This year's Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial features plants that have been injected with nanoparticles that make them glow, which the researchers behind them think might help us reconsider lighting design. (Courtesy MIT)

MIT researchers think glowing plants could reshape our relationship to the built environment

Researchers at MIT have discovered a way to turn plants into sources of light and are imagining a new conception of architecture revolving around them. By Drew Zeiba Could the solution to more sustainable buildings be what’s planted in and around them? Researchers at MIT have...
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This Week in Tech: Robots and Timber at the V&A Dundee

Plus, a floating system for cleaning plastic from rivers, the Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design at the Georgia Tech is completed, and more design-tech news from this week. By Katharine Keane The V&A Dundee in Dundee, Scotland, has unveiled a new installation...
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Courtesy MIT In field tests, the performance of the radiative cooling device was measured under full sunlight, both with the insulating material in place (left) and without it (right).

This Week in Tech: Tesla’s latest residential solar panels, plus…

A Smart Forest City in Mexico, next steps for Sidewalk Labs’ Toronto Waterfront, and more design-tech news from this week. By Katharine Keane Elon Musk–led Tesla has unveiled new designs for its residential solar roofing tiles. The updated tempered glass tiles will be...
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Courtesy Columbia Engineering The porous polymer coatings, which switch from white to transparent when wetted, can be put into plastic enclosures to make panels that control light and temperatures of buildings.

This Week in Tech: 3D-Printed Sustainable Dwellings in Italy

Plus, Facebook pledges $1 billion to affordable housing in California, a real-life invisibility cloak, and more design-tech news from this week. By Katharine Keane In a collaboration with Italian 3D-printing company World’s Advanced Saving Project, multinational Mario Cucinella...
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Hybrid Technologies and the Automation of Construction

Blaine Brownell explores emergent teleoperation and telerobotics technologies that could revolutionize the built environment. By Blaine Brownell Design practitioners have become familiar with an array of evolving technologies such as virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR),...
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MIT Researchers Eliminate Emissions from Cement Production Process

If applied at scale, a new electrochemical process could reduce and recapture a major source of carbon emissions. By Mary Salmonsen   A team of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has created a new cement production process that does not release greenhouse...
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This Week in Tech: The first-ever WELL Conference, MIT robots that assemble lunar settlements…

….and more design-tech news this week. By Katharine Keane The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has partnered with the International WELL Building Institute to host the first-ever WELL Conference. Slated for April 2020, the event will be open to designers, real...
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Integrating VR and AR Into Design Workflows

Practitioners offer advice for incorporating the technology into the design process. By Jeff Link As recently as five years ago, integrating virtual reality (VR) into design workflows required custom programming using a game design engine—that is, building a video game to take...
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Morpholio Takes Board App to Macs

Previously limited for use on the iPad and iPhone, the interior design app now offers new features and expanded compatibility. By Wanda Lau Courtesy Morpholio Board’s Shape Seed generator Mood boards went from analog to virtual cutting, clipping, and pasting with the help...
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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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