Aluminium, made accessible for mass use as a building material in the 20th...
November’s top news stories
Sweden-based Skanska has been awarded an Skr1.2bn ($125.32m) contract to construct a new building for the University of Gothenburg’s science faculty department; and The Manchester Metropolitan University has announced the start of construction on its School of Digital Arts (SODA) building in the UK. Designbuild-network.com wraps up key news stories of November 2019.
Innovative aluminium: new forms for 21st century design
Aluminium, made accessible for mass use as a building material in the 20th century, has an enduring appeal in the 21st for its light weight, eco-credentials and flexible qualities. Architects are creating all-new innovations in form, sustainability and modular practicality with aluminium, as these projects demonstrate.
Prefabulous: modular design is laying foundations for the future
Prefabricated construction has moved well past the old stereotype as a homogenous option of last resort. How are advances in modular building methods helping to solve some of the world’s most persistent urban development issues?
The smart move: are hoteliers ready to bet on voice assistants?
Just as they sit in many modern households, voice assistants, such as Alexa and Google Assistant, could soon be a commonplace feature in hotel rooms. The benefits for guests and hoteliers are clear, but questions over privacy remain, as Ross Davies reports.
BIM and the IoT: the grandest of all designs
Building information modelling (BIM) has become widely used in architecture, but now a growing number of products are integrating Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities. Patrick Kingsland takes a look at how bringing the two technologies together might add new capabilities and asks what it all means for architecture.
Architecture’s robot revolution: pioneering robotic construction
From a science museum in Seoul constructed by robots to a conference centre completed with robotic assistance in just 100 days, new projects suggest that automation may be heading for the mainstream of the construction industry. Patrick Kingsland looks at the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
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