Architecture Links - Friday April 18th, 2014

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.

1. ROYT.org - This Groundbreaking 3D Printer Built 10 Homes in 24 Hours 

Source: http://www.ryot.org/3d-printer-home-shanghait/641445

Source: http://www.ryot.org/3d-printer-home-shanghait/641445

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

Source: https://twitter.com/archello/status/456326130392252416

Source: https://twitter.com/archello/status/456326130392252416

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:

Source: http://www.designboom.com/architecture/olivier-ottevaere-and-john-lin-the-pinch-4-12-2014/ / Olivier Ottevaere

Source: http://www.designboom.com/architecture/olivier-ottevaere-and-john-lin-the-pinch-4-12-2014/ / Olivier Ottevaere

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.