Even though most buildings are designed using the latest digital tools, actual construction is stuck in the past; building is messy, slow, and inefficient. 3-D printing might change that, but recent projects like these printed houses in China demonstrate one of the technical challenges—the equipment itself has to be gigantic, because it can’t work unless it’s bigger than the building itself.
A team of researchers from Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia are working on another solution: A swarm of tiny robots that could cover the construction site of the future, quickly and cheaply building greener buildings of any size.
To give you a sense of the civic vitriol sweeping across the Windy City, here are some of the best burns about the sign.
3. Chicago Sun-Times Op-Ed "Trump’s sign—“TRUMP”—now being affixed to his skyscraper on the Chicago River, is no friendly beacon. It is no candlelit dinner. It is anything but a good neighbor. It is, rather, an obnoxious New York interloper, not unlike The Donald himself.”
One industry at a time, from health care to music, small companies are transforming how we discover and contract with professionals. Now Architizer is getting into the game. The site, best known for featuring architects’ portfolios, is betting that it can attract real estate developers and private owners with ground-up projects and match those buyers with its community of design talent.
Impulse buys traffic in the feeling of being alluring. They are eye-catching, often tiny, and generally nonessential—though they pretend to be essential. So when tasked by Areaware with creating an “impulse buy,” Carlos Ng took these qualities into consideration and came up with a sleek, colorful “architect’s tool set.” His was the winning design.
The magnetic tools, which include rulers and protractors in bright green, sky blue, and varieties of orange, are puzzle-like pieces that can be taken apart and reassembled to create new tools. For example, you can turn the protractor into a full-circle shape instead of its usual semicircular design, and you can extend or shorten the rulers.
When building a house on land as beautiful as that found in Blue Mounds, Wisconsin, you run the risk of ruining an untouched terrain. Here, Johnsen Schmaling Architects created a house that instead echoes the rolling hills and carved valleys of a landscape known as the “driftless region.” The Topo house is so considerate of the surrounding landscape that it seems to become part of the topography. And it’s unique design has earned it a Residential Architect Design Award.
In the 19th century, Empire Stores was a busy row of warehouses used to store and ship coffee. Abandoned in the 1950s, now architect Jay Valgora is transforming the area into a thriving retail and business center to attract innovative talent.