Qatar unveils first-ever FIFA World Cup stadium to be built from shipping containers

November 28, 2017 by  
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Abandoned stadiums and crumbling arenas are often left in the wake of events like the World Cup and the Olympics. In a bid for more sustainable construction, Qatar has unveiled plans for the world’s first fully modular stadium ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Designed by Fenwick Iribarren , Schlaich Bergermann Partner and Hilson Moran , the 40,000-seat arena, known as the Ras Abu Aboud Stadium, would be mainly built of shipping containers to allow for disassembly and reconstruction. The plans for the cargotecture stadium —the latest in Qatar’s total of eight proposed host venues for the FIFA World Cup —was revealed this week Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), the organization tasked with delivering the infrastructure for the 2022 event. Unlike the World Cup stadiums before it, the Ras Abu Aboud Stadium will be built of modular building blocks presumably constructed in a factory with amenities, such as removable seats, concession stands, and bathrooms, ahead of on-site assembly. The modular approach results in less waste and a reduced carbon footprint, and may earn the stadium a four-star Global Sustainability Assessment System certification. Related: Arup and RFA Fenwick Iribarren Architects unveil plans for the new Qatar Foundation Stadium “This venue offers the perfect legacy, capable of being reassembled in a new location in its entirety or built into numerous small sports and cultural venues,” said SC Secretary General H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi. Qatar’s new World Cup stadium is expected to be completed in 2020 and will be located on a 450,000-square-meter waterfront site nearby a Doha port. + Fenwick Iribarren Architects Via The Architect’s Newspaper and FIFA

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Solar Vertical City is a self-contained, green-infused tower planted into the ocean floor

October 4, 2017 by  
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Resigned to the fact that rising sea levels are inevitable at this point, architects are starting to create feasible, water-based living solutions. Italian architect Luca Curci has just unveiled a design that envisions a soaring zero-energy tower infused with greenery on each level that will be planted into the sea floor, resulting in what could be the future of self-contained architecture. Curci’s proposed Vertical City tower would consists of 10 overlapping modular layers, reaching a height of 2,460 feet with 180 floors. The facade would be clad with a membrane of photovoltaic glass, which would generate sufficient energy for the entire building and then some. Related: This futuristic vertical factory feeds off a city’s waste to produce energy The tower would have 190,000 square feet of floor surface that would be used for residences, offices, services, retail space, and various facilities. The tower design would be focused on providing a healthy, vibrant environment that connects the residents and workers with nature. For example, the tower would have ample air circulation and natural light on each level thanks to numerous perforated slots throughout the tower’s exterior. Additionally, the design calls for over 66,000 feet of outdoor green space spread throughout the building, including a public open-air garden plaza on the rooftop. The massive tower’s base would be planted firmly into the sea floor. The submerged floors would house the parking and technical areas, as well as various amenities such as spas, mediation centers, a workout center, etc. A handful of luxury hotels rooms would also be completely submerged underwater, offering a unique experience as well as amazing views of marine life. Access to the Vertical City would be possible by water, land or air. The circular base would have external and internal docks as well as multiple naval entries for large and small boats. The tower would be connected to the mainland via a semi-submerged bridge for pedestrians, cars, and an electric-based public transportation system . For air arrivals, the building will be topped with a heliport. + Luca Curci Images via Luca Curci Architects

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This entire barley field was planted and harvested without humans

October 4, 2017 by  
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Drones and autonomous machinery just seeded, tended, and harvested a crop of barley in the United Kingdom without drivers on tractor seats or farmers working the field. A project of Hands Free Hectare , the barley field explored the idea of autonomous farming . Hands Free Hectare, an effort of Harper Adams University and Precision Decisions , recently celebrated a successful harvest. They set out to be the first project to plant, care for, and harvest crops with solely drones and autonomous machines, funding the project with under £200,000, or around $265,037, which they said was a low budget compared with other autonomous farming vehicle projects. They drew on open source technology and machinery farmers could purchase today. Related: Swinging robot inspired by sloths could help future farmers Mechatronics researcher Martin Abell of Precision Decisions said in a statement, “This project aimed to prove that there’s no technological reason why a field can’t be farmed without humans working the land directly now and we’ve done that. We set out to identify the opportunities for farming and to prove that it’s possible to autonomously farm the land, and that’s been the great success of the project.” The researchers predicted they’d harvest around five metric tons, according to Abell, who said they hadn’t quite reached their target, but their agronomist “predicted 4.5 tonnes and it looks like he’s on the money.” Automation is the future of agriculture, according to researcher Kit Franklin of Harper Adams University, who said in the team’s first press release from late last year, “It’s not about putting people out of jobs ; instead changing the job they do. The tractor driver won’t be physically in the tractor driving up and down a field. Instead, they will be a fleet manager and agricultural analysts, looking after a number of farming robots and meticulously monitoring the development of their crops .” What will happen to the barley? The Hands Free Hectare researchers plan to use it in a beer . They also aim to repeat their experiment with a winter crop. + Hands Free Hectare Via Hands Free Hectare Images via Hands Free Hectare Facebook and Hands Free Hectare Twitter

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Eye-catching hexagonal structures go up in a snap – no glue or welding required

November 18, 2015 by  
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Adorable lightweight Dub Box camper combines VW functionality with retro style

November 18, 2015 by  
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This 130-square-foot modular Nomadic Shelter sleeps 12 people

March 10, 2015 by  
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Lada Cube’s prefabricated wall panels could revolutionize construction, cut building time in half

March 3, 2015 by  
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Read the rest of Lada Cube’s prefabricated wall panels could revolutionize construction, cut building time in half Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sips” , “structural insulated panels” , cube walls , Demountable Insulated Panels , dips , Green Building , kit building , Låda Cube , modular building , prefab building , Prefab Wall Panels , Prefabricated Wall Panels , prefabricated walls , snap together walls , tongue and groove walls

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Aberdeen’s Schoolmasters home banishes pre-fab preconceptions in the UK

February 2, 2015 by  
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  Challenging the negative connotations of prefab buildings in the UK, Stuart Duncan of Build Different has designed “ Schoolmasters “: a stunning modular, passivhaus -style eco-home. This low-energy, volumetric, modular house was built in a factory in southern England and when it was 95 percent completed, it transported to Aberdeen, Scotland, via four trucks. Read the rest of Aberdeen’s Schoolmasters home banishes pre-fab preconceptions in the UK Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , aberdeen , Build Different , eco-friendly house , England , modular building , Modular House , pellet stove , Prefab , prefab buildings , prefab house , Prefab Houses , prefab modular building , prefabricated , prefabrication , Schoolmasters , Scotland , Stuart Duncan , Sustainable Building , sustainable house , timber cladding , UK , united kingdom

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Frank Gehry’s “paper bag” building opens at the University of Technology, Sydney

February 2, 2015 by  
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Kite Building Bricks Look and Snap Together Exactly Like LEGO’s

August 19, 2014 by  
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Of all the LEGO-like building components we’ve seen over the years, Kite Bricks come closest to the famous toy bricks’ building technology. The blocks, also referred to as Smart Bricks, allow for a faster, cheaper and more precise construction than conventional building methods. The company estimates that using the Smart Brick system can lead to savings of 50 percent of the total expenses associated with building an eight-story building. The bricks are currently in the prototype stage and the company is looking to raise $3 million to go into production. Read the rest of Kite Building Bricks Look and Snap Together Exactly Like LEGO’s Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: building technology , concrete building material , green technology , Kite Bricks , LEGO building blocks , LEGO construction technique , LEGO-like buildign , modular building , Smart Bricks

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