We're bringing you our weekly technology roundup early. We'll be back next Friday with our first roundup of technology and materials news from around the Internet for 2016. Happy holidays!
'Tis the season for Jedi masters, new and old. While we dare not give away any spoilers from the latest film of the episodic Star Wars series, we can say that some people are just naturals at handling the Force. A concept project from San Francisco– and Austin, Texas–based design and research firm Studio Y takes the idea a step further, imagining the iconic laser sword in the style of some of the world's greatest designers. Using materials and forms typical to Zaha Hadid, Hon. FAIA, Charles and Ray Eames, Issey Miyake, Edith Heath, and Dieter Rams, the Force-sensitive designers of Studio Y consider what weaponry their own icons would create for themselves should they go head-to-head against the Empire. The project comprises a prototype light saber and a short video for each of the six architects and designers featured. [Studio Y]
ICYMI: Understanding the value of nature in architectural projects can go a long way toward improving their overall value. [ARCHITECT]
Should we tear down inefficient midcentury structures or give the buildings the necessary—but form-altering—performance updates, asks James Timberlake, FAIA, a partner at Philadelphia-based KieranTimberlake. [Fast Company’s Co.Design]
Construction on what is expected to be the world's longest ice bridge (213 feet long with a 115-foot free span) kicks off in Finland on Dec. 28. [Gizmag]
This forthcoming video game for PC and PlayStation 4 mixes architecture and physics as players navigate an Escher-inspired world. [CityLab]
For some very, very last-minute gifting, consider these model-building tools. [Young Architect]