Salt and antifreeze may be key to longer term solar energy storage at massive scale

Bloomberg's Mark Bergen reports: Alphabet Inc.'s secretive X skunk works has another idea that could save the world. This one, code named Malta, involves vats of salt and antifreeze. The research lab, which hatched Google's driverless car almost a decade ago, is developing a system for storing renewable energy that would otherwise be wasted. It can be located … Continue reading Salt and antifreeze may be key to longer term solar energy storage at massive scale

New app puts building codes and regulations in the palm of your hand

Once again, TechCrunch (a publication dedicated to covering startup companies in the world of technology) has the scoop on an app for the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry. And from what I can tell, this app really is a major game changer. Here's more: For architects, complying with building codes means navigating labyrinthine layers … Continue reading New app puts building codes and regulations in the palm of your hand

Large installation art piece imagines a facade of bricks torn in two

Deezeen recently featured a profile of a recent art installation by British artist Alex Chinneck titled Six Pins and a Half Dozen Needles. Chinneck's piece is located at a mixed-use development in Hammersmith called Assembly London. In essence, it appears as if an entire section of brick cladding has been ripped in two — much … Continue reading Large installation art piece imagines a facade of bricks torn in two

The Construction Industry is Changing. Are you ignoring the handwriting on the wall?

Both inside the industry and externally, there is an almost urgent message heralding the massive disruption already taking place in the world of design and construction. The latest entrant in the race to proclaim the end of the construction industry as we know it is none other than McKinsey & Company. Historically a management consulting … Continue reading The Construction Industry is Changing. Are you ignoring the handwriting on the wall?

New construction technique uses Robots and 3D Printing

Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zürich, a technical school in Zurich, reports on a fascinating project that several ETH Zurich professors are collaborating with some outside business interests on. It involves both robots AND 3D printing. At the DFAB HOUSE, four construction methods are for the first time being transferred from research to architectural applications. Construction work … Continue reading New construction technique uses Robots and 3D Printing