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These 3D-Printed Honeycomb Pods Are The Future Of Homeless Housing In New York

Homelessness is a global issue that is especially noticeable in big metropolises like New York. The statistics show that the number of homeless people in the Big Apple has been steadily growing since 1955 and by now there are about 61, 000 people sleeping in the city’s homeless shelters and thousands more living on the streets. Although there is no quick solution to the problem, creative agency Framlab recently came forward with a project called “Homed” that might help dealing with the issue.

The company suggests utilizing the otherwise blank side walls of tall buildings as a new spot for homeless housing. The honeycomb-shaped pods would connect to scaffolding structures next to the buildings and provide a versatile space for people to live in. Constructed from steel and oxidized aluminum the housing modules could be assembled and, if needed, disassembled in a matter of days and serve all-year-round. The interior made from wood-clad 3D-printed plastic would allow for the equipment, furniture, and cabinets to be integrated into the design with no need for extra accessories. The smart glass on the face of the pod would allow for art pieces or commercials to be screened on the module clusters.

However, while the ambitious project sounds and looks pretty impressive, the creators state that installing these honeycomb pods will not solve the existing issue completely. “The massive extent and complexity of the situation requires work on a broad regulatory and policy-making level. But, it is critical that the design community is part of the process.”

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Creative agency Framlab recently suggested a new project called “Homed” for housing the homeless in New York

These honeycomb-shaped pods that would connect to scaffolding structures on the blank side walls of buildings and become a temporary home for the less fortunate

The structures would be made in a way that will allow them to be erected and disassembled in a matter of days

The equipment, furniture, and cabinets would be integrated into the structure so that no additional accessories would be necessary

The pod will have a lockable entrance to ensure security, outlets, and the necessary storage space

The exterior of the unit would be constructed using steel and oxidized aluminum while the interior would be designed from 3D-printed plastic clad with wood laminate

The smart glass on the face of the pod would allow for art pieces or commercials to be screened on the module clusters

The creators agree that while the project offers a quick solution, the homelessness problem requires way more attention from the society and other institutions

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Universität Stuttgart Uses Robotics and Biomimicry to Create an Outdoor Event Pavillion

Researchers from Universität Stuttgart in Germany look to a sea creature and advanced digital timber-fabrication methods to construct an event pavilion called Buga Wood Pavilion for a horticultural show.

A group of 18 researchers and craftsmen led by Universität Stuttgart professors Jan Knippers, a structural engineer, and Achim Menges, an architect contributed to the project. “A biomimetic approach to architecture enables interdisciplinary thinking,” says Menges.

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Buga Wood Pavilion took 13 months to develop, and 17,000 robotically milled finger joints and 2 million lines of custom robotic code to build.

Photography courtesy of Universität Stuttgart.

To create the Buga Wood Pavilion for a horticultural show in nearby Heilbronn, Germany, researchers at Universität Stuttgart’s Institute for Computational Design and Construction and its Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design developed a robotic-manufacturing platform to CNC-cut geometric panels and form a segmented timber shell.

Photography courtesy of Universität Stuttgart.

Composed of spruce laminate, a rubber waterproofing layer, and a larch plywood exterior, the individual segments were fabricated at Müllerblaustein Holzbauwerke, a local workshop. 

Photography courtesy of Universität Stuttgart.

Working on boom lifts, craftsmen assembled the structure on-site over 10 days. 

Photography courtesy of Universität Stuttgart.

The 376 segments were joined via steel bolts. 

Photography courtesy of Universität Stuttgart.

The pavilion’s form is based on the exoskeleton of the sea urchin. 

Photography by Roland Halbe.

Buga’s form echoes the surrounding land­scape of  Sommerinsel, one of the 15 sites that the biennial Bundesgarten­schau takes place this year. 

Photography by Roland Halbe.

The combination of spruce, rubber, and larch plywood make the installation acoustically sound. 

Photography by Roland Halbe.

Fully assembled, the pavilion spans 104 feet and reaches 23 high.

Photography by Roland Halbe.

It is hosting concerts, lectures, and workshops through October 6, when it will be disassembled for future use. 

Photography by Roland Halbe.

LEDs illuminate the shell at night. 

> See more from the July 2019 issue of Interior Design

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