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Blast Studio 3D prints column from mycelium to make “architecture that could feed people”

January 18, 2022 Jennifer Hahn 0
3D-printed mycelium Tree Column by Blast Studio with curvy silhouette

London practice Blast Studio has developed a method for 3D printing with living mycelium and used it to form a column that could be harvested for mushrooms before serving as a structural building element. The two-metre-high Tree Column has a ridged, undulating structure reminiscent of a tree trunk. Its shape was algorithmically designed to enhance

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Milan to build Cambio network of “super-cycle corridors” linking 80 per cent of the city

January 10, 2022 Jennifer Hahn 0
Bike symbol on a bike parking station as photographed by Pawel Czerwinski, illustrating a news story about the planned Cambio cycling network in Milan

Milan has committed itself to constructing 750 kilometres of bike paths by 2035 as part of a plan to make cycling the most convenient form of local transport. Based on data about the daily movements of residents, the Cambio network will link existing cycle paths and supplement them with new “super-cycle corridors” that will connect

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ETH Zurich develops formwork from 3D-printed foam to slash concrete use in buildings

January 10, 2022 Jennifer Hahn 0
Close up of precast concrete slab with hollow cells created using 3D-printed FoamWork by ETH Zurich

Researchers at ETH Zurich have used 3D-printed formwork elements made from recyclable mineral foam to create a pre-cast concrete slab, which they say is lighter and better insulated while using 70 per cent less material. The system, known as FoamWork, sees a conventional rectangular mould filled with 24 mineral formwork elements in different shapes and

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European Commission prioritises cyclists and pedestrians in cities for “first time in history”

January 5, 2022 Jennifer Hahn 0
Karen Blixens Plads in Copenhagen by Cobe with bicycle storage and pedestrians passing over a bridge as photographed by Rasmus Hjortshøj illustrating EC proposal on cycling and walking infrastructure

The European Commission has proposed an overhaul of urban infrastructure to encourage more walking and cycling as part of the EU’s aim to become a net-zero continent by 2050. If passed, the Efficient and Green Mobility package would require the 424 largest cities in the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) to hash out sustainable urban mobility

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Five architecture and design events in January from Dezeen Events Guide

December 31, 2021 Jennifer Hahn 0
Image Still showing workers in an Egyptian limestone quarry from the Film The White Hell by Ahmed Assem, Mahmoud Khaled and Omar Shash

Egypt’s only design film festival and consumer electronics trade show CES, which features a talk about non-fungible tokens with Paris Hilton, are among the architecture and design events featured in Dezeen Events Guide this month. Other events taking place in December include Oslo Design Fair as well as two major international exhibitions on British architects Peter Cook

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Biomaterial companies see “explosion in interest” as sales double in a year

December 28, 2021 Jennifer Hahn 0
Adidas Stan Smiths made from Mylo mycelium leather around ingredients

After being confined to small-scale experiments for years, biomaterials finally catapulted into the mainstream in 2021 according to the architects, designers and manufacturers using them as building blocks for a new low-carbon economy. “Biomaterials used to be niche,” said Regina Polanco, founder of bio-based textile manufacturer Pyratex, which has almost doubled both its sales and

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Room2 opens “world’s first whole-life net-zero hotel” in Chiswick

December 23, 2021 Jennifer Hahn 0
Courtyard of Room2 Chiswick designed by Project Orange

Hospitality brand Room2 has opened what it claims is the first hotel to reach net-zero emissions across its entire lifespan from construction to demolition. Designed by architecture studio Project Orange, the new build is located in the west London area of Chiswick and features 86 rooms powered by solar panels and ground source heat pumps,

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Controversial M&S Oxford Street demolition “offers tangible and substantial carbon benefits” claims architect

December 17, 2021 Jennifer Hahn 0
Render of M&S Oxford Street flagship by Pilbrow & Partners

Replacing London’s flagship Marks & Spencer store on Oxford Street with a new building will lead to lower lifetime carbon emissions than could be achieved with a retrofit, according to its architect Fred Pilbrow of Pilbrow & Partners. “It’s not always right to refurbish” old structures, Pilbrow told Dezeen, claiming that the contentious project is

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Dezeen’s top 10 low-carbon buildings of 2021

December 14, 2021 Jennifer Hahn 0
Low-carbon 3D-printed clay house Tecla

As part of our review of 2021, here are 10 examples of low-carbon architecture including buildings made of 3D-printed clay, recycled materials and biomaterials. The most climate-friendly of these projects are net-zero or even carbon negative, meaning they will remove as much or more CO2 from the atmosphere as they will emit throughout their expected

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This week we revealed the winner of the 2022 RIBA Royal Gold Medal for Architecture

December 11, 2021 Jennifer Hahn 0
Royal Gold Medal 2022 winner Balkrishna Doshi's self-designed office Sangath studio with semi-circular roofs

This week on Dezeen, we announced that RIBA has awarded its Royal Gold Medal for 2022 to Indian architect Balkrishna Doshi in recognition of his 70-year career. Doshi, who was also the first Indian architect to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize, was commended for his work with local technologies and crafts, which the judges said

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