Newsletter 09.2009

Dear Readers

During September our editors have collected interesting information about following topics:

- News and trends seen at 100%Design and the Design Week in London
- Transit Shopping, a new article on our focus topic 'Public Spaces'
- Architonic at 'neue räume 09': Welcome to Architonic Space II by Gramazio & Kohler. Win one of 20 free tickets for the Architonic Party on October 29th, 2009!
- The media facade, a new form of art in architecture.
- Architonic goes Twitter. Become a follower!

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A Concept called Fair
100%Design London
    A Concept called Fair  
100% Design London

100%Design London has never been a trade fair in the classical sense. Rather than being a business marketplace for dealers, the concise exhibition of interiors has positioned itself as a rich source of inspiration for architects and interior designers. Besides the harsh situation on the market, this is another possible reason for the absence of some well-known British manufacturers, for which powerful brand presentation is more important. Despite all this, 100%Design stuck to its holistic approach and once again presented a convincing preselection of premium manufacturers.
Hush Chair by Naughtone
Spin Family by Mark

Tom Dixon exhibited at his new studio at the beautiful Portobello Dock in North London. In the same complex an empty office building and a neoclassicist mansion were provided for further manufacturers and young designers.

Portobello Dock, Tom Dixon Showroom
Intuitive Interaction
Tent Digital at this year's London Design Week
Interaction with sensory user interfaces - computers, automats, mobile phones - has become part of our everyday life. Interaction designers and software engineers, the masterminds behind those complex systems, make an effort to develop more subtile ways of utilising digital devices ever since. The more intuitive manipulation becomes, the easier it is to embed the technology into everyday life. The procedures which have thereby changed particularly challenge product designers and architects. What does a solely acoustically operated telephone look like? And what about a computer interface working in three dimensions?

  Intuitive Interaction  
'mv_alg_#09' by Pablo Miranda

Before finding their ways into the most recent mobile phones or facade systems such new developments are mostly exemplified in installations - Ars Electronica in Linz is the major international festival for digital art. In collaboration with the first London Digital Week, this year's Tent featured 'Tent Digital' - an extensive exhibition of digital and digitally supported work by international designers and artists.

'Performative Ecologies' by Ruairi Glynn
Transit Shopping
From passage space to urban satellite
The retail industry is going through a difficult time and has been complaining about stagnation in its customer base. The big shopping malls are competing with each other to attract shoppers. Meanwhile, however, retail business at transport hubs such as airports and railway stations is flourishing.
The following projects illustrate the transformation of these infrastructural buildings into 'rail cities' and 'airport cities'.

  Transit Shopping  
Zurich airport. Architecture: Nicholas Grimchaw. Photo: Burri AG

Airport shopping is high-frequency retail, providing a growing volume of customers and a captive audience with known retail demographics.

Travellers tend to spend their remaining currency or need a souvenir or a gift. An increasing number of airline passengers and growing air traffic promise further growth.
The global uniformity of brands and status symbols makes it easier to reach an international pool of customers, while at the same time there is room for shops with a regional assortment for the frequent traveller, who is looking for something special and wants to escape the trap of global sameness.

Zurich airport. Architecture: Nicholas Grimchaw. Photo: Burri AG

The rising importance of the non-travel sector also changes the concept of the airport: Originally planned as an infrastructural building, the distance from check-in to gate was kept as short as possible. The modern airport makes the passenger pass by as many shops as possible. The dynamic architecture and the spacious halls are designed to work as shopping malls: a roofed mall, airy, and flooded with light. But airports aren't only focusing on retail and catering: they have also started to invest in recreational facilities, entertainment and real-estate development. Airports are changing into city-like structures, so called airport cities.
Architonic Party
Win one of 20 free tickets to the Architonic party at ‘neue Räume 09'
The invitation provides you with entry to the ‘neue Räume 09' international furnishing and furniture exhibition from 17 hrs on 29.10.09, and from 20 hrs to the Architonic party with live music by Palkomuski and refreshments in the form of Campari soda. For additional persons the entrance ticket costs 10 chf.

  Architonic Party
Media Façade
A new form of art in architecture
The term Media Façade is often associated with over-dimensional screens and animated, illuminated advertising, and places like Times Square, the Strip in Las Vegas and Hong Kong are trailblazers for this media architecture.

  Media Façade  
Illuminated advertising Tokyo

The façade itself is dematerialized and turned into one huge advertising medium for sending messages. At the onset of dusk the building moves into the background and serves only as a backdrop for the light show which then becomes the main attraction. Media facades can evoke the most diverse emotions, from a big city feeling to annoyance at light pollution. They are also seen as tourist attractions, Pop Art or as eye sores.
Architecture tends to use media facades more and more as a stylistic feature. What used to be applied to facades after construction more in the way of a blemish is now part of the planning process and offers new scope for visionary design which coined the term 'Mediatecture'.
Here we are will introduce the most significant ideas, projects and products.

Mechanical Media Surface. Photo: decoi

Mechanical Media Surface
Screens and lighting elements generally offer a change of the three dimensional perception of an immobile object. The first known interactive media surface was, however, made up of a mechanical display and was the result of the work of a team of architects, engineers, mathematicians and programmers. It is precisely this spatial change that creates different surface images which makes the 'Aegis Hyposurface' so revolutionary. The display has been constructed using reflecting metal plates that are moved pneumatically and react in 'real-time' to electronic input. Sensors transfer impulses from the surroundings of the display and these are transmitted to a matrix of rotors to which the metal plates are attached. The movements of the spectators are transferred in 'real-time' to the display and transferred in exact detail into expressive, naturally looking flowing movements.
Architonic goes Twitter
New! Architonic is now on Twitter and reports with updates on the latest product news and developments.

More Articles from «News & Trends»
"We prefer it the other way round!"
  More Articles from «News & Trends»

Fabrice Aeberhard and Christian Kaegi are two young industrial designers who have incorporated Swiss values in their work, producing design which is solid, unadorned and attractive.
Photography to go to rack and ruin
Tim Süss

His photo tours have taken him to abandoned factories, clinics, hotels and ghost towns in Switzerland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the continental US, Hawaii and the Ukraine.
Laces of Architecture
Exhibition at Maison de l'architecture et de la ville

Finesse of detail, shadows and light, mystery and beauty, coupled with a precision of gesture in production. The fragments of stone filigree adorning gothic cathedrals and Moor palaces have marked the history of architecture.
"Reduction is the key word"
An interview with the Berlin-based designers osko+deichmann

The two German designers Blasius Osko and Oliver Deichmann have been working as a team for over ten years now. They first attracted international attention with their 'Pebble' sofa at Salone Satellite in 2005.
Contemporary Slovak Architecture 1989 - 2009 in Photography
By Lubo Stacho

After 1989, Slovak architecture went through a difficult and multifaceted process of self-recovery. Private architectural studios started to emerge after the dissolution of the state controlled and financed design institutions.
New & Renewed Memberships on Architonic
    New & Renewed Memberships on Architonic