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London Launches Open Source App for Homebuilding

07:20 - 12 July, 2019
London Launches Open Source App for Homebuilding, Courtesy of Bryden Wood
Courtesy of Bryden Wood

Bryden Wood, Cast, and the Mayor of London have launched a new app to speed up the capital’s home building. The freely-available app, titled PRISM, is aimed at the design and construction of high-quality, factory-built homes to address the current demand of 50,000+ houses per year.

Organic, Light and Resistant: Thermoset Technology In Architecture

06:30 - 12 July, 2019
Organic, Light and Resistant: Thermoset Technology In Architecture, Orbis Façade / ARM (Ashton Raggatt McDougall). Image Courtesy of Shapeshell
Orbis Façade / ARM (Ashton Raggatt McDougall). Image Courtesy of Shapeshell

Initially created for aerospace purposes, materials based on advanced fiber-reinforced thermoset technology are increasingly being considered not only to manufacture specific building elements but also to change the way buildings are conceived, designed and built. Despite being incredibly resistant –almost six times stronger than steel– fiber-reinforced materials are light and easy to handle, allowing the creation of complexly shaped but efficient architectural projects.

We spoke with experts from ShapeShift, the creators of the ShapeShell product, in order to deepen our understanding of this technology and learn more about how we can take advantage of its possibilities in our future projects.  

Courtesy of Shapeshell Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Care Hospital (VCCC) / STHDI+MCR. Image Courtesy of Shapeshell RMIT / ARM (Ashton Raggatt McDougall). Image Courtesy of Shapeshell Parklands Disk, Commonwealth Games Village 2018 / ARM (Ashton Raggatt McDougall). Image Courtesy of Shapeshell + 22

What is Graphene and How Can It Revolutionize Architecture?

07:30 - 28 June, 2019
What is Graphene and How Can It Revolutionize Architecture?, Cortesia de The University of Manchester
Cortesia de The University of Manchester

Ever since Manchester University first isolated Graphene in 2004, it has been widely referred to by its properties as a promising material through diverse research that focuses on reaching a range of uses in the most varied industries. Graphene is known to be one of the strongest materials known to science due to its composition of a single carbon atomic layer in a hexagonal mesh. It is also one of the finest materials known to mankind, 200 times stronger than steel yet 6 times lighter. Plus, it is an excellent heat and electricity conductor, aside from its interesting light absorption qualities. When combined with other elements, including gases and metals, it can produce different new materials with highly superior properties.

Could 3D Printing be the Future of Social Housing?

07:00 - 26 June, 2019
Could 3D Printing be the Future of Social Housing?, Cortesia de ICON e New Story
Cortesia de ICON e New Story

This is all quite recent: less than a year ago, a French family became the first in the world to live in a 3D printed house. Short of 20 years, this seemed like a distant dream, this new technology has developed quickly, and it arises as a possible contribution to the housing crisis around the world.

Cortesia de ICON e New Story © AI-SpaceFactory Cortesia de ICON e New Story Cortesia de ICON e New Story + 8

Archiboo Web Awards 2019

14:11 - 11 June, 2019
Archiboo Web Awards 2019

The Archiboo Web Awards, now in their fourth year, are the only awards to highlight and celebrate the creative use of technology to communicate great architecture.

Organised by architecture platform, Archiboo, the awards recognise outstanding digital performers from engaging content and impactful design to those pushing the boundaries with the latest technologies.

Judged by a panel of experts, the 2018 awards saw amazing growth and recognition by the architectural community attracting entries from some of the world’s most respected practices and web designers.

The awards party will take place in September 2019 during the London Design Festival.

What’s new for 2019?

New categories have been

Top Tips for BIM Beginners

06:30 - 24 April, 2019
Top Tips for BIM Beginners, Cortesía de Academia BIM
Cortesía de Academia BIM

When you start to consider implementing the BIM (Building Information Modeling) methodology, whether as an independent professional or as a construction firm, it's necessary to take into account three key aspects: the technology, the process, and the people who bring it all together. In this article, we will address the key points in every one of these three aspects in order to give you insight into how to best start using BIM.

