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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 […]



6 of the most amazing things that were 3D-printed in 2018

December 29th, 2018 at 1:52 am » Comments Off

  From bridges to cars, 3D printing proved this year that it’s still relevant and exciting. The hype may have died down a little, but 3D printing was still creating waves in manufacturing in 2018. On the important-but-boring side, manufacturing companies are using the tech for things like weight reduction and cost savings. More interestingly, […]



The challenge of rural depopulation: Facing the scenario of demographic deserts in the EU

December 28th, 2018 at 6:20 am » Comments Off

The rural exodus has been triggered in Europe since the early decades of the second half of the twentieth century. Many people, especially the younger members of society, continue to migrate to the cities looking for job opportunities, better felicities, and higher wages than in the countryside. Over the years, the exodus to the vibrant […]



Special report: A widening world without a home

December 21st, 2018 at 2:02 am » Comments Off

As of last year, more people have been forced by violence and conflict to flee their homes than live in the U.K. or France. Why it matters: That’s upwards of 60 million people — a global nation of refugees. If all of these asylum-seekers, internally displaced people and refugees were a country, they’d be the […]



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 […]



WA’s Fastbrick robot building home in three days a ‘world-first’

December 4th, 2018 at 11:30 am » Comments Off

PERTH-based Fastbrick Robotics has achieved what it says is a world-first with the fully automated construction of a three-bedroom, two-bathroom house in less than three days. The ASX-listed company says civil and structural engineers verified that the structure — completed on Monday in WA by a robotic arm from a 3D model — met relevant […]



The homeless crisis is getting worse in America’s richest cities

December 3rd, 2018 at 7:33 am » Comments Off

A toxic combination of slow wage growth and skyrocketing rents has put housing out of reach for a greater number of people. Daniel Olguin, 28, works on his computer in the front of his van, while his wife, Mary, 26, checks on their almost-2-year-old child in the back. The couple, who have a band called […]



World-first: Bio-bricks made from urine

November 23rd, 2018 at 10:20 am » Comments Off

The world’s first bio-brick made using human urine was unveiled at UCT this week. In picture are (from left) the Department of Civil Engineering’s Dr Dyllon Randall and his students, Vukheta Mukhari and Suzanne Lambert. The world’s first bio-brick grown from human urine has been unveiled by University of Cape Town (UCT) master’s student in […]



A fifth of China’s homes are empty. That’s 50 million apartments

November 18th, 2018 at 3:19 pm » Comments Off

Risk is potential for flood of sales during any property slump. Xi has said homes are for living in, not for speculation. Chinese President Xi Jinping’s mantra that homes should be for living in is falling on deaf ears, with tens of millions of apartments and houses standing empty across the country. Soon-to-be-published research will show […]



The future of construction may be concrete that generates its own electricity

November 8th, 2018 at 11:40 am » Comments Off

We need buildings in which to live, but crafting those buildings is making it harder to live on this planet. As much as 10% of global carbon emissions come from the production of concrete. One ton of CO2 is generated by making one ton of cement, which is made from limestone and a few other […]



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