Category Archives: Architecture

Rethinking Building: Iterative Fabrication, Rapid Delivery, and Resilient Materials

Sci-fi or reality: a 3D-printed home powered by a solar array and 3D-printed hybrid electric vehicle? If you said fantasy, guess again. “Moore’s Law seems to be increasingly evident in the architecture industry lately, so much so that it’s hard to keep track of all the recent groundbreaking ideas for additive manufacturing in buildings. It’s a groundswell that upends our […]

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Taking a Design Cue from Nature

Curious to see buildings inspired by silkworms, bubbles, or the wind? Take a walk through the new Goldstein Museum of Design exhibition, Hypernatural: Architecture’s New Relationship with Nature, based on the book of the same name by Blaine Brownell and Marc Swackhamer (both architecture). While many of the case studies may look like sets of a sci-fi movie, more and […]

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“More than a Balcony:” Connecting St. Paul to the Mississippi

St. Paul has 17 miles of Mississippi riverfront property, and the Metropolitan Design Center wants to help more people enjoy them. MDC researchers have partnered with the City of St. Paul, the St. Paul Riverfront Corporation, and BKV Architects to design a plan for a public River Balcony walkway connecting downtown—from Union Depot to the Science Museum—to the river. The […]

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