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.

Home Automation In Renovations: Is It Possible to Transform an Old Building into an Intelligent One?

07:00 - 20 March, 2019
Home Automation In Renovations: Is It Possible to Transform an Old Building into an Intelligent One?, © Qingshan Wu
© Qingshan Wu

Although the ability to install home automation in a practical way is associated with new projects, it is possible to adapt previously built buildings in a relatively simple way. In both small and large renovations projects these systems can deliver automated features that responds to the requirements and needs of its users. They can also improve the habitability and comfort of its spaces, increase their security and promote long-term energy and money savings. So, what considerations must be taken into account in order to transform an regular architecture project into an "intelligent" one?

© Eric Laignel © Zooey Brown © Adrià Goula Aquatio Cave Luxury Hotel & SPA / Simone Micheli, remodeled by AVE. Image © Juergen Eheim + 14

Illuminating the Future: How Bluetooth Mesh will Fundamentally Change Lighting Systems

04:00 - 4 March, 2019
Illuminating the Future: How Bluetooth Mesh will Fundamentally Change Lighting Systems, Image by Alexandre Zveiger
Image by Alexandre Zveiger

Imagine light fixtures that act as Bluetooth beacons, allowing smartphones to help visitors find their way around a building. Imagine a lighting system which can pinpoint the location of people and physical assets within the building. Imagine an automation system which can use occupancy data and personal preferences to orchestrate an optimized and personalized building environment.

[TRANS-] topia 2019 :: journal call for submissions

00:55 - 28 February, 2019
[TRANS-] topia 2019  ::  journal call for submissions, [TRANS-] topia 2019  ::  journal call for submissions // Image by [TRANS-] journal
[TRANS-] topia 2019 :: journal call for submissions // Image by [TRANS-] journal

[TRANS-] topia
across, beyond, through :: critique, fantasy, technology

Slender Strength: The Mighty Grace of the Stainless Steel AIRTable

10:00 - 17 February, 2019
Slender Strength: The Mighty Grace of the Stainless Steel AIRTable, © Carlos Banon
© Carlos Banon

A sturdy featherweight table? Sounds... contrary to reason. But this contradiction was the very impetus for the design. Created for a research center that’s pushing the boundaries of design and manufacturing using technology and science, the designers--AIRLab, in collaboration with DManD-- sought to dematerialise the typical structure of a table, creating a sense of instability with the visual counterpoint of a solid surface.

© Aurelia Chan © Carlos Banon © Carlos Banon © Carlos Banon + 12

AD Classics: The Dymaxion House / Buckminster Fuller

15:00 - 9 February, 2019
AD Classics: The Dymaxion House / Buckminster Fuller, Bucky and the Dymaxion © Bettmann/Corbis via britannica.com
Bucky and the Dymaxion © Bettmann/Corbis via britannica.com

The Dymaxion House was a futuristic dwelling invented by the architect and practical philosopher R. Buckminister Fuller - who would have turned 124 today. The word “Dymaxion,” which combines the words dynamic, maximum and tension, was coined (among many others) by Fuller himself.

In 1920 Fuller wished to build a sustainable autonomous single family dwelling, the living machine of the future. Although never built, the Dymaxion's design displayed forward-thinking and influential innovations in prefabrication and sustainability. Not only would the house have been exemplary in its self-sufficiency, but it also could have been mass-produced, flat-packaged and shipped throughout the world.

More on this revolutionary design after the break...

via www.trumanlibrary.org model via scene.org © MoMA © The Estate of R. Buckminster Fuller, via myipamm.net + 18

How To Create a 360 R​ender (And How to Improve your Presentation with Virtual Reality)

04:00 - 30 January, 2019
How To Create a 360 R​ender (And How to Improve your Presentation with Virtual Reality), Screenshot, edited, video <a href='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpdmGJF_CrQ&feature=youtu.be'>Tutorial: Create 360 panoramic renders using Vray for Sketchup for VR presentations.</a>. Image
Screenshot, edited, video Tutorial: Create 360 panoramic renders using Vray for Sketchup for VR presentations.. Image

If you're looking to upgrade your standard architecture presentation, SENTIO VR's tutorials can be very useful. They allow you to accurately use Revit, SketchUp, V-ray, 3Ds Max, Lumion and Cinema4D to create 360 renders and perform virtual reality experiences, with both technical and visual advice.

