Impact Lab


Subscribe Now to Our Free Email Newsletter

» Currently browsing: Architecture


5 bold urban design projects that made cities more fun, clean, and accessible in 2019

January 3rd, 2020 at 11:03 am » Comments Off

Cities can get rid of cars—and build urban ski slopes. You may think the only changes to cities have been negative ones, and yes, urban areas have certainly seen increased traffic and heightened housing problems, but plenty of places have also debuted new features that aim to make a positive impact. Whether adapting to climate […]



Porous polymer coatings dynamically control light and heat

November 10th, 2019 at 5:12 pm » Comments Off

The porous polymer coatings, which switch from white to transparent when wetted, can be put into plastic enclosures to make panels that control light and temperatures of buildings. Credit: Jyotirmoy Mandal/Columbia Engineering Buildings devote more than 30% of their energy use to heating, cooling, and lighting systems. Passive designs such as cool roof paints have […]



Watch a massive 3D-printed building take shape

November 9th, 2019 at 3:19 am » Comments Off

Dubai is now home to the world’s largest 3D-printed two-story building. On Wednesday, officials in the city’s Warsan neighborhood unveiled the building, which is 9.5 meters (31 feet) tall and has a total area of 640 square meters (6,889 square feet). The structure’s concrete walls were constructed in place using a massive 3D printer — […]



Digital twins could form the “end game” for optimum smart city design

September 19th, 2019 at 11:40 am » Comments Off

Digital twinning technology can transform how cities are designed, monitored and managed Research finds that urban digital twinning and city modelling technology is having a transformative effect on how cities are designed, monitored, and managed. Urban modelling and digital twins, in particular, will form the “end game” of the smart cities journey to optimised design […]



Are these fireproof, hurricane-proof geodesic domes the post-climate change house of the future?

August 21st, 2019 at 11:32 am » Comments Off

  Geoship is touting the bioceramic geodesic dome as the home of the future—and getting help on the rollout from Zappos, which wants to build some near its headquarters to give to the homeless. In a world where wildfires and hurricanes are becoming more frequent, design for new housing would be smart to anticipate the […]



This self-sustaining plant ecosystem helps you light up your home

July 21st, 2019 at 11:20 am » Comments Off

  You love plants, plants love light, you love light, you’ll both love the Mygdal plantlight! It’s a revolutionary lighting solution not just because the luminaire is a completely self-sustaining ecosystem where the plants can grow-undisturbed, but also because of its one-of-a-kind electrically conductive glass coating. It actually streams the electricity invisibly along the surface, […]



The world’s first rooftop infinity pool with 360-degree views is set to be built in London.

June 18th, 2019 at 11:26 am » Comments Off

The proposed Infinity London tower, whose construction could begin in 2020, would be 55 stories tall and adorned with a rooftop infinity pool with transparent sides and a transparent floor. Swimmers would enter and exit the pool via “a rotating spiral staircase based on the door of a submarine, rising from the pool floor,” the […]



ETH Zurich makes lightweight concrete ceiling using 3D sand-printing

April 19th, 2019 at 10:12 am » Comments Off

A lightweight concrete ceiling with formwork 3D-printed from sand is among the innovations to feature in an experimental robot-made house built by university ETH Zurich. The DFAB House, currently under construction in Dübendorf, Switzerland, showcases five digital building methods that have never before been seen in architecture, and the concrete Smart Slab is the latest […]



Super-tall, super-skinny, super-expensive: the ‘pencil towers’ of New York’s super-rich

February 12th, 2019 at 12:32 pm » Comments Off

The proposed 2022 skyline overlooking Central Park. Photograph: Andrew C Nelson/Jose Hernandez/Skyscraper Museum An extreme concentration of wealth in a city where even the air is for sale has produced a new breed of needle-like tower. By Oliver Wainwright It is rare in the history of architecture for a new type of building to emerge. […]



Designing homes that appeal to Millenials

January 22nd, 2019 at 11:44 am » Comments Off

   Millennials are more accustomed to an apartment lifestyle than previous generations, spending time in rented properties before making the decision to own a home of their own. In fact, young adults are buying homes an average of five years later in life than they did a decade ago. As a result, their idea of […]



Harbor town in Germany unveils urban- chic hostel made out of repurposed shipping containers

January 4th, 2019 at 11:12 am » Comments Off

  Berlin-based Holzer Kobler Architekturen and Kinzo Architekten have collaborated on Germany’s first upcycled hostel and its nothing short of spectacular. The Dock Inn is made out of multiple repurposed shipping containers that have been carved out to create 64 guest rooms which all feature a vibrant interior design that mixes urban chic with industrial […]



High-tech hemp homes: Australia’s 3D-printed green building revolution

December 18th, 2018 at 1:24 pm » Comments Off

A Dutch town will host the world’s first liveable 3D-homes, with residents set to move in next year. Photo: Project Milestone From 3D-printed buildings to hemp-panelled homes, a hi-tech green building revolution is under way across the globe. An Australian company has revealed plans to roll out 3D-printed hemp homes, thanks to pioneering technology that […]



Future of Work : The new age of employment