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A Dutch couple, Elize Lutz and Harrie Dekkers, have moved into Europe’s first fully 3D-printed house in Europe, which is located in the Bosrijk neighborhood of Eindhoven, Netherlands. This boulder-shaped, detached single-story home spans 94 square meters of living space, consisting of a spacious living room and two bedrooms. It boasts extra thick insulation and a connection to the heat grid to keep it comfortable and energy efficient year-round. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
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The 1,692-foot Arouca 516 Bridge has now opened to the public, with its metal walkway suspended from cables 574-feet above the Paiva River. Previously, the world’s longest suspension bridge for pedestrians title was held by the Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge that spans 1,621-feet, followed by Japan’s Kokonoe Yume Bridge, which measures 1,280-feet. Arouca 516 cost $2.8-million to build and admission costs between $12-$14 accompanied by a guide. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Saudi Arabia will invest up to $200-billion to build “The Line”, a futuristic 100-mile-long linear city with no cars or streets and zero net carbon emissions. These hyper-connected communities stretch from the mountains of northwest Saudi Arabia to the Red Sea, powered completely 100% clean energy, with residents transported by autonomous mobility solutions and ultra-high-speed transit. The city will consist of three layers: a surface layer for pedestrians and two subterranean layers for transport as well as infrastructure. Read more for two videos and additional information.
We could be just a decade or two away from an actual city on Mars, thanks to the team at “SONet” (Sustainable Offworld Network), which includes Dr. Gisela Detrell from the Institute of Space Systems at the University of Stuttgart (Germany). They developed ‘Nüwa,’ a network of five cities that offers its residents easy access to resources and mobility on a long-term basis. It will be able to expand and grow without supplies or support from Earth, but rather resources from the Red Planet itself. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
The Monsanto House of the Future was an attraction at Disneyland’s Tomorrowland between 1957-1967, and it offered a walkthrough experience for visitors, mainly to demonstrate the versatility of modern plastics. There were many household appliances on the cutting edge of technology at that time, including microwave ovens, which eventually became commonplace. Within the first 6-weeks of it opening (June 12, 1957), the house saw over 435,000 visitors, and ultimately, over 20-million people before closing. Read more for a video and additional information.
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Italy-based Capellini teamed up with designer Fabio Novembre to create Adaptaion, a sofa that seems to be off-balance or broken at first, but is actually a clever optical illusion. This is due to its wedge-shaped seat cushions and simple color scheme. Don’t let the design fool you, the sofa boasts a variable legs system of different heights with the cushions gradually growing in size to make the seat base perfectly parallel to ground level. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Palari Group and Mighty Buildings have officially announced the development of the world’s first community of 3D-printed zero net energy homes located in Rancho Mirage, California. A 5-acre parcel of land will be transformed into a planned community of 15 eco-friendly homes, built utilizing the 3D-printed panelized Mighty Kit system by Mighty Buildings, which eliminates 99% of construction waste, thanks to to the efficiency of operations with solar energy and weather-resistant materials. Read more for a video and additional information.
For those who have seen “Parasite,” one thing you may not know is that production designer Lee Ha Jun created the house based on a basic sketch drawn by director Bong Joon–Ho. In the movie, this architectural masterpiece was designed by fictional architect Namgoong Heonja, but the property is actually just a series of film sets created by Lee. An architect who goes by “MonsterKook” online recreated a miniature version of this home from cement, complete with electricity. Read more for a video and additional information.
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Foster + Partners partnered with The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC) to build the Red Sea International Airport, which has just begun construction in Saudi Arabia, set for completion in 2022. It aims to be the world’s most ambitious luxury tourism development, offering an exclusive experience of unparalleled diversity for discerning global travelers, complete with a dolphin-shaped hub that consists of five fluid dune-shaped roofs that form the airport itself in a radial layout. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Startup Thinking Huts partnered with architectural and 3D technology firms for the “Building Minds Project,” which will build the world’s first 3D-printed school in the Southeastern Anosy region of Madagascar. Sustainability is key, and that’s why the buildings will feature 3D-printed walls, and locally-sourced construction materials for the roof, doors, as well as windows. This area was chosen for its economic growth potential, political stability, and solar energy possibilities. Read more for additional pictures and information.