Up this week is 4D Printing and Ancient Water harvesting. I was feeling a new tech vs ancient tech vibe today.
From TED: Filmed, Feb 2013 (8:23)
Skylar Tibbits: The emergence of “4D printing”
3D printing has grown in sophistication since the late 1970s; TED Fellow Skylar Tibbits is shaping the next development, which he calls 4D printing, where the fourth dimension is time. This emerging technology will allow us to print objects that then reshape themselves or self-assemble over time. Think: a printed cube that folds before your eyes, or a printed pipe able to sense the need to expand or contract.
Skylar Tibbits, a TED Fellow, is an artist and computational architect working on “smart” components that can assemble themselves.
From TED: Filmed, Nov 2009 (17:15)
Anupam Mishra: The ancient ingenuity of water harvesting
With wisdom and wit, Anupam Mishra talks about the amazing feats of engineering built centuries ago by the people of India’s Golden Desert to harvest water. These structures are still used today — and are often superior to modern water megaprojects.
To promote smart water management, Anupam Mishra works to preserve rural India’s traditional rainwater harvesting techniques.
PJHM Architects is continually trying to educate ourselves on what is happening in the world and TED is an excellent resource. From the development of new technology happening in other industries to ancient civic projects in far way countries we believe that architecture requires education in a wide range of topics. TED is just one of the many “schools” we attend.