Tuesday, 17 April 2012

From Christchurch Cathedral to desform 2012... towards An Evolutionary Architecture

At a critical time when the NZ government is trying to stimulate technological innovation not only in science, but in many other sectors including the construction industry, intriguingly this week combines a curious juxtaposition between the continuing debate on the future of Christchurch and its Cathedral on one hand, while on the other the desform conference takes place in Wellington... exploring digital interactive/movable technologies and typologies in architecture. Listening to Kathryn Ryan's talk with Philip Beesley raised a series of issues that could certainly become part of a broader discussion around how Christchurch could be rebuilt. Here is the link -


Many of these issues informed click-raft from the beginning, and many of these thoughts and experiments were informed early on by my ongoing conversations and collaborations with John Frazer, and more recently in collaboration with Jaap Dankert. It will be interesting over the coming period to see how many of these dimensions we can realise and further develop in habitable structures. In particular to make buildings more responsive and interactive with their environments, but also to provide the mechanisms where by they can learn, and thus adapt or tune to changing environmental conditions, in the sense that a sailing boat is tuned, and perhaps in future, in the deeper sense that a tree does, opening a path towards 'An Evolutionary Architecture'. 
Is this not the very moment to catalyse these potentials and to invest in exploring and developing these new capabilities and skillsets to engage in the massive challenges for Christchurch and other cities around the globe who have to address these challenges? 
... let alone the huge potentials for a new way of building in general. More deeply, is this not also a way forward towards a more sensitive and ecological engagement with our fragile planet ?  
One that makes both economic and ecological sense.

refer also to recent lectures by John Frazer http://vimeo.com/channels/310576

Monday, 2 April 2012

click-raft blog stats tops 1000 hits ... again

This month the launch of the click-raft puzzlekit has sparked very strong interest, this is pretty exciting news since click-raft has been in development since 2005 - so it's a long slow story, and the blog has only been in existance since mid 2009. Prior to this i used moleskin sketch-log books. But with the focused development during 2010/11 together with Jaap Dankert of the website and Types 02 (30m2 live/work unit), 03 (business unit) and then 04 (school unit) winning the sustainability award in the Future Schools Competition dramatically increased interest. But the puzzlekit has sparked just as much interest as winning the competition. So very soon I hope to have a simple and easy way to purchase puzzlekits for those interested, but for now just email me direct for your orders. Also coming is the Puke Ariki exhibition in New Plymouth, NZ at the end of this year which is going to be very exciting, and also larger scale structures, for innovation and technology companies. Large scale lego fabrication for big kids is just beginning to grow up ....  :) 
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