Futurism

Smart ‘Digestive’ Bricks – ‘Living Architecture’ from Newcastle Uni
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“Nudge Nudge – WinkWink” ! This ubiquitous TV biscuit advert phrase seems well suited to introduce Newcastle Universities ‘Living Architecture’ project. Coordinated by Rachel Armstrong, Professor of Experimental Architecture at Newcastle University. Under the acronym ‘LIAR’, it includes experts from the universities of the West of England (UWE Bristol), Trento, the Spanish National Research Council; […]

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How Japan plans to beam power direct from space by the 2030s
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Japan, the country that pursued nuclear energy so confidently, has now embarked on a mission to beam solar power direct to earth. Rod Sweet reports

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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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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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Fixed Price Patents for Construction, Architectural and Household Inventions
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Construction inventions are always needed. Our patent firm is technically savvy in this area and ready to help you on a fixed fee basis (enabling us to help you at any budget). Do you have new and novel ideas relating to construction industry? Have you created the next labor saving fastener system? Do you have […]

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Welcome to New York 2023, where every surface is a DNA scanner
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Here’s Plurality, director Dennis Liu’s 14-minute concept piece about a futuristic New York where every handrail and wall can read your genetic material, rendering credit cards and keys contrivances of the past. This newfangled Bentham Grid also has a side that makes civil libertarians cringe — namely that law enforcement is now using it to […]

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Recycling Billboards into Modern Residential Buildings
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As more and more advertising goes online and transportation conservation becomes an increasing economic and ecological concern, what is the future fate of the infamous billboard? One proposal by Front Architects suggests turning these into lofted homes – small houses to be sure, but located in some potentially fascinating places.

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Your life in 2033
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‘You skim through the day’s news on translucent screens while a freshly cleaned suit is retrieved from your automated closet€.” An extract from Google chairman Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen’s new book

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Making the case for under development
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In the most populated places on earth, cities are starting to build in the only direction left – downwards. A hundred metres beneath Jurong Island, Hyundai Engineering and Constructio

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Mycotecture: Building with Mushrooms?
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It should be no secret that mushrooms are incredible organisms — they are edible, they can bio-remediate toxins, but did you know that they can also be used as an organic building material?

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Future Shock Levels
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The first person to introduce the concept of Future Shock was Alvin Toffler in his 1970 book, Future Shock. The main argument is that society is undergoing an enormous structural change, a revolution from an industrial society to a “super-industrial society”. This change will overwhelm

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