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Link Roundup: Week of Mar. 4-10, 2019 Featured

BluEdge Staff   |   March 11, 2019   |   Link Roundups

WeWork Is Retraining A Generation of Architects To Think In Terms Of Data

WeWork Is Retraining A Generation of Architects To Think In Terms Of Data

There are T-shirts floating around WeWork's New York City headquarters that say "Buildings equal data." The nano manifesto hints at a conviction that architecture should be shaped by a methodical study of how people utilize spaces instead of unique aesthetic signatures. More than that, correlating digital information with physical structures is good business—it has quickly become a core strategy for the eight-year-old, $47 billion company racing to expand its footprint globally. [Metropolis]

IKEA's Research Lab SPACE10 Designs A Solar Village To Rethink Renewable Energy

IKEA's Research Lab SPACE10 Designs A Solar Village To Rethink Renewable Energy

IKEA's research and design laboratory SPACE10 has unveiled their latest project, SolarVille, to showcase new ways to democratize access to clean, renewable energy. Based in Copenhagen, the team partnered with blockchain experts BLOC, Blocktech, WeMoveIdeas India and architecture practice SachsNottveit. The project explores how combining new technologies with solar power can make clean energy more affordable. The vision centers on cooperative micro-grids where homeowners can become makers and traders of clean energy. [ArchDaily]

15 Beautiful Urban Staircases In The U.S.

15 Beautiful Urban Staircases In The U.S.

Stroll through a city and a number of things can catch your eye: the light glinting off of a skyscraper, the canopy of trees in a neighborhood park, or the way a bridge sparkles as the sun sets on the horizon. Cities come alive as you walk through them, whether on your daily commute or on a new urban exploration. [Curbed]

Print Your City? 3D Printing Is Revolutionizing Urban Futures

Print Your City? 3D Printing Is Revolutionizing Urban Futures

The Fabrication City concept puts manufacturing back in the hands of communities — using 3D printers. It could have far-reaching implications for economic development, environmental sustainability, inclusion and other benefits. The use of 3D printing provides cities with opportunities through their local innovators and entrepreneurs. [Civilized]

World's First Digitally Planned And Built House Opens In Switzerland

World's First Digitally Planned And Built House Opens In Switzerland

Last week, the DFAB House in Dübendorf, Switzerland, officially opened becoming the world's first digitally planned and built residence. Originally announced in 2017, the project was part of Switzerland's National Centre of Competence in Research Digital Fabrication initiative, which aims to develop and integrate "technologies within the field of architecture," according to the center's website. An eight-person team of ETH Zurich professors researched and developed the robotic, planning, and 3D printing technologies to bring the 2,153-square-foot, three-story smart house to fruition. [Architect Magazine]

From Video Game To Day Job: How 'SimCity' Inspired A Generation Of City Planners

From Video Game To Day Job: How 'SimCity' Inspired A Generation Of City Planners

Jason Baker was studying political science at UC Davis when he got his hands on “SimCity.” He took a careful approach to the computer game. "I was not one of the players who enjoyed Godzilla running through your city and destroying it. I enjoyed making my city run well." This conscientious approach gave him a boost in a class on local government. Instead of writing a term paper about three different models for how cities can develop, Baker proposed building three scenarios in "SimCity," then letting the game run on its own and writing about how his virtual cities fared. [Los Angeles Times]

Arata Isozaki: 10 Landmark Projects By The 2019 Pritzker Laureate

Arata Isozaki: 10 Landmark Projects By The 2019 Pritzker Laureate

The 2019 Pritzker Prize has been awarded to Arata Isozaki, the Japanese architect, city planner and theorist. Isozaki graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1954, and began his career with an apprenticeship under 1987 Pritzker Laureate Kenzo Tange. He established Arata Isozaki amp; Associates in 1963, after the allied occupation when japan had regained its sovereignty and was seeking physical rebuilding amidst political, economic and cultural uncertainty from the decimation of WWII. [Designboom]

Urban Jungle: Green Space Reaching New Heights In Concrete Quarters

Urban Jungle: Green Space Reaching New Heights In Concrete Quarters

Elevated parks are all the rage. Spearheaded by James Corner's work on New York's High Line, cities across the globe are currently investing heavily in elevated urban parks that offer top-down views of familiar terrain. While some follow the High Line's blueprint of repurposing abandoned rail lines, many more are simply planting trees and pathways wherever they can. Walk with us through the latest urban landscaping improving city life across the globe. [Wallpaper]

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