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The planned Gate Residence will feature a host of energy-saving and generating technologie...

Plenty of new buildings are now being built with technologies to help minimize environmental impact. Few, however, do so to the extent that Cairo, Egypt's, upcoming Gate Residence will. The complex will feature windcatchers, geothermal cooling, solar panels, solar heater tubes and wind turbines.  Read More

Vinge Train Station, in Denmark, will have an undulating circular design that helps avoid ...

Rail infrastructure has a tendency to split cities into two, beyond just its physical route. A station in Denmark, however, will use clever design to negate any such sense of separation. Vinge Train Station will use an undulating concourse that allows the city to flow seamlessly across the tracks.  Read More

Battersea Roof Gardens is part of the Battersea Power Station redevelopment and will provi...

There have been a number of suggestions for redeveloping Battersea Power Station over the years, including adding a roller coaster and even turning it into a big green mountain. Earlier this year, however, plans were released for its redevelopment as a new town center. Details of large roof gardens for the new community have now been revealed.  Read More

Kitoko Studio has turned an 8 sq m (86 sq ft) former maid's room in Paris into a functiona...

When you're working with a limited amount of space, making the most of a room requires innovative thinking. One room in Paris demonstrates exactly that kind of approach. The former maid's room squeezes all the facilities of a full apartment into just 8 sq m (86 sq ft).  Read More

The newly-refurbished Abu Dhabi Central Market can be enclosed when it's hot outside, to b...

During Abu Dhabi's winter, temperatures drop to around a comfortable 24º C (75º F) in the daytime. In summer, however, they can get close to 50º C (122º F). To combat the sweltering heat, Abu Dhabi's open air market can now close its roof.  Read More

The Formosa amphibious house designed by Baca Architects is nearing completion

Living in an area prone to flooding has historically meant that you need high sockets and deep pockets. Baca Architects, however, has come up with an altogether more ingenious solution. Its "amphibious house," designed to float on floodwater before being gently placed back down, is nearly complete.  Read More

One Central Park in Sydney has been named the overall winner of the 2014 LEAF Awards

Having caused a stir when its trademark 110-tonne (121-ton) heliostat frame was lifted into place, Sydney's One Central Park is back in the news. The striking building has been named the overall winner of the 2014 LEAF Awards. Its heliostat was cited as the main reason for its success.  Read More

The BioSkin that coats the NBF Osaki Building in Tokyo integrates evaporative cooling to k...

The urban heat island effect, whereby the high concentration of heat-retaining concrete and bitumen causes metropolitan centers to be significantly warmer than the rural areas surrounding them, is a common problem around the world. The phenomenon is particularly prevalent in Tokyo, Japan, but among the sea of towering structures stands one beacon of hope. The BioSkin that coats the NBF Osaki Building integrates evaporative cooling to keep its surface temperature down and could inspire new solutions to rising city temperatures across the globe.  Read More

The underside of the reinforced concrete beam has been fitted with two iron-based SMA stri...

Shape memory alloys (SMAs), which when heated are able to return to their original shape after being severely deformed, have found their way into everything from spectacle frames to cars. Now researchers at Empa in Switzerland have developed a new type of SMA that could allow the material to find applications in the building and construction industries.  Read More

Working together, a team of 3D-printing 'Minibuilders' can construct structures many times...

3D printers are great at creating small objects – and some can even be pressed into doing larger things, such as cars – but a 3D printer able to print a full-sized house would have to be, well, bigger than a house. To tackle this problem, a team of researchers from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia in Barcelona removed the size restrictions of a printer altogether by using mobile 3D printer robots to print directly on site.  Read More

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