Metal Flower Opens and Closes Depending on Temperature

The newest installation in Los Angeles’ Materials and Applications courtyard is quite the sight. It’s a collaborative project between architects Doris Sung and Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter as well as structural engineer Matthew Melnyk. Bloom is a 20-ft tall metal flower that opens and closes with the daily heat. The piece is made out of sheet metal that has been laser-cut and assembled in a self-organizing pattern.

This installation is meant to examine the role of thermally responsive metal surfaces for use in construction. The panels respond to both atmospheric temperature and direct solar exposure. When the panels are cool, they form a solid barrier, but when heated up they fan out to allow for better air flow, providing more surface area for shade. Check out the video, below, for a time-lapse of Bloom’s construction. This amazing project will be on display until Spring 2012.

Photo credit: Brandon Shigeta

Doris Sung’s website
Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter’s website
via [Designboom]

January 23, 2017

Makeup Artist Raises Mental Health Awareness With New #InsideOutChallenge

Canadian beauty blogger Yasaman Gheidi is using her makeup skills to spread mental health awareness with her new #InsideOutChallenge. While makeup can be fun and glamorous, Gheidi shows us a different side by using products to transform her face into a mirror for what’s within. The project came about after the 27-year-old self-taught beauty blogger left her staff Christmas party early due to an anxiety attack.

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