Friday, September 23, 2005

No Posts for a few days

Sorry about the lack of posts. I am in refuge at a friends house for a few days due to hurricane Rita.
You can follow the progress here.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Print Shelter

Contour Crafting is a layered fabrication technology developed by Dr. Behrokh Khoshnevis of the University of Southern California. Contour Crafting technology has great potential for automating the construction of whole structures as well as sub-components. Using this process, a single house or a colony of houses, each with possibly a different design, may be automatically constructed in a single run, embedded in each house all the conduits for electrical, plumbing and air-conditioning.

The potential applications of this technology are far reaching including but not limited to applications in emergency, low-income, and commercial housing.

Also can be used to set up shelters for explorers on other planets.

It also would be nice for the military to be able to build quick bridges, fortifications and shelters.

There needs to be more research on materials for this. It would be even better if the unit could scoop up local dirt, process it and form it into solid walls.

Contour Crafting

Contour Crafting
Contour Crafting at USC

Tactile Photography

Tactile Photography

In collaboration with Venezuelan artist Mariliana Arvelo James Patten created this series of tactile photographic prints as part of a project about the deafblind community in Boston, called "Senses". The works are produced through a CNC laser etching process that removes the top portion of the wood.

The darker the image is a any particular point, the more wood is removed by the laser at that point. The result is a photographic relief that can be touched as well as seen.

Tactile Photography