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BuildTech Futures: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

05:00 - 12 September, 2019
BuildTech Futures: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning , Courtesy of Stanislas Chaillou
Courtesy of Stanislas Chaillou

Artificial intelligence, machine learning and generative design have begun to shape architecture as we know it. As systems and tools to reimagine the built environment, they present diverse opportunities to rethink traditional workflows. Designers also fear they may inversely affect practice, limiting the services of the architect. Looking to building technologies, new companies are creating software and projects to explore the future of design.

Building Future Podcast: KP Reddy / Shadow Ventures

17:00 - 14 August, 2019
Building Future Podcast: KP Reddy / Shadow Ventures

In this new podcast series, ArchDaily invites architects and interdisciplinary leaders to discuss the future of the architecture and construction industry. Welcome to Building Future. 

What are Kinetic Facades in Architecture?

07:00 - 14 August, 2019
What are Kinetic Facades in Architecture?, Illuminated facade of Galleria Centercity. Image © UNStudio. Photographed by Kim Jong-Kwan
Illuminated facade of Galleria Centercity. Image © UNStudio. Photographed by Kim Jong-Kwan

For most of the history of architecture, interesting facades were achieved through materiality or ornamentation. From the elaborately painted friezes of the Parthenon to the glass exteriors of modern skyscrapers, architecture was primarily static, only ‘changing’ as the environment would change and affect the material of the façade in differing ways, be it rain, light, rust, etc.

Al Bahar Towers facade panels. Image © Aedas Galleria Centercity facade. Image © UNStudio. Photographed by Christian Richters Shading panels of the Kiefer Technic Showroom. Image Courtesy of Ernst Giselbrecht + Partner Kinetic facade of Brisbane Domestic Terminal Carpark . Image Courtesy of Urban Art Projects + 18

Adaptative Plans: An Algorithm That Predicts Spatial Configurations

07:00 - 20 June, 2019

Automation has finally reached our desks. If just a few years ago we believed that technology (including robots) could replace the work done by humans, minus the design specifications and some 'creative' aspects, we were wrong.

The algorithm, Finch, generates different spatial configurations according to predetermined parameters as you change the total area of ​​the space. This helps to define zones in the initial stages of the project, which can then be refined according to the specific requirements of the assignment. The algorithm has been developed by BOX Bygg and Wallgren Arkitekter and written in Grasshopper, for now.

Why Robotic Construction? / Philip F. Yuan for the Shenzhen Biennale (UABB) 2019

07:00 - 30 May, 2019
The Gantry Robotic system for off-site prefabrication ©DDRC at Tongji University and Fab-Union, 2015
The Gantry Robotic system for off-site prefabrication ©DDRC at Tongji University and Fab-Union, 2015

What happens when the sensor-imbued city acquires the ability to see – almost as if it had eyes? Ahead of the 2019 Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB), titled "Urban Interactions," Archdaily is working with the curators of the "Eyes of the City" section at the Biennial to stimulate a discussion on how new technologies – and Artificial Intelligence in particular – might impact architecture and urban life. Here you can read the “Eyes of the City” curatorial statement by Carlo Ratti, the Politecnico di Torino and SCUT. If you are interested in taking part in the exhibition at UABB 2019, submit your proposal to the “Eyes of the City” Open Call by May 31st, 2019: www.eyesofthecity.net

Higharc Startup Aims to Automate Home Design

05:00 - 30 May, 2019

Stealth-stage startup Higharc has begun rethinking how new homes are designed and built without hiring an architect. Founded to reinvent new home design for the digital age, the company aims to make custom-fit homes accessible to anyone by automating home design and customization online. Taking on pre-made plans, the team wants to bring design back to housing options and make customization more accessible.

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Shadow Summit 2019: Building the Future

13:14 - 24 May, 2019

Today’s built environment innovators are going to define our world for centuries to come. Shadow Summit is your chance to engage them.

The vision of Shadow Summit is to propel built environment technology to reach its full potential. To achieve that mission, we focus relentlessly on getting the right startups, market leaders, and enterprises in the room, to create the change this industry desperately needs.

9 Augmented Reality Technologies for Architecture and Construction

08:00 - 14 April, 2019
9 Augmented Reality Technologies for Architecture and Construction, © GAMMA AR
© GAMMA AR

A technological innovation is revolutionizing one of the oldest professions in the world. Augmented reality has just broken onto the scene and has already been transforming civil construction. The changes are seen not only in designing and modeling, but also in building. Augmented reality benefits the entire construction team: engineers, designers, architects, project managers and service providers.

Unlike virtual reality, which creates a totally new and independent environment of the real world, augmented reality includes virtual elements that interact with what already exists. It is thus possible to combine virtual architectural designs with the reality of the construction site, increasing efficiency and accuracy, reducing the occurrence of errors and saving time, money and resources.

Overland Architects Design 3D Printed Neighborhoods in Texas

13:00 - 12 April, 2019
Overland Architects Design 3D Printed Neighborhoods in Texas, 3D Printed Neighborhood. Image Courtesy of Overland Partners
3D Printed Neighborhood. Image Courtesy of Overland Partners

San Antonio based architecture firm Overland Partners have designed a series of proposals for new 3D printed neighborhoods in Texas. Teaming up with nonprofit, 3 Strands Neighborhoods, and ICON, a creator of printers, robotics, and advanced materials, the firm utilized the Vulcan II 3D printer to revolutionize home building. The collaboration aims to address the housing crisis in America and establish a sense of community for disadvantaged families.

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WeWork is Transforming the Way Architects Use Data in Design

07:00 - 10 March, 2019
Courtesy of WeWork via Metropolis Magazine
Courtesy of WeWork via Metropolis Magazine

Data-driven design has been a holy phrase in architecture for some time now. The ability to refine and apply information on any range of topics, from movement to sun paths to air quality, hold enormous potential to positively impact design not just for one party but for all. Decisions can be made faster, buildings can be built better, inhabitants can be made more comfortable.

