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Material Trends to Watch in 2018

From algae-derived plastics to biomimetic insulation, these materials will likely make a splash in design and construction this year. By Blaine Brownell “Creativity is the unique and defining trait of our species,” writes biologist E.O. Wilson in The Origins of Creativity...
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The Algorithm: Cove.Tool Runs the Numbers for Designers

The founders of Cove.Tool are delegating the tedium of data-crunching to machines, a growing trend that will free architects to direct their creative talents elsewhere. By Murrye Bernard Architects who harness technology to automate repetitive tasks, such as compiling door...
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Top Building Product Brands Specified by Architects

A survey conducted by ARCHITECT’s publisher, Hanley Wood, reveals the most popular brands used by architects—and why. By Selin Ashaboglu In an industry brimming with products, architects have a wealth of manufacturers and brands to specify in their projects. How do design...
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wacom’s cintiq pro 32 inch drawing tablet is four times bigger than an iPad

answering the demand of professional artists, designers and illustrators, wacom expands its ‘cintiq pro’ range of tablets with a huge creative pen display – offering digital content creators a platform with enough room and the natural feel they need to produce unparalleled art...
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Man made island in the North Sea could help Europe meet renewable energy targets

A man-made modular island surrounded by wind farms in the middle of the North Sea could help bring large-scale renewable energy to Europe by 2050. by India Block Dutch energy company TenneT claims its plans for the North Sea Wind Power Hub has the potential to supply 70 to 100...
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Robotic 3D printers create terrazzo floors in any pattern

Amy Frearson A Dutch company has developed technology for 3D printing floors in an endless variety of colours and patterns.Aectual uses huge robotic 3D printers to create the framework for its sustainable floors, which it infills with terrazzo. As a result, these floors can be...
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The Best Music Videos for Architecture Fans in 2017

Ever since video killed the radio star, Architecture has been a backdrop for all types music videos, so which of 2017’s have done it best? by Tessa Forde The old adage “writing about music is like dancing about architecture” (it’s stupid etc.), loses some...
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10+ LEGO Architecture Sets to Create the World’s Most Famous Buildings

A look at some of the best LEGO Architecture sets from landmarks like the Lincoln Memorial to a LEGO Fallingwater. Whether you want to build a LEGO Eiffel Tower or pretend you’re Le Corbusier and build your own Ville Savoye, there’s something for everyone. By Jessica...
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7 ‘experience’ gifts for architecture and design lovers

Great for the holidays or any time, really By Jenny Xie Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in December 2015 and has been updated with the most recent information. Research has shown that it’s better to give someone experiences instead of things and...
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Workplaces must include spaces for work and rest to foster innovation

by Ali Morris Studies of how the brain works show that offices can only facilitate creative thinking if they offer spaces for both focused work and restorative activities, says furniture brand Haworth. According to Haworth’s research, two very different types of workplace...
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