Viking-style seaweed thatch updated into prefab panelling

Traditional Danish seaweed thatching could be updated into a sustainable contemporary building material, according to research by Kathryn Larsen. Copenhagen School of Business and Design student Larsen became interested in the potential for seaweed architecture after studying the Viking practice of thatching roofs using eelgrass on the island of Læsø. “Eelgrass is a fantastic material that […]

Anthony Burrill’s graphics top delicate timber rooftop pavilion in Barcelona

Graphic designer Anthony Burrill and architect Eugeni Bach worked with students in Barcelona to build 3KMS, a rooftop pavilion decorated with MDF panels. Forty students from the Elisava Barcelona School of Design and Engineering worked on the pavilion, which stands on the roof of the school. Burrill and Bach are both tutors at the school, and […]

Garrett Benisch designs Sum Waste pen derived from human sewage

Pratt Institute graduate Garrett Benisch has proposed using biosolids, the organic matter derived from treated sewage, to produce a compostable ballpoint pen and its ink. Benisch, who just graduated from New York’s Pratt Institute with a degree in industrial design, created the Sum Waste pen for his thesis project. The curvy, translucent writing instrument made […]

Invisible Studio and students build Urban Room pavilion as event space and outdoor classroom

University of Reading students have built a pavilion designed by Invisible Studio, which will be used by artists to showcase their work. The timber pavilion will host the architecture school’s end-of-year show and a series of two-day artist residencies, before being relocated to a primary school to be used as an outdoor classroom. Named Urban […]

Ralf Pasel and students use handmade bricks for boarding house at Bolivia school

Red handmade bricks and corrugated metal form this dormitory at a school in an Andean village in Bolivia, which was designed and built by Berlin architecture students and German architect Ralf Pasel. The Bella Vista Boarding School is located in a village near the town of Cochabamba, which sits in a valley ringed by the […]

Student builds rammed-earth shelter at Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture school

Tapered, rammed-earth walls support the roof of this small shelter that architecture student Conor Denison has built on the desert campus of Frank Lloyd Wright‘s School of Architecture at Taliesin. Denison designed and built the shelter during his final year at the architecture school, founded by the late American architect in 1937, and previously named Frank […]

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