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The Waste House constructed a the University Of Brighton employs waste materials sourced f...

Can garbage be used as an eco-material to construct a house? That's the intriguing premise behind the recently-completed Waste House project, which is believed by those involved to be the first permanent British building built almost solely from waste and recycled materials. Constructed at the University of Brighton's Grand Parade campus, the Waste House is an ongoing experiment which aims to prove, in the organizer's own words, that "there is no such thing as waste, just stuff in the wrong place."  Read More

The Shard, London, by Renzo Piano, was amongst RIBA's 56 winners (Photo: Morley von Sternb...

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the winners of its annual National Awards and European Awards. As was the case last year, the awards are a good opportunity to gauge the current state of top-tier architecture in that part of the world. There's total of 56 winners in all – 44 from the UK and 12 from elsewhere in Europe. Those 56 will eventually be whittled down to 12, before just one is given RIBA's Stirling Award on October 16.  Read More

The Polstjärnan (or Pole Star) skyscraper, by SOM (Image: Serneke)

Following an international architecture competition, Skidmore Owings and Merril (SOM) has been given the nod to produce what will be Scandinavia's tallest building. Based in Gothenburg, Sweden, the Polstjärnan (or Pole Star) residential skyscraper is due for completion in 2019.  Read More

The Phoenix Towers, by Chetwoods Architects (Image: Chetwoods)

Though already home to the world's largest building, the Middle Kingdom could soon receive the world's tallest pair of towers too, courtesy of UK-based Chetwoods Architects and its Phoenix Towers concept. Set for Wuhan, Central China, the larger of the two towers reaches a Burj Khalifa-besting 1 km (3,280 ft) in height, and sports an ambitious list of sustainable technology.  Read More

The Lookout, by architectural students Angus Ritchie and Daniel Tyler (Photo: Ross Campbel...

Two Scottish architectural students recently designed and built a novel observation point that sports a reflective facade in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, Scotland. The Lookout offers a quiet place from which to appreciate the natural beauty of the area, and boasts views of Loch Voil and Loch Doine.  Read More

The One Man Sauna is based on the grounds of an abandoned factory in Bochum, Germany (Phot... Those looking for a private place to relax could do worse than the One Man Sauna, by German architectural firm Modulorbeat. Based within the grounds of an abandoned factory in Bochum, Germany, the sauna was created as part of an ongoing project to help re-invigorate the local area following a factory closure and resulting job losses.  Read More

An early render of Eta's shape (Image: AeroVelo)

Following its Sikorsky Prize-winning Atlas helicopter, Canada's AeroVelo now aims to set a new human-powered speed record during September's World Human-Powered Speed Challenge in Battle Mountain, Nevada, with a high speed bicycle named Eta. The current record stands at 83.1 mph (133.8 km/h), and was set at the event last year by a Dutch team of students with the VeloX3 bike.  Read More

The Redaction House, by Johnsen Schmaling Architects, was one of five modern residences gi...

The American Institute of Architecture's Small Project Practitioners Knowledge Community recently revealed the winners of its 8th annual Small Project Awards. The awards aim to highlight outstanding architectural projects of all kinds, which are small in both stature and cost. This year's winners included several pavilions, a light installation, and five energy-efficient homes.  Read More

Researchers at Ford and Heinz are developing a method of manufacturing car parts from toma...

Tomatoes are already found in soup, ketchup, and most Italian dishes, but researchers at Ford and Heinz may have discovered the secret sauce to making car parts from them. The companies' boffins are currently investigating the potential use of waste tomato peel for the manufacture of interior car parts, such as wiring brackets, and dashboard-based storage.  Read More

City Beach NYC, by designer Blayne Ross (Image: City Beach NYC)

Designer Blayne Ross has unveiled a new concept which aims to bring a beach to New York City's Hudson River. City Beach NYC comprises a reclaimed barge topped with sand that would visit the area during summer months. To help bring his vision to life, Ross plans to launch a crowdfunding campaign in the near future.  Read More

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