Student invents computer program to help Bedouin villages build better homes

April 11, 2017 by  
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Architecture student Nof Nathansohn is on a mission to provide decent living solutions for the marginalized Bedouin communities scattered throughout Israel’s Negev desert region. For her thesis project, Nathansohn created a computer program called Home Made that lets communities design affordable, environmentally-friendly housing without the need for an architect. The Bedouin villages are unrecognized by the Israeli government, so the shanty-like structures are under constant threat of demolition. Nathansohn’s Home Made software would allow the communities to build homes that are not only affordable and green , but easily assembled and disassembled. Related: Smart architecture app lets you turn almost anything into a digital stencil A major feature of the home-design application is that it is extremely user friendly. The software is designed to guide the user at every stage of the design process, from the initial design to the final construction. Users can choose from four different designs platforms with a variety of layouts. Each platform is designed according to different parameters such as sun direction, size and height, available materials, local topography, cost, etc. Although created for the Bedouin communities, the program enables the design and construction of low cost, green energy temporary housing easy for any location, under almost any circumstance. The flexibility offered by the application not only lets families construct a personalized living space, but can be used to create thriving villages as well. In fact, Nathansohn tested the application on the unrecognized village of Al-Sara, near the town Arad. She designed multiple structures for the village based on their current size as well as growth expectancy. She even designed a community center for the local children. + Nof Nathansohn

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See-through Porta Palace tiny home “feels bigger than expected”

April 3, 2016 by  
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The self-driving car didn’t start with Google, or Tesla

April 3, 2016 by  
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Did you think that the self-driving car was a recent invention? Think again. While Google and Tesla have been stealing headlines with their advancement in autonomous automobiles, the concepts and prototypes for the self-driving car actually go back as far as the 1920s. Car Leasing Made Simple created an infographic that explores the fascinating history of the forward-thinking concept. Keep reading to see the full graphic—you may be surprised. Read the rest of The self-driving car didn’t start with Google, or Tesla

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See-through Porta Palace tiny home “feels bigger than expected”

January 12, 2016 by  
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The humble mussel is as important and threatened as bees

January 12, 2016 by  
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The world is in need of some mussel building. The humble mussel is not only a delicious seafood dish, it also is one of the most important species in the sea (and various salt-free bodies of water). Mussels act as a natural filtration system by pulling excessive nutrients from the water, which might otherwise have contributed to algal blooms and “ dead zones .” Researchers from the University of Porto in Portugal and the Technical University of Munich have compiled the first comprehensive database of mussel populations in Europe’s freshwater, which they hope will be used to protect these essential mollusks. Read the rest of The humble mussel is as important and threatened as bees

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Affordable Apartment Block Boasts Sculptural Zig-Zagging Balconies in Graz, Austria

June 30, 2014 by  
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Geometric Green Roofed Education Center Sinks Beneath the Czech Park Landscape

June 30, 2014 by  
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