Towering over the ancient city like a watchful giant, the Colossus of Rhodes statue was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Now, over two millennia after it was felled by an earthquake, a group of architects and engineers hope to build its modern successor.
Dutch designer and tiny house enthusiast Daniel Venneman, who previously bought us the DIY Hermit House, has recently completed a new tiny home on wheels. Dubbed Porta Palace, the 194 ft2 home was specifically designed for Venneman's building partner, Jelte Glas. Glas was wanting to create his very own home that not only would he be able to afford, but would also bring him closer to nature.
The struggle to rebuild Nepal's infrastructure since the devastating earthquake that struck in April has inspired some architects to try and help, resulting in ideas like the Temporary Shelter in Nepal and Just a Minute shelters. In a similar vein, New York City's SHoP Architects recently made a commitment to build 50 schools for the ailing country.
Following its Grace on Coronation and Gold Coast projects, Zaha Hadid Architects has proposed a third new skyscraper for Australia. Assuming it gets the green light, 582-606 Collins Street will rise 54 floors in Melbourne, Victoria, and include luxury apartments plus office and retail spaces.
Initial details and renders recently emerged concerning Renzo Piano's North Beach, Miami condominium, Eighty Seven Park. Due for completion in 2018, the residential high-rise will comprise 70 luxury apartments, with the cheapest reportedly commanding a minimum of US$2 million.
Although solar panels can be used to power a home with clean energy, demand for power fluctuates during the day and excess power is often also produced. A new development in Chiang Mai, Thailand, reportedly solves these problems. It converts excess power to hydrogen and stores it for use later.
As we reported back in April, a team of students and volunteers is set to build a bridge out of ice that will be strong enough to hold a car. The first group is due to travel to Finland in the next week. If successfully completed, the bridge will be the longest made out of ice ever.
It's a treat to see an architecture firm at the top of its game, and MAD Architects' undulating Harbin Opera House doesn't disappoint. Looking like an alien spaceship has landed on the wetlands of Harbin, Northeast China, the recently-completed project features two high-end theaters with a combined capacity of 2,000 patrons.
A new attraction at the Dolní Morava resort in the Czech Republic has visitors walking around with their heads in the clouds. The Sky Walk is a 55-m (180-ft)-high wooden walkway on top of a mountain. It is aimed at being both fun and educational, with a helter skelter-type slide providing a fast way down.
You don't need a big place to stay for a city break, but you do need all the essentials. An apartment in Budapest, Hungary, squeezes them all into just 30 sq m (323 sq ft). AirBn'P has a meticulous design, a multifunctional bed/storage unit and other space-saving storage solutions.