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DIY Architecture: First WikiHouses Built

WikiHouse

It was one year ago that we brought you news of WikiHouse, the innovative open-source concept for housebuilding from London-based design team 00:/ (zero zero). The idea is to bring house design and construction to the masses through open-source designs that use easy-to-assemble CNC cutouts from standard sheets of plywood. Anyone can contribute designs, download models (that can generate code for CNC cutting) and assemble the components with minimal training or skill. We’ve already seen IKEA dabble in urbanism. Imagine if they were to offer flat-packaged self-assembly houses — you would probably get something very much like a WikiHouse! Since we’ve last reported on this project, much progress has been made.

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A Movable 3D Printer That Prints Architecture

KamerMaker

Sometimes flexible architecture pops up right in front of you. In our front yard in Amsterdam’s Tolhuistuin area, the architects of DUS have finished their so-called KamerMaker, claimed to be the world’s first movable 3D print pavilion. In fact, the 6-meter high metal tower is a 3D printer for architects. Based on an upscaled Ultimaker, the KamerMaker helps architects to print all kinds of smaller rooms using PLA (bio plastics produced from corn). The KamerMaker can print small interiors, measuring up to 2m (width) x 2m (length) x 3.5m (height).

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Recreating Space: Vancouver And The Viaducts

Vancouver's Viaducts: A Bold New Concept

Many cities, especially those in North America, continue to struggle with the legacy of massive freeway systems. While Vancouver was largely able to resist major freeway development during the 1960s and 1970s, a couple of intermittent elements of the freeway vision remain in the city, including the Granville Street Bridge (which Bjarke Ingels’s new tower proposal hopes to re-envision) and the Georgia + Dunsmuir Viaducts in False Creek. The viaducts have been a major topic of debate in the city for years considering the controversy surrounding their construction, but only now are serious proposals coming close to reality.

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  • Temporary Dorms For Burmese Refugees

    Temporary dorms for Burmese refugees

    Continuous refugee flows from Burma have resulted in massive demographic changes in Southeast Asia. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees estimates that around 140,000 Burmese refugees are currently living in neighbouring Thailand. As such, small Thai villages continue to swell in size as human rights continue to be ignored on the other side of the border.

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    Sweet Dangle: Suspended Architecture In Liverpool

    Bridging Home

    Talk about an unsettled view. As part of Liverpool’s biennale, artist Do Ho Suh decided to suspend part of a house in between two existing structures. Even though a description of the materials used in the piece seems relatively mundane (“Steel structural frame with sub timber frame, Filcor 45 FRA EPS bounded to 19 mm marine plywood, painted finish”), the result is a jolt when we consider what an alley normally looks like.

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    Clone City: Austrian Village Erected In China

    Chinese clone of Halstatt, Austria

    This one is less about pop-up urbanism and more about something that recently just popped up in a pretty seemingly random place. Namely, Austria in China. There’s been a remarkable amount of media coverage about this development, from science and technology magazines and architecture blogs to mass media distributors and major state media corporations, reporting on an identical clone of Hallstatt, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located on Austria’s Hallstätter See. Not a single detail was left out on the perfect simulacrum, including building details and major monuments. Simulacritecture at its absolute finest, one could say.

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  • Industrial Designer Creates Origami Printer

    Hydro-Fold by Christophe Guberan

    3D printing is becoming a true hype, and origami has always been restricted to the most patient and agile. Christophe Guberan, a third-year bachelor student of industrial design at the University of Art and Design in Lausanne, Switzerland, created Hydro-Fold, a printer that is able to print pieces of origami paper.

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    Dutch Designer Prints His Own Furniture

    Endless Pulse by Dirk Vander Kooij

    Graduation projects are sometimes surprisingly good! Inspired by an old 3D printer, Eindhoven-based student Dirk Vander Kooij came up with the idea to build a machine specialized in making furniture. After getting himself an old Chinese industrial robot, Vander Kooij reprogrammed it into a 3D printer to print furniture using materials from old refrigerators. The result is an award-winning collection of chairs called Endless Pulse.

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    Burn Calories While Working With This Pedal-Powered Workplace

    Leuven-based WeWatt created a multifunctional three-seat circular table that’s a workplace and a fitness device at the same time. Stimulating physical activity while working, the company’s WeBike generates electricity to charge your every-day electronic components such as your energy craving smartphone or end-of-battery-life laptop. LEDs in front of every seat indicate the amount of energy generated with cycling….

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