This new 3D-printed house was built by a portable robot in just 48 hours

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There are a lot of 3D printed houses popping up these days, but this is the first time an architect with the renown of Massimiliano Locatelli of CLS Architetti and Arup has tackled one. The 1076 square foot house was built out of a special quick-drying mortar and was constructed in just 48 hours. Locatelli envisions 3D printing as the housing of the future – and his house could be constructed anywhere. “Even the moon.”

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The Ocean Cleanup is about to send a giant plastic collector to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

The Ocean Cleanup is making progress on their first Great Pacific Garbage Patch cleanup system, and shared images of the assembly at their Alameda Yard headquarters, the site of a former naval station near San Francisco. The plastic-scooping system could launch this summer.

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The Cornelia tiny house is a peaceful writer’s studio built with reclaimed wood

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Unique Fuzzy House offers locals a public shortcut through the building

When architecture studio Situation-based Operation (SO) was asked to create a home in Chiang Mai, the brief came with an unusual request: preserve the existing desire path. Since the plot had been left empty for many years, locals had created a desire path, or shortcut, through the land between two roads—and the owner wanted to keep that path functional for the community. As a result, the architects designed the Fuzzy House, a concrete home that blurs the line between public and private use.

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Finland’s two-year universal basic income experiment is coming to an end

The Finnish government is planning to conclude its much-touted universal basic income experiment at the end of the original two-year study period rather than extend it, and has shown signs that it may be moving in a different direction. “Right now, the government is making changes that are taking the system further away from a basic income,” Kela researcher Miska Simanainen told Svenska Dagbladet. Since early 2017, 2,000 unemployed Finns between the ages of 25 and 58 have been receiving an unconditional… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Zaha Hadid Architects designs robot-assisted vaulted classrooms for China

Zaha Hadid Architects unveiled designs for Lushan Primary School that blends forward-thinking construction techniques with deference to ancient Chinese culture. Located in the remote and beautiful countryside 160 kilometers northwest of Jiangxi’s capital Nanchang, Lushan Primary School will serve 12 local villages and offer a curriculum that focuses on the creative arts and STEM subjects. To reduce construction time and demands, the campus buildings will be housed in a series of modular vaulted… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

MIT just discovered a way to mass-produce graphene in long rolls

Scientists used to make graphene-based membranes in small batches in a laboratory. But Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) scientists thought for commercial use, graphene membranes would need to be produced in big amounts. So they designed a continuous manufacturing process to generate strips of graphene.

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Fruit trees grow on the roofs of this rammed earth home in Hanoi

Vo Trong Nghia Architects puts a fresh spin on the ancient art of rammed earth construction in the Dong Anh house, a modern dwelling with fruit trees growing on the roofs. Taking advantage of the property’s secure and isolated location in Hanoi, the architects applied an “open garden design” that embraces nature in, around, and even on top of the home. The thick earth walls have the advantage of high thermal mass and keep the home cool by storing heat during the day and then dissipating that… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that chomps plastic for lunch

At a trash dump in 2016, Japanese researchers discovered the first known bacterium that had evolved to consume plastic. An international team of researchers, building on that finding, revealed the structure of the enzyme the microorganism produces — and then engineered it to be even better.

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This stunning brick “cave house” in Vietnam is open to the elements

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