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8 Construction-Technology Innovations That Changed the Game in 2017

On November 17, the UK’s Institution of Structural Engineers announced its 2017 Structural Award winners. The globe-spanning projects included a billowy football stadium roof in Bilbao, Spain; an adaptable, easily transportable stage structure for Adele’s 25 tour; and an elegant and seismically robust Bahá’í temple in Chile. As diverse as the entries are, they have an inventive artistry in common, stretching the bounds of construction technology to realize previously unbuildable visions.

Technological innovations are spreading like wildfire in all sectors. If you make your living in architecture, engineering, or construction, chances are good that something is coming on the market soon that will improve the quality, aesthetics, and profitability of your projects, as we’ve seen in these eight emerging solutions that made an impact in 2017.

This article originally appeared on Autodesk’s Redshift, a site dedicated to inspiring designers, engineers, builders, and makers. Continue reading the article: https://www.autodesk.com/redshift/construction-technology-2017/.

Photo Credit: A Gaudí-inspired pedestrian footbridge in Madrid was constructed on-site using commercial 3D printers. Courtesy IAAC – Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia.

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Back to School Week: 7 Design-Education Stories for Preschoolers to Postgrads

As parents pack the kids off to school to become productive members of some yet-unknown future society, they trust teachers to connect with students’ minds while adding enough fun to keep the young scholars amused and motivated.

Creative companies and forward-thinking schools and programs are opening up new ways to both educate and engage budding designers and engineers. The college experience is changing as well, as new methods evolve to meet the needs of graduates and the world. Emphasis on tailored learning experiences, sustainability, and real-world applications is coming to the fore.

This article originally appeared on Autodesk’s Redshift, a site dedicated to inspiring designers, engineers, builders, and makers. Continue reading the article: https://www.autodesk.com/redshift/back-to-school-week/.
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Robo-Cycling: Bringing the Power of Automation to Recycling

Horowitz’s path to robotics wasn’t obvious from the beginning. As he tells it, he was convinced that getting an MBA and working in business was going to be the direction his life took. He remembers thinking, “Oh, this kind of stuff is kind of silly and kind of pointless, so I’m going to go do the adult thing. Maybe get an MBA.”

These experiences, seemingly random and unconnected, collectively combined to create a set of experiences that launched AMP Robotics.

This article originally appeared on Autodesk’s Redshift, a site dedicated to inspiring designers, engineers, builders, and makers. Continue reading the article: https://www.autodesk.com/redshift/amp-robotics/.
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An Affordable Housing Development Ascends From Ashes to Build Community

For Victor Body-Lawson of architect-and-planning firm Body Lawson Associates (BLA), designing and building the Hunts Point Peninsula is less like designing a building and more like building a village.

“We think of it as building a community,” Body-Lawson says. The new affordable housing development—located in the South Bronx, New York City—seeks to do more than put a roof over peoples’ heads; it aims to promote their personal and economic well-being.

This article originally appeared on Autodesk’s Redshift, a site dedicated to inspiring designers, engineers, builders, and makers. Continue reading the article: https://www.autodesk.com/redshift/affordable-housing-development/.

Photo Credit: A courtyard at Hunts Point Peninsula in the South Bronx, New York City. Courtesy Body Lawson Associates.

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