Archinect - News 2016-10-25T06:18:12-04:00 Help fund this Kickstarter for 3D printed maps of Tokyo Julia Ingalls 2016-10-11T13:39:00-04:00 >2016-10-13T23:55:44-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="444" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The confluence of Google mapping, 3D printing and the desire for inventive home decor has produced a&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a> for One Hundred Tokyo, a fully-fledged three dimensional map of Tokyo that is divided into 100 handy pieces. Pick your favorite palm-sized square(s) or collect all 100; it's up to you and your available display space. Nonetheless, these minutely detailed urban segments are cool/notable both for their immediacy and their accuracy; Zenrin, the same urban data providers that work with Google Maps and Microsoft, have "specially equipped vehicles" that compile the metropolitan deets used to produce the models.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>What else is going on with 3D printing? So glad you asked:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Curve Appeal" will be globe's first Freeform 3D printed house</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Earth's first 3D printed office created in 17 days for half the labor cost</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Recreation of Palmyra's Arch of Triumph presented in Trafalgar Square</a></li></ul> Brutal paper cut-outs (of real-life buildings) Julia Ingalls 2016-05-26T19:22:00-04:00 >2016-06-02T23:56:55-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="569" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Poland-based studio Zupagrafika has a thing for modernist and Brutalist architecture. And to share that passion, it has created playful illustrated paper cutout models of Brutalist buildings in London; modernist buildings in Warsaw; and a new series, Paris Brut, featuring Brutalist architecture from the 1950s&ndash;70s located in the city center and outlying banlieues.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Cheaper than a train set, more visceral than a video game: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zupagrafika</a>'s sets of&nbsp;the Les Choux de Creteil, the Cite des 4000, and the Orgues de Flandre (among others) will keep your fingers busy in assembly and your mind deeply engaged in the thorny issues surrounding the relative success and failure of mid-century design.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>A round-up of all the latest in fascinating miniatures:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vote on which 3D concrete puzzles of cities &amp; places to model next</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aspiring Japanese surgeons build tiny models to get hired</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Miniature Model Behind &lsquo;The Grand Budapest Hotel&rsquo;</a></li></ul> Animated 3D data maps of New York City & beyond Julia Ingalls 2015-10-01T13:31:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T01:24:03-04:00 <img src="" width="876" height="620" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Created by graphic engineer Patricio Gonzalez Vivo, the animated map gives a sky-high view of the city's hustle and bustle, capturing cars cruising along streets and lights buzzing on and off in buildings. Vivo, who created the project for open source mapping lab Mapzen, applied mathematical functions to street data to create the animated scene.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Vivo's mapping isn't limited to New York City: you can <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">input</a> a variety of different cities, from Aachen to Zemun, and get a hypnotizing 3D view. Here's a view of downtown Los Angeles:&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>And a view of London (with the black, mostly data-less swath of the Thames cutting through):</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Archiving the built environment in Joakim Dahlqvist's "Piminski" renderings Justine Testado 2014-02-18T14:59:00-05:00 >2014-02-19T14:27:21-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The 3D model renderings of architect, illustrator, and digital artist <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Joakim Dahlqvist</a> are a tug-o'-war between reality and imagination &mdash; a constant tension reflected in the never-ending quest for design innovation. The smartly arranged objects in Dahlqvist's 3D renderings would have one think each piece required thorough, calculated thought every step of the way. They do, to an extent.</p><p>But after I had a short phone conversation with Dahlqvist, his creative thought process seems to lean toward an experimental and intuitive side that may not be easily detected in his work.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Always having an interest in collecting things and spotting interesting details in his everyday surroundings, Dahlqvist began piecing together the renderings as a "bureaucratic" exercise. The renderings were also a uniquely productive way for him to archive the items he had collected over the years.<br><br>When he was invited to exhibit his work at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WUHO Gallery</a> in L.A., he explained that he took it as an opportunity to c...</p> Your phone could soon become a 3D scanner Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-12-06T13:49:00-05:00 >2013-12-11T09:58:37-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="423" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Most of us have gotten used to smartphones replacing long-established devices such as cameras and music players. Soon, however, they might be taking over the duties of something that is itself an emerging technology &ndash; the 3D scanner. Researchers at ETH Zurich have created an app that allows an ordinary smartphone to capture and display three-dimensional models of real-world objects, for subsequent finessing or even 3D printing.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>