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Development consortium Carillion Igloo Genesis has won a competition to design and build t...

Another day, another ambitious architecture project championed by Mayor of London Boris Johnson. The mayor's office recently revealed that consortium Carillion Igloo Genesis has won a competition to design and build the UK's first floating village at the Royal Victoria Dock, East London.  Read More

The B-And-Bee, by Belgian company Achilles Design (Photo: B-And-Bee)

Each year, millions of people head to their festival of choice with tent and sleeping bag in hand. Belgian company Achilles Design aims to bring those festival goers a little extra comfort – and save space too – with its honeycomb-shaped B-And-Bee shelter.  Read More

A self-climbing platform will be used to dismantle Sellafield's tallest chimney

Sellafield is Europe's largest nuclear site and although operations including spent fuel management and nuclear waste storage continue on-site, power generation ceased in 2003. As part of the decommissioning process, the site's tallest chimney will now be demolished.  Read More

AstraZeneca has unveiled designs for its planned new HQ and R&D center in Cambridge, UK

Designs have been released for AstraZeneca's planned new corporate HQ and global R&D center in Cambridge, UK. The facility will cost around £330 million (US$560 million). Designed by Herzog & de Meuron architects, it will include high-tech research spaces, collaboration spaces and a green, low-energy design.  Read More

The Vivood could serve as glamping retreat, guesthouse, or a basic tiny house (Photo: Vivo...

Spanish architectural collective Vivood recently produced an eponymous shelter that could serve as glamping retreat, guesthouse, or basic tiny house. The prefabricated structure is delivered in "easy-to-fit" modular sections that have the electrics and plumbing already installed, and it can be assembled within a day by a small group of people.  Read More

The BioSkin that coats the NBF Osaki Building in Tokyo integrates evaporative cooling to k...

The urban heat island effect, whereby the high concentration of heat-retaining concrete and bitumen causes metropolitan centers to be significantly warmer than the rural areas surrounding them, is a common problem around the world. The phenomenon is particularly prevalent in Tokyo, Japan, but among the sea of towering structures stands one beacon of hope. The BioSkin that coats the NBF Osaki Building integrates evaporative cooling to keep its surface temperature down and could inspire new solutions to rising city temperatures across the globe.  Read More

Qatar has unveiled the design of the second of a potential twelve new stadiums to built fo...

Modeled on a traditional nomadic tent and featuring a removable top tier, the Al Bayt Stadium is the second of 12 new venues Qatar plans to build for the 2022 World Cup.  Read More

The Hive-Inn City Farm is a concept by OVA Studio aimed at re-localizing food production

Vertical farming and building with shipping containers have been touted as solutions to dwindling space in cities and costly construction, respectively. A new concept wants to combine the two as a means of re-localizing food production. The Hive-Inn is a modular and adaptable city farm design proposed for New York.  Read More

BioCasa 82, by Italian firm Rosario Picciotto Architects (Photo: Marco Zanta)

There are very few LEED Platinum homes around – the green building standard's highest rating – and this scarcity becomes even more pronounced once you leave the US. Italian home BioCasa 82 boasts bragging rights for being the first private residence in Europe to achieve LEED Platinum, and as you'd expect, it's a very energy-efficient home, deriving 55 percent of all required energy from renewable sources.  Read More

Mint Street housing development, east London, by Pitman Tozer (Image: Killian O'Sullivan)

Architects Pitman Tozer have built a 7-story housing block in Mint Street, east London, for Peabody housing that combines market-rate and subsidized apartments in a modern, stylish, efficient building located only 12 meters (40 ft) from a busy railway viaduct. In a departure from the harsh functional towers usually associated with such tight urban sites, the Mint Street building is a pleasant, colorful, curved form that offers living spaces with plenty of light and humane proportions.  Read More

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