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University of Virginia 3D-prints living soil walls that sprout greenery

September 5, 2022 Rima Sabina Aouf 0
University of Virginia 3D-printed soil structures

University of Virginia researchers have invented a method of 3D printing with seed-impregnated soil, which could be used to create walls and roofs teeming with plant life. Prototypes built by the researchers start off looking like ordinary raw-earth structures. But over the course of a few days, they sprout and become covered in greenery, leading

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Museum of Space Available opens in Bali to explore circular design

August 8, 2022 Rima Sabina Aouf 0
Museum of Space Available exterior facade

Design studio Space Available has worked with Indonesian architects Sidarta and Sandjaja to turn a Bali building into an institution dedicated to circular design, with a facade made of 200,000 recycled plastic bottles. Located in the coastal town of Canggu, the Museum of Space Available (MoSA) houses a gallery, recycling station and “upcycling bar” where

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Unusual colour combinations make up Durat showroom in Helsinki

July 24, 2022 Rima Sabina Aouf 0
Orange wash trough against a green wall in the Durat Helsinki showroom

Finnish interior designer Linda Bergroth has brought together unexpected colour combinations for the Durat showroom in Helsinki, which is filled with the manufacturer’s terrazzo-like surface material made from plastic waste. The showroom occupies around 100 square metres of space in central Helsinki on the site of a former coffee shop. Durat’s speckled surface material can

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ETH Zurich creates dramatically contoured concrete slab ceiling

July 8, 2022 Rima Sabina Aouf 0
HiRes Concrete Slab by ETH Zurich

Researchers at technology university ETH Zurich have created a deeply ridged ceiling called the HiRes Concrete Slab, which they claim saves energy while offering a spectacular aesthetic. The HiRes Concrete Slab is a prototype installed at ETH Zurich’s NEST research building in the Swiss city of Dübendorf, where it forms the ceiling of an office

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Anarchitect channels tropical modernism for Sri Lankan boutique hotel

July 4, 2022 Rima Sabina Aouf 0
Harding Boutique Hotel in Sri Lanka by Anarchitect

The tropical modernism of Geoffrey Bawa informed the architecture of this boutique hotel in Sri Lanka, designed by British practice Anarchitect to be a vertical interpretation of the style. Located in the coastal town of Ahangama, the Harding Boutique Hotel is owned by Paul Harding, whose great-uncle was the proprieter of The Blue Lagoon, the

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Architects brand UK government plan to reintroduce imperial measurements “stupid”

June 16, 2022 Rima Sabina Aouf 0
Imperial measurements proposal

Architects and architecture critics are attempting to stop a government proposal to reintroduce imperial measurements to the UK by calling on people to respond to its consultation “Dear architects and designers and anyone who loves millimetres – please respond to this clunky gov’t consultation on the return of imperial measurements,” wrote The Developer editor-in-chief Christine

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Pasturebird introduces solar-powered robot chicken coop

June 12, 2022 Rima Sabina Aouf 0
Automated Range Coop by Pasturebird

American poultry producer Pasturebird has invented a solar-powered robot chicken coop on wheels, which it says fosters regenerative farming while allowing the animals to “live their best life”. Pasturebird’s Automated Range Coop (ARC) is a large, floorless barn that each day rolls itself a short distance to allow the chickens within to graze on fresh

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SFMOMA exhibition explores the architectural provocations of Neri Oxman

May 13, 2022 Rima Sabina Aouf 0
Exterior of SFMOMA with work by Neri Oxman

Melanin-enriched building materials and decomposing pavilions are among the pieces on show in San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s exhibition of Neri Oxman’s work, Nature x Humanity. Curator Jennifer Dunlop Fletcher discusses five key works. An architect, designer and pioneering materials researcher who founded The Mediated Matter Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and

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MIT engineers build load-bearing structures using tree forks instead of steel joints

May 5, 2022 Rima Sabina Aouf 0
Tree forks from the MIT Digital Structures research group

Discarded tree forks could replace load-bearing joints in architecture projects using a construction technique developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The system combines generative design and robotic fabrication to allow tree forks – the pieces of wood where a trunk or branch splits into two – to be used as the Y-shaped

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Smart Circular Bridge built with flax completes in The Netherlands

May 5, 2022 Rima Sabina Aouf 0
Almere flax bridge by Smart Circular Bridge project

The Eindhoven University of Technology has led a project building a bridge that is partly made from flax in The Netherlands, aiming to demonstrate the material’s potential to replace steel in construction. The bridge in the city of Almere is built from flax fibres combined with bio-resin and polyurethane foam blocks, creating a light and

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