The Landesgartenschau Exhibition Hall was built entirely by robots

Landesgartenschau Exhibition Hall

Landesgartenschau Exhibition Hall

As part of the ‘Robotics in Timber Construction’ research project at the University of Stuttgart, the peanut-shaped pavilion, Landesgartenschau Exhibition Hall, was created. Constructed entirely by a robotic prefab building system, it showcases the current developments and innovations in computational design and robotic fabrication for lightweight timber construction. (Video)

 

 

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Scientists create battery using wood

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University of Maryland engineers are currently working on a battery made of wood, an innovative, low-cost, environmentally friendly idea. The research team used tiny wood fibers from yellow pine trees to make test batteries — and we mean seriously tiny, the tree fibers are a thousand times thinner than a piece of paper. They use sodium rather than lithium, so the team imagines this battery working best in a large-scale environment, like for storing solar energy at a power plant.

 

 

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Chop Stick: Giant swing set and concession stand made from 100 foot poplar tree

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Chop Stick

Architects Anders Berensson and Ulf Mejergren of VisionDivision from Sweden have been commissioned to design Chop Stick, a concession stand for 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. They “sacrificed” a beautiful 100 foot poplar, to demonstrate how to make something new efficiently and respectfully. (Pics)

 

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