6 Thoughts On Materials and Construction: Decisions That Improve People's Quality Of Life

08:00 - 28 February, 2019
6 Thoughts On Materials and Construction: Decisions That Improve People's Quality Of Life, © José Tomás Franco
© José Tomás Franco

Materials, products, and construction systems are constantly evolving and following new technologies, discoveries, and market trends. The question is: are we, as architects, evolving with them? We have heard about robots working on construction sites, responsive and intelligent materials and the continued rise of 3D printing, but is it all white noise at the moment of starting a new design? More importantly, could these new systems continue to progress without sensitively and effectively taking people's quality of life into account?

How should we use materials—both in their traditional forms and in their future conceptions—so that our projects are making relevant contributions to the way we are inhabiting our planet?

In order to evolve, we have to know how, so it’ s worth beginning a discussion around these issues.

In World's First 3-D Printed Home Community, Houses will be Built in a Day for $4000

08:30 - 13 November, 2018
In World's First 3-D Printed Home Community, Houses will be Built in a Day for $4000, Courtesy of ICON and New Story
Courtesy of ICON and New Story

Editor's Note: This story was originally published 27 March 2018. It was recently announced that ICON, the construction company leading the project, has successfully raised $9 million in seed funding for the project. A new video of the project is included below. 

Tech gets a bad rap for serving developed economies in the interest of money-making. It often takes a few cycles for the technologies that are truly helpful to reach the developing world, hence the unfortunate, slow-draining term called the “trickle effect.”

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NASA Endorses AI SpaceFactory's Vision for 3D Printed Huts on Mars

12:00 - 25 July, 2018
NASA Endorses AI SpaceFactory's Vision for 3D Printed Huts on Mars, Marsha could be grouped into small clusters. Image © Plompmozes
Marsha could be grouped into small clusters. Image © Plompmozes

AI SpaceFactory has released details of their proposed cylindrical huts for the Planet Mars, designed as part of the 3D Printed Habitat Challenge organized by NASA. Project MARSHA (Mars HAbitat) was endorsed by NASA with a top prize of almost $21,000, one of five designs selected from a field of seventeen.

The competition asked participants to design an effective habitat for a crew of four astronauts to be located on the Red Planet, using construction techniques enabled by 3D printing. The submitted schemes were then ranked based on their innovation, architectural layout, and level of detail in BIM modeling.

Astronauts observe the construction of a new habitat. Image © Plompmozes Marsha protects humans from the harsh Martian environment, including the frigid temperatures, dust storms and radiation. Image © Plompmozes Marsha’s architectural design is integrated with its lighting design, which automatically changes in sync with the time of day and the color and intensity of light. Image © Plompmozes Marsha’s two- shell structure creates flexible, hybrid spaces which offer a variety of lighting conditions, privacy, noise levels and uses. Image © Plompmozes + 26

World's First 3D-Printed Concrete Housing Project to be Built in Eindhoven

12:00 - 1 June, 2018
World's First 3D-Printed Concrete Housing Project to be Built in Eindhoven, Courtesy of Houben & Van Mierlo Architecten
Courtesy of Houben & Van Mierlo Architecten

The Dutch city of Eindhoven is to host the world’s first commercial housing project based on 3D-concrete printing, with the first of five planned houses due to start construction this year. The units were developed by a collaborative team including local firm Houben & Van Mierlo Architecten, and the Eindhoven University of Technology. The pods will be purchased and let out by a real estate company upon completion.

The first house will be a single-floor, three-room house measuring 1000 square feet (95 square meters), to be followed by four multi-story units. The irregular shape of the buildings is based on “erratic blocks in the green landscape,” made possible due to the flexibility of form permitted by 3D-printing.

The World's First Freeform 3D-Printed House Enters Development Phase

07:00 - 31 January, 2018
The World's First Freeform 3D-Printed House Enters Development Phase, Courtesy of WATG Urban
Courtesy of WATG Urban

WATG Urban's first prize design for The Freeform Home Design Challenge in 2016 is now moving one step closer to becoming a reality. Since winning the competition, WATG's Chicago office has been developing the winning design, dubbed Curve Appeal, alongside Branch Technology. Curve Appeal is now undergoing the "wall section testing, research and development phase" with an anticipated goal of breaking ground later this year. This revolutionary project could change the way we construct complex, freeform structures.

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12 Top Apps for Architects on the Construction Site

09:00 - 8 January, 2017
12 Top Apps for Architects on the Construction Site

We have previously published the best apps for architects, many of which try to boost creativity and productivity for project design. Now, we’ve put together a series of helpful apps for the development and management of construction projects. From digital measuring tools to instant software-generated reports of work progress, we hope this new construction technology will be most useful to you.

Chinese Company Constructs the World's Tallest 3D Printed Building

01:00 - 26 January, 2015
Chinese Company Constructs the World's Tallest 3D Printed Building, Image via australiandesignreview.com
Image via australiandesignreview.com

Once again, Chinese company WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Co has expanded the capabilities of 3D printing. After constructing ten houses in under twenty-four hours last year, now they are back with both the world's tallest 3D printed building - a five-story apartment block - and a 1,100 square meter mansion with internal and external decoration to boot.

On display in Suzhou Industrial Park in Jiangsu province, the two buildings represent new frontiers for 3D printed construction, finally demonstrating its potential for creating more traditional building typologies and therefore its suitability for use by mainstream developers.

A close-up of the construction system. Image via www.3ders.org Image via australiandesignreview.com Image via www.3ders.org Image via australiandesignreview.com + 7