Monday, June 29, 2015

Bucky Lab Finals

With the end of the semester approaching its time for the finals. This time it was a special event. We had the students from The Hague University as guests who did a small bucky lab semester reinterpreting former elevator pitches. After a short intro from their docent Eric Schrijver two of the 6 projects were presented.

We are very proud of the achievements of the students, who did this in just 8 weeks. Our cardboard group followed by a short intro of Jerzy Latka our cardboard expert. Splitted into 3 groups the cardboard groups explained their development of the cardboard shelter.

At the end of the event 7 sunshades were presented and the variety was impressive.

Actually we asked for a simple concept following the KISS principle, but honestly what we got was the most scientific semester we had till now. Our students got in contact with fluid dynamics, optics, chemics and even had consultancy from the high voltage lab of the TU Delft.

All of the concept showed the passion and dedication of the students and this was quite a busy semester  due to the lot of holidays thrown into the schedule.

Now its time for a well earned holidays and the beer at the end of the evening was well earned after the official opening of the bucky lab exhibition in our Oost Serre the orange hall.

The expo will be visible till friday this week, so don't miss it.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Sunshade details

and a couple of details 

Sunshades 1 2015

This semester we developed a cardboard shelter and a few sunshade concepts. Have a first look what happened this semester in the sunshade groups.

Next week we will have our finals in the orange hall, join if you like on monday starting at 17.00

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Oerol RWS TUD Stuiflab

Last semester we developed new concepts to build on the dutch coasts. The research project that was done in cooperation with Rijkswaterstaat and the Architectural Engineering studio Intecture had the focus on a coast friendly way of building holiday houses on the beach. While the graduate students from Intecture developed entire houses, the bucky lab students developed concepts for new building construction details that can be utilised to form sustainable and beach friendly accommodations or pavilions.

One group of students within the bucky lab decided to develop a wind tunnel to test the influence of buildings on the coast, which normally reduce the natural sand depletion and therefore harm the defense line of our country.

Inspired by the wind tunnel the dutch coast morphologist Jan Mulder and the team of the Ministry of RWS and the TU Delft decided to have a 1:1 test set up on the beach during the Oerol festival on the island of Terschelling.

After a long period of planning we finally finished our preparation and send our lightvan to the island and build a pavilion - the stuiflab - as an information center including the wind tunnel, bucky lab prototypes and the different designs of the graduate students.

With the background of the sea and a blue sky the preparations were done in two days and the pavilion is now ready to welcome its guests for the next week during the oerol festival. We already had a group of guests and everyone was impressed by the content which triggers the discussion about building on the beach.

We will place the projects being visible in the pavilion the next days, but for now a couple of impressions from the first days.