Adam scours the globe from his home in North Wales in order to bring the best of innovative architecture and sustainable design to the pages of Gizmag. Most of his spare time is spent dabbling in music, tinkering with old Macintosh computers and trying to keep his even older VW bus on the road.
Researchers at Australia's University of Wollongong (UOW) have created a number of 3D-printed custom flutes that can play microtonal tunings otherwise unachievable with standard flutes, thus opening up a whole new series of tones to flute players. The same research could also lead to instruments which are easier for disabled people to play.
Though tiny houses and treehouses often pack impressive amenities, it's a safe bet that few have the Cinder Cone treehouse beat when it comes to having a good time. The recently-completed multi-platform treehouse features a suspension bridge, and boasts both a full-size skate bowl and wood-fired hot tub.
Denmark's Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has unveiled preliminary plans and some renders for Manhattan's Two World Trade Center, the fourth and final skyscraper slated for the World Trade Center site. As you might expect from a firm with BIG's pedigree, it's a real eye-catcher, and once complete, may well prove the most striking building in the immediate area.
We've reported on a lot of great tiny houses here at Gizmag, but Frank Henderson and Paul Schultz's recently-completed Toybox Tiny Home stands out from the crowd with its fun, colorful exterior and well-designed interior. A lot of time went into the design and construction of this miniature dwelling – and it shows – with almost every inch of the 140 sq ft (13 sq m) of floorspace used to its full potential.
The largest waterfall in the Pacific Northwest and one of the most significant in the entire United States, Oregon City's Willamette Falls, has remained closed to the general public for around a century due to its use as an industrial center. However, as part of a larger scheme to redevelop the area, work will soon begin on building a new riverwalk along the edge of the falls.
Here's a very simple but possibly handy gizmo for those who'd like to create custom furniture without the need of any tools. Be-elastic's Snap metal furniture legs slot onto a flat surface to turn it into a table.
The Réinventer Paris competition was conceived to promote new architectural ideas for the city's future, and provided the impetus behind Planning Korea's L’air Nouveau de Paris and Vincent Callebaut's 2050 Paris Smart City. A new entry, by Michael Green Architects, imagines the world's tallest wooden building for the city.
For many of us, making something during an extracurricular high school activity probably involved bringing home a papier-mâché head or wonky flower pot to proud parents, but Berkeley, CA high school students constructed a solar-powered tiny house. The unnamed dwelling measures just 9.2 sq m (100 sq ft) and includes a small sleeping and storage area.
Copenhagen's Arcgency recently completed a shipping container-based office that plays to the container's strengths as a construction material and addresses its weaknesses. Dubbed Made to be Moved, the recyclable building takes the chilly Scandinavian climate in its stride, and is designed to be easily dismantled when the time comes to move it to another location.
Following the unveiling – and subsequent rejection – of its ambitious new Mountain View headquarters, Google has reportedly submitted plans for a redesigned building that will be located on an unused plot the internet giant currently leases.