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More polyhedra models

Refining the process of creating models of polyhedra - great stellated dodechedrons and the a stellation of the icosahedron
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Prickly growth spurt

Looking at growth of a cactus, the patterns of its growth and the texture of its surface.

LightTraceMemory – a write up part 1: the code used on the day

Image from: http://lightmemory.net/About   Image from: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1188160556/tracing-the-future-we-shape LightTraceMemory was an event that took place as part of the London Festival of Architecture 2017 (LFA). The event used a spherical pendulum, which…

Peter Rice: An Engineer Imagines

Peter Rice is possibly the best known structural engineer of the 20th century – projects he worked on are some of the best known today: the Sydney Opera House, Beauborg…

PGP communications: public key

If you ever want to send me some information in confidence (not sure why this would happen, but maybe one day it will be useful) or would like to send…

Laban Dance Icosahedron: a prototype

Rudolf Laban was a dancer, choreographer and movement theorist (https://www.theatrefolk.com/blog/the-eight-efforts-laban-movement/). One of Laban’s most enduring contributions to dance is his notation – this notation acts as a way of recording…

First experiments with virtual Harmonograph

The first experiments are working well, although they are certainly a bit untidy looking – different projections and more consistent behaviours of pendulums are needed. Individual harmonograph Image with individual…

Harmonograph from spherical pendulums

Spherical pendulums produce some attractive forms on their own, but they have been applied together for a long time now (it is quite a Victorian thing apparently) to create compound…

Spherical Pendulums

Finding the governing equations, and forming a strategy for creating a really basic solver given some initial conditions: Then using this code to draw some pendulums and their movements through…

The world is inside out

Another day, another door on the tube. But, Donald J. Trump is now president elect of the United States, so I can’t be more odd than the median(ish) American.

The inside out

Today I carried an ebay-ed door across London. The second door can wait, my forearms hurt. But, so many people engaged with it – mostly with jokes, knocking on it,…

Getting started with Grasshopper: Working neatly, working with list data

First, good sources of information: http://grasshopperprimer.com/ http://wiki.bk.tudelft.nl/toi-pedia/Grasshopper http://www.grasshopper3d.com/ Meta-source: https://explodebreps.wordpress.com/grasshopper-resources/ Book: AAD_Algorithms-Aided Design by Fulvio Wirz   I am starting to use Grasshopper in anger now – and am managing…

Arduino progress

I am slowly reaching the point where I can use the technical information about the Arduinos (and clones) to make progress beyond ‘mashups’ of previous and example code. This allows…

Adaptive thing desk model

With its profits UST funds several EngD students, and a byproduct of one EngD (by Gennaro Senatore) has been the adaptive truss. It is quite a sophisticated bit of kit,…