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Added 28 April, 2018

Scaffolding is a major and unavoidable cost on most construction projects. In 2015, the on-site logistics market for scaffolding assembly accounted for more than EUR 20 billion worldwide. A large part of this cost is the time it takes to assemble scaffolding. Up to 80 percent of assembly time is spent on on-site logistics – ferrying bits of...

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Added 2 April, 2018

Nationwide Building Society, a major financial institution in the U.K., tapped design agency Dalziel & Pow to reconfigure its branch interiors into something a lot more homey. Unlike most other banks, the new Nationwide stores will do away glass walls to separate staff from clients. The community-facing spaces will even include a venue for...

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Added 4 March, 2018

A Tokyo skyscraper is set to become the world's tallest wooden building. Japanese company Sumitomo Forestry says its 1,148-feet-tall timber tower will be completed in 2041, to mark the 350th anniversary of the business that year. The W350 tower will cost an estimated 600 billion yen ($5.6 billion) to build. The 70-story tower will be a hybrid...

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Added 23 February, 2018

The construction industry accounts for around USD 10 trillion annually – about 13 percent of the global GDP. But up to now, this sector has lagged behind in productivity gains. This is due largely to the fact that large projects involve many different sub-teams, each installing different components. It is impossible for managers to accurately...

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Added 21 February, 2018

Property management company Zenplace has created a robot which is capable of showing prospective buyers around properties. The tech reduces waiting time due to late clients or agents, and makes adjusting viewing times at the last minute much simpler. The company is based in the Bay Area and is incorporating their new robot, known as ‘Zenny’...

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Added 22 January, 2018

While greywater (from showers, sinks and washing machines) is relatively inexpensive to clean and reuse because of the lack of contaminants, blackwater (from toilets, garbage grinders and dishwashers) takes a lot more effort to make reusable. Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects made the assumption that such recycling and cleaning was integral to the...

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Added 25 November, 2017

A 12-metre-long pedestrian bridge will be the world's largest 3D-printed metal structure when it is completed and installed in Amsterdam next year. Originally slated to be built in place, Dutch 3D-printing start-up MX3D realized their design would have placed too much stress on canal walls, and have been busy conducting tests and rejigging...

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Added 4 October, 2017

Yotel is receiving a $250 million investment from Barry Sternlicht's Starwood Capital Group to expand at a time when pod-style hotels are growing in popularity and interest among developers and consumers alike. Starwood Capital, the private investment firm, is acquiring a 30 percent stake in the process. Currently, Yotel operates four airport...

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Added 27 August, 2017

Normal black asphalt absorbs around 80 to 90 percent of sunlight. This is a big concern in areas like Los Angeles that receive a lot of sunlight. The asphalt absorbs the heat and reflects it back, leading to urban temperature increases. The high temperatures, in turn, lead to more need for energy-sucking air conditioning. Demonstrations have...

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Added 14 August, 2017

Solar sidewalks open the door for smarter road surfaces that could change the number of lanes by literally moving the white lines or display dynamic road-based signage that changes with driving conditions detected by integrated sensors, such as black ice.
This solar surface is the scaffold for all those future applications. The 1,200-...