Design + Build

January 23rd, 2005 | Filed under: Building Tech, Fabrication Tech, News | No Comments »

shop cam obs

Bill Menking’s article on the future of design + build firms, points out the great advantages of being both the designer, fabricator, and researcher of materials and construction. He also points out a potential scenario in which a designer’s imagination could become limited by the shop’s fabrication capabilities.

via Architect’s Newspaper

Flood Space

January 17th, 2005 | Filed under: Building Tech | No Comments »


Spectacular images of the world’s largest flood prevention facility, G-Cans

via cool hunting


January 11th, 2005 | Filed under: Building Tech | 6 Comments »


Charlie Lazor’s Flatpack House is prefab house designed by the owner on a 8′ x8′ grid. The prefab elements are shipped to the site flat and assembled on site. For $130-1$45 per squre foot, it’s quite impressive.

via Treehugger / Flatpack

Quik House

January 9th, 2005 | Filed under: Building Tech | 2 Comments »

Quik house

The QUIK HOUSE is a prefabricated kit house designed by Adam Kalkin from recycled shipping containers. It has three bedrooms and two and one-half baths in its 2,000 square foot plan. The basic kit costs $76,000 plus shipping. The shell assembles by the end of the week, you will have a fully enclosed building. From start to finish, it should take no longer than three months to complete your house.

Full Scale 3D Printing

January 9th, 2005 | Filed under: Building Tech, Fabrication Tech | 2 Comments »

contour crafting 1

A robot for “printing” houses is to be trialled by the construction industry. It takes instructions directly from an architect’s computerised drawings and then squirts successive layers of concrete on top of one other to build up vertical walls and domed roofs.

Behrokh Khoshnevis, the creator calls his machine the Contour Crafter.

via near near future / New Scientist


December 30th, 2004 | Filed under: Building Tech, Fabrication Tech | 1 Comment »


The Son-O-House is an interactive sounding architecture commissioned by the industry at ekkersrijt, Son, Holland. It’s a collaboration between NOX architects (Lars Spuybroek) and Edwin van der Heide. Son-O-House is a permanent installation that opened the 14th op may 2004. It’s freely accesible 24 hours a day.

Elevators get smart

December 29th, 2004 | Filed under: Building Tech | No Comments »

night watch

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation developed a technology that combines RFID tags and cameras for controlling elevators. With their technology, elevators don’t make people wait for them. Instead, they wait for people.
By combining RFID and image processing, they claim that their system could tell if a person wanted to use an elevator or was just waking near an elevator (without any intention to use an elevator.)

via RDIF News

Self-Cleaning Glass

December 29th, 2004 | Filed under: Building Tech | No Comments »


Self-cleaning glass has been described as an impossible dream. Yet, following an intensive research and development program by Pilkington – inventors of the universally used float glass process, and the world’s leading glass manufacturer – new Pilkington Activ â„¢ does just that.
Its unique dual-action uses the forces of nature to help keep the glass free from organic dirt, giving you not only the practical benefit of less cleaning, but also clearer, better-looking windows.

via treehugger