Designing a building to be sympathetic to its surroundings can be tricky, especially when the building is to be on the edge of a national park. Bjarke Ingels Group's (BIG) 79 & Park uses greenery and a clever, pixelated design to blend into the area.
Finalists have been announced in the New London Architecture (NLA) New Ideas for Housing competition. The contest, run by the city's built environment think-tank, sought ideas to solve London's housing crisis. Proposals included shared housing, communities on the Thames and suburb megacities.
Amsterdam, Netherlands, is to become home to three terraced, cliff-like towers dripping with greenery. Envisaged by architects MVRDV, the Ravel Plaza design won a competition for the development of a plot in the Zuidas Business District area of the city. It will house offices, residences and amenities.
The kind of person who moves into a dumpster to investigate sustainable living is sure to know a thing or two about downsizing. Dr. Jeff Wilson, aka Professor Dumpster, drew upon this experience to co-create Kasita: a modern and smart urban micro-home. Geared toward professional types, it can be moved to another location with relative ease.
Casa MJE, by Spanish firm PKMN Architectures, is a flexible vacation home that aims to ensure every last inch of space is made available to its owners. Featuring clever movable walls and folding furniture, the apartment can be configured to offer two bedrooms, one bedroom, or no bedrooms at all.
Lots of people have a home office, but few homes are designed to be literally part office. Dwell Developments' new Live/Work homes in Seattle, however, are exactly that home-office hybrid. They're aimed at improving the lifestyles and environmental footprints of their residents.
Foster + Partners has designed some of the most famous buildings in the world and, if one of its recent designs is anything to go by, it may soon have buildings on other planets, too. The firm has designed a shelter for up to four astronauts on Mars that would be 3D printed by a fleet of robots.
New designs for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art (LMNA) have been
released by MAD Architects. The building's size has been reduced by
around 25 percent to 300,000 sq ft (27,870 sq m). It retains its
distinctive undulating look and circular observation deck, however.
According to the Dublin Region Homeless Executive (DRHE), there were 607 families in emergency accommodation in Dublin during August this year. One means of reducing this, it says, could be the use of modular housing. It can be built quickly and inexpensively to house homeless families temporarily.
As we learned earlier this year, researchers at ETH Zürich's institute for Dynamic Systems and Control are looking at ways in which flying construction robots can be programmed to autonomously build tensile structures. Now it appears they've taken a significant step forward. Literally. The team has demonstrated a rope bridge built by drones that can support the weight of an adult human as they walk across it.