3D printing Houses and other buildings are becoming more and more common, but no one has a creative story like the House of Dust. It is a livable building in Wiesbaden, Germany, which connects 1967 with today through a poem.
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“House of Dust” is Originally a poem, Was created by Alison Knowles and James Tenney in 1967 with the help of Siemens 4004 computer. Knowles created a vocabulary to describe the properties of houses. Then the words are translated into the Fortran computer programming language and the computer spit out word combinations. The iterative result of this poem is, “a house of dust/on the open ground/lit by natural light/living by friends and enemies/a paper house/among the mountains/using natural light/living by fishermen and families”.
A year later, the poem became a physical structure in Chelsea, New York, and later found a new life at the California Institute of the Arts in Burbank, California, where Knowles taught. Fast forward to 2021 and the structure is completed again.Technically, it was printed using Crane WASP Technology. WASP (World Advanced Energy Saving Project) is an industry leader in the field of 3D printing, headquartered in Italy. With the completion of the “House of Dust”, the company stated that it is “the first and only temporary, livable and sustainable artwork based entirely on 3D printing of natural materials.”
The use of 3D printing provides Minimal site impactAlthough it avoids a large carbon footprint, “House of Dust” does compare advanced computer science in 1967 with innovations in the 3D printing industry in 2021, both of which connect humans and technology.
The project was completed in cooperation with the Wiesbaden Museum and included 50 hours of printing, 500 machine codes (G codes), 165 layers of 15 mm, 15 kilometers of extrusion, and 8 cubic meters of Natural materials. Today, you can sleep in the sculpture, you can book through the website Tinybe.org.
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