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The UAE plans for one quarter of its buildings to be constructed using 3D printing technology by 2030.


More than 200 built environment organisations have endorsed a report by the Royal Institute of British Architects and pressure group Architects Declare, ‘Built for the Environment’ which was presented to policymakers at the COP26 climate conference.


The UK Government has announced a new £624m loan fund to support housing projects and related infrastructure, particularly focusing on redeveloping underused land.


Close to nine out of ten local builders are reporting project delays because of supply chain issues or difficulty recruiting staff, according to a survey of SMEs by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).


Almost all builders responding to an FMB survey reported facing material price rises in Q3 2021, with 93% expecting this to continue into Q4.


The UK’s Heat and Buildings Strategy is pledging to invest £60million in heat pump innovation and offering £5,000 to households to install heat pumps.

In pictures

With the help of artificial intelligence and four collaborative robots, researchers at ETH Zurich are designing and fabricating a 22.5m tall green architectural sculpture.

Researchers from ETH Zurich, working with industry partners, are creating a green architectural sculpture for the Tech Cluster Zug, a redevelopment of a former industrial site. Soaring to a height of 22.5 metres, the structure will consist of five geometrically complex wooden pods that are slightly offset from each other and supported by eight thin steel pillars.

Named Semiramis after the Babylonian queen to whom the ancient Hanging Gardens of Babylon have been attributed, the sculpture is being designed and built using innovative digital methods that were developed as part of the project.

A custom machine learning algorithm, developed in collaboration with the Swiss Data Science Center, presented the researchers with sophisticated design options for the sculpture. The researchers used ETH Zurich’s Immersive Design Lab to explore the designs in three dimensions and fine-tune them together in real time.

The chosen design is currently being manufactured in the Robotic Fabrication Laboratory at ETH Zurich, using four suspended robotic arms controlled by an algorithm.

Read more about the project here.

Credit: Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich

Credit: Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich

Credit: Pascal Bach / Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich