BigDelta machine 3D-prints durable, affordable houses from dirt

July 19, 2016 by  
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Last year Italian company World’s Advanced Saving Project (WASP) debuted BigDelta, a 40-foot-tall 3D-printer that prints affordable, sustainable homes . Now they’re organizing workshops and inviting local makers to participate as they work towards printing their first Earth home in an Italian “technological village” called Shamballa . Constructed from a locally-sourced mix of dirt and straw, these ecological homes are notably “light and strong.”

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Dutch architect reveals 6.5-foot-long 3D printer for ‘endless’ Mbius house

June 10, 2016 by  
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Back in 2013, Dutch architect Janjaap Ruijssenaars of Universe Architecture revealed an ambitious goal : to 3D-print a house in the shape of a Möbius strip . Ruijssenaars has taken another step towards transforming that vision into reality, recently revealing the 3D-printer he will use to create the ‘endless’ Landscape House . As a result of using the 3D-printer instead of other construction techniques, the house will reportedly be more environmentally friendly. Ruijssenaars said of his building’s design , “Planet Earth doesn’t have a beginning or an ending and we were looking for a shape that has the same quality.” He settled on a Möbius strip to fulfill his vision for a house without beginning or end. Mathematician Rinus Roelofs helped with the design. Related: WATG unveils plans for the world’s first freeform 3D-printed house Now the team has unveiled the 6.5-foot 3D-printer invented by Enrico Dini to fabricate Landscape House. The D-Shape printer can print squares that are close to 20-feet by 20-feet . Universe Architecture teamed up with construction company BAM to test the printer in an Amsterdam warehouse. Rutgerr Sypkens of BAM told AFP the 3D printer should allow them to print faster and should make less mistakes as well. He said the printer will allow the house to be more “environmentally friendly” because it will utilize less materials than standard construction. Ruijssenaars said, “It’s just like a normal printer. But instead of putting ink onto paper, we are putting a liquid onto sand which solidifies wherever the liquid has been spread.” Ruijssenaars 3D-printed a bench shaped like the future Landscape House; it was installed in Amsterdam earlier this year. The scale of the bench is one fifteenth of what the future structure will be. If all goes according to plan, the Landscape House will comprise 12,000 square feet. Universe Architecture hopes the building will be used to house sculptures or other artwork. They aim to launch the house as an expo space in Amsterdam in 2017. Via Inverse and Phys.org Images via Universe Architecture Facebook

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Worldwide fossil fuel consumption set a new record in 2015

June 10, 2016 by  
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Two global energy records were broken in 2015. On one hand, the amount of renewable energy produced worldwide has never been higher than it was last year. But, one step forward is met with two steps back as reports show we also consumed more fossil fuels in 2015 than ever before. The Renewables 2016 Global Status Report reflected a big step in the right direction, as renewable forms of energy continue to grow. BP’s Statistical Review , however, revealed an ugly truth about our fossil fuel consumption, which grew 0.6 percent since last year. While coal production went down one percent, petroleum and natural gas production went up. The seemingly small percentage increase is actually a big one when considering it amounts to 127 million metric tons of fossil fuels. Related: San Diego to become largest U.S. city to run on 100% renewable energy Carbon dioxide emissions, naturally, have also increased 36 million metric tons between 2014 and 2015. Sadly, this counts as the sixth year in a row these numbers have increased. A closer look shows the increases have been a bit smaller over the last few years, but an increase is an increase, nonetheless. U.S. oil production accounts for much of the rise worldwide, steadily growing for the third straight year, according to Forbes . Oil production has apparently not been this high since 2008. In fact, the U.S. can enjoy its spot at the top of the list of crude oil producers worldwide, with Saudi Arabia coming in second place. Via Forbes Images via Pixabay , Flickr

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Gorgeous LEED Gold library was designed with the help of Facebook and Twitter

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In lieu of community charrettes, Bing Thom Architects launched an online “Ideabook” that welcomed everyone to submit ideas, photographs, and texts of what they wanted the library to look like. Of the library’s Facebook fans, the largest percentage was under 25 and the second largest group was women between the ages of 35 and 44. The librarians also aided those who were digitally challenged. Requests ranged from a prayer room for the Muslim population to computer training facilities to drawing areas in the children’s section. Related: South Vancouver’s Soaring Sunset Community Center Connects With Nature The architects distilled the ideas into the final people-centered library design that sports a tapered ship-like appearance and curvaceous, ultra-modern lines. “With advances in easily available electronic information, the role of libraries is changing and the book collection is no longer the central focus,” said the architects. “The building design evolved out of the need to provide a space for reading, studying, and above all, gathering as a community.” Large windows, an upward winding central atrium, and skylights bring in copious amounts of natural light, while the outward sloped walls mitigate solar gain. + Bing Thom Architects Images via Bing Thom Architects

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