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.
With over 230 new towers planned for London
, the UK's capital could soon be left in the shade – literally. Though shade has always been a concern for architects and planners, London's dramatic increase in tall buildings will mean more darkness than before for those at street level. NBBJ has developed a custom algorithm that could mitigate this, and the firm used it to design a pair of concept towers that promise to reduce shadows on the ground by 60 percent, compared to similar-sized buildings.
Flatpack isn't just for reasonably-priced Scandinavian furniture, and we've previously reported on a bridge
, hurricane-proof home
, and even a truck
that comes in flatpack form. The PlyFly Go-Kart is a gasoline-powered flat-pack kart that can be assembled in just a few hours, while promising speeds of up to 25 mph (40 km/h).
If you see a tornado in Tulsa, Oklahoma, you'll want to find shelter pretty quickly. In a considerable display of chutzpah, local firm Kinslow, Keith & Todd (KKT) has unveiled a plan to build a novel tornado-shaped tower in its home city that includes a revolving restaurant and weather research station.
3D printing looks set to become very important in architecture, but we've yet to see exactly how the future of large-scale click-and-print construction will play out. A potential step forward comes via a team of UC Berkeley researchers led by Associate Professor of Architecture Ronald Rael, who recently created a free-standing pavilion called Bloom to demonstrate the precision of their powder-based cement method of 3D-printed construction.
Frank Gehry's brilliantly bizarre paper bag
is sure to be the wackiest education building we'll see this year. But Britain's Heatherwick Studio might deserve second place with its recently-completed Learning Hub, which serves 33,000 students at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
We've already witnessed Australian firm Andrew Maynard Architects' flair for the unusual with the Cut Paw Paw house
. Tower House sees the practice up the ante by turning a typical weatherboard home in Alphington, Victoria, into a delightful "village" comprising a number of tower-like buildings.
Printing a castle
or jet engine
is quite an achievement, but inventor Miguel Valenzuela has a bigger dream – a dream in which any man, woman, or child can simply print pancakes in whatever novelty two-dimensional shape they can think of. He's now turned to Kickstarter in the hope of turning that dream into reality.
The cutting edge of pet architecture shouldn't just be for cats
, so it's only right that man's best friend enjoys some plush digs too. With this in mind, Samsung has unveiled a concept kennel that features luxury amenities like a treadmill, hydrotherapy pool, and an automated feeder. It's a dog's life, eh?
A house made from straw didn't work out so well in The Three Little Pigs
, but maybe it's not such a bad idea after all. Sustainable building firm BaleHaus recently unveiled a number of new energy-efficient homes that feature a prefabricated straw insulation system, and promise a heating bill 90 percent lower than that of an average home.
Google has released renders and preliminary information regarding its planned new headquarters in Mountain View, California. Finer details are unavailable at this stage, but the firm has commissioned top-tier architects Bjarke Ingels (of BIG
) and Thomas Heatherwick
to handle the design, and what information we do
have points toward a sustainable, flexible, and future-proof headquarters for the company.