this blog is dedicated to the bucky lab from the TU Delft faculty of Architecture. Within the mastercourse we design, develop and at the end build architecture and building construction related prototypes. Its a "get your hands dirty" approach in which the students learn how to translate concepts from sketch into working prototypes. We try to live the spirit of buckminster fuller: what ever you can imagine, you can also build!
Water and cardboard are not really friends, but with the right choice of materials and building techniques it will be possible to build houses out of cardboard - most important is to not soak the entire structure in a resin or other non separable treatment in order to garanty the recycling after its end of use.
The team has chosen a couple of different concepts in order to test these within one house. Most likely they picked dense cardboard products that last very long under water and used overlapping principles based on roof shingles.
We hope the fire brigade in Darmstadt will mimic a classic rain and will not blast away the house horizontally ...we are curious about the performance !
As part of a bigger project the team of students developed and build an urban garden that will allow the elderly people of the area of Popowytza the possibility to relax, gather and share their passion about urban gardening.
The entire modular structure has several functions like a book shelf, a sun shade several areas to sit and of course plenty of space for gardening.
After the elements haven been presented to the public in front of the production hall the elements have been placed on location - unfortunate no pictures from its final location we may get a few ones later.
The team was supported by Aybike Kübra Özdemir who studied in Izmir
To fight fire with a cardboard structure is always a challenge. The team quickly figured out that solid cardboard or greyboard are already a good choice due to its dense structure. Most problems always accused on the cut edges - so in order to solve this problem the team decided to create no open edges at all and made bended edges to avoid open corners.
When joined together with glue as a straight line the risk of letting fire into the core of the sheets is minimised. So what looks like a design choice is actually a clever engineering solution to avoid open edges at the corner of the house.
We are very curious about the performance. The house will be after its completion entirely cladded with 2 layers of solid cardboard and should perform very well.
Usually you throw away the big cardboard box your new television arrives in ...not in this case...
the team designed several ideas that will be printed as cutting and folding lines onto the box - so after unpacking you can create something fun and useful out of the box.
Here some pictures unfortunately the team wasn't complete during the photo session but we got some pictures from the team - thanks !
The Proto Lab - of the Politechnika Wroclaw which is run by Jurek Latka and inspired of our mobile Bucky Lab is supported by Makita and in order to honor this relationship one team build a demonstration display that will allow the team of Makita to show their latest products.
Next to the functionally to display the tools the stand also has removable inserts that allows to dest the tools directly - so you can cut, drill and set screws into these surfaces and when there is nothing left to cut off or drill into the surfaces can be easily replaced.
Have a look and chapeau for the team who designed and build it.