NASA’s bold space habitats inspired a generation of designers. The drawings by artist Rick Guidice mix familiar designs with futuristic imagery. (Courtesy NASA Ames Research Center)

NASA’s bold space habitats inspired a generation of designers

By Fred Scharmen In the 1970s, artists and scientists imagined the space habitats of the future. These ideas have since remained embedded in the popular imagination. This is an excerpt from a forthcoming book, Space Settlements, about the architectural, historical, social, and...
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Images showing the places on a building facade where humans are most likely to fixate. Photo: Genetics of Design

Is Biometric Scanning the Future of Architecture Planning? | Architectural Digest

Using some of the same technology as advertisers and automakers, two researchers want to encourage architecture that fits with how we see the world Text by Tim Nelson There’s been plenty of talk recently about “emotional architecture,” a design philosophy which rejects sleek,...
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3D-Printed Objects That Can Talk to WiFi-Connected Devices

This technology could help everyday objects around us communicate with their surroundings as well as with each other, anticipating next steps or issues before they arise. By Selin Ashaboglu Researchers at the University of Washington’s Networks & Mobile Systems Lab have...
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This Week in Tech: A Two-In-One Window and Solar Panel

Plus, Tesla installs the world’s largest energy storage facility in under 100 days, Autodesk to cut nearly 1,200 jobs, and more design-tech news from this week. By ARCHITECT Staff Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have...
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Autodesk to Cut 1,200 Jobs in a new restructuring plan

The company outlined a new restructuring plan in their third quarter earnings statement on Tuesday. By Katharine Keane It looks like new Autodesk president and CEO Andrew Anagnost is practicing what his company preached earlier this month at Autodesk University 2017, where he...
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Autodesk University 2017: Who Will Lead Architecture into a Future of Automation?

The annual event by the software giant highlighted data platform advances while prompting discussion for architects about improving work practices and efficiency in the building industry. By Nathan Miller Nearly 10,000 architects, builders, designers, and makers of all kinds...
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A look at where the 3-D printed bridge will be located in Amsterdam. Photo: Courtesy of MX3D

See How a 3-D Printed Bridge Is Being Built

The structure will soon span a canal in Amsterdam’s red-light district Text by Tim Nelson It’s a bit dishonest to label 3-D printing as the future at this point, given how it’s used to create everything from art objects to housing to food. However, there are still some...
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IKEA and Other Heavy Hitters Invest $40 Million in Vertical Farming

Plus, the 2018 Winter Olympics to feature the blackest black made by humans, renewable energy aims to be a significant producer of global power by 2040, and more design-tech news from this week.   By ARCHITECT Staff   Swedish furniture company IKEA, top chef David Chang...
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How can architects adapt to the coming age of AI? Generative design optimizing layouts for Autodesk's new office. (Courtesy The Living/Autodesk Research)

How can architects adapt to the coming age of AI?

By Phil Bernstein This is the fourth column of “Practice Values,” a bi-monthly series by architect and technologist Phil Bernstein. The column focuses on the evolving role of the architect at the intersection of design and construction, including subjects such as alternative...
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A sketch of Sidewalk Labs’ vision of a new smart city in Toronto. Sidewalk Labs

A guide to 6 futuristic smart cities under development – Curbed

Tech titans have caught utopia fever. Here’s a breakdown of who’s doing what by Patrick Sisson   Maybe it’s the sudden flurry of flying car proposals or the hype over hyperloop, but it seems like tech companies are finally ready to build the cities of the future we’ve been...
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