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The Starwars House, by South Korean architecture firm Moon Hoon (Photo: Namgoong Sun)

The force is strong in South Korea. Local architecture firm Moon Hoon has built a Star Wars-inspired home that would look at home on a George Lucas movie set. The Starwars House was constructed for a family of four on a relatively low budget and shows a sense of fun while remaining a practical family home.  Read More

The S House, by Vo Trong Nghia Architects (Photo: Hiroyuki Oki)

Vietnam-based firm Vo Trong Nghia Architects recently revealed an affordable prefabricated prototype house that could potentially offer Vietnamese people on a very low income somewhere safe and durable to live. While still a work-in-progress and thus subject to change, the S House currently costs just US$4,000 to build.  Read More

The East River Skyway proposal, by developer CityRealty

A plan is afoot to ease the congestion of New York City's existing transportation infrastructure with a cable car system similar to London's Emirates Air Line. The East River Skyway proposal envisions a high-speed urban gondola that would offer commuters swift transport between Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, reducing travel times and providing a great view of New York City's skyline.  Read More

Standard Architecture Design produced one of the more practical looking shelters (Photo: G...

A total of 14 Los Angeles-based architecture firms, including Perkins and Will and HOK, were recently tasked with designing small outdoor cat shelters for charity. The works were then displayed for one night only last week to raise money for FixNation: a non-profit organization dedicated to minimizing cat populations through humane, non-lethal, methods.  Read More

OMA and OLIN's 11th Street Bridge Park proposal

Four competing teams of architects have unveiled their proposals for what will become the first elevated park in Washington, DC . Measuring roughly the same length as three American Football fields placed end-to-end, the 11th Street Bridge Park project will be built upon the foundations of a former freeway bridge that spans the Anacostia River and serve the communities which lie either side.  Read More

The David and Claudia Harding gallery is due to open in 2016 (Image: Zaha Hadid Architects...

Zaha Hadid has been selected to design a new mathematics gallery for the London Science Museum, as part of the museum's ongoing redevelopment which also includes a new library and research facilities. The gallery is set to open in 2016 and will be named after David and Claudia Harding, who provided a £5 million (over US$8 million) donation.  Read More

The G-pod Dwell shipping container-based home (Image: G-pod)

Hong Kong and Australia-based company G-pod has unveiled a new shipping container home that it hopes will stand out from the sizable competition thanks to a novel expandable design that increases usable floor space significantly. The G-pod Dwell can also operate off-grid and optional extras include a rainwater collection unit and solar array.  Read More

The Cliff House, by Australian firm Modscape (Image: Modscape) Australian firm Modscape offers food-for-thought with this five-story concept home called Cliff House that clings to the side of a cliff in rural Australia.  Read More

Once complete, SkyRise Miami will be the tallest tower in Florida (Image: SkyRise Miami)

Following votes of approval from both Miami councilors and members of the public, the city is set to host a new 304 m (1000 ft) high observation tower. According to the developers, SkyRise Miami will be the tallest tower in Florida when completed, and will host attractions and amusements which include bungee jumping, a cinema, and a free-fall ride.  Read More

The Royal Institute of British Architects' (RIBA) Stephen Lawrence Prize Shortlist has bee...

Sometimes constraint can prove fertile ground for innovation. Such is the case with the six projects shortlisted for the Royal Institute of British Architects' (RIBA) Stephen Lawrence Prize, which highlights outstanding UK-based projects completed by mostly young architectural talent working with a relatively small budget.  Read More

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