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From 3D Printed Architecture to Field of Light

The future of architecture: 3D printing? Architecture firm SOM — in conjunction with Oak Ridge National Laboratory — composed a 3D-printed shack with a 3D-printed vehicle. As seen on Ignant, the shack consists of insulated, C-shaped panels and photovoltaics, allowing it to produce, store and supply renewable energy. The vehicle is wirelessly connected to the shack’s energy source. “The project illustrates the potential of a clean energy future for a rapidly urbanizing world.”

The architecture and design community lost a visionary last week. Zaha Hadid passed away at the age of 65. Iraqi-born Hadid was a pioneer for women in the field of architecture and in 2004 became the first woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize. She also won the RIBA’s Gold Medal for Architecture earlier this year. Her notable works include the Heydar Aliyev in Baku, the Galaxy Soho in Beijing and The London Aquatics Centre. Read the touching tributes and scroll through her impressive works on CNNStyle. In a postcard Hadid wrote to her younger self via BBC Arts, “Your success will not be determined by your gender or your ethnicity, but only on the scope of your dreams and your hard work to achieve them.”

The newest trend in pop-up architecture takes aim at the hospitality industry with a convenient, quick sleep, “nap pod” concept. Startup company Sleepbox, from architecture firm Arch Group, is bringing an approach already in use in Europe to the Northeast, starting with Boston. According to Bostinno, the pods are designed to be soundproof and fully ventilated and allow guests to nap or work in a secure, comfortable environment.

Light up the night. Artist Bruce Munro created a solar-powered light installation with over 50,000 bulbs in Australia’s Red Centre desert. With  Field of Light, Munro sought to reflect his “experience as being a tiny element to life’s larger pattern, and employ light as a way to tap into a more emotional response with his viewers.” According to This is Colossal, the installation opens this month and will remain until March 2017.

Main Image Source: Ignant

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