“It’s not that we got rid of those functionalities,” Larrea says. “But at the end of the day, the Media Lab project was about ambition. It was real, but it was a one off and not ready for mass market. We started thinking about constraints as a company. Reliability and safety are things that don’t matter as much with a concept. We decided to go to the basics. With the touch-control system, if you press harder it will move faster; if you press softer, it moves slower. It makes you feel like you have a super power.” … [Read more...] about Coming To Market: An Apartment In A Box That Morphs At The Press Of A Button
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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
Other mass timber projects designed by SHop Architects (in New York) and LEVER Architecture (in Portland), the two winners of last year’s U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize Competition, are also forthcoming. Alongside T3, these projects will be valuable demonstrations for an industry that can be slow to adapt. Green wants to share what he’s learned, first through a new online education course run through Design Build Research, his nonprofit design education program. “Far more private and public sector clients are talking about wood than even I could have imagined,” he says. “Some days I almost feel like we are moving from early adopters to mainstream already.” … [Read more...] about Can Timber Skyscrapers Really Help Save The Planet?
A growing number of companies are turning to modular buildings to try to speed up construction—when apartments can be built in a factory and then lifted in place on the building site, it’s one way to avoid the need for as many construction workers inside the most expensive cities (and avoid other potential delays, like bad weather). A recent McKinsey report found that modular construction could shrink construction schedules by as much as 50%. But modular housing also has limitations, Chapin says. … [Read more...] about These flat-pack homes can be fully assembled in less than three months
“We wanted to provide an update to the Uber accident that occurred overnight on Mill Ave. just south of Curry Rd. The vehicle involved is one of Uber’s self-driving vehicles. It was in autonomous mode at the time of the collision, with a vehicle operator behind the wheel. The vehicle was traveling northbound just south of Curry Rd. when a female walking outside of the crosswalk crossed the road from west to east when she was struck by the Uber vehicle. She was transported to a local area hospital where she passed away from her injuries. Her next of kin has not been notified yet so her name is not being released at this time. Uber is assisting and this is still an active investigation.” … [Read more...] about Uber’s self-driving car was involved in a fatal accident with a pedestrian