Plug ins as spimes: QR/ semacodes connecting the physical and the digital

We will be generating QR codes for the different pieces in order to allow people in the street to connect with URLs associated with the digital data [being] of each project…

Qr code for this blog

-To see what is a QR code click here.
-To see how you can use it through your mobile phone click here


Mutant brush / fabrication design

Team: Fran Fernández Gallardo, Sergio Fernando García de la Riva, Francisco Martín, Javier Santamaría

The development of Mutant Brush into the fabrication phase has involved the production of multiple prototypes, ending in two functional nodes.

Day 07

Day 06

Day 06

Node design by Javier Santamaría and team

Composite node design by Javier Santamaría and team

Day 03

Composite node version 01

Lost in translation / idea

Idea model Lost in translation 1.0 2010.10.19

Team: Diego Ceresuela, Manuel González Nogueira, Lourdes Hernández Moreno, David Hernando

[idea and fabrication design]
Lost in translation 2.0 is the result of the convergence of two former projects, Lost in translation 1.0 and xxx. Its consists in a portable personal canopy to be put over one of the granite benches in the plaza de Santa Ana. The canopy could potentially incorporate various functionalities / devices, like lighting, vaporized water nozzles, sound and/or video…

The canopy in the actual instance that we are trying to fabricate incorporates a folded flexible cardboard skin that uses hair pins in its construction.

Skin model with hair pins and structure prototype with Irene Aláez [Absolut Lab] and tutor 2010.10.24

Different approaches on skin structures

Botte-mote / idea

Botte-mote joint detail with plaza Santa Ana in the background; photo: Javier Yela

Team: Isabel González, Lucas López, Javier Yela

Botte-mote departed from the implementation of small plastic bottle as a joint [rótula] that was first built with cardboard. Then the team went on exploring the potential of the mechanism, prototyping it in 3mm plywood.

Several applications of the mechanism were developed, combining multiple joints in scissor like devices. One of the possible applications to be presented in the Plaza de Santa Ana will be small tables to accompany the existing benches, that we may use to put our fliers.

Experimentation with joints went on into the design fabrication phase building various small multi-articulated structures that can be transformed by the public… The mechanism could be thought of as the basis for larger structures to be used in public space.

Photo: Javier Yela

Application as table

Other possible applications of the mechanism

[2010.10.23] Debate about free fabrication

Eventually today, mid afternoon, we made the brief presentation about “Free licenses, intellectual property and digital fabrication” that was followed by a very active discussion on the possibilities of translating the free software open source mode of production and distribution into digital fabrication of everyday objects, and even architecture…

Download presentation 2MB

Day 06 afternoon / guests

As we weren’t able to call everyone informing them about the opening rescheduling, several friends showed up in time for the [postponed] event, among other Andrés Perea and some of his students from UEM, Pablo Rica and Alicia Velázquez, Álvaro Castro and others. Today ended up a talking day. Nice but didn’t allow me to take care of more serious blogging. Hopefully this will come tomorrow 🙂

Eventually, everything is working swiftly, and we do have final fabrication files for all groups – even though two of the groups will take advantage of the extra time to make more improvements. For some of the projects we even have several proposal, variations – particularly the Mutant Brush project achieved two very efficient solutions. We will publish pics for this between tonight and tomorrow. By now, just the networking / “gossip” part…

Andrés Perea, Rodrigo Rubio and workshop tutors

Earlier in the day, we received the visit of Domenico di Siena from Ecosistema Urbano, Edgar González, Marina Romero from Basa [Canarias]…

Domenico di Siena de Ecosistema Urbano

Fran Fernández Gallardo, José Pérez de Lama, Edgar González y Laura González Malingraux

[2010.10.23] workshop presentation rescheduled for Monday

Yes, we have moved the workshop final presentation for Monday, October 25th at 18:30 h. More soon.

Day 05 / workshop visitors

Several friends passed yesterday through the absolut lab, stopping by to check the development of the workshop. Some pictures here:

Ángel and Uri from Absolut, Gustavo Valera [Absolut Lab] and workshop tutor Jose P. de Lama in workshop space

Belén Gil [Absolut Lab], tutor Areti Nikolopoulou and architect friends by the show window of the lab

Tutor AN with Pablo Rica, architect, professor of UEM and specialist in digital fabrication

Eventually we were happy to talk for a while with digital art critic and curator José Luis de Vicente, and Eduardo Rega architect and author of the “spam-to-maps”, among some other friends.

Reciclado An-forme / idea

An-forme prototype 2010.10.22

Reciclado An-forme

Nuestra propuesta nace de la necesidad de sombra en verano, de intimidad, de luz, protección, de la necesidad de interacción entre las personas y del reciclaje en lugares públicos.
Proponemos un tejido formado por la repetición de una pieza, creando tramas y colonizando el lugar de manera an-forme.

El diseño de la pieza surge de las reglas del “nesting” y del concepto de tesela o mosaico. Esta pieza ha sido pensada para ser solapada con otras y para sostener una luz o una botella reciclada.

En el caso concreto de la plaza de Santa Ana, las farolas sostendrán el tejido an-forme. Los transeúntes podrán poner su botella reciclada completando el diseño y la forma final de esta etapa.
En otros espacios públicos, otras formas podrán ser creadas.

Recycle Anforme

Our Project comes from the need of light , shade, intimacy, protection , people’s interaction and recycle in public spaces.

With this in mind we set up a textile made out of the repetition and combination of a module , creating a net and colonizing the space in a an-forme way (not specific shape).

The module´s design emerge from the “nesting” rules and from the mosaic concept. This piece has been thought in order to be solapada with others. Also the module has a hole where a light or a bottle could be hanged.

Thinking in Santa Ana square ,an-forme will be hanged from the light farolas. The passengers will be able to put their plastic bottles finishing the design process at this stage .

In other public spaces, other shapes could emerge.

Equipo / team: Verónica Carreño, Gabriela Massa, Silvia Sáez Iglesias

Day 04 / final production organization

Beginning with the official schedule of day 05 we have had a meeting in which we distributed coordination responsibilities. The idea now would be to start working as one single group through the fabrication process and toward tomorrows final presentation. We agreed on the following structure of responsible people for the different areas:

General coordination & logistics: Isabel and Paula

Flyers and blogging: Fran F. Gallardo

Panels: Lucas

Documentation [photography]: Silvia

Fabrication: Fran +

Thingiverse uploading: Laura