Courtesy of WeLive This article was originally published on Autodesk's Redshift publication (formerly known as Line//Shape//Space), under the title "Live, Work, Play: WeLive’s Live-Work Spaces Reveal a 'Third Place.'"
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
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?
<figure id="newsroom-picture-att-id-560bddcee58ececc3a000095" aria-labelledby="figcaption_newsroom-picture-att-id-560bddcee58ececc3a000095" class="wp-caption aligncenter featured_image"> <a class="nr-image nr-picture" href="http://feedproxy.google.com/774549/4-experiments-in-robot-and-drone-3d-printing-that-could-shape-architectures-future/560bddcee58ececc3a000095-4-experiments-in-robot-and-drone-3d-printing-that-could-shape-architectures-future-image" rel="attachment" title="featured_image"> <img itemprop="image" class="nr-image nr-picture wp-image-560bddcee58ececc3a000095" title="Courtesy of Minibuilders and Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia" src="http://images.adsttc.com/media/images/560b/ddce/e58e/cecc/3a00/0095/medium_jpg/drone_3D_printer-1024x512.jpg?1443618250" alt="Courtesy of Minibuilders and Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia" data-nr-picture-id="560bddcee58ececc3a000095"> </a>
<a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2015/09/30/chicago-lesser-known-architecture-gems-pullman-mies-van-der-rohe-helmut-jahn-theaster-gates/"> <img src="http://static.dezeen.com/uploads/2015/09/Robert-Carr-Memorial-Chapel_Mies-van-der-Rohe_Courtesy-of-Mies-van-der-Rohe-Society-and-Illinois-Institute-of-Technology_dezeen_sqa.jpg" /> </a> <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…)</a>