The Sociology of Coliving: How WeLive Creates a “Third Place”

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According to urban sociologist Ray Oldenburg, people need three types of places to live fulfilled, connected lives: Their “first place” (home) for private respite; their “second place” (work) for economic engagement; and their “third place,” a more amorphous arena used for reaffirming social bonds and community identities.

This third place can be a barbershop, neighborhood bar, community center, or even a public square. The desire for these three separate spheres drives how human environments are designed at a bedrock level, but increasing urbanism—as well as geographic and economic mobility—are collapsing these multiple spaces into one. The result is a new hybrid building type: a live-work multiunit dwelling that is home, office, and clubhouse.

WeLive, an offshoot of coworking-space

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Why Wolf Prix Is Pushing For New Methods of Robotic Construction

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View of "The Cloud" inside the Museum of Contemporary Art & Planning Exhibition in Shenzhen, China. Image Courtesy of Coop Himmelb(l)au View of "The Cloud" inside the Museum of Contemporary Art & Planning Exhibition in Shenzhen, China. Image Courtesy of Coop Himmelb(l)au This article was originally published on Autodesk's Line//Shape//Space publication as "Wolf Prix on Robotic Construction and the Safe Side of Adventurous Architecture." In response to a conservative and sometimes fragmented building industry, some architects believe that improving and automating the construction process calls for a two-front war: first, using experimental materials and components, and second, assembling them in experimental ways. Extra-innovative examples include self-directed insect-like robots that huddle together to form the shape of a building and materials that snap into place in response to temperature or kinetic energy. The automation battle has already been fought (and won) in other industries. With whirring gears and hissing pneumatics, rows and rows of Ford-ist mechanical robot arms make cars, aircraft, and submarines in a cascade of soldering sparks. So why shouldn’t robotic construction become commonplace for buildings, too?
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Exterior of the Museum of Contemporary Art and Planning Exhibition in Shenzhen, China. Image Courtesy of Coop Himmelb(l)au
MSC robot doing a fine grinding of the welding seam. MSC robots (inset). Image Courtesy of Coop Himmelb(l)au
Interior of the Museum of Contemporary Art and Planning Exhibition in Shenzhen, China. Image Courtesy of Coop Himmelb(l)au
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4 Experiments in Robot and Drone 3D Printing that Could Shape Architecture’s Future

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In manufacturing, the dramatic recent expansion in the capabilities of 3D printing has threatened to revolutionize the way that things are made. In architecture though, while 3D printing has been received with enthusiasm its translation to the increased scale of buildings has been challenging. Most solutions to this problem have focused on increasingly large printers and the incorporation of existing principles of prefabrication - however there is another way. In this article, originally published on Line//Shape//Space as "4 Ways a Robot or Drone 3D Printer Will Change Architecture and Construction," Zach Mortice looks at four examples of cutting-edge research into 3D printing that utilize robots or drones to navigate architecture's challenging scale. Buildings simply aren’t made like anything else—that goes for sunglasses, furniture, appliances, and fighter jets. No other production process brings massive amounts of material to one
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Minibuilders’ Vacuum Robot uses a suction cup to stick to the surface of the structure, adding vertical reinforcement. Image Courtesy of Minibuilders and Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia
California College of the Arts Digital Crafts Lab’s Swarmscaper. Image © CCA and Jason Kelly Johnson
Prototype printing for the Aerial Robotic Bridge Construction program. Image Courtesy of AA.DRL Studio
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10 of Chicago’s lesser-known architectural gems

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        <strong>Feature:</strong> visitors to the first <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/chicago-architecture-biennial-2015/">Chicago Architecture Biennial</a>, which opens later this week, will discover a raft of architectural treasures that are often overshadowed by the <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2015/09/28/10-projects-sum-up-chicago-architectural-history-high-rise-skyscraper-burnham-som-mies-van-der-rohe/">skyscrapers and institutions the city is famous for</a> (+ slideshow). <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2015/09/30/chicago-lesser-known-architecture-gems-pullman-mies-van-der-rohe-helmut-jahn-theaster-gates/" class="more-link">(more&hellip;)</a>