Design Innovation Readings

Watch Alastair Parvin’s “Architecture for the people by the people” talk at TED

Designer Alastair Parvin presents a simple but provocative idea: what if, instead of architects creating buildings for those who can afford to commission them, regular citizens could design and build their own houses? The concept is at the heart of WikiHouse, an open source construction kit that means just about anyone can build a house, anywhere. Alastair Parvin believes in making architecture accessible to 100 percent of the population […]

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Autodesk featured on “100 Best Companies to Work For 2012” list in the U.S.

Autodesk has been recently ranked #52 in Fortune’s Magazine 2012 list of “100 Best Companies to Work For” in the U.S. […]

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Watch “The Printable House” video by 1:1 Arkitektur

Danish architects from 1:1 Arkitektur — in collaboration with Facit Homes — are constructing an entire house in just four weeks with only their computer (it looks like that they are using Autodesk® Revit®) and a CNC machine. Constructed entirely out of wood, the printed house demonstrates a sustainable, quick and affordable alternative to conventional building that […]

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Architecture & Design in Brazil: list of the world’s most innovative projects highlights houses in Brazil

Residential projects have become much more than places to live. Angles that seem impossible, unusual materials and shapes are some of the impressive aspects found in the experimental buildings that illustrate the volume two of the book 100 contemporary Architects, launched by the German publisher Taschen […]

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Autodesk’s “Imagine, Design, Create” for iPad just released on the iTunes App Store

The digital version of Autodesk’s Imagine, Design, Create book is now available on the Apple App store. The printed version of the book, released earlier this year, offers compelling stories and rich visuals to show how the worlds of design and technology intersect […]

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Brazil leads the way to a new generation of designers in China

Bruno Porto, Sarah Stutz, and I recently spoke to Claudia Trevisan from Estadão about the status of Design Education in China (in Portuguese). Check some of the highlights […]

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Watch Michael Pawlyn’s “Using nature’s genius in architecture” talk at TED

How can architects build a new world of sustainable beauty? By learning from nature. At TEDSalon in London, Michael Pawlyn describes three habits of nature that could transform architecture and society: radical resource efficiency, closed loops, and drawing energy from the sun […]

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Autodesk Book “Imagine Design Create” shows how Designers, Architects & Engineers are changing our World

At TED 2011, Autodesk launched a new book that celebrates the impact of design. Featuring the work of dozens of leading designers, many of them TEDsters, Imagine Design Create tells stories of how technology is transforming the very nature of design. Edited by Autodesk Fellow Tom Wujec, Imagine, Design, Create explores the innovative thinking behind the work of a wide range of companies and designers, ranging from the world’s largest and most established companies to new and emerging designers. The book includes hundreds of beautiful images and illustrations, as well as interviews with industry leaders and innovators using fresh design approaches and new design capabilities to create buildings, products and entertainment experiences.

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Watch Frank Gehry’s “young rebel” talk at TED

Before he was a legend, architect Frank Gehry takes a whistlestop tour of his early work, from his house in Venice Beach to the American Center in Paris, which was under construction (and much on his mind) when he gave this talk […]

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Shanghai World Expo: CHINA PAVILION

The Chinese national pavilion is the largest of its kind at the Expo and most expensive, costing an estimated US$220 million. The 63-meter high pavilion, the tallest structure at the Expo, is called “The Crown of the East,” as it is meant to resemble an ancient Chinese crown with its distinctive roof, made of traditional dougong or brackets, which date back more than 2,000 years […]