Tag Archives: Innovation

Paper light

Some days an innovation so great that its stunningly simple, hits you in the form of a blog piece, in this case it’s an article I saw on the idea connection blog.

The video below says little, but the article on the idea connection site, has a little more.

The whole concept of 3D printing component, objects, and now even surface materials is gain such pace. What if we design paper of varying light colours, or messages, the mind and idea bank go overboard,

No picture today, just this article, worth some serious thought.

If i can print a bulb, what else can I print to paper, small sensors, that switch on the light, all within the paper, ho about zoned areas, even wifi, paper o showing the latest paper, or video channels ,,,,, here we go, the mind is in overdrive…… best to add these to evernote.

 

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Elevator Development

old metal list with staircase

old metal list with staircase

The video below brings back many memories of the paternoster at Tower Block at my old Poly, at Perry Barr Birmingham which also happens to be now transformed into Birmingham City University.

The point here is not the huge numbers we used to try and get into the continuously moving box, but the development of lifts.

Until now they have been the best and only way to transport people, and goods vertically within both a building, and from floor to flor external. but now there seems to be a new way, and its one I think needs some looking at. Thyssen Krupp has developed a new way of looking at the problem, and you can easily see Starteck and other SciFi movies influence,,,, well I think so ! and whilst I am on the subject, is it an elevator or lift !!!!.

The second video is an animation of the concepts of this type of lift that not only travels vertically but horizontally, it also increases the number of lifts any one shaft can accommodate. no more long waits for lifts because its being held on another floor.

Todays photo is more an old nostalgic look at the way I picture lifts from the old french noir movies

paternoster-video from Lloyd Alter on Vimeo.

 

 

Architectural Technologist – innovation and invention

I recently read a great article on the Fastcompany site on “Why the future of innovation is in ideas not product”, it a great article and one you should link onto.

But as always it got me thinking about my idea bank, my repository of ideas and thoughts, I transferred it to Evernote a while back, and this has transformed my thinking, I can now easily take an overview, and search on one tag, to see what else I have in the same vain.

Innovation is so often stifled, not because of no ideas, but because many a company require paperwork to show a products potential, they need reports, and any idea needs a backer, funds allocated, and progress reports, this is the stifled bit, an idea should have freedom, freedom to grow and become what it is, Google have the right idea, in that they have their 20% time rule, which means any one person can innovate, it does not require that the idea comes out of a department, apart from some very basic rules, the office post room can innovate and put an idea forward.

In my company, we are just two, so ideas can grow quite easily, take life and fester, the beauty of Evernote is the shared file, we both can add and comment, and so often it's not in office hours, ideas can come at any time, so we access via laptop, iPad or iPhone.

The CPD here is simple and straight forward, we need ideas, there are no rules other that common sence and morality, all are looked at and kept, some are left alone some are joined. We have no rules on when and where, so often a good idea is stimulated by beer, or a talk over a pint, my local has a good wifi, so a lunch time beer and sandwich can bring forward great concepts,,,, well most of the time.

Today's photo is not innovation, just good sence, a local house near to we're I live is having a garage built, and the tiles for the pitched roof are reclaimed, nice, and very sustainable. They come in a large crate and the contractor has them lifted to roof height via a large site folk lift unit.

Today we go to Attingham Park, near Atcham, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, large gardens and a fine house to look over, I hope the weather holds, currently it's sunny. But one thing is certain, my iPhone will be in constant use. Look into my Flickr account late afternoon for uploads.

 

Architectural Technologist – First Frank Gehry Home Completed by Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation

This project entitled “First Frank Gehry Home Completed by Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation” is interesting, not because of the puse pink colour, but because of the technical build, lok at the foundations, pure Walter Segal, posts resting on plads, love it, but more its the way the roof is constructed, flat with a sun canopy over made of solar PV cells, just excellent. You can see more of the interior and roof area on the site There is a half decent materials list, so the tech side is covered nicely.

Good CPD !, I think so. Also I have decided to cut down on the Categories list and just have a few, with most of the real links being in the basic tags.

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Architectural Technologist – Folding chair Design

I have a small but irritating problem !, in the shape of a set of folding chairs we use for garden alfresco meals and as extra seats when we have one of our rather large dinner gatherings. The problem is that although they are folding, they take up so much room when folded, they are not all the same design as we have added to the collection as and when needed, some fold almost flat, some fold with the seat sticking out, some only partially fold and when you try to hang them up, open up !. I have even tied one up with string to prevent this, but I will not get rid of them, they are useful, but one or two are in need of replacement after being left out in the garden just a little to long.

So this morning I decided to look about the net for folding chairs, my Criteria is the new chair must be absolutely flat, with the ability to be hung without it trying to unfold, and be so simple to use, my one year old grand daughter could use it.

So with this in mind I did a search and found pictures for several that fitted the bill, so after due care and a lot of thought, I will be giving my thumbs up award and a possible order to the photo above, made by foldupchairs it’s flat , and as far as I can tell, will hang without unfolding, excellent. Made I think with plywood with just minimal metal in the form of four hinges.

I know this is not true CPD, but the problem set me thinking about what I considered to be the criteria for the perfect folding chair design, the problems I had found in my original set, and my space needs, how can two people live in a five bedroom house and not have enough space !!, so in my book it’s CPD, just.

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Architectural Technologist – Wikihouse review

Country Blog hits Jan-April2012

Country Blog hits Jan-April2012 (Photo credit: Scays)

I cam across this review of the Wilki house on the inhabit site,  which I blogged some months back, it has some nice links, together with a new Youtube video that I hae not seen before, see below, of the house being partialy erected. I love this method of building, it’s cheap, easy to erect, and above all, can be produces onsite with relatively unskilled labour, it’s stable and with just a minimum of tools the frame is easily erected.

I downloaded the working CAD drawings last time I reviewed the Wiki House and managed to get the 3D drawings into Vectorworks quite easily via the import Sketchup command, The concept is so simple it was easy to alter the design and add bits I thought made it better, like stilts to raise the house of the ground.

All the house designs and more, are available for download in Google Sketchup format, together with a nifty plugin to access the models, but for the life of me, I could not install on my version of Sketchup on my mac. So if anyone can help on this I would realy like to know how !

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Architectural Technologist – Long day at Book Fair

Country Blog hits Jan-April2012

Country Blog hits Jan-April2012 (Photo credit: Scays)

Well I logged into Google hangout, but no takers, but as they say, early days, I have also as a trial loaded up a new feature to send twitter posts on anything done to theis site, so hopefully, I ‘ll be getting more towtter posts up again.

 

As for tommorrow, I wil be at the Badersley Clinton Book fair all day, seems like a good idea to help out, if the weatyher holds, other wise, we’ll see !

As for next week, I’m at grand designs Live at Excell on Monday, if you plan to attend., please drop by and say hello.

 

 

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