1/21/2009 Uncategorized

I’d like to get my hands on a laser cutter. I’ve recently come across a couple of projects that involve smart graphics and etched plexi. The first (via SerialConsign) is a plaque honoring an outgoing exec for 15 years with Sony. Designed by Build. And the second, is the programming model that IDEO built for our Harbor Park Pavilion project.

Aside from the seduction of precisely etched glass, what’s interesting to me is that with relatively minimal effort (aside from the upfront laser cutter cost and maintenance), graphics that were created for print or other uses can be recycled and given new life in a 3-D or relief format. Along those lines, I wonder how we could more effectively use our digital models for urban projects in a physical format – we’re already building the digital models, why not print them out?