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Spotlight: William McDonough

NASA Sustainability Base. Image Courtesy of William McDonough + Partners NASA Sustainability Base. Image Courtesy of William McDonough + Partners

Sometimes referred to as “the leading environmental architect of our time,” in his roles as architect, designer, author, educator and social leader, William McDonough (born 20 February 1951) has provided a renewed look at the things that we make and their impact on both our bodies and the world. Through his Cradle to Cradle philosophy, McDonough’s buildings are designed to function for a predetermined lifespan, after which they can be broken down into their various parts whose core elements can be used anew to solve a different design problem.

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AI SpaceFactory Builds 3D Printed Mars Prototype for NASA

MARSHA. Image Courtesy of AI SpaceFactory MARSHA. Image Courtesy of AI SpaceFactory

Architecture and technology company AI SpaceFactory has completed the autonomous construction of MARSHA, a proposal for a Martian surface habitat for NASA. The 3D printed shelter is one of five finalists in an international competition to design and build a habitat for a crew of four astronauts on a mission to Mars. AI SpaceFactory formulated their own material – a “Martian polymer” that can be made from matter found or grown on the planet.

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The Golden Age of 3D Printing: Innovations Changing the Industry

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3D printing itself is no longer a new technology, but that hasn’t stopped researchers and innovators around the world from coming up with new applications and opportunities. Some experiments with new materials have been driven by sustainability concerns and others are simply the result of imagination and creativity. Others have chosen to invest their time utilizing more traditional materials in new ways. Materials, however, are just the beginning. Researchers have developed new processes that allow the creation of objects that were previously impossible to print and, on a larger scale, new building typologies are being tested - including a Mars habitat!

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Top 4 Programming Languages for Mobile App Development

Mobile application development market has drastically increased in the past few years. A research reveals that 90 billion applications were downloaded in the year 2016. And, the mobile app development market is expected to reach 100 billion USD by 2022 with CAGR of 14 percent. It’s a golden opportunity for those who are willing to make their career with this development technology, as this new digital era is shifting towards smart and mini gadgets where people prefer handy devices rather than heavy PCs. Being the part of this flow requires a clear understanding of all the phases involved in android development- from an OS, language to platform for deployment. To explore this magical technology you can go for Android App Development Course, video tutorials, web documentation, slides, developers platform and many other resources which are easily accessible.

1). NodeJS :

NodeJS is the most popular runtime language currently being used to perform server-side development for website and app. Since JavaScript is a client-side development language, Node can easily accomplish both back and front end tasks giving a good performance.

The Architectural Trends that Dominated News Stories in 2018

MARS Case. Image © WU Qingshan MARS Case. Image © WU Qingshan

In a year packed with headlines, you’d be forgiven for occasionally letting them pass you by. But even within the mass of project proposals, awards, competitions, and events, a few trends emerged in 2018 - trends that both tell us about the year past and suggest where things might be heading. These trends, below:

Net Zero

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Even in the wake of the US’ shameful departure from the Paris Agreement in 2017, plans for designing a net zero future have not abated. In September, 19 mayors of cities across the US committed, with climate action group C40, to ensure that by 2030 all new structures built in their cities are net zero.

Designed for Disassembly: Architecture Built with its Own End in Mind

[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ]

Few of us make plans for our lives with our own deaths in mind, so perhaps it’s not surprising that architects don’t usually spend much of the design process thinking about the virtually inevitable demolition of their creations. It might seem as morbid and premature as college graduates making plans for their own funerals, but considering the entire life cycle of a structure before it’s even built could have a massive impact on the amount of waste we generate – and help us adapt to the uncertain conditions of the future.

Though some buildings and infrastructure may stand for many hundreds of years, the vast majority of it is rendered obsolete in a matter of decades. Practical needs and aesthetic preferences change, and materials wear down. Currently, about 80% of all materials and minerals in circulation in the U.S. economy are consumed by the construction industry, and about 70% of construction waste is concrete.

Watch NASA shoot 450,000 gallons of water 30 metres into the air

Our latest captioned movie shows NASA release close to half a million gallons of water while testing its launch pad cooling system at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida. Read more

Singh Residence / Vir.Mueller Architects

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  • Architects: Vir.Mueller Architects
  • Location: Noida, India
  • Lead Architects: Pankaj Vir Gupta, Christine Mueller
  • Project Team: Kapil Shokeen, Matthew Pinyan, Monisha Nasa, Ranu Singh
  • Area: 962.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2017
  • Photographs: Saurabh Suryan & Lokesh Dang
  • Structural Engineer: Himanshu Parikh consulting engineers
  • Mep Engineer: MJ Consultants

Architecture Startup AI SpaceFactory Reveals Smart Skyscrapers that Integrate Technology and Design

Smart Skyscrapers. Image Courtesy of AI SpaceFactory Smart Skyscrapers. Image Courtesy of AI SpaceFactory

Architecture startup AI SpaceFactory have revealed new images of their smart skyscraper projects. These next generation skyscrapers merge cutting-edge design with smart building technology developed in-house. The projects, ranging from twenty to fifty stories, are now in various stages of construction. AI SpaceFactory describes its buildings as living machines: physical, digital, and biological platforms which work together to enhance real-world experiences.

Asian Games Village Residence III / Vir.Mueller Architects

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  • Architects: Vir.Mueller Architects
  • Location: New Delhi, India
  • Lead Architects: Pankaj Vir Gupta, Christine Mueller
  • Project Team: Arjun Sara, Donna Ryu, Kapil Shokeen, Monisha Nasa, Prashant Singh Hada, Sonakshi Gambhir
  • Area: 392.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2018
  • Photographs: Niveditaa Gupta
  • Structural Engineer: Japan Shah Consulting Engineers
  • Mep Engineer: Jhaveri Associates