Marvin’s Innovations For Improved Natural Light and Air Access

Relying on its long-standing history as one of the most reliable brands in home and interiors markets, Marvin is introducing two innovative new products at 2020 International Builders’ Show that reference their abilities, but also test their potential. Skycove is a prefab, pop-out window-box designed to expand interior square footage and seating, while Awaken is a smart skylight that can dim natural sunlight, purify incoming …

“Living” Concrete Made From Bacteria

Developed by researchers at the University of Colorado, a new concrete alternative could provide a carbon-free option for buildings in remote places—where lugging traditional concrete ingredients proves difficult. Only two components—photosynthetic bacteria and gelatin—make up this “living” concrete. Due to its photosynthetic nature, it starts off green before drying into a brown hue. Perhaps most impressive of all, the concrete can regenerate: “When half of …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Art made from garbage, a Star Wars hotel, Japan's cute drone and more in our look around the web

1. Mobile Architecture’s New Radical Homes There’s more to mobile housing units than the trailer category. As design writer Rebecca Roke notes in her new book “Mobitecture: Architecture on the Move” (published by Phaidon), everything from floating cabins to trampoline tents now exist—thanks to entirely inspiring developments. From suspended works like Dom’Up, by Bruno de Grunne and Nicolas d’Ursel (pictured here) to huts on wheels …