Water Resistant Wood

Keep seeing references to new(ish) wood products that use natural wood and an alternative process to pressure treating and produce a better performing material. This may be an option for outdoor structures or a water table experience where we’d like to clad a stainless or concrete basin with a more natural material or perhaps even build a table out of wood (was that Steve Langsdorf I just heard groaning?).

If the specs are true, this material is substantially better than pressure treated. Here’s two products that are getting a lot of press the last few years:

Accoya

https://www.accoya.com/

  • Swelling and shrinkage reduced by 75% or more
  • Lasting 50 years above ground, 25 years in ground/freshwater Class 1 durability, surpassing even teak
  • Virtually rot proof
  • 70 year minimum service life stated by TRADA

 

Kebony

http://kebony.com/us/content/technology/

  • swelling and shrinkage reduced by 40-60%
  • outdoor life time warranty for 30 years
  • no additional treatment needed beyond normal cleaning
  • high resistance against fungi, rot and other wood destroying micro-organisms

 

– Sean

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ENESS – technology & art installations

Building on Mr. Toth’s find, it’s worth checking out some of the other elements in the ENESS portfolio. Investigating other firm’s work is a great way to inspire out own thinking about what’s possible. Here’s a few that caught my eye from the ENESS portfolio:

Humble Telescope

http://eness.com/#/the-humble-telescope/

We’d probably execute this a little differently, but this idea has a lot of potential.

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Light Seesaw

http://eness.com/#/lightseesaw/

Love how they’ve blended physical motion with a visual / digital illustration of the motion. Poetic really. We should think of a way to us a similar technique in one of our moving elements.

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LUMES Cabrini

http://eness.com/#/cabrini/

This looks like an implementation of their OTS modules that Mr. Toth flagged. Not clear if it’s interactive, but certainly could be.

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Colorful Textile Climber @ Toledo Museum of Art

I think most of us have seen Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam’s super cool textile climbing structures before -but this summer she’ll have an installation at the Toledo museum of Art (until Sept 6th) as part of their PlayTime exhibition. Be interested to hear if anyone checks it out in person. – Sean

http://playtime.toledomuseum.org/

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The Void – The Playground Reinvented

I know that we aren’t quite this techy yet (yet!), but it appears that this idea is actually being built and with great care and an enormous amount of financial backing. A VR playground. In an actual physical space specifically for that purpose. This looks absolutely amazing (and probably not actual engines) and i could see museums and play spaces adapting this at some point.

Here’s to dreaming…Roto 2.0

Cardboard Construction & Play Structures

Here’s a different take a on cardboard based play / creation area. The structures were created by architecture students and then set-up in a children’s play area for additional physical exploration, construction, creation, and decoration activities. I can imagine an ambitious Maker space where these types of structures can be made (with a little guidance) and contributed to a play area for use by other visitors. Something pretty great about visitors creating the construction materials / cliimbing structures that other visitors are using to build with or explore… and the “feel” of the resulting space is certainly less chaotic than some of the Cardboard city examples we’ve seen. – Sean

http://christinefrancis.com/2013/08/cardboard-play-spaces/

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