Futurism

In-House Generation  – University of Exeter
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Solar Panels Redundant? Buildings could soon be able to convert the sun’s energy into electricity without the need for solar panels, thanks to innovative new technology. .

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The Internet Of Things – Jacob Morgan, Forbes
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A Simple Explanation Jacob Morgan writes about and explores the future of work. In this article for Forbes, he considers what this is, how it works and what impact it is likely to have on all of us, but especially architects, planners and all builders of our future world..

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Banana & Potato Buildings
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Waste Not …. A new Arup report predicts that organic waste, like bananas, potatoes and maize could be used as building materials. It claims this would help tackle the global problem of rising levels of waste and depleted resources. In the UK alone, construction accounts for 60% of all raw materials consumed. .

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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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