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PlasticFree is a database of over 100 plastic alternatives for designers and architects

January 13, 2023 Jennifer Hahn 0

Environmental charity A Plastic Planet has launched an online platform to help architects and designers source plastic-free materials for their projects and avoid the “minefield of misinformation” around more sustainable alternatives. Called PlasticFree, the subscription-based service provides users with in-depth reports on more than 100 plastic alternatives, offering key insights into their properties, production and

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Dezeen Agenda features water-filled windows that use sunlight to heat and cool buildings

January 10, 2023 Saudatu Bah 0

The latest edition of our weekly Dezeen Agenda newsletter features windows filled with water that use sunlight to heat and cool buildings. Subscribe to Dezeen Agenda now. British startup Water-Filled Glass has developed panes of glass filled with water that use sunlight to power a “crazy” energy-saving heating and cooling system. Water-Filled Glass (WFG) aims to

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Water-filled windows use sunlight to heat and cool buildings

January 3, 2023 Nat Barker 0

British startup Water-Filled Glass has developed panes of glass filled with water that use sunlight to power a “crazy” energy-saving heating and cooling system. Founded in 2020 by Loughborough University architecture lecturer Matyas Gutai, Water-Filled Glass (WFG) aims to use patented technology to make heavily glazed buildings significantly more sustainable. Its windows contain a thin layer

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NASA funds ICON to develop lunar 3D-printing construction technology

December 6, 2022 Alice Finney 0

Space agency NASA has awarded construction company ICON a $57 million contract to develop 3D-printing technology to build roads, launchpads and homes on the moon’s surface. The contract, worth $57.2 million (£47 million), was awarded to develop the 3D-printing construction technology that will be needed to build elements necessary for living on the moon, such as roads, launchpads

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Construction commences on BIG and ICON’s community of 3D-printed homes in Texas

November 11, 2022 Ben Dreith 0

Construction is underway on a community of 100 3D-printed homes in Texas co-designed by Danish architecture studio BIG and American construction technology company ICON. Sited in Georgetown – a municipality outside of Austin – the project aims to be the largest community in the world built using 3D printing technology. Nicknamed Wolf Ranch, the community

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Solar panels to cover all large car parks in France under new mandate

November 11, 2022 Jennifer Hahn 0

The French Senate has approved a bill requiring all large parking lots across France to be topped with solar canopies in the next six years, which are predicted to generate as much energy as 10 nuclear reactors. The legislation mandates that all new and existing car parks with 80 or more parking spaces must be

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Solar Pavilion is a canopy topped with 380 colourful solar panels

November 3, 2022 Amy Peacock 0

Multicoloured solar panels act like roof tiles on top of the Solar Pavilion, a gathering space at this year’s Dutch Design Week created by local firm V8 Architects and design practice Marjan van Aubel Studio. The pavilion was designed to resemble a giant beach chair, in a nod to the fact that the pavilion offers

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Journey of the Pioneers exhibition presents the world in 2071

November 3, 2022 Anna Marks 0

German studio Atelier Brueckner has created an immersive exhibition at the Museum of the Future in Dubai that aims to investigate the world in 2071. Named Journey of the Pioneers, the permanent exhibition was created for the recently opened Museum of the Future, which was designed by local studio Killa Design. Atelier Brueckner split the exhibition, which was shortlisted for

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Six material innovations aimed at slashing concrete’s outsized carbon footprint

October 21, 2022 Jennifer Hahn 0

After Seratech’s carbon-neutral cement won the 2022 Obel Award, Dezeen has rounded up six ways in which researchers are working to decarbonise concrete – the single most polluting building material in the world. Currently, concrete’s key ingredient cement is responsible for around eight per cent of global emissions, surpassing all other materials except oil, gas

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