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The American Institute of Architects has revealed its pick of the top ten green buildings ...

The American Institute of Architects has revealed its 2014 selection of top ten green buildings in the US. As was the case with last year’s list, the judges came up with an interesting list of buildings that includes some lesser-publicized green-building projects, such as a homeless shelter, a treehouse, and even a Net-Zero energy courthouse. Read on as Gizmag takes a look at each of the selections.  Read More

Villa for an Aviator, by Urban Office Architecture, is a home designed to simulate life in...

It may not look like an aircraft, but this house designed for an airplane pilot was conceived as a collection of aeronautical parts and is intended to simulate life in the clouds. Called "a villa for an aviator," the house in New York state was designed as a deconstructed airplane to give the owner the feel of living in spaces that are surrounded by open sky.  Read More

Thomas Heatherwick has designed a 'sunken oasis' public park for Abu Dhabi (image: Heather...

UK designer and architect Thomas Heatherwick has been commissioned to design a new public park in Abu Dhabi. The Al Fayah park will cover 125,000 sq m and has been described by Heatherwick as, "part architecture, part landscape, part cultural destination." Its design is a response to the desert landscape.  Read More

Apparatus X is the work of a team of engineering and architecture students at Pennsylvania...

Inspired by a perceived lack of adequate services for victims of 2005's Hurricane Katrina, a team of engineering and architecture students at Pennsylvania State University have joined forces to create something that can help. The result, dubbed Apparatus X, is a work-in-progress concept that seeks to transform an aging RV into a flexible unit that can serve as an off-grid disaster relief vehicle, a micro-home, and a mobile design studio.  Read More

The 78m-long (256-ft) sculpture is suspended on four structural columns (Photo: Heathrow A...

Engineers have called it "the hundred-thousand-piece jigsaw," and today it was unveiled as the centerpiece of a new extension to London's Heathrow Terminal 2 building. The aluminum-clad sculpture titled "Slipstream," by artist RIchard Wilson, reaches 78 meters (256 feet) and weighs upward of 77 metric tons (85 tons). Engineering firm Price & Myers was tasked with the job of designing parts for the piece, which twists and turns in simulation of a small airplane as it moves through space performing a series of acrobatic maneuvers.  Read More

Small home constructed from 3D-printed building blocks (Image: Winsun New Materials)

This small home may look plain, but it represents a significant achievement in rapid construction. A Chinese company has demonstrated the capabilities of its giant 3D printer by manufacturing 10 houses in less than 24 hours. Built from predominantly recycled materials, these homes cost less than US$5,000 and could be rolled out en masse to ease housing crises in developing countries.  Read More

Hitachi's new ultra-high-speed elevators will be installed in the Guangzhou CTF Finance Ce...

Hitachi has announced that it’s installing the world's fastest ultra-high-speed elevators in the Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre skyscraper in Guangzhou, China. Making up two out of a total of 95 elevators in the building, the new lifts use a range of technologies to produce record-breaking speeds of 1,200 m/min (that's 44.7 mph, or 72 km/h) while still meeting the necessary standards of safety and comfort according to Hitachi.  Read More

Casa 31_4 Room House was designed by Adrian Iredale and Caroline Di Costa (Photo: Peter Be...

Rather than building a brand new home, it can often make more sense to renovate an existing home and bring it in line with modern standards. This proved to be the case with the recently-completed Casa 31_4 Room House, which is based in Perth, Western Australia. The 1930s property was transformed into a passively-cooled home, complete with a modern extension that both adds space and contributes to its considerable charm.  Read More

A US-based team has won the Professional strand of Building Trust's Moved To Care design c...

Building Trust International has announced the winners of its 2014 Moved To Care competition. The competition sought design solutions for providing healthcare to rural and isolated areas in Asia. The winning designs are a medical clinic on wheels and a clinic built from a retired shipping container.  Read More

The House of Music was designed by Coop Himmelb(l)au (Photo: Martin Schubert)

Following four years of construction, Denmark's Aalborg-based school and concert hall, the House of Music, was officially opened last month by the country's monarch, Queen Margrethe II. The striking building was designed by Viennese architectural studio Coop Himmelb(l)au, and features both an efficient design and green technology in a bid to reduce its daily energy needs.  Read More

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