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citySingapore solved clean and safe public housing

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Singapore got independence from Britain in 1959 and was poor. Now it is among the top richest countries on per capita GDP basis. They also had a lot of poor slums. In 1960 they set up a Housing Board which …

cityProposal to Reclaim Giant Artificial Island beside Hong Kong Airport to hold 1.1 million people

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There is a proposal to reclaim an artificial island measuring almost half the size of Kowloon to house up to 1.1 million people. One-third of the land would be allocated for housing, 70% of the residential areas would be dedicated …

constructionBricklaying robot that increases human productivity by five-fold

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Construction Robotics has a bricklaying robot commercially available and doesn’t actually replace a traditional mason. It works in collaboration with a mason, increasing their productivity up to five-fold. SAM, short for Semi-Automated Mason, is a brick laying robot designed and …

buildingCustom prefab factory construction of buildings is already a multi-billion dollar unicorn

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Katerra is taking systems approaches to remove unnecessary time and costs from building development, design, and construction. Katerra is off to a fast start with more than 1500 employees, offices in four countries, a growing number of factories, and dozens …

buildingAustralian Fastbricks Robotics bricklaying bot maker wants to build 600,000 homes per year by 2023

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Fastbrick Robotics Limited (ASX:FBR) is an Australian robotic technology company developing and commercializing digital construction technology solutions, including the revolutionary commercial bricklaying machine, Hadrian X. The Hadrian X construction robot is on track to being completed by the end of …

buildingsGraphene reinforced concrete is twice as strong and four times more water resistant

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Experts from the University of Exeter have developed a pioneering new technique that uses nanoengineering technology to incorporate graphene into traditional concrete production. The new composite material, which is more than twice as strong and four times more water resistant …

chinaBuildings are responsible for almost half the worlds emissions and energy usage

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According to Navigant Research, the global building stock is expected to grow from 151.8 billion m2 in 2014 to 171.6 billion m2 in 2024. Most of the new growth is expected to occur in China, where approximately 1 billion m2 …

californiaFailed Oroville Dam Spillway designed by inexperienced grad student in the 1960s

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California’s Department of Water Resources was blasted in an independent report for having a culture of complacency and incompetence that contributed to last year’s near-disaster at Oroville Dam. The full 584 page independent forensic team report is here. The agency’s …

citiesBoring Company releases planned tunnels in LA

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Elon Musk tunneling company has released a map of planned tunnels in Los Angeles. Red shows the proposed Phase 1 proof-of-concept tunnel for which The Boring Company has filed an excavation permit application. Phase 1 would include the construction of …

constructionSarcos Robotics has force multiplying robots and exoskeletons to boost productivity

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Sarcos has a snake bot and force multiplying robotic arms. Guardian™ GT is a human-controlled, force-multiplying robotic system with one or two highly dexterous arms mounted on a track or wheeled base, allowing a single operator to do more, safely. …