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The UNHCR will begin shipping the shelters to families living in refugee camps around the ...

Designing a viable refugee shelter is one thing, but having the necessary infrastructure in place to make huge numbers of the shelter affordably and transporting it to those in need is quite another. Which is why the news that Ikea has committed to deliver 10,000 units of its flatpack refugee shelter to UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency) could potentially prove a big deal.  Read More

NexusHaus is a collaborative effort between the University of Texas at Austin and Germany'...

There are still over six months to go until the next US Solar Decathlon, but competitors are already hard at work building their prototype sustainable home entries. The first to come to our attention is NexusHaus, a collaborative effort between the University of Texas at Austin and Munich's Technische Universität München that will run solely on solar power and focuses on water efficiency.  Read More

The luxury condominium tower includes features that focus on shared community spaces (Imag...

Architecture giant Perkins+Will recently shared plans for a skinny 65-story skyscraper intended for Midtown Manhattan's East 37th Street. Comprising a total floorspace of 13,935 sq m (150,000 sq ft), the as-yet unnamed luxury condominium tower includes five open-air gardens and an outdoor cinema.  Read More

The as-yet unnamed city would be located just to the east of the current city of Cairo (Im...

Architecture projects don't come much bigger or more challenging than building an entire new capital city from scratch, but that's what the Egyptian Government, Skidmore, Owings & Merril (SOM), and international group of investors Capital City Partners Limited intend with the Capital Cairo project. The recently-proposed city, seven times the size of Paris, and twelve times bigger than Manhattan, would measure approximately 700 sq km (270 sq miles) and be home to 7 million residents.  Read More

The Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes has recently received full Living Building Ch...

The Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL) at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has become the first building to obtain the world's four highest sustainable building standards, according to Phipps. The facility has just added Living Building Challenge certification to its list of credits.  Read More

If you're interested in tying the knot in tiny house style yourself, the most basic packag...

We've reported on our fair share of tiny houses here at Gizmag, but the recently-completed Tiny Chapel by Richmond, Virginia-based Bil Malbon, is the first towable tiny structure we've seen that you might want to get married in. With a total floorspace of just 9.2 sq m (100 sq ft), the working chapel is currently available for would-be newlyweds and around 20 guests.  Read More

Vincent Callebaut envisions an eco district in the Eternal City's Flaminio quarter (Image:...

Fresh from revealing his vision for a futuristic sustainable Paris, Vincent Callebaut has turned his imagination toward the Eternal City. The architect envisions transforming a large area of land in Rome's Flaminio quarter into a €270 Million (roughly US$286 million) upmarket "eco-district" called the Città della Scienza (or City of Science).  Read More

A proposed concept for the Metrorail at the University of Miami on the Underline (Image: A...

The company behind New York's High Line is to design a similar project in Miami. James Corner Field Operations (JCFO) has been selected to transform a 10 mile (16 km) stretch of land below the city's Metrorail into a linear park and urban trail. The planned use of existing rail infrastructure for the Miami Underline mirrors the proposed schemes of its London namesake and the New York Lowline.  Read More

A shortlist of four designs has been chosen for the Nine Elms to Pimlico Bridge that will ...

The finalists have been announced in a competition to design a new pedestrian and cycle bridge across the River Thames in London. The contest, which Gizmag featured last month, received 74 entries ranging from the understated to the absurd. Those concepts have now been whittled down to a shortlist of four.  Read More

NBBJ has used a custom algorithm to help design towers that the firm says will reduces sha...

With over 230 new towers planned for London, the UK's capital could soon be left in the shade – literally. Though shade has always been a concern for architects and planners, London's dramatic increase in tall buildings will mean more darkness than before for those at street level. NBBJ has developed a custom algorithm that could mitigate this, and the firm used it to design a pair of concept towers that promise to reduce shadows on the ground by 60 percent, compared to similar-sized buildings.  Read More

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