Architecture That Grows And Repairs Itself

We like to consider the city as an organism but are cities really living? Thanks to new technologies, living architecture and literally sustainable cities may become a reality. Rachel Armstrong collaborates with architects and scientists to explore the use of metabolic materials for the practice of architecture — construction materials that possess some of the properties of living systems, and can be manipulated to ‘grow’ architecture.

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Build A $300 House

“About 2 billion people live in absolute poverty. In 2010 the United Nations calculated that there were about 827m people living in slums and predicted that the number might double by 2030.” — The Economist Last year, Vijay Govindarajan and Christian Sarkar urged CEOs, Governments, NGOs, Foundations to join forces and tackle the global housing-for-the-poor…

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There's A Garden In My Closet

Last month’s Design Week in Milan was filled with such a huge number of nice events, that it was practically impossible to see everything. Among the things I unfortunately missed was this really nice exhibition that was presenting small gardens mixing plants with old furniture. The designers Peter Bottazzi and Denise Bonapace realized the project…

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DIY Village Construction Set (Stir In Some Arduino)

Open Source Ecology (OSE), “a network of farmers, engineers, and supporters,” is putting together detailed DIY guides for creating your own farm equipments and other machines such brick makers and a very cool 3D printer (remember the Radiolara pavilion?). Similar to the ‘re-inventing construction’ initiative of Something Fantastic (featured here), OSE is interested in opening…

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This Is Not A Waste-To-Energy Plant

‘Hedonistic sustainability’ is a concept introduced by Bjarke Ingels, embodying the idea that sustainability is not a burden, but that a sustainable city in fact can improve the quality of life of its citizens. I would immediately refer to several initiatives that we have highlighed here on Pop-Up City, for instance the Corona Save the…

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Catching Falling Fruit

Here in the Southern Hemisphere, we are approaching the most fruitful time of the year. The harvest of apples, pears and stonefruit is underway and new season fruit is available for purchase in our supermarkets and grocery stores. Unfortunately, most of these fruits will be sprayed with pesticides and transported thousands of kilometres across our…

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The Green Room

Amsterdam-based artist Leonard van Munster (also known as the man behind this wicked vertical campsite) has made this little movable room completely consisting of green BASF isolation material. As a consequence of this material and the design, no external heating is needed to make the room a comfortable place to sleep in. For the project,…

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