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Eco-Town built in North West Bicester UK

Author : Allison Blackburn, 30 March 2015

Eco-Town built in North West Bicester UK

An eco-town is becoming closer to having its first residents in North West Bicester in the UK. The town is said to be the most sustainable development in the UK and the first residents are thought to be moving in later on this year. The next stage of the project has received planning permission and this is to build 2,600 homes. [Image Courtesy of North West Bicester] North West Bicester is one of the four eco-towns which were announced in 2007 with the aim to create towns that are not just good for the economy of the region, but good […]


Mar
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Switchmate makes ordinary light switches smart

Author : Allison Blackburn, 30 March 2015

Switchmate makes ordinary light switches smart

Lighting in the home is becoming much smarter as now you can turn the lights on and off or dim them by using your smartphone. Lights can even be set to turn on ready for when you get home. But these systems can often be a little over budget for most. Now, Switchmate is offering people the option to enjoy these functions without even having to put in new fittings or wiring. [Image Courtesy of Switchmate] The founder of Switchmate said that smart products are designed to make lives much easier but sometimes setting them up is very complicated. Another issue […]


Mar
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Transparent Cement Allows More Light into the Building

How do you feel about saving energy in a very innovative way while at the same time giving a cool stylish look to a building? Well you may want to continue reading and find out about transparent cement. An Italian company has created such a thing and applied their technology in the construction of a transparent building. Architects at Italcementi developed a transparent cement which allows more light to enter the building, saving a lot of energy. “Italcementi Group developed a completely new material, demonstrating that the building materials industry is only apparently traditional. This product is set to change the […]

Posted by Lara Lopes

Japanese Architect Creates A Garden House

Japan is a country in constant grief of it’s harsh natural and geographical difficulties. The Japanese architect Ryue Nishizawa, very well known for his work with Kazuyo Sejima in SANAA office, knows the importance of challenging the natural resources of their country. One of his most incredible projects, a house built in an extremely narrow spot of Tokyo, raises important questions. Although Japanese culture is usually known for their discreteness and introspection, the contemporary architecture in the archipelago has been somewhat divergent: minimalist, transparent and challenging (sometimes to a bit too much of that). This project is a five-story house standing in between […]

Posted by Alyn Wallace

Inside the Ferrari Factory: the mechanical workshop

Every Ferrari is a hand-finished piece of engineering art and all of which are built exclusively on the Maranello campus. All the vehicles are custom produced and as all installations are performed by hand the factory turns out 10 to 12 completed cars per day. The Ferrari factory was designed by french architect jean nouvel and renovated to match the improvements in technology circa 1997 by company president Luca di Montezemolo. The images below give an inside look of the ‘nuova meccanica’ (mechanical workshop) building, where engine components such as headshafts and cranks are produced. Opened in 2001 the 15,000 square meter […]

Posted by Alyn Wallace

Largest spiral escalator ever built reaching seven storeys

If there’s one thing that annoys me with shopping malls it’s when you go up the escalator only to have to walk all the way back around to go up another floor. It’s a tactic used to encourage shoppers to enter more shops than they normally would and also means that shops get more attention. This spiral escalator however looks right up my street. Recently opened in a shopping mall in Shanghai it stretches seven storeys making it the world’s largest spiral escalator. Original design vector of the proposal (Courtesy of Mitsubishi Electric) It was developed by Japanese firm Mitsubishi Electric who have […]

Posted by Alyn Wallace

New robotic arm can re-create itself

Universal Robots have created a new robotic arm that can create parts for itself. It can even build a copy of itself. Known as the UR3 it is both smaller and lighter than its predecessors and has also gone through a little more training. The six-axis articulated arm can be programmed to do numerous tasks including pick-and-place, screwing, soldering, gluing, and painting. However, the programming is a little easier than traditional robotic arms as it has been designed to be able to ‘feel’ its way around a surface so that it doesn’t have to be based around a specific part in a […]