Since we launched our Tech Spot feature WAN has covered a wide range of technical developments that affect and influence the future of architecture. From innovative housing solutions to self-healing concrete and the Hyperloop transportation system. Here’s our run-down of the top ten most widely read Tech Spots. 

1) In March 2106 Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners in partnership with Lewisham Council in London created a short term solution to house homeless families. Described as the “UK’s first pop-up village” the scheme utilises purpose built containers which are stacked up to form 24 homes and 880 sq m of business space.

2) BIG and Hyperloop have combined in Dubai to develop a superfast transportation system which will open up huge opportunities for architects and engineers.

3) At the start of 2016 a huge fire engulfed a Dubai hotel. Subsequent investigations revealed that the fire could have been fuelled by flammable panels used to clad the 63-storey skyscraper. The polyurethane and aluminium composite cladding is found on buildings throughout Dubai.

4) London’s first timber skyscraper moved a step closer to reality after researchers from Cambridge University and PLP Architecture presented Mayor of London Boris Johnson with conceptual plans for an 80-storey, 300m high wooden building integrated within the Barbican.

5) Another housing solution, this time for a free-standing concrete house. KODA has a design and structure that allows it to be assembled and disassembled many times over in a multitude of locations.

6) Managing the massive quantities of project information generated by the Jeddah Tower, designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, in Saudi Arabia is a huge task. PINNACLE InfoTech provide BIM/CAD modelling and drafting to manage the massive amounts of data coming out of and feeding into the building.

7) Todd Theodore Fix is a Boston, Massachusetts based Architectural Designer who has created The Writing House, a house that adapts to climatic conditions.

8) Life on Mars? The dream of colonising a distant planet came a step closer to reality following a competition organised by America Makes and NASA. Foster + Partners New York’s design for a modular habitat on Mars was shortlisted amongst the 30 finalists for the 3D Printed Habitat Challenge.

9) Will 3D printing become a mainstream construction technique? New York architect Adam Kushner is attempting to build a three-bedroom house, along with a swimming pool, hot tub, pool house, and car port, in Gardiner, New York, USA using a concrete 3D printer.

10) Self-healing concrete moves a step closer. Imagine a structure that could repair itself without human intervention, well that goal has become closer to reality thanks to research being carried out in Cardiff in the UK.

Keep following WAN’s Tech Spot to get the latest on the technological innovations that will point the way forward for architects and engineers.

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Nick Myall

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