Plan diagram of the “multi-cellular” geometry of the Lalin civic center, which is a complex series of interlocking and intersecting circles of various sizes that creates some stunning interior spaces (click for detail). Via.
3D scanning—though it’s been around since the 1960s—has been in the news of late, with Harvard using the technology to recreate ancient statues and MakerBot announcing a desktop scanner last month. But cheaper, faster, and more accessible 3D scanners aren’t just revolutionizing how we print terrifying models of our own faces. They’re also changing how we understand the city.
A fascinating story about urban-scale 3D scanning published on the Atlantic Cities this week explores how a Bay Area architect named Scott Page is using a 3D scanner to generate super-accurate models of historic and dilapidated buildings.
Page’s system takes a series of photographs and patches them together based on how light bounces off each surface. Rather than taking weeks to survey an old building, architects can now generate precise dimensions in just a few hours. Because the scanner uses color photographs, the models are also incredibly beautiful, expressive documents—Page compares them to the first photographs ever made. “There is a magical quality to point cloud imagery, similar to the earliest photos that froze time onto small metallic plates,” he writes on his website.
The video below is a visualization of population growth in cities around the world from 1990 to 2015. Two Yale University architects created it as part of a proposal called “Urban Sphere: The City of 7 Billion,” which won the 2013 Latrobe Prize from…
In April 1960, Bucky assembled the dome home in Carbondale and lived in it with his wife Anne until 1971. Considered to be one of the strongest and most efficient structures known to humankind, the geodesic dome is Buckminster Fuller’s most enduring legacy. He patented the dome home in 1954 as a solution to humanity’s need for safe, affordable and accessible housing.
Intended to increase awareness, knowledge, and appreciation of historic sites, structures, and landscapes throughout the United States, The Holland Prize recognizes the best single-sheet measured drawing of an historic building, site, or structure prepared by an individual(s) to HABS/HAER/HALS standards and guidelines.
The recipient of this year’s first prize is none other than Thad Heckman, Architect, and Vice President of the R. Buckminster Fuller and Anne Hewlett Dome Home Not-For-Profit Organization in Carbondale, Illinois (with the drawing pictured above).
View a high-resolution image of Mr. Heckman’s measured drawing.