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Adam Williams

The Forest Retreat, by Czech firm Uhlik Architekti (Photo: Jan Kudej)

Forest-based shelters come in all shapes and sizes, but rarely are they smaller, nor do they take their place amongst their surroundings better, than the aptly-named Forest Retreat by Czech firm Uhlik Architekti. The Central Bohemia-based project serves as a remote bolt hole for its Prague owner.  Read More

Gizmag gives Zivix's Wireless MIDI interface PUC a whirl

iOS has matured as a music-making platform in recent years, but those of us who wish to hook-up a real MIDI controller such as a keyboard or drum machine to an iPad or iPhone generally need to use a couple of cables and adapters per device. It's a minor issue, but one that feels distinctly un-Apple. The PUC iOS MIDI interface by Zivix promises to free iOS music-makers from this hassle by enabling a MIDI controller to connect to an iOS device wirelessly.  Read More

The Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan (Photo: Hufton and Crow)

Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid has won the London Design Museum's Design of the Year award for her Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan. The architect beat over 70 other designs in the categories of Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Furniture, Graphics, Product and Transport – all of which can be seen at the Design Museum until August 25.  Read More

The Soofa bench is the creation of Changing Environments, an MIT Media Lab spin-off compan...

A number of parks in the Boston area will soon receive solar-powered smart benches, courtesy of Changing Environments, an MIT Media Lab spin-off company. Dubbed Soofa, the benches sport a solar panel, a pair of charging points for smartphones (or similar devices), and they monitor environmental data such as local air quality and noise pollution.  Read More

The autonomous filing cabinet was created during designer Jaap de Maat's final year studyi...

It only takes a few clicks to share information online, but that information may remain available to others for a very long time. Designer Jaap de Maat aims to remind us of this fact with his art project. I Know What You Did Last Summer is an autonomous filing cabinet that follows people around.  Read More

The Royal Institute of British Architects (or RIBA) has revealed the 28 potential winners ...

In what's been a busy month for architectural competitions, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has revealed its Manser Medal longlist. Since 2001, the Manser Medal has been awarded annually to RIBA's favorite new UK-based house or extension. The shortlist will be announced September 4, and the overall winner declared during RIBA's Stirling Prize ceremony, on October 16.  Read More

The Lego bus stop is based in London's Regent Street (Photo: TfL) Those planning on taking a bus to or from London's Regent Street in the next few weeks can look forward to a more interesting journey, as a new fully-functional bus stop made primarily from Lego has been installed in the vicinity.  Read More

The Gregory Project, by DesignDevelop (Image: DesignDevelop)

Gizmag is no stranger to projects which aim to turn the ubiquitous billboard into something more interesting, including an air-purifying billboard, and an artist's retreat. The Gregory Project concept by DesignDevelop continues this theme by envisioning that billboards in the Republic of Slovakia serve as viable small homes for the homeless.  Read More

The four CTBUH Best Tall Buildings of 2014 winners

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has revealed the four winners of its annual Best Tall Building competition. The winners are split into four categories: the Americas, Asia and Australasia, Middle East and Africa, and Europe. From the current winners, just one will be declared the Best Tall Building Worldwide during a ceremony at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, on November 6.  Read More

House for Trees, by Vo Trong Nghia Architects (Photo: Hiroyuki Oki)

Like many inner-city residential areas, the Tan Binh district in Vietnam's Ho Chi Min City is rather lacking in greenery. Local firm Vo Trong Nghia Architects sought to make daily life more comfortable for one family by constructing something of a private oasis within the bustling metropolis.  Read More

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