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Digital technology essential to success of co-living, says Space10

October 16, 2018 Amy Frearson 0

Blockchain, 3D printing and other digital technologies are key to making shared housing models take off, according to research by IKEA’s innovation lab Space10. In the report Imagine: Exploring the Brave New World of Shared Living, the Copenhagen-based studio states that digital platforms and devices are essential to making co-living widespread enough to impact the global

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Dezeen’s drone documentary Elevation wins two Lovie Awards

October 12, 2018 Ben Hobson 0

Elevation, Dezeen’s documentary about how drones will transform cities, has received two accolades at the Lovie Awards 2018, which celebrates the best content on the internet. The 18-minute film, which explores how drones could change how people travel, how goods are delivered, and how buildings look and are constructed, was honoured with a bronze award

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AI-controlled robotic ceiling furniture creates extra space for tiny homes

October 4, 2018 India Block 0

Tech startup Bumblebee Spaces is freeing up floorspace in small apartments with robotic furniture that drops from the ceiling and is controlled by an AI “butler”. Bumblebee Spaces has designed a range of modular furniture and storage that can descend from and retract into the ceiling to change a room’s function, or create more floorspace. An artificial intelligence

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Anti-flood greenery-boosting Climate Tile installed in Copenhagen street

October 2, 2018 Rima Sabina Aouf 0

Danish architecture studio Tredje Natur has installed a street paving system in Copenhagen that aims to reduce street flooding and create green spaces. The Climate Tile (or Klimaflisen in Danish) is dotted with holes that allow it to collect and manage water, funnelling some of it into planted space alongside the pavement, to help stop streets

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Vote for Dezeen’s movie Elevation to win a Lovie Award!

September 24, 2018 Ben Hobson 0

Elevation, Dezeen’s documentary about how drones will transform cities, is a finalist at the Lovie Awards 2018. Vote now to help us win! The 18-minute film, which explores how drones could change how people travel, how goods are delivered and how buildings look and are constructed, is up for the honour in the Technology category.

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3D-printing could enable people to build their own houses “at the touch of a button”

September 11, 2018 Sebastian Jordahn 0

The latest instalment of our Dezeen x MINI Living video series explores a plan to build multi-storey housing with 3D-printers, a technique that the project’s architects claim will enable people to design and build their own houses quickly and easily. The Eindhoven University of Technology, together with local architecture studio Houben & Van Mierlo Architecten,

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London rooftops snapped up for “vertiports” as drone travel moves closer

August 23, 2018 Marcus Fairs 0

Landing and recharging pads for drones will become ubiquitous atop urban buildings within a few years, according to a company that is buying up London rooftops for a network of drone ports. Duncan Walker of Skyports told Dezeen that “vertiports” will become as common as facilities for bicycles or cars in the near future, as

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Robots will assemble brick facades of Milan’s university science campus

August 14, 2018 India Block 0

Carlo Ratti Associati is designing a new science campus for the University of Milan, complete with brick facades that will be made by robots. External brickwork on the new buildings will be designed and built with the assistance of robots and include letters and symbols. This facade, say the architects, could be re-arranged into a different

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Carrots could be key to stronger concrete

August 9, 2018 Rima Sabina Aouf 0

Concrete mixtures could be strengthened by adding nanoparticles extracted from carrots and other root vegetables, research currently underway at England’s Lancaster University suggests. Preliminary tests by the university’s engineers found that “nano platelets” sourced from the fibres of these vegetables “significantly improved” the strength of concrete — and at a low cost. The university now

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Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye sunk in Danish fjord

August 1, 2018 India Block 0

Asmund Havsteen-Mikkelsen has sunk a scale model of one of Le Corbusier’s most famous buildings in a Danish fjord, as a statement about the Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s election. Flooded Modernity is one of 10 works on display at the Floating Art Festival on the Vejle Fjord, an art and architecture event organised by the Vejle

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NASA announces winners of competition to design 3D-printed habitat for Mars

July 27, 2018 Natashah Hitti 0

NASA has selected the five winning designs in the latest stage of its 3D-printed Habitat competition, which include a community of modular pods made from the Martian surface, and a vertical egg-like container. The On-Site Habitat Competition invited groups to design a sustainable shelter for a crew of four astronauts on a mission to Mars,

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Oskar Zieta inflates steel to create Daliowa island pavilion in Poland

July 23, 2018 Rima Sabina Aouf 0

Polish designer Oskar Zieta has created a public sculpture in Wrocław using an inflated steel technique he plans to use for larger works of architecture. The Nawa pavilion is installed on Daliowa, one of many small islands in the Oder River where it runs through Wrocław. The reflective, undulating structure — composed of 35 metal

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Carlo Ratti and Sidewalk Labs collaborate to build reconfigurable Dynamic Street

July 20, 2018 Rima Sabina Aouf 0

Italian architect Carlo Ratti and Alphabet company Sidewalk Labs have worked together on a modular paving system that can change the use of a street throughout the day. Dynamic Street is a prototype paver developed by Carlo Ratti Associati (CRA) alongside Sidewalk Labs — the urbanism-focused subsidiary of Google parent company Alphabet. The system of

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Virtual Cities explores the urban landscapes of 40 video games

July 19, 2018 India Block 0

Game developer and writer Konstantinos Dimopoulos has crowdfunded an atlas exploring the design of cities in video games. Virtual Cities: An Atlas & Exploration of Video Game Cities will be published by Unbound and feature hand-drawn illustrations by visual artist Maria Kallikaki. From the irradiated post-apocalypse landscape of Fallout’s New Vegas to the supernatural horror

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“Personal data could be a vital tool in designing our cities”

July 4, 2018 Eleanor Jolliffe 0

The Cambridge Analytica scandal revealed how personal data is being mistreated. But used responsibly, this information could be hugely beneficial for developing our cities, says Eleanor Jolliffe. For years we have unwittingly been giving away reams of personal data to private companies without considering the broader consequences. Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal, fake news, and various global elections

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ETH Zurich casts intricate metal facade in 3D-printed moulds

June 22, 2018 Rima Sabina Aouf 0

Students from ETH Zurich have pioneered a method of casting complex, one-off architectural structures from metal in 3D-printed moulds. Deep Facade, a six-metre-high aluminium structure with ribbons of metal looped in an organic fashion that recalls the folds of the brain’s cerebral cortex, is the first metal facade cast in 3D-printed moulds. The facade was

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Dassault Systèmes showcases pollution-absorbing architecture by Kengo Kuma and Daan Roosegaarde

June 8, 2018 Ben Hobson 0

Kengo Kuma and Daan Roosegaarde are among the architects and designers presenting proposals to tackle air pollution, in this movie Dezeen filmed for Dassault Systèmes. During Milan design week, the 3D software company presented an exhibition called Design in the Age of Experience, which showcased ideas for improving air quality. It featured an audio-visual installation by artist Wesley Goatley

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Eindhoven to build “world’s first” 3D-printed houses that people will live inside

June 4, 2018 Amy Frearson 0

Eindhoven University of Technology has announced plans to 3D print a series of concrete houses that will be made available to rent. In what is being described as a world first, the Dutch university is set to build five 3D-printed houses over the next five years, which will all become rental properties. “The project is

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Dezeen’s “mind-blowing” drone documentary Elevation premieres in New York

May 25, 2018 Marcus Fairs 0

Dezeen’s documentary Elevation launched in New York earlier this week at a premiere attended by leading designers and architects. The 18-minute movie, which explains how drones will change architecture, cities and society, was shown for the first time at Public, Ian Schrager’s new hotel on the Lower East Side. Over 200 guests attended the screening, held

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