Solar-powered Sure House will stand up to the elements

Lots of houses nowadays are designed to minimize the amount of energy they use and to generate their own electricity. Fewer, though, are designed to withstand extreme coastal weather conditions as well. The high-tech and feature-loaded Sure House has been developed to do all of this.Read More

Frank Gehry reportedly redeveloping Los Angeles River

According to the Los Angeles Times, Canadian-born architect and L.A. resident Frank Gehry is to significantly redevelop the L.A. River system. The changes will primarily focus on turning the river into a water reclamation system, in addition to increasing public access to the area.

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Origami-inspired military shelter said to cut energy use by 70 percent

The ancient art of origami has inspired all kinds of modern technological endeavors, from drones to bridges to batteries and low-cost emergency housing. The latest project to join the fold comes from US-based engineers who have developed a deployable shelter that can be shipped on a standard military pallet, improving the quality of life for soldiers while cutting energy consumption in the process.Read More

Plan hatched to build "Lord of the Rings" city in England

Though usually associated more with Middle-earth than Middle England, a plan is afoot to build the fictional city of Minas Tirith from J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings – or Peter Jackson's movie depiction of it, anyway – in the UK. Of course, one does not simply build a fantastical city without funds, and the team hopes to raise £1.85 billion (US$2.9 billion) during a 60 day Indiegogo campaign.Read More

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


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