Designers and builders are refining natural building systems for performance and speed of construction.
Earthen construction is ancient. Rammed earth structures in China can be dated to as early as 5000 BC. Adobe buildings erected in the desert Southwest of the United States still stand after centuries. In Europe, 400-hundred-year-old timber-framed, wattle-and-daub structures are still inhabited. In fact, the connection with time-honored practices is what draws many people to natural building systems. These systems can claim many advantages over modern construction. The materials are often locally sourced. They’re non-toxic.
Bloomberg may be the new kid in town when it comes to San Francisco’s hot tech scene, but the global business and financial information and news provider is no start-up. That’s abundantly clear when you see its sophisticated new R&D offices in the South of Market (SoMA) neighborhood: no foosball tables, beer taps or Velcro walls here, thank you very much.
This issue uncovers some of the many layers of craft: the appreciation of quality; the maker’s movement; the artist.
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On Tuesday, September 15, 20th Century Fox and Microsoft announced the Hacking Mars Design Challenge, a unique online science and technology competition developed exclusively around the upcoming Fox film The Martian to drive interest in STEM subjects. The winning team will collect a $25,000 grand prize and travel to Microsoft to experience the company's HoloLens technology.
Remembering the life and design contributions of an Ideas That Matter grant recipient, Robert Sedlack
We dedicate this blog post to honor the life and design contributions of an Ideas that Matter grant recipient, Robert Sedlack, who passed away earlier this month. Robert was an award-winning designer, respected professor and leader in the design community. His academic research was focused on the life-changing impact that design can have when applied appropriately and collaboratively to social betterment problems. Robert used the research results, in combination with his personal passion and design professionalism, to achieve social and cultural advancement on the world stage.