CLS Architetti and Arup use a portable robot to 3D print a house in Milan

April 20, 2018 Ali Morris 0

Engineering firm Arup and architecture studio CLS Architetti have used a portable robot to 3D print a concrete house, which is on show for Milan design week. Printed onsite on Milan’s Piazza Cesare Beccaria, the 100-square-metre house was formed over the course of a week. Made up of 35 modules, the house features curved walls, a living area, bedroom,

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3D-printed tiles filled with succulents form cabin by Emerging Objects

April 12, 2018 Jenna McKnight 0

Succulents and other small plants grow from the tiles that clad this 3D-printed shed, which was designed to offer a solution for the Bay Area’s housing shortage. Located in a backyard in Oakland, California, the Cabin of 3D Printed Curiosities was designed by Emerging Objects – a local studio focused on experimental uses of 3D

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Drone footage shows progress on Ennead Architects’ Shanghai Planetarium

April 6, 2018 Fiona Hartley 0

Our latest captioned movie shows drone footage of Ennead Architects’ Shanghai Planetarium as construction progresses.  The planetarium in Lingang near Shanghai, China, will include a 78 foot-high solar telescope as well as a youth observation camp and observatory.  Installation of the exterior aluminium cladding will commence later this year, with the project on track to open to

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Robots used to build wooden architectural structures

April 4, 2018 Fiona Hartley 0

This captioned movie shows a new digital construction method that allows robots to build timber structures.  Called Spatial Timber Assemblies, the project aims to merge robotics and craftsmanship. It was developed as a collaboration between research labs Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich and ERNE AG Holzbau. Find out more about ETH Zurich’s research units ›

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Arup and CLS Architetti to build “Europe’s first 3D-printed house” at Milan design week

March 29, 2018 Tom Ravenscroft 0

Engineering firm Arup and architecture studio CLS Architetti have revealed plans to 3D print a one-bedroom house at this year’s Milan design week. Arup and CLS Architetti are creating the structure, which they describe as “Europe’s first 3D-printed one-bedroom house”, to highlight the potential of the technology. It is currently being 3D printed in a square near the Duomo cathedral, to be showcased

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UNStudio launches tech startup to drag architecture into “the age of the iPhone”

March 12, 2018 Marcus Fairs 0

Dutch architect Ben van Berkel of UNStudio has launched UNSense, a startup that will develop technologies to make buildings healthier and cities smarter. The new company will explore ways to help the architecture and construction industries catch up with tech developments in other sectors. “We are living in the age of the iPhone, yet the architecture

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Uber builds and tests self-driving cars at engineering centre in Pittsburgh

February 14, 2018 Jenna McKnight 0

Assembly Design Studio has converted a large warehouse in Pittsburgh into a workspace for Uber where self-driving cars are engineered, built and tested. The Advanced Technologies Group Center is located in a former warehouse encompassing 80,000 square feet (7,432 square metres). The engineers working here for the ride-sharing platform are charged with imagining a “city

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Carlo Ratti unveils smart road system complete with on-demand drone swarms

January 25, 2018 Gunseli Yalcinkaya 0

Italian architect Carlo Ratti has unveiled a concept for a smart road system, which would feature swarms of drones that deliver first aid, monitor traffic and detect accidents. The scheme was designed as part of a €30 million proposal by highways company ANAS, presented in late December 2017, to develop a new smart road infrastructure around Italy’s roads in preparation

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Wind farms and man-made island in the North Sea could help Europe meet renewable energy targets

January 8, 2018 India Block 0

A man-made island surrounded by wind farms in the middle of the North Sea could help bring large-scale renewable energy to Europe by 2050. Dutch energy company TenneT claims its plans for the North Sea Wind Power Hub has the potential to supply 70 to 100 million Europeans with renewable energy in just over 30

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Surging Seas software shows potential impact of rising sea levels on US cities

January 5, 2018 Dan Howarth 0

An interactive mapping tool provides a scary glimpse of how cities such as New York, Boston and Miami might end up if sea levels continue to rise. The Google Earth plugin, Surging Seas: Extreme Scenario 2100, allows users to pan around 3D imagery of America’s coastal cities and see what they would look like if

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Surging Seas software shows potential impact of rising sea levels on US cities

January 5, 2018 Dan Howarth 0

An interactive mapping tool provides a scary glimpse of how cities such as New York, Boston and Miami might end up if sea levels continue to rise. The Google Earth plugin, Surging Seas: Extreme Scenario 2100, allows users to pan around 3D imagery of America’s coastal cities and see what they would look like if

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Surging Seas software shows potential impact of rising sea levels on US cities

January 5, 2018 Dan Howarth 0

An interactive mapping tool provides a scary glimpse of how cities such as New York, Boston and Miami might end up if sea levels continue to rise. The Google Earth plugin, Surging Seas: Extreme Scenario 2100, allows users to pan around 3D imagery of America’s coastal cities and see what they would look like if

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Loop NYC driverless-car proposal offers Manhattanites more time and green space

July 19, 2017 Dan Howarth 0

New York studio Edg has proposed converting some of Manhattan’s major roads into public-transit highways for driverless vehicles, in order to reduce travel times and turn the island’s central thoroughfares into landscaped parks. Edg’s project, named Loop NYC, envisions swapping existing cross streets and highways for “driverless expressways” that could shuttle people around the city

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Minecraft video game used to design public space in more than 25 developing countries

July 3, 2017 Ali Morris 0

Local authorities have been “amazed to see that young women from slums could design as architects or urban planners”, according to the co-ordinator of a United Nations initiative using the video game Minecraft to get communities designing their own public spaces. The Block by Block project is the work of UN-Habitat – the United Nations agency

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Wheelys’ Moby-Mart is a self-driving store with a holographic shop assistant

June 28, 2017 Emma Tucker 0

Retail startup Wheelys has designed a prototype self-driving supermarket that navigates to different locations throughout the day and uses artificially intelligent holograms to help customers. The vehicle is designed to be almost completely self sufficient, relying on software that tracks its inventory and alerts the Moby-Mart when it’s time to restock. It runs from an

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Carlo Ratti reveals Office 3.0 workspace that promises to end “thermostat wars”

June 17, 2017 Alice Morby 0

Italian architect Carlo Ratti has transformed a Turin building into an office space with a personalised “environmental bubble” for every worker. Office 3.0 – first previewed in plans in the middle of last year – is the new headquarters for the Agnelli Foundation cultural institution in Turin, Italy. Ratti’s firm, Carlo Ratti Associati, renovated the

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The Mobius Bench Responds To Touch And Lights Up With Colors

May 26, 2017 Erin 0

  Designer Louis Lim of Makingworks teamed up with 3form to created a modern interactive circular bench named Mobius, that lights up when it’s touched, and was recently displayed at Wanted Design in New York City. Initiated by Talley Goodson, 3form CEO, the design collaboration was the first of its kind for 3form, and invited […]