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Designers reimagine the lighthouse

Host of architectural competitions matterbetter recently put a call out for designers and architects to reimagine the lighthouse, with a concept structure that would also serve as a monument to the Costa Concordia disaster. From a total of 282 entries, three winners were chosen, each offering its own radical take on the lighthouse.Read More

RE:Build uses sand and gravel to make a better shelter

Created to ease the plight of displaced refugees, Re:Build is a basic scaffold-based construction system that can be used to build a home, school, clinic, or whatever else is required. It makes use of readily-available onsite materials like sand, gravel, and earth, and enables the refugees themselves to construct the structures.Read More

Zaha Hadid's museum in the mountain opens for business

Jutting out of the peak of Kronplatz mountain in Italy's South Tyrol region like a futuristic Bond baddie's lair, the Messner Mountain Museum Corones is classic Zaha Hadid with its curved concrete and striking glazing. Three sections exit the mountain at 2,275 m (7,463 ft) above sea level, but the greater part of the building is actually hidden from view. Here, embedded into the rock, an exhibition that promotes the traditions, history and discipline of mountaineering can be found.Read More

Wood dominates in Cristián Undurraga's Chile Pavilion for Milan Expo

Renowned Chilean architect Cristián Undurraga has created a standout pavilion for this year’s World Exposition, currently taking place in Milan and running until the end of October. Inspired by "the art of hospitality", the pavilion features a dramatic external wooden facade and stretches over 1,910 sq m (20,560 sq ft). It is strategically positioned next to EXPO’s central concert arena and is a worthwhile stop to explore Chile's art, culture, wine and cuisine.Read More

hubs makes building your own geodesic dome childsplay

If you've ever wanted to channel your inner Buckminster Fuller and construct a geodesic dome but didn't know how, you may well be in luck. hubs promises to make building an open geodesic dome quick and easy, with construction time rated as under an hour. Its creators cite possible uses for the dome as a garden room, aviary, chicken run, children's den, and more.Read More

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