Friday, December 21, 2007


BEL-AIR is a new filtering system using plants designed by Mathieu Lehanneur


The air quality indoors is worse than outdoors. Plastic used for our daily furniture production emits pollutants (benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene) whose levels are maximal during warm and humid periods.
Crucial for the health of the NASA's astronauts, who stay in orbital station in a polymer-saturated environment, the American agency has set up an air purifying system by plants research program in the early 80's. With Bel-Air , this program is now completed and optimized by french designer Mathieu Lehanneur, together with the Harvard University scientist David Edwards, and ready for domestic use.
Bel-Air is a mini mobile greenhouse that continuously inhales the
space-polluted air that goes through tree natural filters: the plant leaves, its roots, and a humid bath before rejecting it purified.

"Bel-Air" (News about a Second Atmosphere)" is currently presented in Paris until January 14, 2008 at the Laboratoire, a new Parisian creation site initiating collaborations between artists, designers and scientists.
"Bel-air" will be presented at the MoMA (New York) in the exhibition
"Design and the Elastic mind" starting next February.

Mathieu Lehanneur takes part of the "Design Now" selection, edited by Taschen this fall, as one of the 80 designers the most innovating in the world. Graduate from ENSCI- Les Ateliers in 2001, he explores the technological advances for their functional possibilities and their capacities to produce magic. His research works emphasizes on the relations and the invisible frictions that govern our relations to the daily environment.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007


Design Psychology, a new discipline introduced at the 1999 American Psychological Association annual conference,involves the practice of architectural, interior and landscape design in which psychology is used as the principle design tool. Rather than looking outward to shelter magazines or to the signature styles of architects and interior designers,Design Psychologists call upon their clients to look inward for place inspiration. Design Psychologists help clients engage in environmental self-reflection, bringing to the fore the vast personal store of experience and emotions that contribute to their clients’ vision of ideal place.Inevitably, such self-reflection involves an exploration of the past, present and future links between self and place.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Jones Lang LaSalle plans to invest $5 bn in Property market

The world’s leading integrated global real estate services and money management firm, Jones Lang LaSalle is planning to strengthen its position in India. Seeing the lucrative opportunities in the mushrooming Indian Real Estate market, the firm is thinking of investing $5 billion in the Real Estate sector. Recently, Jones Lang LaSalle merged with Trammel Crow Meghraj, a property consultant based in Mumbai.

Colin Dyer, president and chief executive officer, Jones Lang LaSalle said that they don’t have any presence in India’s investment management service sector and they have lined up plans to bring in the business to the country. He also added that the firm has allocated close to $20 billion for the Asia-Pacific region, and India would get anywhere close to 5% of the amount.

The fund would be deployed in the high growth sectors like real estate, hospitality and infrastructure sectors for investment. For the first time in its 220 years of history, JLL recently hosted in India its global board of directors and global executive committee.

via indianrealtynews

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Carbon Reduction in Buildings (CaRB)

A socio-technical, longitudinal study of carbon use in buildings

CaRB is a major research project funded by the EPSRC and Carbon Trust as part of Carbon Vision Buildings (CVB) - a research programme aimed at reducing carbon emissions from the UK building stock. CVB has been formed out of the Carbon Vision Partnership of the EPSRC and the Carbon Trust, and with the support of the ESRC.

The vision of CaRB is to create an innovative, public domain, socio-technical model of energy use in buildings applicable at national, regional, city and community level. It will predict current carbon emissions and the changes resulting from energy efficiency measures, the deployment of renewable energy technologies and the use of non-technical interventions. CaRB is being conducted by a consortium of five universities in the UK in partnership with ESD and RICS.

5 universtities are:-

1. The Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development (IESD) is a specialist research, consultancy and teaching group based within De Montfort University
2 .The Barlett , Faculity of built environment
3.University of Reading
4. The University of sheffield
5.The University of Manchester

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Bentley Architecture

A comprehensive building information modeling (BIM) solution for architectural design and documentation.

With an intuitive user interface, extensive libraries of building components, and powerful tools for modeling,drafting, and reporting, Bentley Architecture supports all phases of the architectural workflow, from conceptual design to construction documentation. Integrating design, visualization, drawing production, and reporting,Bentley Architecture is part of Bentley’s BIM solution of integrated design, engineering, and management applications for the entire lifecycle of constructed assets. Used on large and complex projects around the world,Bentley Architecture was specifically developed to support workgroups and distributed teams in a managed environment, allowing architects, engineers, and contractors to build as one.

