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Industrial Improvisation

Chryssa Varna joined the Interactive Architecture Lab with an interest in bringing Dance and Architecture together. Her fascinating project between 2012-2013 brought together these two worlds through a series of kinetic installations the last of which “Industrial Improvisation” gathered a... Read More

Microsoft Can Now Turn Any Space Into The Holodeck

Prepare yourself. This is the craziest interactive demo you'll see all year. Last year, Microsoft Research revealed Illumiroom--which used projectors to stretch the image on your TV to take over a whole wall. Now comes the sequel. Called...Show More Summary

Morphs 1.0

It was a great pleasure to see William Bondin graduate with distinction for a project which examined  fascinating questions about the relationship between morphology and behaviour. Regine at We Make Money Not Art did a great interview with William which... Read More

Keynote – Ruairi Glynn @ Fascinate Conference 2013

I thought I’d share a Keynote that I gave a few months ago at the brilliantly well organised and ambitiously curated Fascinate Conference. My thanks to the guys in Falmouth for the invitation and for sharing the conference footage also.... Read More

Cellular Reticulations

How does space become complex? What are the aesthetic possibilities of generating complexity out of the seemingly un-complex? Cellular Reticulations is inspired by computational research into the emergent and unpredictable nature of interaction. Even very simple systems can produce extraordinary... Read More


Through a series of digital prototypes and spatial experiments, visual perception in virtual reality and gestural interaction between occupant and virtual space have been investigated. Early research explored 3D drawing into physical space interrogating the relationship between the physical... Read More


CRAF is a mobile agency that promotes dialog through the performance of projectile catalysts. With the contemporary breakdown of cultural expectations and expressions of dissent, CRAF investigates the methods for constructing a communication platform to encourage social exchange. The... Read More

Furl: Soft Pneumatic Pavilion

The domain of soft robotics is forming as a new frontier of kinetic designing. Not only creating many new possibilities for robotics but also in architecture. Challenging conventional design thinking about adaptive architecture the experiments outlined in this research suggest... Read More

How Gillian Flynn Adapted Her Biggest Novel, "Gone Girl," Into Her First Screenplay

One of the most talked-about novels in recent years, the 2012 thriller Gone Girl is now a film. Here, author Gillian Flynn discusses the challenges and joys of adapting her work into a screenplay for the first time. Authors have a way of disappearing from the praise that surrounds a successful film adaptation. Show More Summary

Misfit Engineer Rachel Kalmar Wants You To Be An Intelligent Node

Kalmar is breaking wearable devices out of data silos and harnessing the crowd. Dr. Brainlove, dubbed "The Most Burning Man Thing Ever," is a school bus-size brain that changes color based on neurological activity. For Playa revelers, it was a source of wonder. For Misfit Wearable senior engineer Rachel Kalmar, it was research. Read Full Story

Invisibles, Not Wearables, Will Profoundly Change Health Care

In the near future, invisible health-tracking technology will replace wearables, like the Apple Watch, available now. Editor's Note This post was adapted from a speech given at the 8th Annual USC Body Computing Conference on October 1. Read Full Story

Eye Catcher

Using a combination of industrial robotics and high power magnets, a seemingly inconspicuous frame on a wall, magically comes to life. Through a series of experimental films, photography and physical prototypes, the primitive effects of eye (and eye-like) stimuli have... Read More

In Chicago

I'm in Chicago for about a week, so in that time posts will be slow. Here's a few of the buildings I saw in the last couple of days, via my Instagram feed.WMS Boathouse at Clark Park by Studio Gang Architects:Jewish Reconstructionist...Show More Summary

Sinister Dialogues

Sinister Dialogues: an international symposium held on 25th September 2014 at the Manchester School of Architecture.   This ongoing project is an examination of how an uncomfortable, terrible or destructive past of a structure can be negotiated though building reuse. Sinister Dialogues examines the... (more...)

Visitors Fined For Climbing Shigeru Ban's Aspen Art Museum

Looks like fun, though. Two months after its grand opening, drama continues to surround the Aspen Art Museum, designed by Pritzker Prize-winner Shigeru Ban. Read Full Story

New York City's Subway Stations Need $5 Billion In Repairs

A new report reveals that 417 of the city's 468 subway stations need fixing. It's time to invest in infrastructure! In addition to being hellishly hot, smelly, and full of rats, New York City's subway stations have structural flaws--a whole lot of them, according to a new report. Read Full Story

Ayse Birsel On Istanbul's Best Design Secrets

The award-winning designer walks us through her favorite destinations in this city of contrasts. Welcome to Wanderlust, a weekly series on Co.Design where some of our favorite designers share their secret picks and insider tips for the best design cities on the planet. Show More Summary

5 Illegal Photos Of London's Abandoned Underworld, Captured By Daring Place-Hackers

A new book showcases the work of 12 anonymous photographers obsessed with spelunking London's forgotten tunnels. Aboveground, London is an exceptionally clean and well-groomed city, but its streets hide an dystopian-looking underworld, blocked off from the vast majority of the public for decades. Show More Summary

Incredible Optical Illusion Makes Building Appear To Float In Mid-Air

Watch how British artist Alex Chinneck did it. Londoners strolling through Covent Garden this month are in for a surprise: The piazza's historic Market Building, 184 years old, seems to float above its foundation, with a 10-foot gap between the top and bottom of the Doric colonnade. Read Full Story

A Chemex For Your Mineral Water Is Here

Pour-over coffee inspired Kor's latest water filtration system. Imagine a Chemex for purifying water. That, in a nut shell, is the premise of the Water Fall, a new water filtration system from Kor that presents an elegant alternative to a Brita filter, inspired by pour-over coffee. Read Full Story

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