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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 […]



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 […]



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