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The Imagine blog is supported by the Imagine Group which is a network of teachers and constructors – of builders, structural planners and climate designers. The group sees itself as a merger of educational, research and planning institutions working on conceptual and experimental solutions for structural and climate-related challenges. Imagine Group’s concept is to network the knowledge base according to the tasks and challenges at hand, to provide technical solutions for esthetic and constructive issues. This type of networked collaboration without large, locally fixed hierarchies enables an interdisciplinary, yet topic-related working method that is efficient and – just as important – fun. You are welcome to enjoy our blog that will include not only our concepts, ideas, news and thoughts but will also offer inspiring topics as well as pictures for your own creative work. for more info about the imagine group and the persons behind watch:

www.imagine-group.eu

our latest activity, more about our research output and archive like:

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or visit the homepage of the four members of the group directly

www.imagine-envelope.eu

www.imagine-structure.eu

www.imagine-computation.com

www.transsolar.com

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If you are a long time follower of our blog you may have recognized that we have posted a lot of content from the bucky lab the TU Delft prototyping master class. We have now started a new blog dedicated to the bucky lab, so if you are interested have a look and follow us also there:

www.buckylab.blogspot.com

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have a look, if you think this iconic buildind is something for you, give us a sign.

Only restriction, if you buy it for a dollar / euro you have to rebuild it …selling the parts is not an option.

Let the legend live…and make our Professor Mick Eekhout a happy guy…

Your chance to learn from the best in the business …
POSTGRADUATE MASTER´S PROGRAM CLIMADESIGN AT TUM
In October 2014, the Master’s program ClimaDesign at TUM will start with a new course. The program is focused on synergistic planning approaches and holistic strategies for climate-responsive and energy-efficient buildings and cities. The postgraduate master’s degree program ClimaDesign is intended to further develop the  specialization and scientific research of energy-efficient planning and construction, building climatology and architectural design quality. ClimaDesign also prepares individuals for key positions in professional practice, research and development on a national and international level. What makes it unique in its form is the interdisciplinary, the global growing network ClimaDesign as well as the practical reference to professional planners from the industry as well as renowned architects and engineers, the part time study in compact block weeks and the readapted  teaching that is based on current topics. Application period is until 31st July 2014. More Information about the master´s program at www.climadesign.de.

As the editor and author of the imagine series we are proud to find concepts becoming reality. This time Archdaily reports that Arup just developed a knod that is following the path of the forces within the unit to make a lighter and more optimized load bearing elemement using additive manufactoring processes or as most of you are calling it: 3D printing.

Actually we thought it a bit further and bigger, but with the rapid development of the industry all around additive manufacoring we are blessed with bigger, faster “printers” that are able to build with nearly every material to imagine.

 

Have a look on our pages from 2007 and imagine what would be possible if the machines become big as houses. Check also the phd from Holger Strauss, who developed a facade corner cleat and a post and beam facade knod out of aluminium.

We are proud and happy that our sometimes crazy ideas of the imagine book series become true, proofing also that there is a lot of potential in the concepts we have collected. Dont miss the no. 4 of our series Rapids thats the one about rapid prototyping.

We are always looking for the idea that can change the world, make a fortune or is just right to do. This idea seems to have it all, featured on indigogo it already received its demanded backer amount and still rising. Have a look, we believe this could really make our future change the way it is right now. And sometimes you have to shout at people that they get it…

 

The first week is already done, have a look what happened at day 1 and watch the full weeks report on www.buckylab.blogspot.com

Day one, and after a perfect sunny weekend the sun did not stop today. Within a record time of about 45 minutes (we always measure the time till the table saw runs for its first time …) the workshop was ready.

A short while later, Frans from festool arrived and we started the Intro from our workshop and the tools. In the beginning we try to give an overview of what is possible within the workshop and what we have in the boxes. Next to safety we also try to share some secrets of the trade and show how its done.

Some of the students already watched the youtube videos from Festool in which Frans introduced the different possibilities of the tools and already got familiar with our favourite trainer. So good to have him live in the tent and therefore he also got the best place of the workshop - in the sun underneath our small Romazo Pavilion.

Dr. Bucky Lab donated a fridge and we got a coffee machine from Sodexo for the time out in the tent, so the catering is also set.

At the end of our circle training, the students directly started to rip the plywood plates into pieces and start building. Its always amazing for us and the professionals from festool how fast our students get used to the machines, thats really learning by doing !

Keep fingers crossed that the weather will stay that fine, due to a new fabric on the tent its quite dark inside therefore we love to work outside…

Here some impressions of the first day

 

as a cooperation with Kolon, Suh Architects and the imagine group this project started 2 years ago to represent Kolon as a company with a wide range of products and technologies.

For most of the people the south korean conpany is known for its line of sport clothing, Kolon sports offers an innovative line of outdoor and sports clothing, next to camping gear and accesories within this field. Beeing able to produce high tech fibres and fabrics, Kolons breathable and water and windproof products made their clothes perfom in the extremest environments.

After diving into the project, we discovered an amazing variety of products Kolon is producing to industrial clients, and in this case the list is endless and later on mostly unrecognized.

Within the project the architects made a smart decision to pick one material - spunbond- to use in a way nobody has seen it before. Have a look what we have achieved within this wonderful journey.

Follow also the blog kolon has opened to show their first exhibition in Beijing. http://kolonjourney.com/?inspiring-journey

 

You may have noticed a calm period on the blog. Our main author Marcel was recovering from a hip surgery and is now upgraded with a brand new hip - we call him already the Bionic Bilow.

We talked to him and he mentioed that he suffered from problems in his youth and had a surgery with the age of 10, the experts already mentioned that he might need a new artificial hip later …so it was about time and after only one day in the hospital he was send home following the rapid recovery procedure that pushes the patient to move as much as possible as early as possible with the help of painkillers. So far all went fine, he was able to walk with crutches directly on day one and was able to walk without just after 4 weeks.

Still a bit weak, but motivated he will start working next week and of course also start blogging on a regular base. So keep an eye on the blog we have collected lot of contents for the coming weeks.

 

Heartbleed hits this blog

It seems that we were a victim of the current heartbleed bug, tumblr switched the theme and resetted the password, now we are trying to restore the look of the blog. Unfortunalely it seems that the theme we have used for so long and loving does not exist anymore.

Do you know which theme we use on the blog ? We know it was something standard and free, so no fancy functions.

We will be back in businnes soon.

great storyteller, and we love space of course !

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Chris Hadfield: What I learned from going blind in space

Col. Chris Hadfield is a phenomenal storyteller. This week, at TED 2014 in Vancouver, he spoke about what he learned about fear when he went blind in space. The video of his presentation is a must watch… unless you’re really, really scared of spiders!

Credit : TED

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