2014 Paris Motor Show highlights

Architecture

T2.a Architects' Black Magic House (Photo: Zsolt Batár)

Located on the edge of a forest near Budapest, the prefabricated Black Magic House by T2.a Architects is, as its name suggests, both black and a house. The "magic" part? The home's basic structure was built in just two days, and the entire process – from sending off the digital plans to receiving the prefab parts and completing the structure – took only a week.  Read More

The Avis Magica skyscraper concept (Image: Alex Sandulescu)

Bucharest-based architectural studio Amarada has unveiled a new skyscraper concept. Dubbed Avis Magica, the futuristic building features a vertical aquarium, and produces its own electricity via novel wind-harnessing "feathers."  Read More

The Jobie L. Martin Classroom Building was amongst the five chosen by AIA (Photo: Timothy ...

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) has revealed its pick of five outstanding educational and cultural facilities for this year's annual CAE Educational Facility Design Awards.  Read More

Christchurch's new temporary cathedral (Photo: Shigeru Ban Architects)

Work has been completed on Christchurch's temporary Cardboard Cathedral designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban.  Read More

The Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences (Photo: Perkins+Will)

Architectural firm Perkins+Will has designed a new research campus for the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. Completed in December, 2012, at a cost of US$31 million, the 54-acre (22-hectare) plot overlooks the ocean in East Boothbay, Maine, and has been awarded LEED Platinum status.  Read More

Harvest Dome 2.0 (Photo: Andreas Symietz)

Take a pleasure cruise up the Harlem River this month and you surely won't miss the 24-ft diameter Harvest Dome 2.0 which floats on the waters near Spuyten Duyvil Creek at the north tip of Manhattan, New York. Built to draw eyes to the city's watercourses, the dome is built from 450 discarded and broken umbrellas support by a floating ring made from 128 2-liter drinks bottles.  Read More

House RP would look right at home in George Lucas sci-fi movie THX 1138 (Photo: Nico Saieh...

Designed by Chilean architect Gonzalo Mardones Viviani to serve as family home to compatriot and former tennis star Marcelo Rios, House RP features a futuristic-looking design that would look right at home in George Lucas sci-fi movie THX 1138.  Read More

The LEGO Architecture Studio Kit is available now, for US$149.99

Ever fancied yourself a budding Frank Lloyd Wright, but don't much relish the prospect of undertaking years of hard study learning the trade? Of course you have, and of course you don't. LEGO knows this, so has produced the Architecture Studio Kit to save you the trouble.  Read More

The ÁPH80 will set you back from €32,000 (roughly US$42,000) (Photo: ÁBATON)

Spanish architectural studio ÁBATON has developed the ÁPH80: a prefabricated, portable micro-home, which is envisioned as the first in a series of upcoming similar dwellings suitable for up to two people. The wood used to construct ÁPH80 is sourced responsibly, and the house can be erected in just a day.  Read More

The world’s largest tunnel boring machine is being put to work in Seattle

Bertha, the world’s largest tunnel boring machine (TBM), started digging under Seattle on Tuesday as it chewed through the north wall of the 80-ft (24.3 m) deep trench where it was assembled after being shipped in pieces from its manufacturer in Japan. Designed to bore a 1.7 mi (2.7 km) tunnel for State Route 99 (SR 99) under the Seattle city center to replace the old viaduct, the machine will both dig out soil and lay a concrete tunnel wall as it goes.  Read More

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