the idea of the ‘terra’ surface by yuriy ryntovt is an anthem to earth. all images © annegret boenemann

affair with earth showcases hemp fur, soil furniture and paper made from fallen leaves

presented during 2019’s edition of dutch design week, ‘affair with earth’ brought together ukrainian designers to explore new sustainable materials. the works were showcased on surfaces completely covered by a green living ecosystem and investigated different sources of...
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Envisions explores the future of the humble paving slab

Dutch design collective Envisions has developed a paving strategy for the city of Eindhoven that involves cutting, washing and stamping stones. Amy Frearson Dutch design collective Envisions has developed a paving strategy for the city of Eindhoven that involves cutting, washing...
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Concrete: the most destructive material on Earth

After water, concrete is the most widely used substance on the planet. But its benefits mask enormous dangers to the planet, to human health – and to culture itself by Jonathan Watts In the time it takes you to read this sentence, the global building industry will have poured...
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Mushrooms have the power to eat plastic say scientists

Fungi can be used to break down waste plastic and create sustainable building materials, according to scientists from Kew Gardens in London. Rima Sabina Aouf The State of the World’s Fungi 2018 report – the first of its kind – highlights the aspergillus tubingensis fungus,...
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Installation view of Cyclopean Cannibalism in Seoul. (Courtesy Matter Design Studio)

Responsive fabric and cannibalistic materials: A look at MIT’s experimental projects

As the academic year begins anew, AN took a look at the experimental projects going on at MIT; all straddle the line between art, research, and practical applications. By Jonathan Hilburg Academia has always been a hotbed for innovation, and as part of a new series on...
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Tips For Using Concrete in Architecture

Check out some tips on how to use concrete and get the most out of it.   by Matheus Pereira; Translated by Maggie Johnson   In the eyes of an architect, concrete is practically a fetish. Currently, it’s used in a wide range of projects and buildings, from...
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Courtesy Dwell Development Net-zero residence with cork façade.

Wine Be Damned, Cork Is For Building

From flooring to façades, cork has entered the product arena as an environmentally friendly, viable construction option. By Blaine Brownell A decade ago, cork was in crisis. Though the material had been used in wine bottles for centuries, the Portuguese cork industry—which...
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This Week in Tech: MIT and BMW Collaborate on Liquid Printed Inflatables

Plus, 3D printing multiple materials at once, our latest podcast episode on Katerra, and more design-tech news from this week. By Katharine Keane A team from MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab and BMW’s design department have developed liquid-printed inflatable materials that...
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Photo by Joseph Xu courtesy the University of Michigan Xiaozhou Che, EECS Graduate Research Assistant, holds an organic tandem photovoltaic cell

This Week in Tech: 3D-Printed Self-Folding Materials

Plus, the world’s largest wind turbine begins testing, pollution-filled geodesic domes in London, and more design-tech news from this week. By Katharine Keane Thermorph from Morphing Matter Lab on Vimeo. Using an “inexpensive” 3D printer, a team of Carnegie...
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Transforming Walls into Smart Surfaces

Researchers say using this low-cost method could transform any room into an interactive space. By Ayda Ayoubi A team of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh and Los Angeles–based Disney Research have developed a method that can transform walls into...
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