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BIG designing Ground to Air driverless vehicle for American desert city Telosa

August 5, 2022 Nat Barker 0
Ground to Air designed by BIG

Danish architecture studio BIG is designing a road, air and hyperloop-capable autonomous vehicle for the planned US city of Telosa currently being planned for five million people in an unconfirmed desert location. The Ground to Air, or G2A, would constitute a rhomboid passenger pod that can attach to a set of wheels to become a

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MIT Senseable City Lab uses 3D laser scans to map Rio de Janerio’s favelas

August 1, 2022 Francesca Tesler 0

This one-minute video shows how MIT Senseable City Lab is using 3D laser scanning to analyse the architecture of Brazil’s favelas. Called Favelas 4D, the project uses LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging), a 3D laser-scanning technique, to record detailed virtual maps of the neighbourhood of Rocinha, Brazil’s largest favela. The project is a collaboration between

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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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Ten scientific inventions to reduce design and architecture’s impact on the planet

June 27, 2022 Jane Englefield 0
Carbon-capturing slogan T-shirt by EgonLab and Post Carbon Lab in collaboration with DS Automobiles

Following a proposal by MIT to create climate-change-fighting bubbles, here is a roundup of 10 inventions aimed at limiting the impact of architecture and design on our environment. Creatives and scientists alike have come up with various innovations that seek to fight the ongoing climate crisis in which construction and manufacturing play a large part.

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Five video games where architecture creates a “lifelike and immersive experience”

June 21, 2022 James Parkes 0
Architectural drawing of a path in a video game

Panoramic maps, playful diagrams and layered illustrations feature in Videogame Atlas, a book by architectural design research studio You + Pea that highlights 12 video games and their use of architecture and architectural theory. Videogame Atlas provides detailed and playful insights into the virtual environments through the style of drawings typically found in 20th-century architecture

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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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MIT Media Lab trials modular tiles that self-assemble into “entirely novel type of space architecture”

May 27, 2022 Alice Finney 0
White tiles floating outside a window in space

Researchers at MIT Media Lab have tested modular tiles that autonomously assemble to create habitats in space on the latest mission to the International Space Station. Called Tesserae, the project aims to create future space habitats from reconfigurable tiles that assemble while in orbit around the moon or Earth. MIT suggested the tiles can be

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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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