Node designs flat-pack kits that can fit into a standard shipping container to be shipped on regular trucks or trains, and that come in pieces that are simple to put together. “We’re going much further than just a kit of parts,” she says. “We are making our kit easy to be assembled so that the same four people can put the whole house together. This means hardware that clicks walls together, [with] finishes on and mechanical systems in place.” Workers with less experience can complete the majority of the work (plumbers and electricians would still handle specialized work), helping increase the capacity for construction in a city while adding new jobs. A home can be built in less than three months, including the foundation and utilities, though the company is aiming to speed the process up to take just days. … [Read more...] about These flat-pack homes can be fully assembled in less than three months
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Beijing hopes for a far larger presence. Under the CMEC, China has proposed around 38 projects, but so far only a few have transitioned into an actual agreement. The problem is that Myanmar also fears Beijing’s role in its many ethnic conflicts. Beijing worries about the fallout on its own territory where similar ethnic communities live. Hard-headed analysts see China using insurgent groups as leverage, a role that it has replicated with some success against India and its own insurgent groups in the Northeast. Xi felt it necessary to deny that Beijing was arming the insurgents, thereby acknowledging widespread belief in its inimical role. … [Read more...] about Politics | Xi Jinping’s Myanmar visit and the takeaways for India
Ori is now made from wood to match the finishes more commonly found in homes, but the core proposition remains the same. Within the unit–which is about the size of a large closet–there’s a bed, closet, drawers, workstation, and ample storage. The underlying robotics are similar but Larrea and his team decided to forgo gesture and voice controls initially and make everything operable by push button to make it easier for the mass market to use; however the software can be upgraded to support gesture controls in the future. He uses an iPhone as a metaphor: while two people might have the same device, the apps each person uses gives the hardware different capabilities. … [Read more...] about Coming To Market: An Apartment In A Box That Morphs At The Press Of A Button
Casey says a backyard cottage takes about six months to build after permitting (which can take anywhere from no time to a year). The costs vary but generally fall within a range of $80,000 to $250,000. Casey estimates that 82% of his clients have family members in mind for the dwelling; some see the cottages as a good starter home for when their children move back to the area, or a good retirement home for themselves down the line, or maybe both. … [Read more...] about The Next Big Thing In Urban Planning? Backyard Cottages
The Science That idea has plenty of proponents and critics alike. CLT emerged in the 1990s in Switzerland, when researchers invented the process of strengthening less-than-perfect wood by layering in slats of alternating direction. By reversing the grain direction on each layer of wood, they created a much stronger product. It’s also surprisingly resistant to the fires that made it a hated building material in the 19th century. Because CLT beams and panels are so thick, exposing them to flames creates a layer of “char,” or ash, that insulates the structurally stable interior for up to three hours, according to tests by Canada’s National Research Council. … [Read more...] about Can Timber Skyscrapers Really Help Save The Planet?