February 22, 2013
When Australia’s weather watchers forecasted highs of 125 degrees Fahrenheight a few weeks back, the Bureau of Meteorology had to come up with a new color—electric purple—to add to the weather map. Meteorologists sweating through the Southern Hemisphere’s record-busting summer weren’t the only ones to find graphic inspiration in global warming. The more dire our climate circumstances become, it seems, the crazier we get with CAD. To expand on its experiments with algae-skinned bio-adaptive facades, Arup recently released its vision for buildings in 2050. Arup’s modular eco-tower functions as a self-contained ecosystem in itself, with co-working spaces, food-producing modules that grow meat and produce, health and education centers, gallery spaces, an underground transit network, and aerial cable cars knitting all the towers together. Oh, and the whole thing is built by robots. Read more!