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Will Chicago Be Home to The George Lucas Museum?

A futuristic museum may be coming to the Second City. The architects at MAD have previously received approvals from Chicago City Council members for their proposed design of the George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. However, some critics of the project think it may not be the best project for Chicago. The museum would house many […]

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Breakwater, Chicago’s Floating Resort

It’s almost summertime in Chicago and that means plenty of outdoor activities. The team behind Breakwater Chicago has given us a look into new renderings of their floating vessel project, Breakwater. First proposed in 2014, Breakwater is essentially a floating 300-by-100 foot party barge that features outdoor decks, swimming pools, stores, bars and restaurants. This […]

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Office Furniture’s Big Five Domestic Firms

The training arm of Design Engine has had relationships of varying degrees with what might be termed the big five of U.S. office furniture. These noted firms, Steelcase, Herman Miller, HNI (All Steel), Haworth and Knoll had some involvement with the 3D training program partially because of their relatively close proximity (HNI located in Iowa […]

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Plans Proposed to Build Wooden Skyscraper in London

Cambridge University’s Department of Architecture, along with PLP Architecture and engineering firm Smith and Wallwork have proposed to build the tallest wooden skyscraper in London. The conceptual plan is an 80-story building that is 985 feet tall and provides over 1,000,000 square feet of space for 1,000 residential units. It would also be the second […]

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Designer Wai Lim Chan’s Jewelry Boxes Take Shape as Endangered Animals

Wai Lim Chan of Trigger Design, designer and participant in Design Engine training, has created some impressive designs. Wai Lim Chan’s “The Endangered” is a line of scented jewelry boxes that are shaped like endangered animals. Chan hopes these jewelry boxes will help represent the importance of cherishing precious moments with your loved ones. Chan explained the jewelry […]

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Elon Musk Wants to Provide You with Internet From Space

Elon Musk is at it again, but this time his idea may really surprise you. Musk, the CEO behind Tesla, is pushing for his latest project, to provide internet from space, into becoming a reality. He believes by providing internet...
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New Car Technology May Prevent Drunk Driving Soon

The US Department of Transport (DOT) estimates that nearly 10,000 people every year are killed by alcohol-related crashes. What if there was a way to save about 7,000 of those lives? According to the DOT this is possible and th...
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Geothermal Energy: The Overlooked Renewable

Throughout the years 2006 through 2009 Design Engine would receive sporadic visits from an enigmatic Frenchman who had a scheme for a geothermal energy project he wanted us to work on with him utilizing 3D drawings and renderin...
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The Wearable Wave of the Future

Think back with me for a moment before we think forward. Remember that scene in 1989’s Back to the Future II where Marty McFly travels to the future with Doc to save his future children? Immediately Doc endows Marty with ...
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France Passes Green Roof Law – Why We Should All Follow Their Example

Above: Chicago’s City Hall’s Green Roof (Image: National Geographic) A new law in France mandates that all new buildings in commercial zones need to be covered in either plants or solar panels, reports Agence France...
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The Difference is Clear with New Solar Cell

MIT start up Ubiquitous Energy will soon bring to market the first generation of truly transparent solar panels. The firm uses term Transparent Luminescent Solar Concentrator to describe this new approach which uses the the inf...
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