From the Makery: Hong Kong Apartments, Spincasting, and Manta Ray Rooms

Art,Community,Technology March 5, 2013 4:08 pm
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Hong Kong Apartments

In Hong Kong, tiny living spaces are the norm. But according to the Society for Community Organization, a human rights group, more than 100,000 people are living in ‘cubicle apartments’ of less than 40 sqft (3.7 m2). The group launched an awareness campaign by shooting the apartments from above with a wide-angle lens – the shots speak for themselves.

Spincasting

3D printing may be the current poster child for low-cost, low-run manufacturing, but it’s far from the only kid on the block. Spincasting is a type of molding powered by a centrifuge: the object to be produced is encased in a rubber mold then freed by cutting ‘gates’ into the material. The mold is then spun and the casting material is injected into the centrifuge, forced towards the outside of the mold by the motion.

Manta Ray Play Center

On the island of Koh Kood, a new play center for the graham-cracker-and-crayon set. Using locally sourced materials and labor for construction, this manta ray shaped activity center provides an art room, a slide, and a kitchen where kids an prepare their own meals with the help of a special chef.

Bread Army

An army marches on its stomach. This one might roll into yours. Hermann Josef Hack’s Bread Army invades Paris!