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Link Roundup: Week of Feb. 4-10, 2019 Featured

BluEdge Staff   |   February 11, 2019   |   Link Roundups

Real-Life Version of Star Trek’s 'Replicator' 3D Prints Full Objects in Seconds

Real-Life Version of Star Trek’s 'Replicator' 3D Prints Full Objects in Seconds

Inspired by Star Trek's "replicator," a machine capable of synthesizing objects on demand, researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and the University of California, Berkeley, have developed a new, potentially game-changing type of 3D printer. Instead of building objects layer by layer, as conventional 3D printing methods do, this new printer is able to print entire objects at once — using projected light to transform gooey resin into solid finished pieces. [Digital Trends]

This Ingenious Ruler Doubles As a Fountain Pen

This Ingenious Ruler Doubles As a Fountain Pen

It may sound like a crazy device, but this ruler that doubles as a fountain pen is one clever piece of industrial design. Its name is Escala, and it may be architects' newest best friend. Escala was designed by Ēnsso, an L.A.-based brand established in 2014 by designer Carlo Aiello. [Fast Company]

These NYC Buildings By Notable Architects Will Debut In 2019

These NYC Buildings By Notable Architects Will Debut In 2019

Scores of New York buildings will open their doors to residents in 2019, and at least a handful of those have the distinction of having been designed by bona fide starchitects. The buildings on this list were designed by firms like Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Rafael Viñoly Architects, and Jean Nouvel, who among them carry big-time accolades and name recognition beyond the design community. [Curbed]

'Scalies,' the Extras in Architectural Drawings, Finally Get Their Due

'Scalies,' the Extras in Architectural Drawings, Finally Get Their Due

Weighing in at 1,256 pages, An Unfinished Encyclopedia of Scale Figures without Architecture (MIT Press) would seem to be the final word on its subject: "scalies," those little people who occupy the fantastical world of architectural renderings, climbing atrium escalators or picnicking in courtyard plazas or simply looking happy to be somewhere. Yet according to Hilary Sample of MOS Architects—who compiled the book with her MOS co-founder, Michael Meredith—it is at best a first draft, and one that raises questions about people and architecture, some of them dark. [CityLab]

21 'Ugly' Buildings That Aren’t Ugly At All

21 'Ugly' Buildings That Aren’t Ugly At All

It's easy to put together collections of beautiful, soaring buildings that perfectly encapsulate today's hottest architectural trends. But who will speak for the edifices that have gone largely out of favor since they were first constructed? The imposing behemoths and the strangely angled stars of yesteryear’s design fads? [Atlas Obscura]

What Do Architects Want From a Green New Deal?

What Do Architects Want From a Green New Deal?

As the scale of climate change has accelerated and grown direr in recent months, upstart politicians like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York have made addressing the issue a central part of their political platforms. Talk of a Green New Deal (GND) has picked up since November’s elections, reflecting a major shift in how Americans discuss climate change. But what is the Green New Deal and how might it impact architects? [The Architect's Newspaper]

Pantone Matching System Standardizes Color for FiberForce 3D Filament

Pantone Matching System Standardizes Color for FiberForce 3D Filament

Italian 3D printer filament manufacturer FiberForce has launched a line of materials certified to the Pantone Matching System (PMS) by Pantone LLC. By adopting the international color standard for its filaments, FiberForce is providing customers with a universally recognizable color chart, and assured uniformity across their 3D printed products. [3D Printing Industry]

How VR May Be the Bridge Firms and Educators Need to Share Architecture

How VR May Be the Bridge Firms and Educators Need to Share Architecture

Thanks to Hugo Gernsback and his influence on science fiction and technology, his 1963 TV Glasses invention was a stepping stone for the evolution of virtual reality. Fast forward 50 years and VR is now an accessible and viable option for almost everyone, especially architects and designers. According to the AIA's 2018 firm survey, The Business of Architecture, it has been recorded that 67 percent of large firms are utilizing VR technology within their practice. [Archinect]

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