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Biologically Inspired Adaptive Network February 10, 2010, 8:15 pm Filed under: Biomimetics, Networks, Urban Planning

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Transport networks are ubiquitous in both social and biological systems. Robust network performance involves a complex trade-off involving cost, transport efficiency, and fault tolerance. Biological networks have been honed by many cycles of evolutionary selection pressure and are likely to yield reasonable solutions to such combinatorial optimization problems. Furthermore, they develop without centralized control and may represent a readily scalable solution for growing networks in general. We show that the slime mold Physarum polycephalum forms networks with comparable efficiency, fault tolerance, and cost to those of real-world infrastructure networksin this case, the Tokyo rail system. The core mechanisms needed for adaptive network formation can be captured in a biologically inspired mathematical model that may be useful to guide network construction in other domains. Fig. 1. Network formation in Physarum polycephalum. (A) At t = 0, a small plasmodium of Physarum was placed at the ocation of Tokyo in an experimental arena bounded by the Pacific coastline (white border) and supplemented with additional food sources at each of themajor cities in the region (whitedots). The horizontal width of each panel is 17 cm. (B to F) The plasmodium grew out from the initial food source with a contiguous margin and progressively colonized each of the food sources. Behind the growing margin, the spreading mycelium resolved into a network of tubes interconnecting the food sources. Fig. 2. Comparison of the Physarum networks with the Tokyo rail network. (A) In the absence of illumination, the Physarum network resulted from even exploration of the available space. (B) Geographical constraints were imposed on the developing Physarum network by means of an illumination mask to restrict growth to more shaded areas corresponding to low-altitude regions. The ocean and inland lakes were also given strong illumination to prevent growth. (C andD) The resulting network (C) was compared with the rail network in the Tokyo area (D). (E and F) The minimum spanning tree (MST) connecting the same set of city nodes (E) and a model network constructed by adding additional links to the MST (F). Science 22 JANUARY 2010 VOL 327 SCIENCE Leave a Comment

Multiple Material Printers February 4, 2010, 3:11 pm Filed under: Technology

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Connex 3D Multiple Material Printers by Objet Geometries (ISRAEL) are recognized for their ability to simultaneously jet multiple materials with different properties into the same object. This extraordinary innovation is advancing the state of product development today by enabling the creation of prototypes and models that are far closer in form to the desired end product. Leave a Comment

aggregated modules January 30, 2010, 1:21 am Filed under: Academia, Research

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aggregation of modules test Leave a Comment

kuka | foam test 01 January 29, 2010, 5:53 pm Filed under: Academia, Fabrication, Technology

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Video from initial spray foam test using the KUKA 7-axis robot. At this moment we were testing the foams ability to adhere to vertical surfaces, also checking for any deflection occurring within a two foot cantilever the test sample showed no signs of deflection. A second testing this week will look at the foams ability to spray a form encapsulating a void which will then be finished via surface milling. Leave a Comment

inoculate weep January 23, 2010, 10:29 pm Filed under: Biomimetics, Research

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Inoculate weep by Naomi Ocko and Benjamin Riley presents a imaginary forest in which is observed the inoculation of a virus. This agent provokes the death of the trees and thus progress from one to another creating some kind of path which composes a poetic landscape of destruction. We are here at the core of architectural narration and in the process of an architecture trying to express what Francois Roche calls a biotopisation. See also this project. Leave a Comment

sketch furniture January 22, 2010, 10:05 pm Filed under: Research, Technology

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The four FRONT members have developed a method to materialise free hand sketches. They make it possible by using a unique method where two advanced techniques are combined. Pen strokes made in the air are recorded with Motion Capture and become 3D digital files; these are then

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materialised through Rapid Prototyping into real pieces of furniture. Leave a Comment

acadia 2010 | LIFE in:formation January 20, 2010, 8:07 pm Filed under: Academia, Workshops

We are pleased to inform you about ACADIA 2010 Life in:formation: On responsive information and variation in architecture, Call for Papers and Projects. ACADIA 2010 will focus on the changing nature of information and its impact on architectural education, research, and practice. The conference will gather leading practitioners, theorists, and researchers who will examine the relation that architecture has with technology and information, and how the latter propels todays most innovative design experimentation and research. ACADIA 2010 will be centered on a series of peer-reviewed paper sessions and a groundbreaking exhibition including peer-reviewed projects. SUBMISSION DEADLINES: Project Proposals: March 10th 2010 Paper Abstracts: April 6th 2010 Thank you for circulating this information. For any additional information, please contact the conference chairs at We look forward to you joining us at ACADIA 2010. Aaron Sprecher, Shai Yeshayahu and Pablo Lorenzo-Eiroa | ACADIA 2010 Conference Chairs Leave a Comment

foam networking January 18, 2010, 5:59 pm Filed under: Academia

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rapid prototyping | d-shape January 15, 2010, 10:33 pm Filed under: Architecture, Fabrication, Research, Technology

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Radiolarian inspired design from Shiro-Studio using d-Shapes full-scale rapid prototyping technology. Leave a Comment

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kuka | fiberglass spray January 14, 2010, 2:26 pm Filed under: Fabrication, Research, Technology

Fiberglass spraying using 6-axis Kuka robotic arm. Leave a Comment previous Next Page

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