Marta Nowak is 2019 Google Fellow by AN.ONYMOUS

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Marta Nowak is a recipient of Google 2019 R+D Fellowship. Her work focuses on developing robotic furniture for office environments. Through the use of intelligent furniture the project seeks to optimize the workspace in order to create productive and healthy work environments. By implementing robotic office furniture that navigates the space through the use of machine vision, object recognition and path planning, the device would have an ability to accommodate people's changing needs, adopt to new team arrangements and different work styles. The transformable furniture would allow employees to go from focused individual work to teamwork/collaborative brainstorming while eliminating noise pollution, visual distraction and creating minimum impact for their neighbor.

Iman Ansari's Essay 'Escape Clause' Featured in Room One Thousand by AN.ONYMOUS

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Iman Ansari’s essay “Escape Clause" is featured in the recent issue of Room One Thousand journal. “Issue 7 of Room One Thousand takes a materialist approach to the material of architecture, examining how the stuff architecture determines its wider position and culture. Through stories, essays, games, and design proposals the contributors to Material look closely at the building blocks of architecture analyzing the impact and emergent properties of structure fires, model materials, archi-facts, rubble, rendering softwares, democratic firm structures and beyond.” Drawing on the classical relationship between architecture and fire, Ansari’s essay discusses how the emergence of building codes and fire regulations in the late nineteenth century reflect the changing public and professional attitudes towards human life. You can purchase a copy here.

ARCHITIZER PROJECT OF THE DAY: IN.DENT by AN.ONYMOUS

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AN.ONYMOUS project 'IN.DENT' is featured as the Project of the Day on Architizer. The project is celebrated for its "futuristic" design, custom-made furniture, and for its attempt "to reinvent the suspended ceiling." Read more about the project on Architizer here or visit the project page on our website here.

AN.ONYMOUS AT AMAZON'S RADICAL URBAN TRANSPORTATION SALON by AN.ONYMOUS

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AN.ONYMOUS' Marta Nowak, Iman Ansari and Chun-hua Chiu joined a group of transportation visionaries in a global transport summit at Amazon’s Seattle hub. Organized by Amazon Department of Ideas, the summit gathered an eclectic group of entrepreneurs, academics, policy makers and designers, as well as Amazon senior management, contributing to breakthroughs in transportation to participate in the first Radical Urban Transportation Salon hosted at the new Amazon World Headquarters in Seattle, Washington. The event took place on April 20-21, 2017. Marta Nowak and Iman Ansari presented some of their academic and professional work on urban mobility and transportation, including AN.ONYMOUS research and design proposals for Hyperloop.

IN.DENT ON ARCHDAILY by AN.ONYMOUS

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AN.ONYMOUS project IN.DENT is featured on ArchDaily. This project aims to respond to the idle condition of the suspended ceiling by exploring its potential in contemporary architecture. Designed for a dental office in Woodland Hills, California, the suspended ceiling acts as the main organizing system for a programmatically dense space that consist of a reception and waiting area, a consultation room, an imaging room, a dental lab, a business area, a sterilization area, a doctors’ office, three consultation rooms and two surgery suites.

THE GENIUS OF MAKING by AN.ONYMOUS

Marta Nowak and Iman Ansari will join the final panel of the LABtalk series, LABtalk 3: The Genius of Making, organized by CityLab and hosted by KCRW's Frances Anderton at A+D Architecture and Design Museum on April 6th. The panel asks a generational range of experts: if design in Los Angeles has always capitalized on innovations in fabrication, yow do evolving capabilities of digital modeling, prefabrication, 3D printing, and new materials transform our current culture of making? The event is free and open to the public. LABtalks are part of the exhibition cityLAb, times 10, where some of AN.ONYMOUS projects for NASA JPL are currently on display, including the ZERO.GRAVITY chair.

"NATURE VERSUS DENTURE" IN ARCHITECTURAL THEORY REVIEW by AN.ONYMOUS

Iman Ansari's essay, Nature Versus Denture: An Ontology of Dental Prostheses, is in this month's special issue of Architectural Theory Review on Architecture and Anthropology (published by Taylor & Francis). The essay examines the fascinating history of non-anatomic dental prostheses in the twentieth century and investigates why their development came to a halt. In doing so, it analyses a range of cultural and anthropological factors concerned with dental morphology, and concludes that the concept of who we are and what makes us human—our identity, personality, language, culture, or technology—no longer rests within the bounds of our material body, but in the non-material world we have created. And that the social, cultural, and technological systems we have built outside of our bodies have as much influence over our physical and anatomical attributes as we did in shaping them. 

MARTA NOWAK PRESENTS AT AUTOMOBILITY 2016 by AN.ONYMOUS

If you missed the live broadcast on PBS, here is a video of Marta Nowak's presentation at Automobility 2016: Reimagining Transportation conference on October 13, 2016. Marta talks about her work in the Hyperloop Suprastudio at UCLA Architecture & Urban Design as well as some of our work at AN.ONYMOUS for Hyperloop Transportation Technologies. The conference provided a road map to the future – assessing the challenges and opportunities as autonomous cars, connected vehicle technologies and advanced mobility services revolutionize the auto industry as well as their impact on our urban environment.