Shigeru Ban: ‘People’s architect’ combines permanence and paper"
Generally speaking, an architect’s style is defined by particular forms or shapes. There’s Frank Lloyd Wright’s prominent horizontal lines, for instance; Le Corbusier’s simple white boxes; or, more recently, the deliberately abstract masses of Frank Gehry — of Guggenheim Bilbao fame. But in the view of Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, such formal elements are ultimately little more than reflections of current trends — in the first two cases above, Modernism, and in the third, “blobbism,” or the recent taste for irregular shapes made possible by computer-aided design.
According to Ban, the only way for architects to keep their work free from the influence of such transient fashions is to come up with new ways to actually build things — new materials, for example, or new approaches to structural engineering.
His own answer? Paper — or, to be more precise, cardboard tubes. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns
on Jan 26, 2014 -
Daniel Agdag, a Melbourne based artist and filmmaker, is presenting his first solo show, “Sets for a Film I’ll Never Make”. A playful nod to his short career as an animator, “Sets for a film…” presents a meticulous industrial world of his own imagining. The unassuming use of boxboard as a medium belies an elaborate world of transmission and communication that preserves the incessant redundancies of the modern industrial world. His short films have screened worldwide, and garnered a Dendy Award and an AFI nomination. His work has been described as architectural in form, whimsical in nature and inconceivably intricate. [more inside]
posted by jillithd
on Oct 23, 2012 -
The Alfa [bicycle] weighs 20lbs, yet supports riders up to 24 times its weight. It’s mostly cardboard and 100% recycled materials, yet uses a belt-driven pedal system that makes it maintenance free. And, maybe best of all, it’s project designed to be manufactured at about $9 to $12 per unit (and just $5 for a kids version.
posted by barnacles
on Sep 13, 2012 -
The use of cardboard for things other than packaging is not new to the blue, from detailed artwork
(and even re-making the Tron light cycle scene
), and now computer cases
. Brenden Macaluso's design
is not the first, with a Japanese design from 2005
(the original site is down, but Archive.org has a backup
, with more versions archived
), and other
for an existing case missing parts. Recompute
wasn't the only cardboard case in the 2009 Greener Gadgets
design competition. The other was Cardboardcase
, by Francesco Biasci and Martina Becattini, which is a more of a traditional computer case form. On the DIY side, Instructables provides plans for a DIY cardboard laptop case
. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Sep 17, 2009 -
Although the movie Tron was groundbreaking due to its unprecedented and extensive use of CGI in 1982, after pre-production, it only took four months to shoot and nine months to complete all of the special effects. From Computer Animation Primer published in 1984
, we learn a bit about the technical process, which seems amusingly tedious by today's animation standards. [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix
on Dec 11, 2008 -
- "a collection of tiny buildings handcrafted from business cards, packaging and other nice papers."
posted by dobbs
on Dec 25, 2007 -
The CTFL was created out of a desperate need to better train and arm citizens with cardboard tubes. The goal of the CTFL is to provide organized cardboard tube based events that help spread cardboard awareness.
posted by otherwordlyglow
on Oct 24, 2007 -
offers free downloadable PDF patterns you can use to make children's furniture and "fun objects" out of 4mm corrugated cardboard. via
posted by paulsc
on Apr 29, 2007 -
Kids, was your Mom or Dad sent to Iraq? Need some help coping with the separation anxiety? Never fear, it's the Maine National Guard to the rescue
posted by mr_crash_davis
on Aug 31, 2006 -
Payback is a B****
Someone played one too many practical jokes and/or pranks on some IT guys who had too much time on their hands. Impressive results ensue.
posted by FlamingBore
on Aug 8, 2006 -