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Contour Crafting Renovates The Construction World

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Called the Contour Crafting Robotic Construction System, it is a conceptual technology that uses a 3-D printing process to rapidly produce a prototype. It is made up of robotic arms and nozzles which are controlled by a computer aided program and a framework system that moves the nozzles. It can build a range of structures, including entire homes. The technology takes 3-D imaging to the next level, and the system is capable of producing over a 2,000 square foot house with all of the necessary components, including outlets for electricity and accommodations for plumbing and air. What gets really impressive… read more

Beautiful Angles and Curves From Japanese Designs

Beautiful Angles and Curves From Japanese Designs

From Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects, these 2 family centered homes showcase utility and the perfect blend of openness and privacy. Forget flat walls and ceilings, this home exceeded the architects’ goal to display an assortment of visual offerings, much like life itself. House I is a home ideal for a family of 3. The exterior seems unsuspecting of the interior splendor, but still stands out with its dome shape presence. It feels low and doesn’t invade the landscape or neighboring homes, but the inside feels large, open and curious. Though the entire home is an open design, there are still options… read more

Blast From The Past Designs

Blast From The Past Designs

The work of Michael Jantzen has been on the go-to list for architectural inspiration for quite a while, and many have been talking about his remarkable projects and concept designs over the years. He has been impressing and innovating for several decades, and looking back at some of his earlier projects gives an interesting story into how some of his more current works were developed. In the 1970’s he made a solar vacation house built mostly using unconventional materials like agricultural based parts, reused metals and other salvaged items. The home is made from corrugated metal and features a grain… read more

M-vironment Structures Can Respond To The Weather

M-vironment Structures Can Respond To The Weather

M-vironments are an imaginative design concept for structural units. From architect and artist Michael Jantzen, they are calculated and interesting, and the goal is to incorporate flexibility and responsiveness to offer a new way that buildings can operate. They are made to accommodate a number of lifestyle needs, including being weather respondent. Though the look of the exteriors will probably be either loved or hated, the features offered from these machine-like buildings are definitely eye-catching. An example of an M-vironment construction is the M-HOUSE. It is made from steel, concrete composite and various panel mechanisms that can be moved, changed, expanded… read more

Everyday Utility At The Nakai House

Everyday Utility At The Nakai House

The Nakai House is an energy efficient and economical production that is proof that a lifestyle design can be done on a budget, and with time restrictions. It was built in only 80 days, and the set finances for the plan, $25,000, was maintained. DesignBuildBLUFF, a nonprofit extension in Utah who works with local universities is behind the design. They provide architectural students the opportunity to learn firsthand in the field by enlisting them on teams for help with their construction projects, developing sustainably built homes for residents of the Navajo reservation. This not only allows students to enhance their skillsets, but… read more

Eye-Catching Installations Made From Lumber

Eye-Catching Installations Made From Lumber

While most may look at pieces of lumber as just blank planks of wood, creative artists and those with the ability for construction and woodworking can see something completely different. Morgan Herrin, an artist with a heightened skillset in carpentry and wood crafting, has created unbelievably detailed sculptures using plain lumber. Taking a simple construction material, wood 2 x 4s, his hand carved pieces are beyond impressive. He works with this abundant recycled material to produce accomplished forms, like these amazing life size pieces, which take countless hours to complete. His recent works are created from reclaimed lumber that is… read more

Hundertwasser’s Inspiring Architecture

Hundertwasser’s Inspiring Architecture

Artist and architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser is often referred to as the father of green roof designs. Born in 1928, his given name was Friedrich Stowasser, which he later changed. His architecture is widely celebrated for its unexpected appearance and original designs. He was drawn to the sea and nature, and this is reflected in his paintings and buildings. The unusual use of lines in his architectural works does not conform to rigid styles or rules. Taking notes from the perfect irregularities found in natural landscapes, he created visually marvelous spaces that are full of color and character. This snippet from… read more

The Edgeland House Splits From Standard Designs

The Edgeland House Splits From Standard Designs

The Edgeland House, wedged into its grassy spot in the earth, is interesting to look at. This unique, underground split home was designed and constructed by Bercy Chen Studio LP. Built with a pit house design, which is an ancient home construction technique attributed to North American natives, it is sunken into the ground to utilize natural thermal heating. This keeps the temperature of the home comfortable all year. The split layout provides one section for the living area and the other for bedroom space. The open outdoor plot in between the separate units is a 7 foot dug out area… read more

Reclaimed Wood Revival

Reclaimed Wood Revival

Being on a budget doesn’t have to mean giving up quality. Wood furniture and construction materials can be expensive, and turning to reclaimed woods can provide a sturdy, quality design for a lot less. Repurposing and turning salvaged wood into high end pieces cuts waste and assures an original design. Check out the following reclaimed projects for some DIY enticement. Old barn doors are great finds and can be used for many different interior applications. Creating a sliding door with them can open up more space in a room. Clearance for the opening isn’t needed because it just slides back and… read more

Masdar City Development Promises Eco-Metropolis

Masdar City Development Promises Eco-Metropolis

Many examples of sustainable communities can be found across the globe, however there is one currently in the construction and development phase that is breaking the blueprint mold. Called Masdar City, the sprawling multifaceted area is located in the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi. Masdar literally means ‘the source’, and it is planned to be an efficient, environmentally designed metropolitan expanse. The project actually began many years ago and had hoped for a finalization date sometime soon, but now developers are looking at a completion date of 2015 for Phase 1 of the design. It assures an upgraded lifestyle… read more