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Blooming Bamboo home

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Ahh, to live in the tropics....

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The Deadly Global War for Sand

Hyra0rcuz1rxv3h5gs8w  Posted by  Dan Weissman

Our buildings are made of a lot of materials, but sand probably ranks as the top ingredient - essential to both concrete and glass. And–believe it or not–it's a finite resource. This beautiful article in Wired paints the p... Read more →

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With a new experimental space in Boston, Autodesk wants to bring manufacturin...

Hyra0rcuz1rxv3h5gs8w  Posted by  Dan Weissman

" the Boston Autodesk facility will be open to innovators. Whereas the San Francisco building hosts an artists-in-residence program, the East Coast space will have architects-in-residence and researchers-in-residence. Whil... Read more →

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Natural Building, a 900 Year Story

Hyra0rcuz1rxv3h5gs8w  Posted by  Dan Weissman

With all the talk of new materials and technologies always on the front page of architecture blogs, it's good to keep in mind the truly sustainable material choices available to us. Making awesome parametric, innovative de... Read more →

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10 Most Culturally Significant Plants from Around the World

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Tea, rice, henna, marigold, roses, shamrock, oak, holly, maple, bamboo. Gosh there must be at least a few others to add... Click through to see Landscape Architects Networks' reasoning behind their top ten.<br> "Plants ar... Read more →

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ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2014 - 2015

Uu31atowenm5ujg9n3qm  Posted by  Robert Yuen

A demonstrates the architectural potential through a novel building method inspired by the underwater nest construction of the water spider. Robotic fabrication process an initially flexible pneumatic formwork is gradually... Read more →

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Ergonomic KIWI

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If you know what's good for you, check this exacto-killer. Uncrating review shortly... #KIWI

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Bevel - 3D Photography for any Smartphone or Tablet

Hyra0rcuz1rxv3h5gs8w  Posted by  Dan Weissman

"Bevel is the world’s first attachment capable of capturing real 3D photographs on any smartphone or tablet. Other 3D attachments create the illusion of 3D by enhancing the depth of an image, but fail to capture a file tha... Read more →

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Female Junior Professor Vacancy at the University of Stuttgart

Uu31atowenm5ujg9n3qm  Posted by  Robert Yuen

Super exciting position with a focus on Biobased Materials and Material Cycles in Architecture!

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The World's Biggest Free Form 3D Printer Is Being Used to Build Houses

Hyra0rcuz1rxv3h5gs8w  Posted by  Dan Weissman

..." Building houses like this would give architects more freedom to integrate new geometries into their designs, namely shapes inspired by nature. The way that Branch prints walls is not unlike the way that the bones in o... Read more →

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SunPort - Plug into Solar Power. No Panels Required.

Hyra0rcuz1rxv3h5gs8w  Posted by  Dan Weissman

This is a worthy kickstarted campaign - a little device that automatically purchases solar PV credits when you plug things into it. Want to support solar but don't have PV? Or rent your apartment? Or live in an area withou... Read more →

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Need a Mechanism for Your Design? Here's the Motherlode

Hyra0rcuz1rxv3h5gs8w  Posted by  Dan Weissman

"Nguyen Duc Thang has made it his mission to illustrate mechanisms so people can understand them. Using Autodesk Inventor, he creates succinct 3D animations of various mechanical mechanisms, and staggeringly, he's created ... Read more →

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Rem Koolhaas: Bored & Irritated

N8xfepw8jkdjgge09lwn  Posted by  Kyle Sturgeon

"With the opening of the Fondazione Prada art galleries in May, OMA showed a different side to their practice, one focusing on preservation and assemblage rather than the iconography and diagrammatic layout that many assoc... Read more →

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Obstructions Vanish From Images Treated With New Software From MIT, Google

Hyra0rcuz1rxv3h5gs8w  Posted by  Dan Weissman

This is nothing short of magic. And it'll likely make its way into many an app in the near future. We can't wait.

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This Magic Glass Could Make Your House Cooler... Literally

Hyra0rcuz1rxv3h5gs8w  Posted by  Dan Weissman

The latest in glazing science promises more energy savings. Remember folks this isn't an excuse for poor daylighting design!

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Lucy is a robotic sunlight reflector that brings light into every dark corner...

