industrial Design and Dr. Marcel Bilow from the faculty of architecture were pleased with his results, which ended in a very good grade and a perfect start of the sunny weekend.
Here some pictures of the presentation, which were held directly next to the machine in the workshop. We will write about the project later, which is a fantastic project and also a very good product…
Our friends from Urban Think Tank and the ETH Zurich are organizing a thrilling workshop in Switzerland. The goal of the workshop is to develop and build a small shack for the Cape Town Settlement in South Afrika.
There are still a few places left for this one week workshop in September, the costs are only about 200 € for the whole time, maybe that is something for you if the agenda on the starting semster is not too tight !
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