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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:

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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:

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We love kickstarter, its about making, testing and finally to bring your concept, idea or solution out …if others think its worth it. Have a look on this lovely toys, hand crafted and paint. Steamy chums reunite modern prototyping production technologies with good old sketching, modelling and painting skills all transformed into a toy that tells a story ! great idea and the video is also underlining the storyline.

have a look here

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really, the first commercial concrete printer that is able to print houses already on the market …? Yes and no. BetAbram the company behing the story released pictures of its series of 3D printers, but in fact its a huge gantry or scaffolding system shown and a short clip that shows that the printer head is able to extrude concrete. For the mentioned 12.000 -16.000 € you will get a - lets say - starter kit, the machine moves, the software to control it and a recommendation for the concrete mixture will be included we assume, but houses ? No way ! While this company is able to claim to sell the worlds first commercial “home printing home printer” …they are in need to have architects and the building industry to develop the actual technology. Just a nozzle that spits out concrete does not make a house. Having seen different of attempts, now with the chinese leading in the race in already building 3D printed houses out of concrete, and the dutch with their PLA version that will melt in fire and degregate under rain but shows the possibilities once the right material and construction mix is found we are defenitely seeing an ongoing trend. So lets buy one of these machines and start solving the puzzle of how to build houses.


After quite a busy time with job and new home we finally found some to time to discover the new city, Rotterdam a city with its own hardbeat…Some friends and also former students started their own office called Schop and they got their hands on an old space underneath an abandonded railroad. To spice up the space and also motivate the neihbourhood they build an urban garden and asked the neigbours to bring a plant in exchange for a slice of pizza …having this kind of invitations, including a bit of work and some food, we couldnt resists …

said so, we helped a bit to throw some ground in the new planting pods and watched the pizza man arrived. And what a surprize the pizza oven was on wheels, actually on a bike …what a machine and what a tasty pizza. is a two man show, having the pizza oven on a bike an the rest whats needed in a trailer carried from a second bike, once set up the vehicle unfolds its full potential: a wood fire powered clay oven, a stove to heat up the pizza sauce and a table to serve all the ingredients to make the pizza you like the most …the concepts is as easy as it sounds, wash your fingers, roll the dough, place the pizza in the oven for just about 10 seconds to get it prebaked and then throw everything on it you like …and after another 2 minutes in the oven, a very very deliscious pizza comes out …thin and crispy like every nonna would love and make it…

What a nice day, and the best it worked quite well, after some gardening, dirty work and a few slices of pizza eveyone was talking about the future of the railroad spaces, the lovely herbs that will grow in the garden and the neighbours were already in and asking for the next session like this …

It all starts woith the small things and sometimes you have to make pizza to change the world !


What a great set of drawings !


Pavel Fomenko´s sketchbook

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 …
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

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

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.