Solar Squared: Electricity-generating solar bricks changing the way we build

Solar Squared – a modular glass brick embedded with near-translucent photovoltaic solar cells that can generate electricity – is to revolutionise how buildings are constructed sustainably. Similar to the solar tile created by Tesla, Solar Squared is an innovative glass block, which can be incorporated into the fabric of a building and is designed to collect solar energy and convert it to electricity. The Solar … Continue reading Solar Squared: Electricity-generating solar bricks changing the way we build

Margent Farm: Farmhouse home made from hemp from farm’s own crop

A film director has built an off-grid, carbon-capturing farmhouse in Cambridgeshire using hemp grown in the surrounding fields. Steve Baron – whose career highlights include music videos for Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean and A-Ha’s Take On Me, as well as feature films like the 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – teamed up with Practice Architecture to create his Margent Farm home made principally of hempcrete processed from … Continue reading Margent Farm: Farmhouse home made from hemp from farm’s own crop

Forust: New process delivers sustainable 3D printed wood made from upcycled wood waste

A new 3D-printing process that utilises wood has launched offering designers a new way to produce sustainable wood pieces for home decor and interiors. Forust is a new process to sustainably produce functional end-use wood parts using patented single pass binder jetting additive manufacturing technology. The Forust process upcycles waste byproducts from wood manufacturing (cellulose dust) and the paper industry (lignin) and re-materialises functional wood … Continue reading Forust: New process delivers sustainable 3D printed wood made from upcycled wood waste

Families to move into world’s first community of 3D-printed homes in Mexico this year

Families will be moving into the world’s first community of 3D-printed homes later this year in Tabasco, Mexico. A total of 50 3D homes are being printed by New Story, a US-based nonprofit focused on pioneering solutions to end global homelessness, and construction technology company, ICON, to provide a safe space for a community prone to earthquakes, flooding and poverty. Each 3D printed home will … Continue reading Families to move into world’s first community of 3D-printed homes in Mexico this year

3D-printed homes with net-zero emissions set for neighbourhood near Coachella Valley

The “world’s first community” of 3D-printed homes with net-zero emissions and all of its energy supplied by solar power is set to be constructed near Coachella Valley, California. The project, which is a collaboration between California-based Mighty Buildings and developers Palari Group, will see prefabricated panels made of 3D-printed material made in a factory before being shipped and assembled into steel-framed modular houses at Rancho Mirage. A total … Continue reading 3D-printed homes with net-zero emissions set for neighbourhood near Coachella Valley

The Voxel: Solar-powered “quarantine” cabin built from sustainable materials and under quarantine conditions

A solar-powered “quarantine” cabin, built entirely of wood from 40 pine trees felled within a 1km radius of the construction site, has been built in Barcelona’s Collserola park. Known as The Voxel, the cabin was built by a team of students and researchers from the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) Valldaura Labs in under five months under quarantine conditions. The cabin accommodates a single occupant … Continue reading The Voxel: Solar-powered “quarantine” cabin built from sustainable materials and under quarantine conditions

Xuhui Runway Park: Former airport runway transformed into sustainable urban park in Shanghai

A disused runway, which was once part of Shanghai’s only civilian aiport, has been transformed into a linear park which is now home to an array of flora and fauna native to the Yangtze River Delta. Xuhui Runway Park, which is almost two kilometes-long, features pedestrian walkways, designated bike lanes and six rows of deciduous trees. Located in the Xuhui Riverfront Area of Shanghai, architecture studio Sasaki designed … Continue reading Xuhui Runway Park: Former airport runway transformed into sustainable urban park in Shanghai

World’s largest 3D-printed sculpture, designed by Māori design institute, tells the story of geothermal energy’s arrival

The world’s largest 3D-printed sculpture – Te Ahi Tupua (The Eternal Fire) – has been installed at the southern gateway to Rotorua in New Zealand. Designed by Te Puia New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute (NZMACI), Te Ahi Tupua tells the story of the arrival of geothermal energy to the Rotorua region. The 12-metre-high 3D sculpture, built from composite materials by Kilwell Fibretube, incorporates … Continue reading World’s largest 3D-printed sculpture, designed by Māori design institute, tells the story of geothermal energy’s arrival

Singapore leads the way with biophilic design, embracing nature in the construction of its buildings

A new approach to design and architecture that involves the use of natural materials, natural light and plants to create a more pleasing and effective built environment is being adopted by Singapore. Known as Biophilic Design, the concept means architects embrace nature in their design, bringing nature into the city, replacing columns, walls and neon with trees, leaves and wildlife. The island city-state of Singapore has … Continue reading Singapore leads the way with biophilic design, embracing nature in the construction of its buildings

Solaire Box: French startup constructs eco-friendly wooden houses

Solaire Box is taking on the construction of green ecological houses in France and further afield with its eco-friendly wooden houses. The Paris-based startup constructs its eco-friendly homes with three things in mind – a structure made from French pine and wood fibre that offers optimal thermal performance; a large photovoltaic roof that produces up to twice as much energy as consumed by its inhabitants; … Continue reading Solaire Box: French startup constructs eco-friendly wooden houses