Major advances in 3D printing have demonstrated the technology’s potential to transform the way we create and produce nearly any item. Now, this technology is being applied to our cities. As Guardian Cities writes, Winsun, a Chinese company is scaling up production on 3D printed buildings, while a Dutch firm is working on intricate bridges. The approach creates very little waste, and has great potential in poverty- and disater-stricken areas, but could have serious job and architecture implications as well. Will the city of the future be 3D printed?
Two years ago, the City of Portland turned to the local software industry to make its RFP process more effective and efficient. In response, local firm Switchboard offered a simple “Ask & Offer” approach. Recognizing that departments, firms and others may know what the challenge is, but not how (or who) to best solve it, Switchboard connects users who have requests or offers. The solution has effectively connected start-ups and City departments, while also supporting the local tech industry. Read more at Next City.