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30 MARCH 2014

Work begins on the world's first 3D-printed house

"At the centre of the process is the KamerMaker, or Room Builder, a scaled–up version of an open–source home 3D–printer, developed with Dutch firm Ultimaker. It uses the same principle of extruding layers of molten plastic, only enlarged about 10 times, from printing desktop trinkets to chunks of buildings up to 2x2x3.5m high.

For a machine–made material, the samples have an intriguingly hand–made finish. In places, it looks like bunches of black spaghetti. There are lumps and bumps, knots and wiggles, seams where the print head appears to have paused or slipped, spurting out more black goo than expected.

'We're still perfecting the technology,' says Heinsman. The current material is a bio–plastic mix, usually used as an industrial adhesive, containing 75% plant oil and reinforced with microfibres. They have also produced tests with a translucent plastic and a wood fibre mix, like a liquid form of MDF that can later be sawn and sanded. 'We will continue to test over the next three years, as the technology evolves,' she says. 'With a second nozzle, you could print multiple materials simultaneously, with structure and insulation side by side.'"

(Oliver Wainwright, 28 March 2014, The Guardian)

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20143D printing • 3D-printed house • Amsterdamarchitecture • biodegradable materials • black spaghetti • brickbuilding process • canal • canal house • computer-controlled gantry • contour crafting • cyberarchitecturedesign futuresdigital fabricationdigital forming • Dus Architects • dwellingfabrication • gable • honeycomb lattice • honeycomb structurehouse • housebuilding • housing • Janjaap Ruijssenaars • KamerMake • lattice • liquorice • machine-made material • made on-demandmanufacturingMDFmobius stripnew crafts • novelty technology • oozingplant oilplastic • plastic facade • print structures • printingrapid manufacturing • Room Builder • synthetic sandstone • technological developmentsThe Guardian • treacle • Ultimaker • wood fibre

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Linda Carroli
23 OCTOBER 2010

Simple Houses: making a new house attainable for first-home buyers

"The [Aotearoa New Zealand] government has opened its first 'simple house' today, its answer to streamlining the design and build process to allow first–home buyers affordable housing.

Building and Construction Minister Maurice Williamson opened the house designed by Stephen Smith and built by Housing New Zealand in the south Auckland suburb of Otara. ...

'Simple Houses can be built anywhere in New Zealand and the layout can be easily changed to suit owners' needs so residents can get the most of privacy and sun,' Williamson said.

The government's first Simple House had three bedrooms, a large open–plan dining, kitchen and lounge area, a bathroom and study. ...

The government said the new simple house concept would make it quicker and cheaper for aspiring home owners to build a simple home, largely because of streamlined consenting."

(New Zealand Press Association, 22 October 2010)

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2010affordableaffordable housingAotearoa New ZealandarchitectureAucklandbuilding processbuilding standardsCanterburycompliance • consentability • construction • Department of Building and Housing • designdesign processdwellinghome ownerhousehousing • Housing New Zealand • innovation • Otara • ownershipresidential livingsimple housesolution • starter home • Starter Home Design Competition • Stephen Smith • Wairarapa

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Simon Perkins
25 JUNE 2010

The Open City: The Closed System and The Brittle City

"The idea of an open city is not my own: credit for it belongs to the great urbanist Jane Jacobs in the course of arguing against the urban vision of Le Corbusier. She tried to understand what results when places become both dense and diverse, as in packed streets or squares, their functions both public and private; out of such conditions comes the unexpected encounter, the chance discovery, the innovation. Her view, reflected in the bon mot of William Empson, was that 'the arts result from over–crowding'. Jacobs sought to define particular strategies for urban development, once a city is freed of the constraints of either equilibrium or integration. These include encouraging quirky, jerry–built adaptations or additions to existing buildings; encouraging uses of public spaces which don't fit neatly together, such as putting an AIDS hospice square in the middle of a shopping street. In her view, big capitalism and powerful developers tend to favour homogeneity: determinate, predictable, and balanced in form. The role of the radical planner therefore is to champion dissonance. In her famous declaration: 'if density and diversity give life, the life they breed is disorderly'. The open city feels like Naples, the closed city feels like Frankfurt."

(Richard Sennett, 2006)

Fig.1 Busy street in Naples, marlenworld.com
Fig.2 Paris, Les Olympiades, 1969–1974, Thierry Bézecourt in 2005
[3] Sennett, R. (2006). The Open City: The Closed System and The Brittle City. Urban Age.

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Simon Perkins
14 NOVEMBER 2009

UK National Statistics Publication Hub

"The Publication Hub remains the first port of call for all those seeking the latest statistics from government departments in the UK. It is the central website for hosting all first releases of National Statistics.

The term 'National Statistics' is an accreditation kitemark which stands for a range of qualities such as relevance, integrity, quality, accessibility, value for money and freedom from political influence. Data classed as National Statistics provide an up–to–date, comprehensive and meaningful description of the UK's economy and society.

The Publication Hub delivers updates and provides statistical news releases for all new National Statistics. You can access these when they are available directly from this website or by subscribing to the RSS news feed.

The Publication Hub also provides links to statistical products and publications that are not classed as National Statistics. It is the only website where you can access past and present statistical releases. In addition, you can find information about when future statistical releases are going to be available.

All statistical releases will continue to be held on departmental websites, along with underlying sources and datasets. As the producers of these statistics, the departments are responsible for their content and accuracy. Further contact details are provided with each statistical release."

(UK Statistics Authority)

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Simon Perkins
13 OCTOBER 2008

Room to Swing a Cat: Parker Morris Standards

"In the early 1960s government tried to map how big each room should be to fit in the furniture associated with it. For example, a bedroom shared by a couple should comfortably accommodate a full–size double bed (minimum 4ft 6in), as well as enough storage for two people’s clothing. The resulting Parker Morris report proposed minimum dimensions for each room and a figure for storage according to how many people lived in a home. Sadly Parker Morris never imagined dishwashers and fridge freezers, home computing and DVDs so his standards are outmoded."
(Gentoo Group Ltd 2006)

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1960s196119631969 • anthropometric data • building processbuilding standardsdesigndwelling • dwelling designer • furniturehome • Homes for Today and Tomorrow (1961) • house • house building • household activities • housing • housing space • housing space standards • housing standards • ideal • influential report • living standards • mandatory standards • minimum dimensions • Ministry of Housing • Parker Morris • Parker Morris Committee • Parker Morris Standards • public housing • quality of social housing • recommendations • room plans • social housing • space • space needs • space standards • standard • typical dimensions • typical items of furniture • UK

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Simon Perkins
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