4 ways to get on with building Smart Cities. And the societal failure that stops us using them.

The Urban Technologist

( (William Robinson Leigh’s 1908 painting “Visionary City” envisaged future cities constructed from mile-long buildings of hundreds of storeys connected by gas-lit skyways for trams, pedestrians and horse-drawn carriages. A century later we’re starting to realise not only that developments in transport and power technology have eclipsed Leigh’s vision, but that we don’t want to live in cities constructed from buildings on this scale.)

The Smart City refuses to go away
In 2013 Adam Greenfield wrote “Against the Smart City”  in criticism of the large-scale corporate- and government-led projects in cities such as Masdar, Songdo and Rio that had begun to co-opt the original idea of “Smart Communities” and citizens, given a more powerful voice in their own governance by Internet communication, into what he saw – and what some still see – as a “top-down” approach to infrastructure and services divorced from the interest of ordinary…

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Unique Cities – Questions of Identity

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Should Architects Learn to Code?


IMG_0832 Coding.

My first experience in computer programming was a freshman year introductory course in high school. It was one of the first courses I signed up for. I liked computers so the idea of making programs for computers was very appealing.

I failed. Like…really failed.

I always considered myself a good student and was decent at math and logic problems.  However, the level of abstraction introduced in class made the notion of creating a program seem daunting. I ended up exiting the course with my tail between my legs with my dreams of developing the next killer app quickly evaporated.

I eventually discovered architecture and took every sketching, art, and CAD course available to me in my high school. I loved the artistry of design and the tangible nature of building concepts. These were things that, in my limited experience at the time, neither a math or computer science course could provide. I eventually went…

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3D Printing Basics // Design and Manufacture

Digital modeling and fabrication are latest tools allow designers to produce digital materiality and the change the future of production in design and architecture. Now an object can be formed with any kinf of geometric complexity or intricacy without the need for elaborate machine setup and sometimes even final assembly. Those systems reduce the construction of complex objects to a manageable, straightforward, and relatively fast process. I see fabrication laboratories as laboratories of the innovation of today. Most essential machines for digital production that all fablabs contain are:

  1. 3D Printers
  2. CNC Routers
  3. Laser Cuts

Each of them have different logic to produce with. Their operation systems are substantially different than each other. I will be giving some basics information about 3D Printing Process. I saw a chart that explains it in iMakr in London. I thought it makes it easy to understand all the steps, so here is something alike.

3D PRNT-01

3D printing industry allows people to pursue very different careers or paths than one could imagine. I want to introduce two companies I came across at the event of iMakr in London that are 2 examples of it.

Stalactite (Barcelona)

It is a very fresh 3D printing company that produces with its own eco-friendly resin with the consultance of a group of chemical engineers. They work with a resin company that pioneers in photo polymers. They yet have 3 sizes (70mm, 100mm, 200mm). They produce their own 3D printers besides they try to develop their eco-friendly material to make it highly compatible with any kind of 3D printer.

I CAN MAKE (London)

It is a company aims to create education models for the children about the technologic devices that is used in 3D printing and teach them all steps of 3D Printing to make each of them a maker.

“Rapid Prototyping” is becoming a very popular term that refers to a group of techniques used to quickly fabricate a scale model of a physical part or assembly using three-dimensional computer aided design data. Such systems are also known by the names: additive manufacturing, additive fabrication, solid freeform fabrication and layered manufacturing and many others.