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National premiere on public television: April 2014.

Entering a New Dimension in Furnituremaking

Imagine, if you will, a world where objects designed on paper and in software programs can be printed into the real world. You’re moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You’ve just crossed over into … reality? This is no episode of The...

Honda Smart Home Plans Now Available

Remember when we mentioned that Honda has dipped its toes in the world of residential architecture? The company has now made its Smart Home plans available to the public. Architect has the details. In an announcement on a company website dedicated to the project, Michael Koenig,...
Posted On 14 Jul 2014
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Shape-Shifting: The Future of Furniture?

What if furniture wasn’t just a collection of static objects sitting in your home or office, but a dynamic “machine” that changed its shape in response to your energy and emotions? If it sounds a little like science fiction, it’s no wonder: The inventors of Transform — a...

Homebuilt: Low-Cost Dwellings, Some Assembly Required

You’ve probably read about Sears housing: In the early 20th century, the company offered mail-order homes that people could construct themselves, with little specialized knowledge. Boston designer Dennis Michaud believes it’s an idea whose time has come again — and...
Posted On 05 Jun 2014
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R&D: Maximal Living in a Micro-Apartment

From the bright minds at MIT Media Lab comes the Star Trek-worthy CityHome. Designed to make studio apartments as functional as — and perhaps way cooler than — larger apartments, the product’s RoboWall, writes Fast Company, is a mechanical box about the size of a closet...
Posted On 02 Jun 2014
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The Future of Solar Energy Is Transparent

Despite the fact that solar power is one of the cleanest forms of alternative energy available, it represents only about 1 percent of the nation’s electricity generation and is still rife with problems. Photovoltaic (solar) panels — a common green fixture on buildings, for...

The Silver Bullet Against Bacteria?

With flu season in full swing, people (hopefully) become more attentive than usual about the surfaces they touch and do a lot more hand washing than usual. But what if the interiors of schools, airports, hospitals, and other public spaces could help prevent the spread of harmful...
Posted On 30 Dec 2013

A Brief History on World-Changing Architectural Design

The science and engineering behind architecture has been evolving since humans started erecting dwellings with stone, sticks, and mud. io9 rounded up a list — including many more images than the three examples above — of some of the most important breakthroughs that have...
Posted On 12 Dec 2013
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A Smarter Workplace: VIA (Vertical Intelligent Architecture)

If you work in an office, you’ve probably griped at one point or another about the conference rooms: balky, unreliable tools for phone and video conferences, poor integration of mobile tools like laptops and tablets, spaces that aren’t flexible enough to deal with...
Posted On 24 Oct 2013
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From Waste to Furniture: FluidSolids

Several years ago, Zurich, Switzerland–based designer Beat Karrer set out to find an environmentally friendly way to create furniture, architectural pieces, and other products. Fast-forward to 2013, and his concept is a reality: FluidSolids. How does it work? The basic principle...
Posted On 24 Oct 2013
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