Self-Assembly Lab Defies Gravity At Biennial With “Rock Print”
Oct09

Self-Assembly Lab Defies Gravity At Biennial With “Rock Print”

It basically looks like a bunch of rocks. Turns out, that’s exactly what it is, but fashioned very carefully. The Chicago Architecture Biennial collaborative installation known as “Rock Print” is the first architectural construction built by robotic machines using only rocks and thread. No adhesive or mortar holds the structure together. “Rock Print” appears to defy gravity. It also offers an intriguing...

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Biennial Origins: A Big Idea From Emanuel And Funding From BP
Oct06

Biennial Origins: A Big Idea From Emanuel And Funding From BP

At the press conference that kicked off the Chicago Architecture Biennial late last week, John Mingé, president of BP of America, explained his first reaction when Mayor Rahm Emanuel asked his company to foot the bill. “We asked ‘What the heck is an architecture biennial?’” Mingé said, adding that BP quickly learned that “This is a celebration of architecture and there is no better city for it.” Before Emanuel reached out to BP, he...

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