Hyra0rcuz1rxv3h5gs8w  Posted by  Dan Weissman

Residential scaled heliostat! This thing could be a game changer for daylighting.

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How to Use Cardboard to Prototype Your Projects

Hyra0rcuz1rxv3h5gs8w  Posted by  Dan Weissman

For all those industrial designers out their hot to make 3d printed items, this HOW TO on Make.com shares this 'no shit Sherlock' workflow for prototyping before printing. Read more →

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Museums Are Using LEDs to Protect and Prettify Paintings

Hyra0rcuz1rxv3h5gs8w  Posted by  Dan Weissman

Go Wired for promoting this big shift! "In recent years, lighting designers have been controlling the direction of the light, accenting a fragile artwork rather than uniformly lighting an entire room. An art lover doesn’t... Read more →

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Carbon3D | CLIP Technology tunable photochemical process for layerless 3D pri...

Hyra0rcuz1rxv3h5gs8w  Posted by  Dan Weissman

For all you 3d printing nuts out there, this tech looks like a game changer. Using light & a photopolymerization process, "CLIP continuously grows objects from a pool of resin" printing objects 25-100 times faster than co... Read more →

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The lovely process of making the most intricate wooden cutting boards

Hyra0rcuz1rxv3h5gs8w  Posted by  Dan Weissman

"This video takes you through the entire manufacturing process, starting from the logs out into the yard, to the finished oiled product. At the end, watch the self healing nature of the end grain cutting boards in action a... Read more →

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This new 3D printed glass looks just like pouring honey

Hyra0rcuz1rxv3h5gs8w  Posted by  Dan Weissman

This is nothing short of incredible - I see a big future in light fixture designs here. Make sure to watch the video.

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Design Manifestos: Brandon Clifford of Matter Design

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" ...When we began as a firm we said, “Let’s stop working with sheet materials and start getting into volume.” The majority of architecture throughout history has been carved in stone — a volumetric material. So let’s get ... Read more →

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Dear architects: Stop trying to make shipping container buildings happen

Hyra0rcuz1rxv3h5gs8w  Posted by  Dan Weissman

"For one thing: A building made of corrugated steel is going to be a miserable residence, especially in a place as hot as Mumbai. You could add insulation and a ventilation system — but that would make a box that already h... Read more →

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High-Tech Lights to Help Baby Sleep, or Students Stay Alert

Hyra0rcuz1rxv3h5gs8w  Posted by  Dan Weissman

"Lighting is really not about a fixture in the ceiling anymore,” said Mariana Figueiro, who leads light and health research at the Lighting Research Center of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. “It’s about delivering indivi... Read more →

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researchers explore potential of origami for large foldable structures

Hyra0rcuz1rxv3h5gs8w  Posted by  Dan Weissman

Wicked cool. "the configuration works even with tubes that have different angles of folding. by combining different geometries they can make many different 3D structures, such as a bridge, a canopy or a tower. the team of ... Read more →

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A New Website Tells You Where To Buy and Sell Salvaged Wood

Hyra0rcuz1rxv3h5gs8w  Posted by  Dan Weissman

Having just sourced some old knotted up hickory boards, this is a pretty awesome resource. Reuse!!

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SustainRCA showcases innovative materials and new ways of living

Hyra0rcuz1rxv3h5gs8w  Posted by  Dan Weissman

"Politics, ecology, crowdsourcing, resource recovery, and resilience are some of the concepts that inspired recent Royal College of Art graduates assembled for this year's SustainRCA exhibition. Part of the bustling London... Read more →

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Hurricane-resistant SURE HOUSE wins the 2015 Solar Decathlon

Hyra0rcuz1rxv3h5gs8w  Posted by  Dan Weissman

Congrats Stevens Institute of Technology! "The SURE HOUSE is a solar-powered home with an open, flowing floor plan that lets air and sunlight in, but don't let that openness fool you. This house is tough enough to act as a... Read more →

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A Town Called Monster Builds a Bridge for People and Bats

Hyra0rcuz1rxv3h5gs8w  Posted by  Dan Weissman

An ecologically sound bridge. How Dutch. "It this strikes you as a lot of time and money for some creepy nocturnal creatures, consider this: Bats eat enormous quantities of insects, some of which can be harmful to crops, ... Read more →