BIM enables business-critical benefits over traditional computer-aided drafting (CAD), eliminates waste, significantly reduces errors and omissions, provides greater predictability of costs and performance, allows exploration of more design options, and ultimately results in better buildings.

Bentley’s unifying technology platform and discipline-specific applications for the AEC industry, include:

1.Bentley Architecture
2.Bentley Structural
6.Bentley Building Mechanical Systems
7.Bentley Building Electrical Systems
8.Bentley Facilities
12.Bentley Navigator
13.Site Design Solutions
14.Infrastructure Solutions
15.PDF Composer


Building information modeling

- Comprehensive and dedicated tools for every type of building component.
- Parametric, dimension-driven creation and modification of building components
- User-definable attribute schemas (property sets) for any type of building object
- Inherent component attributes and properties significant for design ,
documentation,analysis, construction, and operations.
- Embedded parameters, rules and constraints to capture design intent.
- Relationships and associativity between architectural elements for rapid design
- Flood-option for automatic generation of spaces, floors and ceiling slabs.
- Automated placement of finishes to walls and columns .
- Suspended ceiling tools with space height detection option .
- Terrain modeling, roof and stair builder tools .
- Support for international steel section tables.
- Powerful solid modeling for easy creation of virtually any form .
- Double-curved surfaces and solids for accurate construction information and smooth rendering.

Ease of Use

- Work in plan, elevation, isometric, or perspective view .
- AccuDraw function .
- Choice to work in 2D plans, 3D models, or both – with a single set of tools.
- Storage of ‘most recently used’ input.
- Enforcement of national, corporate, and project standards .
- Multiple filtering options, e.g. by level, by symbology, by attribute,by selection set, etc.
- Customizable interface and workspaces .
- Floor management tool for floors and floor reference planes.
- On-line help.

Construction Documentation

- Creation of coordinated floor plans, sections, and elevations .
- Automatic coordination of architectural design and construction documentation.
- Automatic re-symbolization of 3D objects to 2D symbols.
- Material-dependent hatching/patterning, annotation, and dimensioning.
- User-definable labeling of building objects and spaces .
- Incremental doors and window numbering .
- Room and component schedules, quantity and cost calculation, specifications .
- Compatibility with office automation tools for further processing and formatting.

Design visualization and 3D output

- High-end integrated rendering and animation tools, including radiosity and particle tracing.
- Export to STL to support rapid model making and prototyping with 3D printers, laser cutters, and stereo lithography machines .
- Support of 3D Web formats, such as VRML, QuickVision, panoramas .
- Publish Bentley Architecture models to the Google Earth environment.

Support of 3D within Adobe PDF

- Creation of Adobe PDF documents directly from Bentley Architecture with embedded 3D navigational models.
- Include DGN and DWG drawings, project documents, renderings, and interactive and animated 3D models .
- Navigate models in PDF using hyperlinks and bookmarks.

Support of international and custom standards

- Create, manage, verify, and enforce company and project standards .
- Support for U.S. and other national CAD standards .
- Support of DGN, DWG, DXF, PDF, STEP, IGES, STL, and other major industry standards.
- Import/export of IFC 2x, the emerging standards for sharing building information.
- Viewing of ADT multi-view blocks.

Interoperability with building engineering, analysis and facilities management

- Full integration with Bentley Structural, Bentley Building Mechanical Systems, Bentley Building Electrical Systems, Bentley Facilities, and more.
- A shared multi-disciplinary model for team collaboration and coordination .
- Interference detection across multiple files and disciplines in conjunction with Bentley Interference Manager.
- Simulation of construction schedules in conjunction with Bentley Navigator and project management applications, such as Microsoft® Project or Primavera® P3.

Smart Geometry workshop 2008 at munich, Germany

The SmartGeometry group has been created in the belief that Computer Aided Design lends itself to capturing the geometric relationships that form the foundation of architecture.

