Per usual this week has flown by and we have arrived to another friday and another set of Architecture Links! This week in the architectural world there was a lot of focus on sustainability and affordability online and I would like to take a moment to share my top links from this week.
Please remember that if you come across anything you would like to share or a project of yours that you would like to pass along please do so.
This first link I saw make it's way across the internet all week from the Architectural world to those who just thought it was a great idea. But the WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Co. in China has begun utilizing 3D printing technology to build concrete homes at a very impressive rate of 10 homes in 24 hours. The homes are 650 square feet and cost about $4,800.. and if you consider rent in the Bay Area you might by wanting these homes built near by.
2. Archello - Pop-Up House: an innovative construction process
This next project makes use of insulated blocks and wooden panels to construct a passive "Pop-up House." The company Popup-House is promoting two prototype buildings, one being a home and the other being an office. The concept makes use of light, low cost, recycled materials all which offer incredible insulation and energy savings. Here is their time-lapse video:
After a earthquake in 2012 left many homeless in shuanghe village, China, architects Olivier Ottevaere and John Lin took to restoring a communal space in what became a desolate plaza. The project was in part sponsored by the University of Hong Kong to help "activate a communal space" the two architects designed a dual purpose central library.
"‘the pinch’ library and community center situates itself along a 4-meter tall retaining wall along the periphery of the plaza, bridging the two levels with a habitable roof that doubles as a playing surface for children or a passage down to the plaza’s ground level."
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That wraps up this Friday's Architecture Links! I hope these links inspire you to incorporate cost effective materials and unique concepts to challenge the notion to design and architecture is expensive. How would you go about designing a sustainable project? Share your thoughts.