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August 09, 2021

Mars Dune Alpha by Bjarke Ingels Group and ICON

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Bjarke Ingels Group unveils a 3D printed Mars habitat simulation by ICON for NASA missions.

Construction technology developer ICON recently announced Mars Dune Alpha, a 3D printed habitat designed by Bjarke Ingels Group which will aid in long-duration missions for NASA’s analog program to explore the health and performance of NASA crews. Built by ICON’s Vulcan construction system, the 1,700 square foot structure is located at the Johnson Space Center in Houston and will host a crew for mission simulations to the surface of Mars that will support the health and performance of the crew while living on Mars during extended missions. “This is the highest fidelity simulated habitat ever built by humans,” Jason Ballard, co-founder and CEO of ICON, said in a statement. “Mars Dune Alpha is intended to serve a very specific purpose: to prepare humans for living on another planet. We wanted to develop the most faithful analog possible to help humanity’s dream expand into the stars. ”

New findings suggest the pandemic-induced e-commerce boom may slow.

The rapid growth of online shopping during the pandemic could slow. While e-commerce is arguably the biggest fashion trend of the pandemic, Amazon’s disappointing quarterly revenue figures could signal the end the auspicious growth of the time, likely due to an easing of restrictions and a population more willing to frequent physical stores after the lockdown. Despite the slowdown in growth, online retail sales still far outpace bricks and mortar. Still, the downturn is creating uncertainty for upcoming fashion IPOs like Rent the Runway and Warby Parker looking to capitalize on boom times.

Museum of Image and Sound in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph by Paul Clémence

After five years, a Diller Scofidio + Renfro museum could resume construction in Rio.

the Museum of Image and Sound in Rio de Janeiro has been 70% complete since 2016 after the Brazilian government requested that funds raised by the Roberto Marinho Foundation for the project be donated to the state’s National Culture Fund. According to a statement released last month, however, construction may soon resume on the museum, which was originally unveiled by the architects. Diller Scofidio + Renfro in 2009. “Inspired by the curves of the neighborhood promenade, the museum will become another tourist spot on one of the most famous postcards in the world,” the statement said. “This work is one of the actions and projects more for the revival of tourism and the universalization of culture. Rio de Janeiro must regain the role of protagonist that it has always had. If all goes according to plan, completion is slated for December 2022.

Marina Abramović’s latest installation takes visitors on a journey through her life story.

If Marina Abramović were to bury a time capsule, she would have included Rose of Jericho, Starry Night, and essays by Susan Sontag. That’s the premise of a new installation that traces the life story of the performance art pioneer through an immersive experience that opens in London next month. Called “TracesAnd held at the former Truman Brewery, the installation comprises five rooms each inspired by an object or idea that has left a resounding influence on his work. It marks the culmination of Abramović’s year-long partnership with WeTransfer’s editorial arm, WePresent, who “have always been willing to explore new interpretations of my work and my passions,” the artist said in a statement. communicated. The show takes place from September 10 to 12; advance tickets are required for entry and will be available for purchase from August 18.

IPhone 8 family

New legislation will require smartphones to be easier to repair for third parties.

The smartphone season is fast approaching, which means faster and sleeker models will soon be available to consumers. If the new U.S. government legislation is successful, future smartphones will also need to be designed to be more easily repaired by third parties. Companies such as Apple have been criticized for placing restrictions on independent device repair shops – known as the “right to repair” – and making it difficult for these companies to access their devices through the use of non-removable memory and special glue. This often makes the price of repairing a smartphone “close, if not higher, to replacing everything – a strategy that encourages people to buy new devices rather than fixing them,” Pedro Pacheco, senior director of the company. Gartner market research, Told CNN Affairs. “Manufacturers will have to make design choices to reduce device repair costs. ”

To combat the housing crisis, Portland is legalizing ADUs and other infill developments.

The United States is currently grappling with a housing crisis that only appears to be worsening as prices skyrocket and supply in major metropolitan areas fails to keep pace with demand. To fight against this, Portland, Oregon, recently rescinded a century-old ban on different types of houses, relax restrictions on secondary secondary construction, infill development and higher density properties. It follows nearly a decade of advocacy by housing groups and developers, who cite a projected population group in the city of a quarter of a million people by 2035. Opponents of the legislation, as to they argue that the legislation paves the way for the demolition of affordable housing. for replacement with more expensive rental units.

COS Bolzano. Photograph by Stefan Giftthaler

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