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Sand becomes “increasingly scarce and expensive”, threatening glassmaking and construction

Marcus Fairs A symposium taking place at Dutch Design Week later this month will discuss the rapid depletion of the world’s sand reserves, which could leave supplies of the high-quality sand used in the glass industry exhausted within 20 years.The “sand crisis”...
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Tech Companies Respond to Puerto Rico | Architect Magazine

Tesla, Sunnova, and Sonnen provide relief by sending energy storage products to the island, which has been without power since Hurricane Maria. By Ashleigh Popera Puerto Rico’s power grid has been down since Hurricane Maria devastated the island on Sept. 20. With reports that the...
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Controversy Over the Use of Blue LEDs | Architect Magazine

Our sister lighting publication covers the lighting industry’s response to the American Medical Association’s warning against the use of blue-rich LEDs. By Greig O’Brien Over at our sister lighting publication, Architectural Lighting, associate editor Katharine Keane...
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There’s An Entirely New Way Of Mapping The World, And It’s Brilliant

Where business and design collide By Katharine Schwab For centuries, people have relied on the same types of maps. Whether a map is interactive or hand-colored in a book, it offers latitude and longitude as the key indexes for getting from point A to point B. But designer and...
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Building Materials From Carbon Dioxide Emissions | Architect Magazine

Mineral Carbonation International and the University of Newcastle have developed a way to turn carbon emissions into a solid material that can be used in green construction materials. By Selin Ashaboglu Australian company Mineral Carbonation International (MCi) has unveiled a...
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Henry Dreyfuss Associates’ Humanscale design manuals to be reissued

Emma Tucker A Kickstarter campaign is raising money to rerelease a set of influential manuals that offer precise guides to designing for human comfort. The Humanscale books – originals of which are now out of print and highly sought after – were first published in 1974, with...
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This cable-free, Willy Wonka-style concept, can move multiple cars vertically and horizontally in a single shaft using a magnet-based drive system similar to that of Maglev train technology. (Credit: ThyssenKrupp)

Wonka-style multi-directional elevator is finally a reality

by  Haridy After unveiling its Multi concept in 2014, German engineering conglomerate ThyssenKrupp has made its vision of a cable-free, Willy Wonka-style elevator design a reality. Over the past few years the company has been constructing a 246-m (807-ft) high test tower and...
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New book lets you fold paper models of Frank Lloyd Wright masterpieces – Curbed

Fold your way through the architect’s iconic works by Barbara Eldredge Frank Lloyd Wright, America’s most famous architect, would have turned 150 this year, and some of us just can’t get enough. While few have the means to build full-scale replicas of Fallingwater or the...
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Architects’ Choice: Commercial Seating | Architect Magazine

These four seating options provide support for everyday tasks and comfort for lounging. By Selin Ashaboglu Four industry professionals recommend commercial seating products they have specified in their own projects, as well as use themselves. Fern Task Chair, Haworth Application:...
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A Secret Of Gothic Architecture Could Revolutionize Buildings Today

By Diana Budds Concrete is typically the default building material for tall structures, thanks to its strength and cost-effectiveness. But there’s one big trade-off: Heft. Conventional concrete construction requires significant mass and steel reinforcement, which takes up space...
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