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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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Nano-robots have built the world’s smallest house

May 24, 2018 Rima Sabina Aouf 0

French researchers from the Femto-ST Institute have used nano-robots to assembled the world’s smallest house, which stands just 0.015 millimetres high. The tiny house, which has a footprint of 0.02 millimetres by 0.01 millimetres, is around half a million times smaller than a regular two-storey house. Sitting on the top of an optical fibre the house has a

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Drones are “potentially as disruptive as the internet” according to Dezeen’s new documentary Elevation

May 21, 2018 Marcus Fairs 0

Dezeen today releases a short documentary setting out how drones could revolutionise the way people travel, transform how buildings are designed and built, and radically alter the form cities take. Called Elevation, the 18-minute movie explores the impact autonomous flying vehicles will have on our lives, and discusses both the positive and negative implications of

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Drones are “potentially as disruptive as the internet” according to Dezeen’s new documentary Elevation

May 21, 2018 Marcus Fairs 0

Dezeen today releases a short documentary setting out how drones could revolutionise the way people travel, transform how buildings are designed and built, and radically alter the form cities take. Called Elevation, the 18-minute movie explores the impact autonomous flying vehicles will have on our lives, and discusses both the positive and negative implications of

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Competition: win tickets to the world premiere of Dezeen’s new film Elevation in New York

May 16, 2018 Ben Hobson 0

The world premiere of Elevation, Dezeen’s short documentary about how drones will change cities, takes place in New York on 20 May and we’ve got five pairs of tickets to give away. The 18-minute film explores how drones will revolutionise the way people travel, how goods are delivered and how buildings look and are constructed.

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Uber reveals “skyport” proposals for flying taxi services

May 11, 2018 Eleanor Gibson 0

Stout cylindrical towers that cars can fly inside and stacked landing pods are among the proposals that architects and engineers have imagined for Uber’s fleet of taxi aircrafts, as plans for UberAir push ahead for 2020 launch. Uber unveiled the six prototypes for the uberAIR Skyports at its second annual Elevate summit in Los Angeles this week,

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V&A’s The Future Starts Here exhibition explores bright and dark sides of tomorrow

May 11, 2018 Rima Sabina Aouf 0

A presentation by Cambridge Analytica, portraits generated from DNA and a Facebook drone sit beside each other in a new design exhibition that opens to the public this weekend at London’s V&A. The Future Starts Here marks the first time the influential museum has dedicated a display to the topic of the future. It is

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Foster + Partners presents vision for hyperloop cargo network

May 3, 2018 Tom Ravenscroft 0

British architecture studio Foster + Partners has released a video showing its vision for a high-speed freight-carrying hyperloop named DP World Cargospeed. The Norman Foster-led practice designed the concept in collaboration with ports operator DP World and Virgin Hyperloop One, the transport company that Richard Branson became a major stakeholder in last year. The organisations envision creating an infrastructure network that would

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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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