Michael McGurk, Courtesy V&A Dundee Up-Sticks

Michael McGurk, Courtesy V&A Dundee Up-Sticks

The V&A Dundee in Dundee, Scotland, has unveiled a new installation by Gramazio Kohler Research and students of the MAS Architecture and Digital Fabrication at ETH Zurich to highlight collaboration between humans and robots. Called Up-Sticks, the architectural commission features more than 2,000 spruce planks and beech dowels that the team designed and assembled using computational strategies and robotic technologies. “Up-Sticks is an informal turn of phrase to express leaving your home in haste,” said V&A Dundee project curator Mhairi Maxwell in a press release. “It is thought to originate from the rough cut, unseasoned timber frame architecture of the Scottish croft designed for temporary occupation, which would literally be taken with the household from place to place. The commission shows how contemporary knowledge in computation and digital fabrication technology can be combined with traditional knowledge to innovate the construction sector, at a time when resources are increasingly limited.” The commission is on display next to another new exhibition, “Hello, Robot. Design Between Human and Machine,” which opened Nov. 2. [V&A Dundee]

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Courtesy Ocean Cleanup

Courtesy Ocean Cleanup

Rotterdam, Netherlands–based nonprofit startup Ocean Cleanup has unveiled its latest innovation to fight pollution in the planet’s water sources. Called the Interceptor, this river-specific system is anchored to a riverbed, catching floating plastic and debris from the natural flow of a river. According to Ocean Cleanup, the solar-powered Interceptor can collect up to 110 tons of plastic per day. Ocean Cleanup is also responsible for System 001, a U-shaped waste collection system that underwent testing last year in the Pacific Ocean. “To truly rid the oceans of plastic, we need to both clean up the legacy and close the tap, preventing more plastic from reaching the oceans in the first place,” said Ocean Cleanup CEO and founder Boyan Slat in a press release. “Combining our ocean cleanup technology with the Interceptor, the solutions now exist to address both sides of the equation.” [Ocean Cleanup]