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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 […]



As eviction bans across the country start to lift, the US could face an eviction ‘apocalypse’

June 27th, 2020 at 12:42 pm » Comments Off

Many Americans are now at risk of being evicted from their homes. At least 44 million Americans have filed for unemployment in the past three months as the coronavirus pandemic devastated industries such as retail and hospitality. Many who lost jobs were unable to pay their rent or utilities, prompting state and federal governments to […]



4 pros predict the future of homes post-quarantine

June 26th, 2020 at 10:31 am » Comments Off

From how we’ll decorate to where we’ll shop.  There is no crystal ball that will help us predict how surviving a pandemic will impact our lives a year or even six months from now. But one thing is certain—for the foreseeable future, we’re going to be spending time and living in our homes in a […]



Architects have designed a Martian city for the desert outside Dubai

June 24th, 2020 at 2:29 am » Comments Off

  Martian city for the desert outside Dubai  Dubai is a city where firefighters use jetpacks, archipelagos are built from scratch, and buildings climb into the clouds; a slick metropolis in the middle of a vast red desert. First-time visitors would be forgiven for thinking they had stumbled onto a film set for a sci-fi […]



How working from home is changing the way we think about where we live

June 24th, 2020 at 2:12 am » Comments Off

Remote workers have a new found flexibility Can you remember three months ago? In just 90 days, things have changed dramatically. Just 90 days. Yet, in that short amount of time, the way we think about where we live and how we live has completely changed. In the latter part of those 90 days, I […]



This 3D printed house reduces carbon emissions and takes 48 hours to build!

June 21st, 2020 at 12:09 pm » Comments Off

The construction industry contributes to 39% of global carbon emissions while aviation contributes to only 2% which means we need to look for alternative building materials if we are to make a big impact on the climate crisis soon. We’ve seen buildings being made using mushrooms, bricks made from recycled plastic and sand waste, organic […]



Hadrian X brick-laying robot ups the ante to 200 blocks an hour

June 17th, 2020 at 5:55 pm » Comments Off

The Hadrian robot was created by Australian firm Fastbrick Robotics (FBR) and is named after the UK’s Hadrian Wall Back in 2015 we looked at an interesting approach to automated construction in the form of a brick-laying robot, capable of putting together full-sized homes in just two days. The engineers behind the Hadrian X have […]



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