Problem-solvers around the world are making use of low temperatures to generate solutions, demonstrating technical ingenuity in re-thinking design and manufacturing processes.
Paul Cocksedge’s latest show at Friedman Benda focuses on his experimental efforts involving liquid nitrogen. Aptly entitled Freeze, the collection of furniture consists of metal pieces that are fitted into others when frozen. These expand as they thaw, resulting in seamless joinery between materials that could not otherwise be welded together.
The Ice House, a collaboration between SEArch and Clouds AO was recently named the winner of the NASA 3-D Printed Habitat Challenge for Martian housing. It was one of the few proposals that did not utilise regolith, the loose soil and rocks that cover the Red Planet’s surface. Taking advantage of the predicted abundance of water, the team’s design would enable astronauts to be protected from radiation while allowing them to enjoy life above ground.
Back on Earth a different sort of frozen structure has been formed: a one-and-a-half kilometre long wall of frozen soil to minimise groundwater contamination from the reactors at Fukushima. A report produced earlier this year by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Savannah River and Pacific Northwest National Laboratories has declared the design sound.