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AIA and Kansas University Institute of Health + Wellness Design launch COVID-19 ArchMap

As part of an ongoing rapid response effort geared to help public officials more easily identify existing buildings that can quickly and safely be modified into makeshift coronavirus screening and treatment facilities, a special task force within the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has officially launched an interactive map to complement its COVID-19 Alternative Care […]

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Op-Ed: Coronavirus might give us the internet we’ve always wanted

There was a time when the internet, then new, and untested, was widely welcomed as a revolutionary technology that promised to alleviate—even fix—many of the evils then affecting late modern societies. That brief, juvenile spell was followed by almost 20 years of remorse and misgivings: from the early 2000s to this past month the internet, […]

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Hauser & Wirth unveils VR program to explore virtual exhibitions

Last Summer, the Zurich-based contemporary and modern art gallery Hauser & Wirth began the development of Artlab, a research and innovation arm intended to “create bespoke technology solutions for the most pressing issues in the art world, including greater accessibility and sustainability.” The first initiative explored by the program is Hauser & Wirth Virtual Reality (HWVR), […]

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Contemporary art gallery provides robot-assisted tours to beat stay-at-home orders

In an effort to remain in business while providing content for those under stay-at-home orders, museums and galleries around the world have expanded their online presence with offerings including high-resolution imagery, archival videos, and experimental programming. Hastings Contemporary, a small gallery on the southern coast of England, has gone one step further than its peers […]

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Operation PPE creates 3D-printed equipment for the COVID-19 front lines

Things right now are undoubtedly, brutally rough. And when the going gets rough, the architecture and design community gets 3D printing. As part of a sweeping grassroots mobilization effort that expands and evolves daily, architects, designers, makers, and a small army of displaced students have banded together and fired up their 3D printers to produce […]

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MIT’s visiting artist envisions floating, 3D-printed sculptures lighter than air

Thom Kubli, the current Center for Art, Science and Technology (CAST) visiting artist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), came to the institution with an interest in seemingly magical devices with functions less practical than metaphysical. In collaboration with members of the Tangible Media Group at the MIT Media Lab, the artist and composer has […]

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Art Basel Hong Kong avoids full cancelation by going online

Museums, galleries, and other art-related events across the world are closing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, yet one institution has devised a clever strategy for continuing its operations with relatively little interruption. Rather than canceling Art Basel Hong Kong 2020 outright, the international art fair has launched Online Viewing Rooms, their very first virtual […]

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Google Arts & Culture compiles over 500 virtual tours of museums around the world

In an effort to reduce the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus, nearly all of the world’s public institutions have announced that they will close their doors to the public until further notice. Art museums have been hit particularly hard by the sudden news, as it was announced earlier this week that the majority of […]

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KAWS launches worldwide exhibition through augmented reality app

Acute Art, an app-based art platform that has produced exhibitions with Marina Abramović, Olafur Eliasson, and Cao Fei, has announced an augmented reality (AR) project with the work of artist Brian Donnelley, known professionally as KAWS. The exhibition, EXPANDED HOLIDAY, launched today and is now on display throughout the world simultaneously thanks to the company’s […]

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3D-printed houses completed for Austin’s homeless population

ICON, a robotics and advanced materials startup based in Austin, Texas, made headlines on the grounds of the 2018 South by Southwest Festival when it presented a prototype for a 3D-printed home created under 24 hours at a cost of $10,000. Two years later, the company applied its tools to the city’s affordable housing crisis […]

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UNESCO and Google spotlight climate change’s impact on World Heritage Sites

Last month, Google Arts & Culture launched a new online platform drawing attention to the devastating effect that climate change has had—and will continue to have—on five diverse and vulnerable UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The exhaustive and expertly organized initiative, Heritage on the Edge, achieves this through an array of mediums including photography, detailed 3D […]

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Home 3D printed from locally sourced clay takes shape in Italy

Italian architect Mario Cucinella of Mario Cucinella Architects (MC A) has long been a champion of 3D printing technology. But while architecture students and firms commonly reserve space of their desks for a 3D printer to create high-fidelity scale models as communicative tools, Cucinella has set his sights much higher than the rest. Last September, […]

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Neri Oxman grows tools for the future at new MoMA retrospective

A pioneer in materials, objects, and construction, Neri Oxman is showing work from her 20-year career as an architect, designer, and inventor at the Neri Oxman: Material Ecology exhibition currently on view until May 25 at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Curated by Paola Antonelli with help from curatorial assistant Anna Burckhardt, Oxman’s […]

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Forensic Architecture debuts its first U.S. survey in Miami

A retrospective detailing the intensive work of London-based research agency Forensic Architecture is now on view at the Museum of Art and Design at Miami Dade College (MOAD MDC). Forensic Architecture: True to Scale came online last week at the same time news broke that its studio director was excluded from entering the United States […]

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Los Angeles’s TECH+ Expo brought together innovations in project delivery

On February 6, The TECH+ Expo transformed the second floor of Los Angeles’s Line Hotel into a showcase of the latest innovations in architectural technology. But rather than exhibiting 3D printers, robot arms, and brick-laying drones, the conference highlighted products designed to streamline design research, project delivery, and the architect-to-client relationship. Chief creative officer of […]

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AN talks to Eyal Weizman about tech in truth-telling ahead of Forensic Architecture’s first U.S. survey

Forensic Architecture has garnered a significant reputation within the field of architecture (they had a major showing at the most recent Chicago Architecture Biennial) and beyond for their work reconstructing violent events perpetrated by state actors and others using architectural tools and emerging technologies. The collective’s work has been displayed everywhere from the courthouse to […]

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LEVER Architecture’s Thomas Robinson discusses the impact California could have on the timber industry

We are witnessing a revolution in how we build with engineered timber in the United States. In January 2019, the International Code Council (ICC) approved changes that would allow high-rise wood buildings in the 2021 International Building Code (IBC). Oregon and Washington were early adopters of these code changes, and Denver, Colorado, recently followed suit. […]

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Architectural Association launches experimental Wood Lab

The recent uptick in timber construction across the globe has led to a wave of innovation as firms test the material’s limits by building taller, bolder structures each and every day. In just the past year, timber has been transformed into stadiums, pre-fab homes, and even entire neighborhoods. The Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA) […]

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