Stone matters, prototype 01

AAU ANASTAS’ research department ‘Scales’, and the GSA Lab of ENSA Paris-Malaquais are examining the use of three-dimensional free-form stone vaults in Palestine. The results of the research will be used for the construction of the el-Atlal residency in Jericho.

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Mass imperfections. who is in control ?

Mass Imperfections —
The story behind the Palestinian pavilion for Dubai Design Week — ABWAB. Opening on the 24th of October 2016

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Stone matters, part 1

Through the Al-maqdissi grant, AAU ANASTAS’ research department ‘Scales’, and the GSA Research Laboratory are examining the use of three-dimensional free-form stone vaults in Palestine. The results of the research will be used for the construction of the el-Atlal residency in Jericho.

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— Talk by Maurizio Brocato

Talk by Maurizio Brocato, Professor at l’ENSA Paris-Malaquais, and l’École des Ponts ParisTech, Civil Engineer

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— Silkscreening at the villa Mansion

Soraya Ghezelbash is a French-Iranian architect and artist based in Beirut. In an unused former kitchen of an Ottoman villa in Beirut, she co-created Silkroad, a communal space that offers screenprinting workshops and is open for public use. AAU is interested in how the architectural space has crafted a specific technique of silkscreening that is adapted to its light intensity.

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Aarhus School of Architecture

AAU ANASTAS’ proposal was highlighted by the jury of the international competition

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— The BIC Cristal structure

Exhibited during the IASS 2015 symposium at the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam, the BIC structure is a continuous hybrid form-found structure made out of 10 000 BIC Cristal pens.

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Building in Palestine

Conor Sreenan from Heneghan Peng Architects gives us a a sneak peek of the long awaited Palestinian Museum project in Birzeit.

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— Realities of theatre

Najla Nakhlé-Cerruti highlights the role of virtual and augmented reality techniques in theatre bringing a change of the spatial dimension of a play, that is the fruit of text and representation. Emphasizing the immersion of the audience in a virtual space is one of AAU’s current concerns, in the context of unsubstantial preservation of historical sites.

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— A Drone for the City / Tools for the Architect

Jake Read talks about introducing a new vision on the city through drone coverage and how digital crafting introduces new intuitive tools for architects. AAU ANASTAS shares common interest in such tools, especially when it comes to introducing a research study on stone, through a vision mixing material and urbanism scales.

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el-Atlal project unveiled

el-Atlal artists and writers residency is launched ! The project is exhibited at Volume, 47 rue Notre Dame de Nazareth in Paris.

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Mike and Jamil at Vitra Design Museum

Local Industries (LI) is proud to announce the acquisition of Mike and Jamil chairs by the Vitra Design Museum in Basel. They will be part of the permanent museum collection.

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— Europe 40 under 40 Award.

Elias and Yousef Anastas were awarded the Europe 40 Under 40, an annual awards program that celebrates the next new talented generation of European architects.

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— We are proud to be part of the el-Atlal project.

We are developing a building for el-Atlal, an artist’s oasis in Jericho, a project by Karim Kattan

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Al Maqdissi granted to Scales & GSA.

Al Maqdissi research granted to AAU Research Department (SCALES) in collaboraton with GSA lab. The research will focus on new simulation and fabrication techniques for the construction of stone vaults.

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Adaptive building skin.

The Variable Stiffness Lattice (VSL) is a research developed with the Princeton University’s Form Finding Lab. The VSL skin system relies on novel design simulation and fabrication processes that explore elastic deformation mechanisms found in nature.

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— Parallel Borders II Landfall 2014.

Elias and Yousef Anastas were invited by Mark Mangion to participate in the Parallel Borders 2 project, an extensive cross-field collaborative platform reflecting upon geopolitical and spatial narratives and physical borders via cyber, public and other highly accessible public structures.

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— Temporary reciprocal structures.

With the collaboration of Princeton University’s Form Finding Lab led by Prof. Sigrid Adriaenssens, a design-to-construction tool has been developed for reciprocal structures, and validated by the construction of a 5m diameter dome at Princeton University and a temporary pavilion on the Nativity square in Bethlehem.

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