Below, we've compiled a list of useful videos. 

Networking Platform Aims to Connect and Kickstart the Careers of Young Architects

09:00 - 17 January, 2019
Networking Platform Aims to Connect and Kickstart the Careers of Young Architects, Utilizing technology, Ticco aims to respond to the demand for a 21st-century style of professional development.. Image © Ticco
Utilizing technology, Ticco aims to respond to the demand for a 21st-century style of professional development.. Image © Ticco

A professional networking platform has been launched aimed at connecting early-career architects in the USA. Ticco admits architects with between 2 and 15 years of experience, with the goal of sharing smart design ideas for the future of the built environment. Developed by Katie Rispoli Keaotamai over a one-and-a-half-year timespan, the platform will now accept applications for its first 100 members until April, at a cost 31% lower than the fees paid for professional memberships.

Centered around dialogue, the platform offers access to ideas and opportunities that will positively shape the built environment, be it exchanging information, consulting on a project, or finding a new role in the profession.

Utilizing technology, Ticco aims to respond to the demand for a 21st-century style of professional development.. Image © Ticco Ticco’s initial 100 founding members will be announced in April 2019 and instrumental in advancing the platform before its Fall 2019 launch.. Image © Ticco Ticco’s admitted members will be industry leaders with 2 to 15 years of experience.. Image © Ticco Centered around dialogue, Ticco offers access to ideas and opportunities that positively shape the built environment—whether it be exchanging information, consulting on a project, or finding a new role in a different city.. Image © Ticco + 4

Carlo Ratti Associati Designs Self-Driving Robotic Bar

09:00 - 15 January, 2019
Carlo Ratti Associati Designs Self-Driving Robotic Bar, Courtesy of Carlo Ratti Associati
Courtesy of Carlo Ratti Associati

Carlo Ratti Associati has teamed up with Makr Shakr, the world’s leading producer of robotic bartending systems, to design a driverless robotic bar which “aims to propose new on-demand ways to enjoy leisure in cities.” GUIDO (Italian for “I drive”) features two mechanical arms with the ability to precisely prepare and serve drinks in seconds, mounted atop an autonomous vehicular platform.

Self-driving technology allows GUIDO to weave through the built environment, responding to bookings from a customer app. As orders are placed through the app, GUIDO sources the cocktail’s components from bottles stored on the counter, and prepares the drink on site. GUIDO’s system also performs ID age verification and supports paying via mobile phone.

Exhibition Images explore how Coding can Impact Architectural Representation

11:30 - 3 January, 2019
Exhibition Images explore how Coding can Impact Architectural Representation , Ibañez Kim: 家神. Image via The Cooper Union
Ibañez Kim: 家神. Image via The Cooper Union

The Cooper Union is to host a new exhibition showcasing the impact of technology on architectural drawing. “Drawing Codes: Experimental Protocols of Architectural Representation: Volume II” will examine how “emerging design and production technologies impact the ways in which architects engage with traditional practices of architectural drawing and how rules inform the ways the built environment is documented, analyzed, represented, and designed."

The exhibition will feature 24 experimental drawings by firms such as Aranda\Lasch, Höweler + Yoon, and Outpost Office. The artists were challenged by the curators to consider at least one concept that expands on the notion of “code” in design and representation. A strict set of rules was enforced, including black and white media, and limiting the drawing to two dimensions.

Madeline Gannon / ATONATON: Primal Motives. Image via The Cooper Union IwamotoScott Architecture: Double Vision. Image via The Cooper Union Michael Meredith, Hilary Sample, MOS: FLATSAND_20181024_24562818.tif. Image via The Cooper Union Jenny E. Sabin, Jenny Sabin Studio: Convergence, from the Fourier Carpet Series, 2018. Image via The Cooper Union + 24