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AI plastering robot developed for construction sites

November 25th, 2020 at 10:44 am » Comments Off

Amid the ever-increasing use of artificial intelligence (AI) robots at construction sites, a new robot that can perform concrete plastering work on its own has been developed.  Hyundai Engineering Co., a plant engineering affiliate of Hyundai Motor Group, announced on Wednesday that it had developed the nation’s first AI plastering robot that can flatten concrete […]



3D printing for residential in market-ready: Germany’s first building is under construction

November 2nd, 2020 at 12:41 pm » Comments Off

The first 3D printed residential building in Germany, built by PERI GmbH, and designed by MENSE-KORTE ingenieure+architekten is undergoing construction in Beckum, North Rhine-Westphalia. The two-story printed detached house with approx. 80 sqm of living space per floor is using a system put into practice in Germany for the first time. In fact, the construction […]



‘Zoom towns’ are exploding in the West

October 26th, 2020 at 1:14 pm » Comments Off

And many cities aren’t ready for the onslaught. First, there were boomtowns. Now, there are Zoom towns. The coronavirus pandemic is leading to a new phenomenon: a migration to “gateway communities,” or small towns near major public lands and ski resorts as people’s jobs increasingly become remote-friendly. This is straining the towns’ resources and putting […]



COVID-19 has changed the housing market forever. Here’s where Americans are moving (and why)

October 21st, 2020 at 6:31 pm » Comments Off

 Amid all the uncertainty brought on by COVID-19 over the past six months, one thing is assured: the pandemic has re-ordered real estate markets across the board on an unprecedented scale. Some of this may be irreversible. Real estate’s re-sorting this time isn’t just based on markets crashing (the Great Recession), political turmoil (the 1979 […]



More Korean women live alone

October 1st, 2020 at 1:54 pm » Comments Off

More than 3.09 million Korean women live alone, with growing numbers engaged in economic activities, government statistics showed.   According to Statistics Korea, one-woman households accounted for 50.3 percent of the total 6.14 million single-person households this year. The statistics agency expects the number to continue to rise to reach 3.23 million by 2025 and […]



A new startup is recruiting gig workers to help landlords evict people from their homes, calling it the fastest-growing moneymaking gig because of COVID-19

September 30th, 2020 at 9:34 pm » Comments Off

A new startup is recruiting gig workers to help landlords evict people who can’t afford to pay rent during the COVID-19 pandemic. Civvl, which Motherboard described as “Uber, but for evicting people,” has posted job listings across the US that encourage gig workers to join the app and work as eviction crew members. Civvl notes that […]



Getting old needs a new look

August 26th, 2020 at 2:49 am » Comments Off

The pandemic has exacerbated issues like social isolation in U.S. nursing homes and assisted-living facilities. But problems with the living situations of older Americans long predate the coronavirus. Covid-19 has exposed the lethal vulnerabilities of nursing homes and assisted-living facilities. Can better design make aging safer? In at least one way, the United States’s tragic […]



U.S. home sales spike an unprecedented 24.7% in July

August 25th, 2020 at 11:45 am » Comments Off

Sales exploded in every region in the country, led by the Northeast and West The coronavirus pandemic helped shape the housing market by influencing everything from the direction of mortgage rates to the inventory of homes on the market to the types of homes in demand and the desired locations. SILVER SPRING, Md. — U.S. […]



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 […]



Europe’s biggest 3D printer helps create an entire two-story house

July 27th, 2020 at 10:09 am » Comments Off

While 3D printing might be most commonly used to print smaller-sized models or prototypes, that doesn’t mean it can’t also be used to print larger objects. Much, much larger. In Belgium, Europe’s largest 3D printer was recently used to print an entire house. Unlike other 3D-printed houses we’ve covered (of which there are a handful), […]



What should we do with 45,000 half-empty public buildings?

July 22nd, 2020 at 11:37 am » Comments Off

Could underutilized government offices, empty parking lots, or shuttered public schools help solve your community’s shortage of affordable housing or senior care facilities? Research suggests that it’s entirely possible. The U.S. government alone owns an estimated 45,000 underused or underutilized buildings, plus abundant surplus land. And, as a result of the current pandemic, organizations across […]



How many people are actually fleeing to the suburbs permanently?

July 11th, 2020 at 12:49 am » Comments Off

  You’ve seen the headlines: “Coronavirus Escape: To the Suburbs” in the New York Times, “Coronavirus: Americans flee cities for the suburbs” in USA Today, “Will the Coronavirus Make the Suburbs Popular Again?” in Architectural Digest. The coronavirus pandemic’s stay-at-home orders have residents of dense urban areas like New York City pondering a permanent move […]



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