The growing need to build affordable housing in big, dense cities while keeping expenses to a minimum led to Malaysian designer Haseef Rafiei’s idea for a futuristic “skyscraper” housing pod vending machine. A Dezeen video shows how the designer–he won an honorable mention in this year’s eVolo Skyscraper Competition–inspired by the fascination with vending machines and robotics in Japan, sketched up the skyscraper idea for offering prospective homeowners a way to customize–and then create–a modular home. The home would then be slotted into place within a high-rise framework. According to the designer, the Pod Vending Machine is based on a “3D-printed building that grows in parallel with the city’s housing demand.”
While many of us living in New York City search for months before finding that perfect apartment, there’s now a way to get a brand new home built in under 24 hours. As reported by engadget, the San Francisco-based startup Apis Cor used a mobile 3D-printer to print out the concrete walls, partitions, and building envelope for a 400 square-foot-home in just less than a day, all for the pretty reasonable price of $10,314 (not including the property, of course). And while NYC doesn’t have much open space for free-standing homes, the technology could potentially be used for various residential components or tiny home configurations.
Milan-based designer Libero Rutilo has developed a way to transform used plastic bottles into stylish and functional home decor. Using 3D printing technology, Rutilo’s series of four vases focuses only on the objects’ exterior shell, leaving the heavy lifting, or water holding in this instance, to the up-cycled plastic vessels.
- Subway trains from 1964 on the C and J/Z lines won’t be replaced until 2022. [NYDN]
- A local artist is planning a funeral procession down the High Line. [DNAinfo]
- The world’s first 3D-printed violin sounds pretty darn good. [Fast Co. Design]
- Have fun in the sun on Saturday at Coney Island’s 25th Anniversary sand sculpting competition. [Brownstoner]
- These lovely concrete planters were inspired by the Socialist architecture of Tbilisi, Georgia. [Gessato]
Images: 3Dvarius violin (L); subway (R)
MakerBot has officially opened its brand new factory in Industry City in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park. The 170,000-square-foot space spans three floors, with the main production lines on the third floor of the building. The new location is four times larger than the company’s previous Industry City location and will allow the company to double its production of 3D printers. This is far cry from the garage it started out in nearly two and a half years ago.
MakerBot kicked off the opening of its new locale yesterday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony that featured MakerBot CEO Jonathan Jaglom and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. We were on the scene to capture this latest milestone for the 3D printer company.
Finnish designer and conceptual artist Janne Kyttanen first fell in love with 3D printing while studying at Amsterdam’s Gerrit Rietveld Academy. After graduating, he soon started imagining a future where products would be scaled down into digital files and people could just download any design they liked. His “Sofa So Good” piece is one of his latest and most intricate 3D printed designs, which joins a wide collection of objects he’s created that includes lamps, tables and packaging as well as ping-pong paddles and futuristic shoes.
In a city where hundreds of interesting happenings occur each week, it can be hard to pick and choose your way to a fulfilling life. Art Nerd‘s philosophy is a combination of observation, participation, education and of course a party to create the ultimate well-rounded week. Jump ahead for Art Nerd founder Lori Zimmer’s top picks for 6sqft readers, beginning tonight!
The way-too-hecticness of an art fair week is upon us. If skipping around from Harlem to Randall’s Island to the Lower Lower East Side isn’t your jam, you can still get an art fix in the comfy confines of your usual spots. Rediscover Central Park with an art walk, or your old post office as it becomes a gallery. Check out architect-designed 3D-printed shoes while picking up new pumps, or discover a new street artist while checking out boutique jewelry. Whether you hit Frieze and the satellite fairs or not, there is an overabundance of art and design this week.
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Are you in the “rats with wings” camp of not being too fond of New York City pigeons? Well then you’ll welcome this modern take on the “pigeon scarecrow.” The Observer recently took a look at the 3D-printed hawks and owls from Robox, noting that “they’ve found that pigeons are so frightened by the watchful and intimidating gazes of the 3D printed birds that even the incentive of food isn’t enough to convince stray pigeons to stick around in their presence.” But if you happen to be a pigeon lover, have no fear, these little objects are seen as a much better way to curb the spread of diseases from pigeons than traps and repellents.
When we interviewed architect Adam Kushner back in September, he had just gotten power at the site of his planned 3D-printed estate and pool in Gardiner, NY. Now thanks to Inhabitat we’re getting a better look at the ground-breaking design being developed by the architect and the CEO of D-Shape, James Wolff. Just a month ago, Wolff presented new renderings of the project at 3D Print Week NY, showing an impressive layout for the massive swimming pool and the four-bedroom, 2,400-square-foot home. If all goes as planned, the team will start their first trials and test prints this June!
Modernists and preservationists can now plan the city of their dreams without a war of words from their opposing side. Called Ittyblox, this 3D-printed modular collection features tiny structures, ranging from Tudors to modern towers, that can be arranged—and re-arranged—to make a diorama of dynamic city blocks.
- The design history of New York City’s public drinking fountains. [re:form]
- Inside Underwest Donuts, a boutique donut shop in a West Side car wash. [Untapped]
- What you can see from the tallest observation decks on Earth. [Gizmodo]
- China constructs the world’s first 3D-printed apartment building. [CNET]
Images: Drinking fountain (L); West Side Highway Car Wash via Underwest Donuts (R)
We’re no strangers to the 3D printing movement (we even know someone who’s printing an entire estate), but we still get excited when we find a product that not only incorporates the technology, but is also a beautiful, striking design. The Rumbles made just that impression on us.
Using 3D printers, industrial design firm Studio MeraldiRubini created this collection of three pendant lights characterized by soft and sinuous shapes that artistically filter light.
- Take a behind-the-scenes tour of Macy’s in 1948. [Messy Nessy]
- A new exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, Crossing Brooklyn, will showcase work from 35 artists and collectives from the borough. [Hyper Allergic]
- The city may need to hire a proofreader… a new Brooklyn street sign misspelled Remsen Street. [Daily News]
- Hershey’s is creating a 3D chocolate printer. [Business Insider]
- Here’s 21 great historical details from New York City’s most famous Christmas movie, Miracle on 34th Street. [Bowery Boys]
Images: Macy’s via LIFE (L); 3D-printed Hershey’s Kiss via Hershey’s (R)
- Derby the dog was able to run for the first time thanks to 3D-printed paws. [Designboom]
- This Staten Island library recalls the neighborhood’s maritime and oystering history. [ArchDaily]
- Fashion Week needs a new home; it’s been evicted from Lincoln Center. [West Side Rag]
- NYC’s “awkwardly shaped” tax lots, like the Hess Triangle, equal over five million square feet of land. See it all mapped out. [Untapped]
- Amazon’s Prime Now will deliver packages to Manhattan within an hour. [Gothamist]
At this point, you already know you can 3D print anything from furniture to entire estates, but now you can even add gardens to the list. Yuichiro Takeuchi, a computer scientist at the Sony Computer Science Laboratories in Tokyo, has invented a way to create herb and flower gardens using the incredible technology. And the best part? You can manipulate the plants’ shape into anything your heart desires; so go ahead and grow as many cat-shaped plants as you want. Read on at Inhabitat to learn more about the project.