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Unused rooftop space transformed into stunning sustainable farm

August 24th, 2020 at 11:28 am » Comments Off

  The Thammasat University Rooftop Farm measures roughly 236,800 sq ft (22,000 sq m), making it the largest organic rooftop farm in Asia The Thammasat University Rooftop Farm (or TURF), by Landprocess, puts an abandoned rooftop area belonging to Thammasat University’s Rangsit Campus to fine use as an organic farm. The project incorporates solar power […]



World’s tallest prefab skyscrapers will rise in Singapore — but they’re being built in Malaysia

August 15th, 2020 at 1:56 pm » Comments Off

A pair of skyscrapers are set to become the tallest prefabricated buildings in the world. And while the two 192-meter-tall (630 feet) towers will rise in densely populated Singapore, large parts of the structures are being built over the border in Malaysia. The residential project, named Avenue South Residences, will see 988 apartments formed from […]



Goodbye to open office spaces? How experts are rethinking the workplace.

May 22nd, 2020 at 2:29 pm » Comments Off

  The coronavirus pandemic is exacerbating workers’ worries about returning to jobs in these often debated floor plans. DISTRACTING, INTRUSIVE, AND now a potential health hazard. The list of grievances against crowded open office floor plans is mounting, and as state officials mull how to safely reopen offices shuttered by the coronavirus, some people are […]



10 ways COVID-19 could change office design

May 8th, 2020 at 11:48 am » Comments Off

COVID-19 has upended working life, changing how and where people do their jobs.  Millions of people in China have returned to work, and other countries are considering easing lockdowns in phases. Organizations should plan how to adapt offices to comply with social distancing rules. Real estate company Cushman & Wakefield has designed an office where […]



The visual trends that will define 2020

February 24th, 2020 at 1:04 pm » Comments Off

The creative industries help to define the look of an era. As much as architecture and literature have an enormous impact, the style and flavour of a decade is primarily decided by the creatives. While that’s a privilege, it is also a responsibility that means creatives must be the ones to constantly push themselves to […]



These luxury prefabs are going fully off-grid

February 22nd, 2020 at 12:24 pm » Comments Off

Dvele homes will now come with a new thermal enevelop, solar power, and a backup battery system High-end prefab home builder Dvele just got a little more high-tech—and eco-conscious. The San Diego-based company, which is known for its luxury prefab designs, announced this week that it would start exclusively building fully self-powered homes going forward. […]



From privacy booths to smart parking garages: These photos show what offices of the future will look like

February 11th, 2020 at 12:48 pm » Comments Off

Technology has dramatically changed where, when and how people work. Another contributing factor that isn’t as sexy but is arguably just as influential for the working world: the rising price of commercial real estate. As the cost of traditional 10- to 15-year office leases has ticked up nationwide, corporate tenants who want to be able […]



Construction completed on largest 3D-printed building in the world

January 29th, 2020 at 12:22 pm » Comments Off

Largest 3D-printed municipality building in Dubai At 31 feet tall and 6,900 square feet, a new building in Dubai is the largest 3D-printed building in the world — and the first two-story structure of its kind. The most impressive part of the project? U.S. company Apis Cor built the structure using only three workers and […]



‘Part-science lab, part-playground’: how kids made museums take fun seriously

January 24th, 2020 at 12:53 pm » Comments Off

From London to California, architects are helping museums provide interactive learning experiences that can’t be found on screen State of play: TapeScape, an interactive art installation built in collaboration with artist Eric Lennartson at Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Last year, the Hoxton-based architecture practice AOC set up the Open Studio at the V&A Museum of Childhood […]



Scientists bring concrete to life & it might be the future of construction

January 22nd, 2020 at 12:37 pm » Comments Off

Today in weird news we didn’t expect to read: Researchers in Colorado have produced Franken-concrete. It’s alive, and it may be the future of green buildings.  Concrete is, quite literally, all around us. It, or versions of it, has been used since 1300 B.C., meaning even a trip to Roman ruins is surrounded by concrete. […]



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 […]



Five Scenarios for a techno apocalypse