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Kinect Controlled Delta-Robot (Work in Progress)

These are the first tests of  a project in development for the module “Digital Ecologies”, at the Bartlett’s AAC Msc.  Still work in progress and the final piece will be posted soon.

A Delta-Robot is controlled by a Kinect through Processing and Arduino. The movements of the performer control directly the position of the robot’s effector, and the rotation and opening of the gripper.  Once the platform is properly calibrated (still a little rough round the edges!), several autonomous behaviours will be implemented.

Interactive vs Reactive. A thought about systems

Reactive Particles

The word “interactive” is found everywhere these days. It may be worthconsidering what “interactive” means and whether things presented to us as”interactive” actually are so, before moving on to consider why we might want our designed objects and spaces to be “interactive”. Interaction concerns transactions of information between two systems (for example between two people, between two machines, or between a person and a machine). The key however is that these transactions should be in some sense circular otherwise it is merely “reaction”
Usman Haque 2006

The second particles  system reacts to the behaviour of the first one. Changing density and population. Producing a delayed coordination.

Next stop will be make the system interactive…Interaction and architecture.

ESC @ Research Images Exhibition, The Bartlett. UCL London

Enrique Ramos and Ciriaco Castro images  are now on display in the North Cloisters, Wilkins Building, Gower Street (main UCL building) until the  afternoon of Friday 14 January 2011.

Self-organising mesh by Enrique  Ramos:

“Implementation of a non-stable mesh relaxation algorithm. The nodes are repelled by other nodes standing closer than a minimum distance, generating a self-organising behaviour, with triangular and hexagonal shapes emerging out of the process”.
Nests by Ciriaco Castro:
“A thought about interconnectivity and reality. How world changes, evolves in a multi layered reality. Each nest it is defined for a point and a algorithm that defines it density, colour and distance with the predecessor”.

Espacios Ambiguos 00

Solo creyendo apasionadamente en algo que todavía no existe, lo creamos. Lo no existente es todo lo que no hemos deseado suficientemente.
Franz Kafka

Fragmentos de distintas realidades urbanas. 

1.Aislamiento selectivo ( Davidson Rafailidis)

 Elemento diferenciador dentro de un gran recipiente.   La ciudad dentro de la ciudad. La casa dentro de la casa. Mi espacio dentro del espacio. Una ventana basta como núcleo de conexión, como vínculo entre esta frontera difusa. 

2.Elementos Pop up  (Momiya Pascal Grasso)  

Fragmentos de ciudad que se ven reconvertidos, re usados desde una franja en la que el tiempo adquiere una vital importancia. Temporalidad,  oportunidad, el no permanecer, hace  que el efecto novedad venga contagiado. Ponga un pop up en su vida, restaurantes, tiendas, exposiciones permanecen como reciclaje de espacios que tal vez no fueron pensado para ellos, pero que por ese tiempo se “adaptan” a estas nuevas circunstancias inventadas. Ciudad, regeneración y anomalías. Espacios en cinta de actividad.

3. Acumulaciones/Convivencias/ interferencias  (Atelier Fleu) 

 La superposición de estratos dentro de una misma realidad. Fragmentos que pasan inadvertidos que ayudan a una revitalización. El cambio sin olvidar lo existente. Pasado presente formando parte de una misma realidad.

4. Sie(n)te  diferencias. La ciudad animada.

 Actuaciones puntuales como puntos de deriva dentro de un ente. Superposicion de tiempo, escalas, gente. El mercado urbano. ¿Qué tiene usted que ofrecerme hoy? Me vendo a la mejor oferta. 

C Castro

Londres 2009

Translucent concrete


Yesterday I was having a look at some new material on the web and I found the translucent concrete.

Talking with my studio-mates I quickly realized that I was the only one who did ignore its existence…Is it that famous?? Where was I when it was invented?

So I’m going to write a quick post for those one like me that weren’t aware of this big invention.

Anyway, don’t be too excited because it’s really expensive…

Basically the translucent concrete, or light transmitting concrete is a combination of optical fibres and fine concrete.

The most famous seems to be Litraco.

From their website: It can be produced as prefabricated building blocks and panels. Due to the small size of the fibres, they blend into concrete becoming a component of the material like small pieces of aggregate. In this manner, the result is not only two materials – glass in concrete – mixed, but a third, new material, which is homogeneous in its inner structure and on its main surfaces as well. The glass fibres lead light by points between the two sides of the blocks. Because of their parallel position, the light-information on the brighter side of such a wall appears unchanged on the darker side. The most interesting form of this phenomenon is probably the sharp display of shadows on the opposing side of the wall. Moreover, the colour of the light also remains the same


It has been invented by a Hungarian architect in 2001 (and it took me 8 years to discover its existence) and it is protected by a Swedish patent.

 The standard block size is 600 x 300 mm

The price: the cheapest is the 25mm thick panel which costs 845 Euros, the more expensive is the 200mm thick panel which costs 3880 Euros. It means that, for example, if I want to use it for an facadeof 6 by 3 meters…the price is 388,000 Euros.

Then we have other brands like translucentconcrete by Andreas Bittis, produced in Germany by Florack, but there are no prices on the website.

Anyway, the use of translucent concrete looks to be applied only to small design objects, I couldn’t find any application in buildings. If you are aware of any project using the translucent concrete…here we are.

Benchshop's changing room in Berlin

Benchshop's changing room in Berlin

For more info:

Silvia Polito

Techno- -City

“Can we feel completly at home in the changing technological world? Let´s believe in technology. Get used to it. Innovate and invent.”
Winy Mass MRVDV
The meaning of urban space has been transformed. Use/Form/Behavior interact in a space. Space of representation/Representation of Space, Spatial Practice. Instalations on squares that give new meanings, new forms of use/analysis.  Local mutations, city on top of the city. A new space based in social dynamics accoding with the scale techno-social.

Coming Soon.

C Castro

Responsive Architecture. Parameter 00


prada transformer




a. One of a set of measurable factors  that define a system and determine its behavior .

New tools for designing is a reality used nowadays in the generation of buildings. 

Parameter OO:   

A basic Idea like a change of the shape according with the change of the  program has been shown in this project by OMA. By fliiping the pavillion, different faces lie on the ground,  the transformer can host different events such as film screenings, exhibitions or fashion shows.





Space, Form, Words is an initiative started by Silvia Polito, Ciriaco Castro and Enrique Ramos as a multilingual, open canvas for thoughts, images and ideas on architecture, art, design, video, and every sort of creative process in general

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