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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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BIG and Samoo unveil design for “flood-proof” floating city Oceanix Busan

April 29, 2022 Rima Sabina Aouf 0
Oceanix Busan floating city by BIG and Samoo

Architecture firms BIG and Samoo and tech company Oceanix have revealed their design for a first-of-its-kind climate-resilient floating city, destined for the seas off Busan in South Korea. Oceanix Busan is being developed by UN-Habitat and the Busan Metropolitan City and designed by floating cities company Oceanix in collaboration with partners including BIG and Samoo.

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Space Perspective reveals design for “world’s first” Space Lounge

April 13, 2022 Rima Sabina Aouf 0
Rendering of Neptune Space Lounge by Space Perspective

Space tourism company Space Perspective has revealed the interior design for its lounge-style travel capsule, which will be hauled into the stratosphere by a giant balloon. Created in-house for the company’s Spaceship Neptune, the cabin has room for up to eight passengers. Space Perspective has dubbed it “the world’s first Space Lounge” and said it

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Skroz reimagines Croatian rural buildings with Eco Pig Farm

April 5, 2022 Rima Sabina Aouf 0
Black Slavonian Eco Pig Farm by Skroz

Pigs live in modular pens in barns with airy lattice-like facades on this Croatian farm designed by architecture studio Skroz. Skroz designed the Eco Pig Farm for Sin Ravnice, one of the first professional breeders dedicated to the long-neglected Slavonian Black pig, which is indigenous to the Slavonia region of eastern Croatia. The pig is prized

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Revival Projects’ Zero Footprint Repurposing hub saves construction waste from landfill

March 24, 2022 Rima Sabina Aouf 0
Zero Footprint Repurposing hub by Revival Projects

Australian building company Revival Projects has turned a warehouse that is set for redevelopment into a hub for repurposing construction and demolition waste, which is open to the public during Melbourne Design Week. Melbourne Design Week describes the Zero Footprint Repurposing hub as one of the world’s first free hubs dedicated to the storage and

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Opposite Office proposes turning Nord Stream gas pipeline into “UN for ordinary people”

March 18, 2022 Rima Sabina Aouf 0
Nord Stream 3 visualisation by Opposite Office

German architecture studio Opposite Office has proposed repurposing the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline between Russia and Germany into a site of international cooperation with its own capsule hotel named Nord Stream 3. The concept turns the pipeline’s German landing station into a “UN for ordinary people”, where randomly chosen representatives of the worlds’ nations would

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Ten future materials that could change the way we build

March 17, 2022 Rima Sabina Aouf 0
Made of Air biochar cladding

The race is on to engineer alternatives to traditional building materials. From super-strong plastic to fungus columns and loofah bricks, we’ve rounded up 10 materials that could be the future of construction. 2DPA-1 super-strong plastic Invented by Massachusetts Institute of Technology chemical engineers, 2DPA-1 is light and mouldable like all plastics, while being twice as strong

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Hemp rebar could offer low-cost, low-carbon alternative to steel

March 15, 2022 Rima Sabina Aouf 0
Hemp rebar by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Researchers at the USA’s Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have invented an alternative to steel rebar made from hemp, which they claim avoids the problem of corrosion while cutting carbon emissions from construction. The hemp rebar could be used to support concrete structures in the same way as steel and other rebars are today, but with a

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