As designers and builders, we’re always curious about the groundbreaking advancements taking place in our industry and those adjacent to design-build all around the world. From increasing efficiency to making our lives more sustainable, here are some of the exciting breakthroughs in design happening all over the world that make life easier and just plain cooler:


Efficiency & Sustainability Advancements

First Entirely 3-D Printed House in Russia

3D-printing still has a long way to go, but this prototype is a huge step in the right direction. Enduring even the harshest weather, this oddly shaped ‘house’ was 3D printed in just 24 hours.

Self-Healing Broken Glass in Japan

Are broken cell phone screens really going to be a thing of the past? Imagine that! The practical applications of self-healing broken glass are obviously incredible and would make all of our lives easier.

Capturing 3D Curves Quickly

This is the world’s first handheld device that sends precise measurements directly to your smart phone. From sourcing furniture to measuring oddly curved walls, we’d have tons of practical application for something like this in the world of interior design and home building.

Health & Safety Advancements

Handi-capability in our Aging in Place Project

Turning Seawater to Drinking Water in the UK

There are no shortages of water filtration type systems, but this is relatively new and truly revolutionary. This device, which removes the salt from sea water is an efficient and cost-effective way to filtrate water and would make access to clean water easier than ever before.

Aura Suit to Give You Muscles 

We discovered this super flex aura suit on a tour through the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian museum in NYC. It’s basically a real life Iron Man suit, containing electric muscles that provide superhuman support, helping people stay active for longer.

New Ways of Seeing

Retractable Television in this Master Bedroom

Retractable Television in this Master Bedroom

Curing Blindness

Though it is pricey and its long-term results are still unknown, this cure for blindness currently has a 93% success rate in its clinical trials. We’re excited to see where advancements in this realm will take us in the not-so-distant future.

New Cameras

Cameras are about to change forever! Since our phones and tech, in general, are getting smaller, there’s a focus on improving the quality on teeny tiny lenses and now it looks like that’s possible with meta lenses: