How algorithms are designing better buildings

When giant blobs began appearing on city skylines around the world in the late 1980s and 1990s, it marked not an alien invasion but the impact of computers on the practice of building design.

Thanks to computer-aided design (CAD), architects were able to experiment with new organic forms, free from the restraints of slide rules and protractors. The result was famous curvy buildings such as Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and Future Systems’ Selfridges Department Store in Birmingham.

Today, computers are poised to change buildings once again, this time with algorithms that can inform, refine and even create new designs. Even weirder shapes are just the start: algorithms can now work out the best ways to lay out rooms, construct the buildings and even change them over time to meet users’ needs. In this way, algorithms are giving architects a whole new toolbox with which to realise

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See Inside Tom Joyner’s Elegant Florida Villa

It would not be exaggerating to say that Tom Joyner’s home in Golden Beach, Florida, is his magnum opus. The radio host, who has owned properties everywhere from Beverly Hills to New York, sold all of his other real estate holdings (and his airplane!) when he decided to retire to this exclusive enclave north of Miami. The town, a tiny sliver of land just west of Aventura, is famed for its regal oceanfront estates, which hold bragging rights nearly unheard of elsewhere: private beaches. So, it’s little wonder that Joyner, who calls the area paradise, wanted to make it his permanent residence.

But, with Golden Beach’s length of a mile and a width of only four blocks, real estate is coveted, and turnkey properties for sale are rare. Joyner opted to purchase a Mediterranean-style home we buy houses jacksonville that was in need of a facelift but had the advantage

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See Brady Bunch Stars Maureen McCormick and Eve Plumb Tackle Home Renos in New HGTV Show

Maureen McCormick and Eve Plumb are back on HGTV — only this time, they’re the designers!

The Brady Bunch stars who appeared on HGTV’s A Very Brady Renovation are bringing their skills to the network’s new self-shot show, Design at Your Door.

The social-distancing inspired series, which premiered on June 11, pairs a roster of HGTV designers with families who are ready to tackle home-improvement projects on their own — with a bit of virtual assistance from the experts.

In place of the typical on-site interactions a home renovation would entail, participants are coached through completing the redesigns themselves via video conference. After a design plan is created, all the necessary materials are shipped straight to their door.

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In this exclusive clip (above) of Thursday’s episode, McCormick uses her decorator’s

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4 British Home Design Brands You Can Shop on This Side of the Atlantic

Say “cheerio” to your new favorite decorating style. British design is making its way across the pond, bringing classic elegance and refined comforts to this side of the Atlantic. The aesthetic leans traditional, but modern materials and updated silhouettes make English-inspired interiors feel fresh, not stuffy. Rita Konig, an English interior designer and tastemaker who has clients in America, shares ways to make a room feel English.

  • Focus on Comfort: “The first thing I think of when it comes to English interiors is comfort—dogs and children and a soft, squishy sofa,” Konig says.
  • Try Brown in Your Color Scheme: Brown furniture, such as a chest of drawers, anchors a room. “You can find something beautifully made and lovely at a thrift shop that will always work somewhere.”
  • Look to Grandma’s Collection: “Accumulation is in the British DNA,” Konig says. “We’re not into buying a look or chucking things out.
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