That America’s infrastructure is in dire need of repair wasn’t lost on the makers of Infra, a forthcoming video game that turns players into structural analysts tasked with saving a fictional industrial metropolis from complete ruin. “Things are breaking down all over the city,” the narrator says in the game’s trailer, “but no one’s doing anything about it.” Except for you, of course. Armed with only a camera and flashlight (its makers stress the game’s lack of violence) to document and repair problems, you will navigate tunnels and sewers, transit stations, and abandoned warehouses, as well as modern offices and homes. A series of puzzles with game-changing consequences guides you through the game's 26 levels. “Everything is about to fall apart,” the narrator warns. And it’s up to you to stop it. [CityLab + Indiegogo]

ICYMI: Designing a 3D-printed house is hard enough. Finding a printer that can handle the job is even harder. And getting it to the jobsite? That’s where one architect finds himself stuck. But he's not giving up. [ARCHITECT]

Get an inside look at the world of architectural model making. [Curbed]

An Amsterdam startup is grinding up rubble from disasters and liquefying it to create modular building blocks that will be used to produce sustainable housing. It recently launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund its construction of a pilot community in Haiti whose buildings will use the modules. [Reuters + Indiegogo]

London studio Neon rethought the traditional Finnish mökki dwelling as a responsive enclosure. The Shiver Hut is shaped by 600 counter-weighted shingles that respond to the changing outdoor elements by rotating inward to protect the shelter against snow and rain. [Designboom]

Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh, is partnering with Google to progressively turn its campus into a living lab for smart tech, complete with sensors, apps, and tools developed by students and staff. Cornell University, Stanford University, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are also collaborating on the project. [Gizmag]


Swiss designer Yves Behar created Hive, a touchscreen-free metallic thermostat for British Gas, a utility services provider in the U.K.  The design puts a contemporary twist on the classic dial and can be managed via a smartphone app. [BBC]