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Lewis Wadsworth
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I was asked to describe this earlier today.

David Bowie as a priest wearing a blindfold with button eyes; a dead astronaut with a jeweled skull; a woman with a tail and a unibrow; a bunch of people dancing with little jerks or maybe having seizures; a giant candle; some living scarecrows who might be dreaming of being belly dancers...oh, and Cthulhu. Let's not forget Cthulhu.
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The most singularly bizarre of the videos advertising a singularly bizarre bicycle accessory.

I'm glad they acknowledge that it was inspired by Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

The company's website:

http://www.trotify.com/
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What? Who would want this? 
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Pareidolia, anyone?

Hey, it's done. Sometime ago I decided to test out the capabilities of my then-new 3D printer through the production of an inexplicable object.

In an earlier post, I jokingly entitled it The Zahir, after the cursed object of overwhelming fascination in the Borges story of the same name.

https://plus.google.com/u/0/+LewisWadsworthIV/posts/j5MRtWDaVmu

Soon after beginning this experiment with my 3D printer, I undertook a residential architecture project, which for most purposes seems to have had the same effect on my creative nature as an episode of prolonged and severe depression. But that house has finally reached the point where I am no longer involved on a daily basis, so I was able to return to this little task in the last week.

I used cherry wood salvaged from my residential project for the wooden frame, planing it to the correct thickness and notching pieces with an inexpensive router, and all of the printed PLA parts are attached to that wood frame with short wood screws supplemented with a limited amount of epoxy. The idea was to test, at a very small and almost metaphoric scale, how 3D printing would work with my definition of architecture, which developed from my observation that any work of architecture is a complex assembly of objects as opposed to simply a complex monolithic object.

Even though the 3D printed components inevitably had a few flaws (along with a pronounced tensile weakness perpendicular to the original horizontal plane of the printer's build plate), for the most part it looks like the original Rhino 3D model. The wood parts were less forgiving, more likely to split and twist, and I added more printed braces to the original scheme to make sure that I could keep the frame stiff.

The full set of related images, renderings through assembly, is also available in the amended G+ collection here:

https://goo.gl/photos/MqoT9zPJDCQb8Ws19

So: experiment completed, what do I do with this weird alien jack-o'-lantern? Do I call it a work of sculpture? Do I paint it or gold-leaf it or patina it like I would a piece of sculpture, back when I used pretend to artistry? Do I simply leave it sitting on the Noguchi table in my studio, to trouble the thoughts of those who behold it, like its Borgesian namesake?
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I see demons.

No, not really. Someone's "Android Experiment" (written in that hipster artistic version of Java Processing no less):

https://www.androidexperiments.com/experiment/elements

There's no way to capture the image other than to grab a screenshot, so that's what we have here. There's a limitation in symmetry, as well...eventually the pattern will look like an angry supernatural entity's face, no matter what you do.
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Someone seems to have too much battery performance ...
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The Approach

...collages of current construction photos (taken with my aging phone's panorama function) and the corresponding renderings from the 3D model.

Presumably, sometime in December if I repeat this exercise one won't be able to discern the difference.

Incidentally, since I've been asked about this: this is a single-family residence, I am the architect, and (this seems to really really matter to some people) the whole project was modeled principally in Trimble SketchUp and McNeel Rhino. And the construction drawings were also composed in Rhino, from DWG files exported from the SketchUp model. That's eccentric as architectural software technique goes,  but it has worked relatively well for me.
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What if our outfit could recognize and respond to the gaze of the other? This is an interactive 3D printed wearable, which can detect other people’s gaze and respond accordingly with life-like behavior.

Well, that is interesting. No, wait, the other thing: creepy. 

Somewhat more information, as well as descriptions of other unnerving work, is available on the award-winning architect/designer's website:

http://behnazfarahi.prosite.com/204244/gallery
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Shoggoth included?
Famed horror author H.P. Lovecraft was born in Providence, Rhode Island, and moved back there after a brief stint in New York City, into a house at 10 Barnes...
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Yeah! Thbbft!

(I like this better than their slogan last time they ran: "For a Weirder America!")

https://www.facebook.com/berkeleybreathed/photos/a.114529165244512.10815.108793262484769/1043046769059409/?type=1
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Auuuuggggh! I'm a cat!

Oh wait, it's just a Google Maps-type of website, for cats in Onomichi .... what?
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「広島キャットストリートビュー」は、広島県の魅力のひとつである“暮らしが息づく路地裏の風景”を、その魅力をいちばんよく知るネコの目線で探索することができる世界初のストリートビューです。
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The scariest implication here is that cats actually have GPS-enabled smartphones, and we never knew it.
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Shadows

I didn't realize until the day before yesterday that this eleven-year-old piece of Wagon Christ electronica, which curiously enough features a sample of a James Bond soundtrack, has an accompanying video by "Fizzy Eye" (which  is or was a collective of film creators, as I understand it).

The imagery is really interesting! Kind of Gahan-Wilson-monsters-meets-Hayao-Miyazaki-bucolism. How many buttons does that combination of idioms push?
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Education
  • Yale School of Architecture
    Master of Architecture, 2001 - 2005
    (where, notably, he was told by the same fool who gave Maya Lin a "B" for her Vietnam Veterans Memorial project that he was too "unconventional" to be an architect)
  • Dartmouth College
    A.B. Visual Studies, 1986 - 1990
    (where he learned a few things, mostly concerning the habits of obscure Roman emperors. You have to be pretty decadent to invent veal.)
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Architect who knows how to use a sword.
Introduction

Lewis Wadsworth is a designer, artist, and teacher in Boston, Massachusetts.

Lewis' architectural projects have appeared in AIArchitect, the journal of the American Institute of Architects, and have been honored by the Boston Society of Architects. He has also illustrated projects for architecture firms in the United States, Australia, and Japan. He teaches 3D design and software courses at the Boston Architectural College. He has served as a technical adviser on software manuals, and oddly enough sometimes is paid to tell publishers what he thinks about proposed books on software commonly used by architects.

Lewis also fences with an épée. A lot. And yes, that is a type of sword.

Bragging rights
Peter Eisenman threatened, when I was an architecture student, to make sure that I never had a job in architecture anywhere on the planet. I've never assumed he wasn't serious.
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Designer, illustrator, artist, and teacher...wait, didn't I already write that somewhere? Why didn't I become a spy? How does one become one? I will delete all my files and burn my computer. Why is there no fire? Why aren't there the makings of one? How did I get in the unused room on the third floor?
Skills
"Architecture is an art purely of invention, and invention is the most painful and the most difficult exercise of the human mind." - Sir John Soane
Employment
  • LW4
    Principal, or possibly Chief Cultist, 2008 - present
  • Boston Architectural College
    Instructor, 2007 - 2013
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Seattle, Washington - New Haven, Connecticut - Hanover, New Hampshire - St. Augustine, Florida
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