TOM:Melbourne 2016

This was my participation in the TOM Global Event 2016 in the Swinburne University of Technology.
This is an event to gather Engineers and Designers with the purpose of developing Open Source solutions for people with disabilities.

My team (Num2) had this challenge (description from TOM webpage):

The challenge: Christian has Hemiplegia and is paralysed from the neck down. He struggles daily with the functionality of his current wheelchair headrest. They are often invariably fixed and inflexible.

Christian’s challenge is that when he needs to look down and tilt his head forward the headrest comes away and no longer provides support. This is a problem for people who have limited lateral (sideways) muscular control. Christian’s challenge is a system that provides headrest support (including lateral support) through the degree of movement of the head and neck from upright to forward (chin on chest).

The Solution: Christian’s team came up with a 3d printed head rest that is controlled by simple electronics that moves with his head motion, constantly giving him support and control.

In this video we are doing the set up and test of the system for the Christian’s chair:

In this video there is a presentation for each team and project (we are the second team):

CAADRIA & SmartGeometry workshops 2016

During the last days of March and at the beginning of April I collaborated with the organisation of two very interesting workshops, focused on architecture and micro-climate. The first one was CAADRIA workshop 2016 held at the Melbourne University, Australia (29-31 of March). Here more information. The second one was the SmartGeometry workshop 2016 held at the Chalmers University of Technology, in Gothemburg, Sweden (2-9 April). Here more information about that workshop.

Durante los últimos días de marzo y primeros días de abril colaboré en la organización de dos talleres donde se estudió la relación entre diseño y el análisis del micro clima. El primero fue el CAADRIA workshop 2016 realizado en la Universidad de Melbourne, en Australia (29-31 marzo). Acá pueden encontrar más información de ese taller. El segundo fue el SmartGeometry workshop 2016 realizado en la universidad de Chamber en Gotemburg, Suecia (2-9 abril). Acá un poco más de información sobre este taller.



Smartgeometry 2016: Sensory Detectives from Marc Webb on Vimeo.

The Mini Airflow Tunnel Project

Acá comparto mi ultimo proyecto. Un Mini túnel de viento para arquitectos y estudiantes de diseño que incorpora tecnología low-cost para visualización de datos en tiempo real.

The aim of this project is to develop and share an easy to use and low-cost tool for wind analysis with an empirical approach on physical wind simulation. This tool is a mini airflow tunnel that can provide graphical representations of airflow data for a quick feedback, visualisation and analysis, for architects and designers in the early design stage. This tool is suitable for preliminary analysis of aerodynamic phenomena near buildings, such as wind flow acceleration, that can produce discomfort issues on pedestrians. The mini airflow tunnel project is an association of analogue and digital technology: it uses electronic components for arduino technology and Rhino 3D software with Grasshopper3D and Firefly plugins for graphical visualisation of airflow data in real time.


Exhibition in Mexico about Manuel Casanueva’s work

An interesting article about an exhibition in Mexico presenting the Manuel Casanueva’s work, published in the book: “El Libro de los Torneos”.

Un interesante artículo sobre una exposición montada en México sobre el trabajo de Manuel Casanueva, publicado en El Libro de los Torneos.


Barcelona Pavilion (Mies van der Rohe)

Sometimes I try open source programs which can be used for architects. One of them is SweetHome3D. This is a software for Interior Design that is very popular, easy to use and I wanted to test it to know what it is possible to do with it.

This model made with SweetHome3D is the Barcelona Pavilion, designed by Mies van der Rohe.
In Google you can find information about this iconic building.
I put here some screenshots and renders made with this interesting program in a very short period of time. You can download SweetHome3D from

SweetHome 3D es un programa open source simple pero eficiente para Diseno de Interiores que puede ser utilizado por arquitectos para realizar anteproyectos y diseno rapido de interiores. A continuación algunos renders del Pabellon Barcelona de Mies van der Rohe realizados por mi usando este simpático programa:

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