The Ecoschool proposal from students at Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh, rethinks building systems and their management for affordable housing.
Flux The Ecoschool proposal from students at Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh, rethinks building systems and their management for affordable housing.

Tech startup Flux, an output of the Google X research lab that makes project management software for AEC companies, recently announced the winners of its Emerging Architects Design Competition. The program, which named four winners in five categories, tasked entrants with finding new ways of using technology to streamline project design and implementation to achieve sustainability goals. The overall winner—taking home the Most Innovative and People’s Choice Awards—is Ecoschool (shown above), which was conceived by Sinan Goral and Sophie Nahrmann from the Carnegie Mellon University and proposes affordable student and faculty housing in Pittsburgh with an exposed plumbing system that can be managed via the Cloud in real-time, drawing attention to the need for efficient, sustainable building systems. The other winning projects hail from Kyiv National University of Construction and Architecture in Kiev, Ukraine, and the University of Oregon (a joint project); the University of Sydney, the University of Technology, Sydney, and the University of New South Wales, in Australia (a joint project); and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. [Flux]


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Construction materials prices are on the rise for the first time in nine months but are down 3.4 percent from a year ago, according to the latest analysis of the Bureau of Labor Statistics Producer Price Index by the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). [ABC]

Skanska and digital production agency Studio 216 have created a multi-person, holographic tour of the forthcoming 2+U high-rise office building in Seattle using Microsoft’s new HoloLens headset. [Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce]

A timber tower that would be up to four times lighter than its concrete-frame alternative could be the latest addition to London’s skyline if a proposal from architects representing Cambridge University, in the U.K., and local firms PLP Architecture and Smith and Wallwork is approved. [Wired UK + Smith and Wallwork]