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" 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.
The Winter 2019 issue of Memari Ma journal includes an interview with Iman Ansari with an image of ZERO.GRAVITY featured on the cover. The topic of the issue is architecture and pedagogy and includes a range of essays and interviews on architectural education. PDF version of the journal can be found here.
Iman Ansari and Marta Nowak presented at the LoopTransport 2018 Conference. Organized by Hyperloop Advanced Research Partnership (HARP), as the first HARP International Conference on Hyperloop Transportation and Related Technologies, the conference aimed to initiate and facilitate communication between scientists with expertise in areas related to the Hyperloop technology advancement.
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' 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.
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.
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.
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.
Marking its tenth anniversary by looking ten years ahead, cityLAB and six emerging architects kindle debate about the future of Los Angeles through design and research. AN.ONYMOUS' collaboration with CityLAb for NASA JPL, including BODY.WORK, DEEP.THINK, and ZERO.GRAVITY, are on display through April 9th 2017. More about the exhibition here.
Abu Dhabi Department of Municipal Affairs and Transport signed an agreement for a feasibility study to build a #hyperloop between Abu Dhabi and Al Ain. Here is a glimpse of our station design for Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, as published in a few news outlets. More on AN.ONYMOUS work on Hyperloop to come soon.
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.