This Week in Tech: IKEA Increases the Accessibility of Its Furniture Through 3D Printing

Plus, a new augmented reality tool from Morpholio, our in-depth Q+A with Katerra co-founder Michael Marks, and more design-tech news from this week. By Katharine Keane Known for its sleek and modern designs, Scandinavian furniture manufacturer IKEA is partnering with Israeli...
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Morpholio AR SketchWalk Brings Floor Plans Into the Real World

Through augmented reality technology, the new feature on the namesake studio’s Trace app sets a new baseline for understanding and decision making. By Wanda Lau Courtesy Morpholio / Drawing by Cluck Design Collaborative Morpholio AR SketchWalk Mentally inserting oneself...
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Scientists create temperature regulating fabric

Temperature regulating fabric is a smart material capable of warming up a person when they’re cold and cooling them down when they’re hot. Rima Sabina Aouf Researchers at University of Maryland have invented a smart material capable of warming up a person when...
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Samsung unveils foldable smartphone-tablet hybrid

Samsung has revealed the final design of its highly anticipated Galaxy Fold device, which unfolds “like a book” from a smartphone into a tablet. Natashah Hitti According to Samsung, the Galaxy Fold, which will go on sale in two months, sits in its its own technology...
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Will the Advent of Artificial Intelligence Affect Small Firms?

It’s not a matter of if the architecture profession will feel the impacts of artificial intelligence—it’s a matter of when. By Mimi Kirk for AIA Architect “Self-driving cars can identify objects as they drive,” a video from the company Smartvid.io proclaims. “What if...
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A rendering of De Vergaderfabriek (“the Meeting Factory”), now being built in a village in the Netherlands. The Form Foundation

Is the Revolution of 3D-Printed Building Getting Closer?

3D printing was expected to transform architecture and construction, but uptake has been slow. Could that be changing? Thessa Lageman There’s a soft buzzing sound coming from a tent that stands next to a hotel in a village in the Netherlands. Inside, an arm attached to a large...
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This Week in Tech: Autonomous Vehicles Are Rolling Into Virginia This Summer

Plus, “metallic wood” nanomaterial by University of Pennsylvania researchers, the USGBC’s list of top states for LEED certification, and more design-tech news from this week. By Katharine Keane Yesterday, Boston-based autonomous vehicle technology company...
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a closer look at the 230 new emojis arriving in 2019

juliana neira yesterday, a colossal 230 emojis were approved by the unicode consortium, one month in advance of their official release. coming to major platforms possibly in september or october, this is the sixth major update since 2014 and continues to broaden its diversity and...
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Reality Bytes: Firms are calling VR a design process game-changer.

But what does that mean? By Katherine Flynn for AIA Architect According to the American Institute of Architects’ 2018 firm survey, “The Business of Architecture,” virtual reality (VR) technology is currently utilized by about 67 percent of large firms. Roughly a quarter of...
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A close up of the functionally integrated funicular floor system being developed at ETH Zurich (Andrei Jipa/Courtesy Block Research Group ETH Zurich)

Swiss researchers develop high-tech floor that minimizes concrete use

Global construction continues to steam ahead, even while seemingly mundane building materials (like sand) become rarer and more precious, and construction Researchers at ETH have developed a “functionally integrated funicular floor” system that is optimized to use the...
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