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Adam Williams

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

IK Multimedia unveiled its iRig Mic Field at this year's IFA IK Multimedia has added a new product to its iRig line at this year's IFA. The iRig Mic Field is a stereo microphone that attaches onto any Lightning-compatible iOS device, turning it into a portable stereo digital field recorder.  Read More

Samsung's new Powerbot VR9000

Those looking for a worthy alternative to the mighty Roomba may be in luck. Samsung has unveiled a new robot vacuum cleaner today at IFA 2014 called the Powerbot VR9000. The company says it can deftly avoid obstacles, and offers up to 60 times better suction than conventional cleaners.  Read More

Brockloch Bothy, a holiday cottage in Scotland, is built from a number of Echo's Eco Pods ...

UK-based firm Echo has produced a new modular pod, dubbed Eco Pod, that measures 9 sq m (96.8 sq ft) and can be used for multiple purposes. As a standalone unit, the Eco Pod can serve as a small office or garden room, but it can also be joined together with other Eco Pods to make a flexible small home that's capable of operating off-the-grid.  Read More

Andrey Rudenko's 3D-printed castle

Though 3D printing technology is still relatively new, it may become an important tool for architects and the construction industry, as highlighted by projects like the recent 3D-printing of 10 homes in a day. The latest example of this progress comes via US-based Andrey Rudenko, who has created a small concrete "castle" structure in his backyard using a large 3D printer he built himself. Next up, he's making a house.  Read More

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