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Architects

— Automotive

Renault Coupé Corbusier concept pays tribute to famous architect

Designers at French automotive manufacturer, Renault, have ceated a concept car to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of France’s best-known 20th century architect Le Corbusier, dubbed the Coupé Corbusier. With a long, high-level hood, a low glasshouse cockpit, and dihedral doors hinged at the rear, the Coupé Corbusier is a melange of geometric shapes and rounded angles that reflect the signature style of the great architect.

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— VR

Film festival brings AR/VR to architects and designers

Architects and designers who attended the Architecture and Design Film Festival (ADFF) in New York this past week got a first hand look at how augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) can be used in their respective industries. For the first time in the festival’s seven year history, an AR/VR lounge was set up separate from the traditional film screenings to showcase short films that illustrated the immersive abilities of both of these technologies.

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— Architecture

Ecoshelta prefab homes strive for sustainability from the ground up

Australian Architect Stephen Sainsbury has spent decades researching materials to reduce environmental impact. This has culminated in the development of the Ecoshelta prefabricated modular building system. Based on an extensive evaluation of the environmental impact of building materials and other factors, the Ecoshelta Pods are constructed using a combination of eco-friendly timber, a composite panel roof, the latest wall and floor technologies and marine grade structural aluminum alloy.

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— Tiny Houses

Friggatto avoids planning laws with a push

Full Scale Studio, which is based at Stockholm's KTH School of Architecture, hit upon a novel plan to sidestep Swedish planning laws when constructing an inexpensive studio. Rather than build one large structure, Friggatto features two smaller buildings, one of which is set on wheels. It must be pushed a little way from its larger counterpart at least once every six months to avoid requiring a permit.

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