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  • Nimbus (Robotic Cloud)

    Nimbus (Robotic Cloud)
    new york NEW YORK

    ROBOT WORKSHOP COMPETITION
    First place — $1200

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    julian LIANG & hector ROMERO: KNOWLEDGE PRECIPITATION

    The NIMBUS cloud provides the robotic community a public forum to openly exchange and share knowledge. Outfitted with a massive interactive screen and a street connected communal space, the MEGA-Experimentation Stage allows for infinite possibilities to interact with each other—the belief that the best ideas flourish unexpectedly, through sharing and interaction.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    jL & hR: Jeremy Lin, David Chang, Blueberry Cream Cookies, Pork buns, The Hat.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    jL & hR: Momofuku Milk Bar, Snow Crash, Tool, 2pac, Dr. Dre, Doctor Who, Waka Flocka, Shameless, Blade Runner.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    jL & hR: T Thomas Heatherwick, Kilian Eng, Kendrick Lamar, Michel Rojkind, Mikael Colombu.

    JURY COMMENTS:

    michael SVIVOS — What I love about this project is the very simple deviations in a standard programmatic diagram produce a building that is both inside and outside. Through the many media surfaces and the facade treatment the project could actually operate like a shifting cloud, which could be quite beautiful. It’s great to see a project with a simple idea that actually uses that idea to make most of the decisions as the design is developed.

    simon KIM — The volume is well-trained to its square limits, and displays exuberance in its grand spaces and in its walkable surfaces. The building is a concatenated series of large auditoria, signaling more of a public advocacy and less a workshop or lab. As signage or herald, it is successful in creating spaces of spectacle.

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