How Does A Design Firm Build a 1,000-Square-Meter Building in Only a Few Months?

SUMMARY studio answered that question by unveiling its mostly-prefabricated concrete modular building system, after showing its Gomos#1 prototype and and displaying their method at the exhibition at the Venice Biennale. The project, located along a nation road in Vale de Cambra, Portugal, consists of several housing units and multi-functional service spaces, and the client’s demands were: fast, economical, and modifiable-over-time (depending on need) construction. This is based on the Gomos System, which is comprised of  a series of singular reinforced prefabricated concrete modules (gomos) that simply join together, providing a fully livable living space in moments. Continue reading “How Does A Design Firm Build a 1,000-Square-Meter Building in Only a Few Months?”

Meet the new Acer Revo Build, the Stackable, Modular Desktop PC

In case you’re on of those people who love to customize your computer, but wish it could be as easy as building a tower of LEGO (wow, it’s almost like I have an affinity for LEGO here on The PractitioNERD, or something….) at IFA 2015 in Berlin, Acer has unveiled the Acer Revo Build, a modular mini PC that can be upgraded with a series of stackable blocks with magnetically aligned pins. The base unit’s footprint measures at 5’×5′ with either a low-power Intel Pentium or that awesome, new-fangled Celeron Skylake chip, 32GB of flash storage, and 8GB of upgradeable RAM. For upgrades, you can stack other components on top of that base unit like hard drives, graphics cards, etc. Continue reading “Meet the new Acer Revo Build, the Stackable, Modular Desktop PC”

There’s A Crowdfunding Campaign for Modular Homeless Pods

Exterior Rendered View. Image Courtesy of James Furzer
Exterior Rendered View. Image Courtesy of James Furzer

A little over a month ago, James Furzer of Spatial Design Architects won the 6th Annual Space for New VisionsA competition, and he’s wasting little time getting started on his project to develop a homeless shelter composed of modular pods. Continue reading “There’s A Crowdfunding Campaign for Modular Homeless Pods”

Chinese Company Builds 57-Story Skyscraper in 19 Days

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You read that correctly; NINETEEN DAYS.  In fact, a representative for this 57-floor skyscraper stated that “three floors in a day is China’s new normal.”  The tower in Changsha is referred to as the “Mini Sky City,” which is a 180,000-square-meter mixed-use building was built in record time with modular, “LEGO-like” blocks. This particular construction process claims to have required fewer materials, which significantly reduced the amount of air pollution commonly caused by dusty construction sites. Continue reading “Chinese Company Builds 57-Story Skyscraper in 19 Days”

Meet Hypercubus, a.k.a., An Interesting First Impression

After you either responded with “OOHs”‘, “AHHHs”, or “what? wait? I don’t even”,  I shall attempt to get you up to speed to give you an understanding of the Hypercubus house, designed by Studio WG3 in Styria, Austria.  The concept behind the  Hypercubus house is based on three fundamental concepts:

1) Utilizing open areas with available and self-sufficient infrastructure,
2) The construction and transportability of small modular living units, and finally
3) Creating a new regional tourism concept — the prepaid apartment — using a uniform design.
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