The best time-lapse video from the International Space Station

Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 5:44 PM
Probably you have seen 'nighttime' images of the earth taken from the space. But have you seen a video? Have you seen how the Aurora Borealis looks like from the space, or how does it look like when it is lightning in a massive storm? Two truly fantastic time lapse video from the ISS:

Interactive Cloud sculpture breathes life into 6,000 dead bulbs

at 5:24 PM

Nuit Blanche arts festival in Calgary, art patrons gathered under the incandescent glow of an artificial cloud. Simply dubbed Cloud, the sculpture was created by Canadian artist and filmmaker Caitlind r. c. Brown. It's made up of 6,000 burnt out incandescent light bulbs collected from donations, with a few working ones scattered amongst them. Strings hang from the bulbs and, when given a tug, toggle the lights to create the eponymous and visually striking flickering cloud of light. The build process is documented on the Cloud blog and offers a glimpse at the effort involved in pulling the whole project together. Check out the video below to see bemused art patrons trying out the cloud for themselves.

And a permanent realization of this idea:

Review: New DIALux EVO 2

Monday, April 29, 2013 at 9:33 PM

More than a year elapsed since we wrote the first review about the DIALux EVO. DIAL launched the new, updated version of the DIALux: the EVO 2. So we gonna have a second (and quick) look of it to see what happened in Lüdenscheid.

The official change log of the new EVO version:
  • dwg export
  • false colors
  • advanced navigation
  • settings for standard - improvement of the dialog several bugfixes performance optimization

Let start with the FC rendering. The false colour rendering got a really professional look. Congratulation for the developers. However one time saving option is still missing: interpolate. It would be nice to have a linear and logarithmical interpolation option too.
The new false colour overlay is available with the F9 shortcut what is really handy.

The look of the FC is not yet consequent:

When you want to move an object in the space you can select axis (X,Y,Z) to move the object only in the selected axis. 3DS MAX users are familiar with this. This is a very helpful option.

Navigation in the space also got easier. There are modifications in the UI improving the usability of the software.

Display options are nicely organised:

High number of options does work only in special circumstances (eg: isolines, light distribution curves in 3D view, etc.) what is a bit annoying.

The DWG import is still seriously buggy. Many files displayed incorrectly and the previews are not available (this last one is an acceptable loss).

This is the original drawing in AutoCAD:

This is what you get:

Ooops! One step further and Dialux got a black hole. It sucked my lines in:
We have the option to embed the external drawing into the project file. This can be helpful when we have to share the file with other companies:

It`s been never so easy as now to move the base point of the DWG layers:

The manufacturer module has been changed slightly but we are still unable to download the plugin from the software itself. Dialux will only open the internet browser at the download location.

The material library is nicely presented:

There is no change in the furniture library. A refresh would be timely.

Many bugs been patched but still we run into error messages, crashes so often that is not just annoying but makes us think that this is still in beta stage.

Performance-wise we don`t feel any significant improvements. We did run the same test calculations as we did last year. :( The list of  +Pros is longer but there are no changes on the -Con list since we reviewed the beta version.
The EVO branch is still far from overtaking the Dx4 branch.

We haven’t find a comprehensive, list of the Dialux EVO shortcut keys, so here it is.
If something missing, please comment below.

F1   help
F2   Show/hide coordinate system
F3   Show/hide reference lines
F4   Show/hide working planes
F5   Wireframe view
F6   Show/hide iso lines
F7   Show/hide DWG drawings
F8   Show/hide light distribution curves
F9   Show/hide false colour overlay
F12  Save project

Ctrl + C   Copy
Ctrl + X   Cut
Ctrl +V   Paste
Ctrl + S   Save
Ctrl + O   Open
Ctrl + N   New project
Ctrl + P   Print
Ctrl + F2 Print preview
Ctrl + T   New tab
Ctrl + Z   Undo
Ctrl + Y   Redo
Ctrl + 1…9 Save the view
Alt + 1…9 Recall the saved views
Del   Delete

P + left mouse button   Move
Z + Right mouse button   Zoom
The function of the Shift key haven’t changed.

One thing I still don`t understand. Why Dialux doesn’t have shortcut key for the calculate command.

Please feel free to comment (no log in needed):

Art Gallery of Ontario

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 7:59 PM

Sculptures: Captured Lightning

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 7:44 PM

Bavarian Forest National Park, Neuschönau

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 1:04 AM

The New FC Barcelona Museum

Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 12:57 AM

Visitor Center Grube Messel

Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 12:52 AM
 Visitor Center Grube Messel

Vodafone building, Oporto

Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 1:18 AM

Bianimale - The Nomadic Museum

Friday, December 28, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Ombra Bruno / Bemaa curated for the Bianimale Foundations the exhibition design for the Ashes and Snow project


Guangzhou Opera House

Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 3:26 PM

The Guangzhou Opera House by Zaha Hadid Architects has opened in Guangdong province, China.

Shaped to resemble two pebbles on the bank of the Pearl River, the building houses a 1,800-seat theatre plus 400-seat multifunctional hall, rehearsal rooms and entrance hall.

Like pebbles in a stream smoothed by erosion, the Guangzhou Opera House sits in perfect harmony with its riverside location. The Opera House is at the heart of Guangzhou’s cultural development. Its unique twin-boulder design enhances the city by opening it to the Pearl River, unifying the adjacent cultural buildings with the towers of international finance in Guangzhou’s Zhujiang new town.

The design evolved from the concepts of a natural landscape and the fascinating interplay between architecture and nature; engaging with the principles of erosion, geology and topography. The Guangzhou Opera House design has been particularly influenced by river valleys – and the way in which they are transformed by erosion.

Fold lines in this landscape define territories and zones within the Opera House, cutting dramatic interior and exterior canyons for circulation, lobbies and cafes, and allowing natural light to penetrate deep into the building. Smooth transitions between disparate elements and different levels continue this landscape analogy. Custom moulded glass-fibre reinforced gypsum (GFRC) units have been used for the interior of the auditorium to continue the architectural language of fluidity and seamlessness.

The Guangzhou Opera House has been the catalyst for the development of cultural facilities in the city including new museums, library and archive. The Opera House design is the latest realization of Zaha Hadid Architects’ unique exploration of contextual urban relationships, combining the cultural traditions that have shaped Guangzhou’s history, with the ambition and optimism that will create its future.