Visual testament to the world's greatest achievements in architecture.
To tout the usefulness of Arboblend, a hot new bioplastic that looks all but poised to take the bright, sunshiny world of renewable construction materials by storm, students and professors from Stuttgart University’s Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design used it to build this spiky modular pavilion and filmed the entire process.
The resulting piece of manufacturing porn starts with a lowly tub of bioplastic granulate, made from over 90 percent renewable materials, and takes it through the rounds of melting, pressing, and thermoforming that produced this polygonal serpent of a structure.
As the project team explain—and this is to be read in a triumphant cadence, with an eye toward a future where regular old plastic has been rightfully shunned in favor of the eco-friendly blend—”thermoformable sheets of bioplastics will represent a resource-efficient alternative in the future, as they combine the high malleability and recyclability of plastics with the environmental benefits of materials consisting primarily of renewable resources.”
I am completely in love this short video, getting each important moment across to describe the fabrication process.
As an architect and theoretician, Poelzig was particularly interested in developing a language specific for factory buildings : “the true monumental task of contemporary architecture“, in a period when Germany was developing as a major industrialised nation. Whereas Behrens (recent article) metamorphosized his activity during the years, looking for a complete adherence to the changing mythologies of German haute-bourgeosie, Poelzig identified in a sinister neo-Gothic style, the proper setting for his monumental plants.
Already during its construction (in 1910), Poelzig’s project for a chemical factory in Lubań, Poland, was featured in magazine articles, lectures and exhibitions as an exemplary Industrial Architecture. For the manufacturing of the fertiliser a complex of different buildings was needed: a lead chamber, a high tower houses, a kiln house, a tower house, a chamber house, storage sheds and other buildings. Apart from the production plant, Poelzig designed also a building for the administration, a building for the workers welfare, a workshop and an engine house to provide the required energy.
The Island of Lines Mattias Backstroem
"Manhattan seen from street level. Even though I took quite a few overview photos from above, I preferred capturing the city from below because the main feeling I got when walking around was that of being an ant with a camera among millions in a world made both by and for giants."