Levitating pods aim to bring “€œphysical internet”€ to city
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People whizzing around in flying pods may sound like something from the 1960s television show The Jetsons, but the construction and operation of such a system is planned in Israel for as early as 2014. Tel Aviv is set to become the world’s first city to try a magnetic levitation mass-transit system, SkyTran. It consists […]

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Changing processes in reality with BIM
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The Clarkson Alliance (as lead partner), Kier (as software partner) and Worthing Homes (as host project partner) are currently undertaking a Technology Strategy Board-funded research project “to establish the changes in dynamics and behaviours across the construction supply chain to unlock new, more efficient and collaborative ways of working with Building Information Modelling (BIM)”

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Plans to hand more power to Building Control
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The government’s Housing Standards Review, published this week for consultation, has drawn support for its plan to rationalise the confusion of codes and guidance in housebuilding by transferring technical guidance into the Building Regulations…

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Overseas clients offered UK BIM data and ‘flying factories’ in export drive
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Clients in India and Argentina are being offered the chance to pioneer a radical new construction system that would see buildings assembled locally from full BIM data sets produced in the UK….

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I hate my robot house / Benfield ATT Group
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By Bill Bonner Baltimore, Maryland I Hate My Robot House Bill Bonner returns to his farmhouse in rural Maryland, only a couple miles from where he was born. His house has just been remodelled. It is so completely improved that it is almost unbearable. Turn it off, Howard!… “Howard, I couldn’t figure out how to […]

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The new face of council housing: Newham orders 40 Rogers offsite homes
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The resurgence of prefabricated Timber Frame housing continues to gather pace with the news that Richard Rogers’ practice is to design 40 new council houses for Newham and low-cost rented accommodation for the YMCA using a panel system that can be erected in 24 hours. A demonstration of the model is being built over the […]

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Code Level 4 offsite house to ‘disrupt the norm’
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A new type of type of factory-built house, which its inventor claims will “disrupt the convention of house building in the UK”, is to be launched in the UK in October. Stephen McCready, a former developer in Northern Ireland and pioneer of carbon neutral housing, has been backed by a Swiss investor to bring a […]

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Chinese companies are set to storm the world stage, expert says
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“….governments in the developed world may need to come to terms with the fact that Chinese companies do come with their own workers.”

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Contractors will be financiers in new wave of Chinese investment
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Look out for a new wave of Chinese investment oversees, this time from contractors. The focus of their attention will be infrastructure, and it will hit UK shores first, writes Shourav Lahiri

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World Bank to stop funding coal fired power stations
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The market for coal-fired power stations took a hit last month when the World Bank announced it will no longer lend countries money to build them

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Micro-ecosystems and flowing staircases grace historically-rich park in Nanjing
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One of the most important archeological sites in the world.

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