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Ceramic building bytes

Published 7 years ago by Allie | one response

Building Bytes are ceramic bricks created with a 3D printing machine. Bricks can be stacked or interlocked to create undulating walls, complex arches and domes or columns that are both structural and ornamental.  Brian Peters, ...

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Museum without walls

Published 7 years ago by Allie | no responses

Boundaries between inside and outside are blurred by the pixelated and translucent façade of this art centre in Marseille.  The exterior of the Fond Régional d’Art Contemporain (FRAC) in Marseille is a double-skinned façade. Designed by ...

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Material illumination

Published 7 years ago by Allie | no responses

‘LightCloth’ is a new interactive fabric that illuminates at the touch of an infrared pen. Made from diffusive optical fibres, designers are able to paint an illumination pattern directly onto the material. Developed in Japan, ...

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Wood that glows

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While translucency is not a characteristic normally associated with wood, an installation in Minnesota’s Bigelow Chapel demonstrates the warmth and radiance that translucent wood can bring to an environment.  The sanctuary’s curving and undulating wood ...

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Solar-powered church

Published 7 years ago by Allie | one response

In Saskatoon, Canada’s sunniest city, PV-cells integrated in stained glass generate colour, beauty – and solar energy. It’s proof that harvesting energy can not only be easy, but beautiful too. Glass artist Sarah Hall and ...

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The warmth of wood

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Who doesn’t love a good bit of wood? All but the exceptionally dogmatically modernist architects love its warmth and ease of use. It’s naturally attractive to most people: it feels good. There are tens of ...

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