Monday 10 June 2013

New Pavilion by Shigeru Ban in Zurich

ShigeruBan02 A while ago I reported about the erection of the new Tamedia building by Shigeru Ban in Zurich. In a few days, a new pavilion by Ban, designed to cover the terrace of Villa Wesendonck, Zurich, will open. During the summer months it will be used as cafe, and for theater plays, concerts, and readings. Read the press text here (in German).

ShigeruBan06 For the structure of the pavilion, Ban establishes the world's first application of structural carbon girders, and combines them with cardboard tubes.

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Thursday 28 March 2013

Architectural Easter Eggs

A collection of former Serpentine Gallery pavilions in their current state discovered via bing maps. Read about their post-Serpentine life in Marina Otero Verzier’s article.

Zaha Hadid’s pavilion is used as event venue in Flambards theme park, Helston, Cornwall, UK.

Toyo Ito’s pavilion is used as beach club restaurant in hotel Le Beauvallon near Saint Tropez, France.

Frank Gehry’s pavilion is exibited on the property of the Chateau La Coste winery near Aix-en-Provence, France.

Sunday 10 March 2013

Wooden Structures at ETH Campus

Two new temporary wooden structures have been erected recently at the ETH campus in Zurich.

Spatial Aggregations 3, by Gramazio & Kohler: Spatial aggregations 3

A reciprocal frame structure, by Spiro: Reciprocal frame structure

Tuesday 8 January 2013

Gifery: a HTML5 Webapp to Draw Animated Gifs

My brother Jan Lachauer and I just released the first version of a webapp that let's you draw and edit animated gifs on desktop or mobile devices. The app´s client side is based on HTML5 and JavaScript. The server side is programmed in Python (gif creation and upload to tumblr/imgur). We use localstorage to auto save the drawings on the client side, so you can continue whenever you come back to the app from the same device.

Animated gif created by animation wunderkind Jérémie Périn, done with gifery. More animated gifs in the gallery.

A video of an early version of the app. A description of all buttons and hotkeys can be found here.

The following features are implemented till now:
- draw in true color with transparency and variable brush size
- works on mobile devices (tested on iPad and iPhone)
- upload your gif to imgur and tumblr
- import existing gifs to edit or view frame by frame
- auto-save in case you want to continue editing later
- fill shapes
- pick colors
- undo
- onion skin (to see the frame before and after)
- copy and paste frames
- hotkeys

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