Archinect - News 2017-08-19T18:43:33-04:00 Clemson University students develop an easy-to-use, low-tech construction method Nicholas Korody 2017-02-13T12:20:00-05:00 >2017-02-17T13:16:04-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;With a click of the button, someone could order a custom-cut, flat-packed home online, and construct it by hand with the help of their friends and neighbors in a matter of days,&rdquo; states Kate Schwennsen, professor and director of the School of Architecture at Clemson University. Students at the school have created a construction method that could significantly ease the building of low-tech sustainable housing.</p><p>Comprising an interlocking tab-and-slot connection system, the sim[PLY] Framing System is &ldquo;intuitive and easy&rdquo;, according to the press release. The buildings &ldquo;come together much like a 3D puzzle&rdquo; without nails. Instead, connections are fastened using steel zip ties and screws. That means disassembly is just as easy.</p><p>The system uses locally-sourced plywood that has been CNC fabricated. All construction plans are digital and can be used by any CNC router.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Flatpack homes offer Dutch first-time buyers chance to get on housing ladder Archinect 2013-05-13T18:36:00-04:00 >2013-05-21T18:26:13-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Choosing your dream home has become as simple as picking furniture from the Ikea catalogue for residents of Nijmegen in the Netherlands, where a neighbourhood of affordable architect-designed kit houses has just been launched. Aimed at first-time buyers, the city's "I build affordable in Nijmegen" initiative has paired 20 architects with building companies to produce about 30 designs &ndash; from detached timber cabins to redbrick terraced houses &ndash; with a construction cost of as little as &euro;115,000.</p></em><br /><br /><p> From 8A Architecten, the archtiects, "8A designed houses for first time buyers for the IbbN-program in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. &lsquo;IbbN&rsquo; stands for &lsquo;Ik bouw betaalbaar in Nijmegen&rsquo;, translated in English as &lsquo;I build affordable in Nijmegen&rsquo;. This is a special program for first time buyers on the housing market who like to build their own house. With this program everyone with an income between &euro; 30.000,- and &euro; 47.000,- a year, gets a chance to build their own house."</p> <p> More information about the project can be seen here, at it's dedicated website: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p>