• Theme: Lighting

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    Although some countries have extended the celebration, the International Year of Light 2015 has come to a close. Here’s a special highlight on innovative lighting products. The Lighting Architecture Movement Project (LAMP) held its second annual competition and announced three first prize winners. Established...

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    The French ministry for Ecology sponsored the Clover Street Lamp project for Paris Climate Conference 2015. The selected designer, Mathieu Lehanneur, invented the urban lighting furniture collection Clover. The lamp resembles a tree: a wooden pole—only local wood used—with three petals on top that house the lighting...

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    BIM was under discussion at Batimat 2015 in Paris, a leading biennial construction exhibition. One pertinent BIM presentation was made by Agence Qualite Construction (AQC), a Paris-based organization. To examine the performance of BIM, AQC launched a study in 2010 that would follow the construction processes of 40...

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    French company Midlightsun has come up with a fiber optic fabric that emits light, presented at this year’s exhibition Batimat. Tagged “Made in France,” the optical and textile fibers are weaved together to create a similar effect to that of synthetic or jacquard fabrics. The fabric emits light when connected to LEDs....

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    Water is growing scarcer, arable farmland is disappearing and global hunger is such that one out of nine people on Earth is suffering from chronic undernourishment. Indeed, one of the biggest challenges facing humanity today is finding more sustainable ways to grow food. Exhibitors presented ingenious solutions such...

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    As the goal to reduce energy consumption grows for countries around the world, the French launched the Energy Transition for Green Growth in 2014. The plan calls for the post-oil era and a stronger, more sustainable energy model where prices, depletion of resources and environmental protection requirements are...

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    I still remember vividly the first time I came across 3D printing in 2004. It was an online video, and it blew my mind. I [designer Michaella Janse van Vuuren] enrolled in a post doctorate in medical implant design, the only way I could access rapid prototyping at the time in South Africa. I believed I needed a...

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    Given today’s advances in 3-D printing technology, it is already possible to print eyes, noses and internal organs. We will send 3-D printers capable of printing other printers to Mars to build a new colony. Synthetic biological materials will be printed in the form of self-repairing tissue. Even food will be produced...

    London’s various design districts brought another round of inspiring objects to view. ArchiExpo enjoyed spotting the best products and installations for 2015. Curiosity Cloud by renowned Austrian design duo mischer’traxler. Each of the 250 mouth-blown glass globes contained a single hand-fabricated insect and each...

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