Last Friday one of our readers, Tina Phillips, shared an intriguing link on our facebook page. It was about an experimental building method called spaceplates being developed by the Danish collective N55 that looks suspiciously like the future of building from the late 60’s.
Based on the research of the late Danish engineer Ture Wester, spaceplates are a rigid, light weight modular building system. Being a pure plate structure, there are no other structural members than thin plates, bent at all edges to achieve a simple, mechanical assembly method. While the design and the production requires digital technology, the structure itself can be assembled using only hand tools.
Mike: I just love a good experimental building technology. This one even uses a CNC machine to cut out the parts!
Molly: Pure plate whosiwhatis?
Mike: Think of it as a way to build structures with just the skin.
Mike: Check out the pictures…
Molly: Oh, I get it, they’re building soap bubble greenhouses!
Mike: Yeah, or sea urchin shells…
Check out the rest of the story over at Anne Romme’s site.
You can also see a full scale version in this video:
Show and Tell Time!
“Sometimes you’re cruising along through life and you see someone else doing something so appropriate that it makes you pause and rethink things. I’m not talking about suddenly changing religions or switching from being a carnivore to a vegan but more like you just got a gentle nudge that may send you off in an unexpected direction.”- Mike
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Improvising is a powerful operating system.
You don’t need to be an expert to improvise.
Improvising is a practice like yoga or cooking; the more we do it the better we get at it.
Creativity can be cultivated. We can learn what we don’t know.
We believe in asking “why not?’ when we have an interesting idea and then trying out our idea.
We can be afraid of doing something and do it anyway.
Making mistakes is the way we learn. Perfection is over-rated.
Mistakes are often paths to unexpected discoveries [solutions]
Constraints – whether money, space, time or materials – don’t limit, they expand.
Making a mess is an essential part of improvising.
Improvising is an antidote to “I can’t.”
Improvising guides you to the solutions you are looking for.
Improvising is a path full of richness and discovery.
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