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Saturday, February 13th, 2021

Transparent wood just got even better, moving us a step closer to windows that are far better than glass ones

In a bid to make wood stronger and lighter than glass to move towards an energy-efficient future, a team of researchers has found a new way to make wood completely transparent which they believe to be better than the previous techniques.

(via New Scientist)

Wednesday, January 13th, 2021

New York Governor Cuomo: Empty offices should become housing

Like many cities around the world, New York has seen life drained from its commercial core, as offices have been sitting nearly empty for months. These unoccupied spaces raise questions about the future of work, cities, and whether buildings built to hold offices will even make sense in a world after a pandemic. But they may also be offering some solutions…

“The housing problem in our cities has gotten worse. But the crisis of growing vacancies in our commercial property provides an opportunity,” Cuomo said. “We should convert vacant commercial space to supportive and affordable housing, and we should do it now.”

(via Fast Company)

Thursday, December 17th, 2020

Prefab was supposed to fix the construction industry’s biggest problems. Why isn’t it everywhere?

The Canadian company Bone Structure can produce zero net energy homes months faster than a traditional builder. But its challenges highlight the difficulty of disrupting the entrenched construction industry.

(via Fast Company)

Friday, November 20th, 2020

Demand for New Fences Meets a Nationwide Lumber Shortage

With more people hunkering down at home, fencing contractors say they’ve never been busier

(via The Wall Street Journal)

Friday, October 16th, 2020

Concrete, a Centuries-Old Material, Gets a New Recipe

A building block in most construction projects, concrete is responsible for about 8 percent of global carbon emissions. Several companies are working to create a greener mix. 

(via The New York Times)

Thursday, September 10th, 2020

Townscaper Is a Wondrously Satisfying Architecture Cityscape Builder

Townscaper is not so much a game, as much as a surprisingly satisfying architectural diversion inviting “players” to build quaint island towns evocative of wondrous animation world settings.

Build quaint island towns with curvy streets. Build small hamlets, soaring cathedrals, canal networks, or sky cities on stilts. Block by block.

No goal. No real gameplay. Just plenty of building and plenty of beauty. That’s it.

(via Design Milk)

Tuesday, August 18th, 2020

How the Coronavirus Will Reshape Architecture

What kinds of space are we willing to live and work in now?

(via The New Yorker)