PAX AU x 2

Well, it is a truly sad state of affairs when it appears I am writing a single blog post to cover two years of PAX here in Australia. Setting that hopelessness to one side, lets lift the mood -…


Lego House and Rendering

Lets start with LEGO IS AWESOME, then shift over to Denmark's architecture wizards BIG and their design of the Lego House. The design draws heavily on the idea of the Lego bricks themselves, playing…


eVolo Skyscraper Competition

There is something impressive still about the architectural statement a grand tower can make. The eVolo Skyscraper Competition winners for 2014 have been announced and they all make impressive…


Architectural Coolularities

I have all these tabs open in my browser which have cool pieces of architecture that come through on my feeds or Twitter or whatever and they are still there because - well - if I just close them I…


3D Printer Explorations

Time to take another look at some of the fun things that have been going through our little MakerBot Replicator 2 in the last week or so. We finally used up the sample roll of filament that came with…


Martin Tamke from CITA talk

Interesting talk at UNSW BE tonight by Martin Tamke from CITA (Centre for IT and Architecture) a research centre at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture. He talked through a…


Luminocity and Hypersurface

The Faculty of Built Environment had a few large shows at the end of this year for UNSW. We had several exhibitions as part of the Sydney Architecture Festival with some very groovy Hypersurface…


Groovy new RMIT Building

Universities are often great places for exciting pieces of architecture to spawn because of their more adventurous nature and their ability to use buildings as advertising of their research and…


2012 CGawards

The world is full of CG artists and works, so when 3DWorld unveil this years CG Awards all we get is supreme class on all levels. Blender picked up the software update award which just shows the…


Gardens by the Bay Awarded

Wilkinson Eyre Architects have won the World Building of the Year prize at the World Architecture Festival for their Gardens by the Bay tropical garden in Singapore. This is a piece of…


Human AI Bots and Gooey Architecture

I am not sure what brings these two little pieces of news together, maybe it is their lack of overlapping spheres of influence that prompted this post. Human AI Bots The idea of programming bots in…


Chrysalis Architecture

This concept for a chrysalis tree house restaurant was made back in 2008 by Pacific Environments Architects out of NZ for US Yellow Pages. Would have been nice if it could have been realised somehow,…


Unity3D interactive archvis

One of the notions that we like about real-time 3D engines for architectural visualisation, isnt just that designers, stakeholders and clients can get a much better feel for the spaces, lighting,…


Situation Engine

The Situation Engine research project at the Faculty of the Built Environment here at UNSW brings the real-time simulation capabilities of the CryEngine3 to the problem of teaching construction…


Arty bits big and small

There are so many talented humans out there and it seems that many of them end up with their fine work on Colossal. The site features principally physical art and design, though digital techniques…


Towers and Generators

Two parts to this post, first looking at some of the amazing high-rise towers going up in Korea and then some cool software to generate design optimisation. Yongsan International Business District…


3 bits of Architecture

I like exploring sites like Dezeen which have articles with lots of photos, visualisations and plans of fascinating architectural and design projects. So I thought it would be nice to pick out 3 bits…


Lego Open-Plan

The Lego offices in Billund, Denmark bring the fun of Lego into the office environment and as the DeZeen article shows (plans and all) they are some interesting open-plan places. Open-plan refits are…


Box Hedge Architecture

This 2008 winning concept design for the new town of Gwanggyo, south of Seoul in Korea is the work of MVRDV. The article on the Gwanggyo Power Centre development on DeZeen provides more info on the…


Light Festival

Check out some of the super pieces at the 2012 Light Festival in Ghent, Belgium. The idea of light-centric architecture isnt new of course, but modern tech can take the idea in clever and artistic…