Espace mobile

January 30, 2008 at 2:46 am (Modularity, Prefabrication) (, , )

Espace mobile

This is a prefabricate mobile home that is located on the countryside of Austrian. It is designed by Design Spotters. It is made out of wood and steel. The structure is designed for energy conservation and heat retention. The Espace Mobile home is 4 meters wide and it ranges from 7 to 15 meters long.

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References:

Espace Mobile

Prefab friday

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Gehling House

January 30, 2008 at 2:06 am (interactivity, Prefabrication) (, , , )

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The Gehling House was designed by INDEX Architects BDA. It is located in L├╝dinghausen, Germany. They invisioned a structure that is temporary that is make up of prefabricated kit of parts that can be dismantled and re-assemble elsewhere. The prefabricated parts are made up of lamellae. Lamellae is a type of material that energy is obtained than is released. Energy management can be controlled by sliding a set of shadow-casting , view-defining lamellae along track that run horizontal in the house. The house is elevated because of the dangers of flooding. Also buy having the house elevated it gives the residents a better view of the tree that are located in the courtyard. The courtyard acts as a stage for selected scenes as the seasons change.

References:

INDEX Architects BDA

Wikipedia Encyclopedia– Lamellae

Books:

Peter Cook and Neil Spiller, The Power of Contemporary Architecture, [John Wiley & Sons, (7 May 1999)]

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Clusters in the Air

January 30, 2008 at 12:34 am (Metabolism, Modularity)

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Arata Isozaki a metabolist architect deigned Clusters in the Air in 1960-62 for Tokyo. He uses the same joint core system as he did for the City in the Air. The concept of the clusters was to develop a new way to structure housing around Tokyo. The Cluster are suppose to represent leaves from trees which are the housing units and the core represents the trunk of the tree.

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References:

Books:

preface by Richard Koshalek; essay by David B. Stewart and Hajime Yatsuka, Arata Isozaki: Architecture 1960-1990, [Rizzoli International Publication, Inc., 1191

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Metabolist Movement

January 29, 2008 at 9:51 pm (Metabolism) (, , , , )

The metabolist movement was started by a group of Japanese architects and city planners in 1959. The categories that the group in visioned for the future of cities around the world are large scale, flexible and extensible structures that facilitate an organic growth process.

Kisho Kurokawa is one of the founders of the Metabolists. Other architects and city planners that are involved with this movement are Akri Shibuya, Youji Watanabe, Kenzo Tango, Kisho Kikutake, Takashi Asada, Noboru Kawazoe, Kiyonori Kikutake, Fumihiko Maki, Masato Otaka, Peter Cook, Ron Herron, Justus Dahinden Walter Jonas, Moshe Safdie and Gunther Domenig.

The most famous metabolist projects are the floating city in the sea, Kiyonari Kikutake’s Marine City, tower city, ocean city, the wall city, the agricultural city, the Helix City and Nakagin Capsule Tower by Kisho Kurokawa.

References:

Wikipedia Encyclopedia– Metabolist Movement

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Shinjuku Project (City in the Air)

January 29, 2008 at 6:05 pm (Metabolism, Modularity) (, , , , )

City in the Air

The Shinjuku Project located in Shinjuku, Tokyo was undertaken in 1960 by Arata Isozaki an metabolist architect. The Shinjuku Project is better known as the City in the Air because it’s joint core system. This project was design as a counterproposal for was dominate the skyline in Tokyo today. Their purpose for the design was to divide the district into rectangular sections and erect sheer vertical structures on them (joint core system). What the clients saw the proposal as was that Tokyo need a new metropolitan look that only could be accomplished by putting the city in the air.

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References:

Books:

preface by Richard Koshalek: essays by David B. Stewart, Arata Isozaki Architecture 1960-1990, [Rizzoli International Publication, Inc, 1991]

Links:

MoMA.org

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Business Incubators

January 29, 2008 at 5:27 pm (Incubators) ()

Business incubators have been in the USA since 1960s and in the 1980s they started to bloom in the UK and Europe. Business Incubators are organizations that help companies that are just starting out to have a chance to group so they have a better chance to survive. There is both public and private incubators. Public incubators are for high-tech industries like science based business such as universities and research institutes. Private incubators are for profit firms that take a reasonable fee for there services. This type of incubator is for new firms that are just starting out in the business world.

Resources and service elements:

  • provision of physical space
  • management coaching
  • help in preparing an effective business plan
  • administrative services
  • technical support
  • business networking
  • advice on intellectual property
  • help in finding sources of financing

References:

Wikipedia Encyclopedia– Business incubators

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Nestle

January 29, 2008 at 4:41 pm (Incubators) (, )

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Nestle’s is a business incubator for all super markets, convenient stores, vending machine companies, some retail stores like Target, Walmart, Meijers, Walgreens, Cvs, and many more. The products that Nestles provides for these companies is:

Candy

Willy Wonka

Jenny Craig

Powerbars

Stoffers

Water

  • Poland Springs
  • Ice Mountain
  • Nestle Water

Dog Food

  • Purina
  • Pro Plan

Ice Cream

  • Edy’s
  • Breyers
  • Carnation

Coffee

  • Taster Choice

Contact Solution

  • Elcon

Baby Food

  • Gerber

Baby Formula

  • Good Start

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Myspace

January 29, 2008 at 4:48 am (Open Source) (, , , )

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Myspace is an open source site that was created by Thomas Anderson and Christopher DeWolfe and it was launched in February of 1999. The site allow people to create their own profile space that lets them post blogs and bulletins, they can join group, find new and old friends, search for music, comedy, movies. It allow musicians to put their music on the web so they can get their name out into to world. For people that join myspace but don’t know how to make code to devolope their space there are site that help people to do that like Pimp my Profile, Thomas’ Myspace Editor, and Myspace Generator.

References:

MySpace- Wikipedia Encyclopedia

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Kisho Kurokawa’s Helix City (Floating City)

January 29, 2008 at 1:25 am (Metabolism) (, , , )

Ink and graphite on printed map of Kisho Kurokawa's Floating City

Helix city plan was designed by Kisho Kurokawa in 1961 during the early years of the metabolism movement. The city is more commonly known as the floating city because it is placed on the ocean. Kurokawa’s vision for the city was to have an organic city plan, having the land and water building structures to be connected only by bridges. The form of the spiral structures resembles DNA. The apartments in the structure are hung within the spiral to fill the spaces.

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References:

Links:
Kisho Kurokawa

MoMA.org

Books:

Kisho Kurokawa, Kisho Kurokawa From the Machine Age to the Age of Life, [Book Art Ltd.1998]

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