Archinect - News 2014-04-24T10:30:33-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/96643127/finding-playground-potential-in-the-energy-carousel-in-dordrecht Finding playground potential in the Energy Carousel in Dordrecht Justine Testado 2014-03-31T15:08:00-04:00 >2014-04-07T19:33:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dp/dpjkhkbpg7qp8hfc.jpg" width="514" height="651" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For a kid, a lifesize light-up spinning top that you can play in right in your neighborhood sounds like a dream come true -- and such is the case in Dordrecht, The Netherlands.</p><p>The Energy Carousel by Madrid-based firm <a href="http://ecosistemaurbano.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ecosistema Urbano</a> is a play structure that is both engaging and educational. As kids grab onto one of the structure's hanging ropes, the kinetic energy released by their movements is stored in a battery, which later serves as supply to light up the structure at night. The carousel's LED lights shine in various colors depending on how much energy was stored during that day.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ol/oluttxbzz4vzon5c.jpg"></p><p>The Energy Carousel was one of the winning designs in a 2010 invited competition by <a href="http://www.carve.nl/?pm3=20&amp;lg=en" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Carve</a>, an Amsterdam design group that specializes in developing and engineering public spaces for children. Carve asked 10 European firms to design a multi-age sustainable "unconventional play object" to complete the Governeursplein public square in Dordrecht.</p><p>Since then, it seems the Energy Carousel has provided whirls ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/95865235/penumbra-kinetic-daylighting-and-shading-system Penumbra, Kinetic Daylighting and Shading System Archinect 2014-03-17T12:58:00-04:00 >2014-03-17T13:45:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rf/rf5q5lxumgtc8lxw.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This project was designed to offer a kinetic and mechanical solution to a problem that would otherwise be nearly impossible to solve with static architectural components: providing shading across a building facade for both low evening sun and high afternoon sun conditions.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/91321104/analyzing-the-tensions-of-transnational-negotiations-through-kinetic-cartography Analyzing the tensions of transnational negotiations through kinetic cartography Justine Testado 2014-01-17T20:23:00-05:00 >2014-01-20T18:03:18-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f9/f9mnq8j4wfwjklmt.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <em>Negotiated edges &ndash; one world, different systems</em> is a kinetic cartography "world machine" currently featured at the <a href="http://uabb.hk/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2013-14 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture</a> in Hong Kong. Created by multidisciplinary design team Chiu Ning, Yuet Chan, Lau Wai Kin, and Andrew Ng, the piece is relevant to the Biennale's overall discussion of boundaries in various architectural and urban contexts ranging from an individual to a global perspective.<br><br> If you're based in Hong Kong, you can check out <em>Negotiated edges</em> at the Biennale until Feb. 23, 2014. You can also watch the video below to see it in action.<br><br> Here's more info on the project:<br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2i/2in5yng47gbkn5fo.jpg" title=""><br><br> "'Negotiated edges &ndash; one world, different systems' owes its inception to an architectural thesis on boundaries as strategic exploitation of resources through transnational linkages against the backdrop of globalization. The team further developed the concept by looking beyond restrictive binaries to the multiplicity of sites and context.</p> <p> Negotiated edges, be...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/22070252/polymorphic-a-kinetic-installation Polymorphic: A Kinetic Installation Alexander Walter 2011-09-28T21:27:56-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/37/37wf0fzxxeepzx7c.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Polymorphic is a fascinating kinetic installation designed and produced by ten architecture students from Columbia University GSAPP in New York City. The installation was created within Fast Pace/Slow Space, a course taught by Brigette Borders and Mark Bearak. [...] The design is comprised of a double-sided bench which transforms through a series of 119 unique and interconnected sections into a chaise lounge and finally an interactive balance board.</p></em><br /><br /><p> See also the videos of <a href="http://www.vimeo.com/24031078" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Polymorphic in action</a> and <a href="http://www.vimeo.com/23925803" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Slow Space Slinky Seats (The Making)</a>.</p>