SmartGeometery is organising a conference features a day long agenda focused on advanced computational and parametric design. Parametric design tools and consequential manufacturing technology are allowing new forms of architectural and structural expression which are changing radically the world of the built environment. Sessions will also include a selection of highlights from the four day workshop being held before the conference — providing a wonderful immediacy to the issues and concepts discussed. The SmartGeometry Group is dedicated to educating building professionals in the application of advanced 3D design tools and computational design.

Events :-

1.Generative Components Pre-Training Class
February 27 – 28
2.Generative Components Workshops
February 29 – March 3
3.SmartGeometry Alumni Summit
March 4
4.SmartGeometry Conference and Reception »
March 5

From smartgeometery 2008

The workshop is a unique annual opportunity to meet and work with tutors from some of the leading practices exploiting new parametric technologies as design methodologies.
The key focus this year is on design to manufacture. Increasingly areas of expertise are converging based on digital tools and in today’s environment operating between multiple computing environments is common. Although the base software used at the course will be Bentley’s Generative Components (provided for free to attendees) several of the workshops will explore links to other design, computation and design environments. For applicants unfamiliar with GC there will be a compulsory 2-day free training course immediately preceding the workshop.

Other workshops will focus on linkages to analysis for performance evaluation such as environmental, structural, and of course light simulation.

Workshop tutors

Workshop groups are led by 22 tutors, including these senior tutors.

Achim Menges - Architectural Association London / HFG Offenbach
Andrew Kudless - California College of the Arts / Matsys
Axel Kilian - TU Delft /
Brady Peters - Foster and Partners
Chris Williams - Bath University
Francis Aish - Foster and Partners
Hugh Whitehead - Foster and Partners
Jalal El Ali - Buro Happold
Jeroen Coenders - Arup
Jonathan Rabagliati - Foster and Partners
J Parrish - Arup Sport
Judit Kimpian - Aedas
Kaustuv De Biswas - MIT
Lars Hesselgren - KPF
Mirco Becker – KPF
Onur Yuce Gun - KPF
Rob Woodbury - Simon Fraser University
Roly Hudson - Bath University
Shane Burger - Grimshaw
Steve Sanderson - SHoP
Stylianos Dritsas – KPF
Xavier De Kestelier - Foster and Partners

Friday, December 14, 2007

Applied Materials Inc

Today's mint inteview was with Mr Charles Gay VP and general manager , solar business group , at applied materials inc , the california based technology solution firm .Mr charles was in Mumbai to participate in a conference on advances in energy research at the IIT , Mumbai .

Applied Material Inc is a global leader in nanomanufacturing technology solutions with a broad portfolio of innovative equipment, service and software products for the fabrication of semiconductor chips, flat panel displays, solar photovoltaic cells, flexible electronics and energy efficient glass.

The talk was about advancement in solar technologies which will replace the traditional source of energy .I was surprised to read about a material called SunFab .SunFab is a thin layer of silicon atoms .
It will replace the huge solar panels which is the only image i get whenever i think about solar energy but research is going to redefine the old boundaries and create a world beyond our imagination . These materials will redefine the way we built and the way we perceive our habitable spaces .

About Sunfab:-

Applied Material Inc got Green Innovator award for SunFab.

The thickness of the film is approximately 10 nanometers which is 10,000 times thinner than human hair .The film is so thin that it can be applied on the huge glass facades of the buildings . According to Mr Charles only 10% of installation of this film is on facades of the buildings .

There can be few reasons for it :-

1. Lack of awareness among architects about this technology .
2. Lack of availability of the material ( in Indian context ) .
3. The installation cost which can scare the client and force architects to go for cheaper materials .
4. Lack of risk taking ability ( can be in architect or client ).

Advanced glass manufacturing processes, developed by Applied Materials Glass Coating Products, allow glass manufacturers to produce revolutionary new glass products that enhance the energy efficiency of homes and offices.
Applied Materials’ state-of-the-art vacuum coating systems for the architectural and automotive glass industry allow glass manufacturers to produce large area (up to 3.2M x 6M) functional glass with solar-control and variations of low-e coatings and increased performance at reduced coating costs per unit.

Another question was about the capital investment in solar power by Venture capitalist firms . (Khosla Partners)got venture fund for renewable energy .Vinod Khosla's Khosla partners had already invested in 26 renewable energy startup's . The whole list of the startup's can be found here

Wednesday, December 5, 2007