Dubai does not do things by half,
and a recently-announced development is a good example of that. Meydan
One will be a 3,671,000 sq m (39,514,000 sq ft) mixed-use destination.
It will boast the world’s tallest residential tower, a cutting-edge mall
and the world’s longest indoor ski slope.
A new reactive LED façade
has been installed at the Hotel WZ Jardins in São Paulo, Brazil. The
façade responds to sounds, air quality and people's interaction with a
smartphone app. It is part of a project that explores the "Hacked City"
and how technology can bring positive change to cities.
Created to ease the plight of displaced refugees, Re:Build is a basic scaffold-based construction system that can be used to build a home, school, clinic, or whatever else is required. It makes use of readily-available onsite materials like sand, gravel, and earth, and enables the refugees themselves to construct the structures.
Compared to Google's open and accessible Mountain View headquarters design, Apple's planned Campus 2 seems a relatively private affair. However, new architectural plans reveal that the tech giant's new HQ will feature a visitor's center with viewing platform open to the general public.
New York City's much-maligned LaGuardia Airport is to receive a significant redesign, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has revealed. The redesign will totally change the airport's existing layout in favor of a new unified terminal, at an estimated total cost of US$4 billion.
Jutting out of the peak of Kronplatz mountain in Italy's South Tyrol region like a futuristic Bond baddie's lair, the Messner Mountain Museum Corones is classic Zaha Hadid with its curved concrete and striking glazing. Three sections exit the mountain at 2,275 m (7,463 ft) above sea level, but the greater part of the building is actually hidden from view. Here, embedded into the rock, an exhibition that promotes the traditions, history and discipline of mountaineering can be found.
Jono Williams has taken the concept of the man-cave to new heights. Looking something like a giant steel lollipop, Williams' Skysphere is a solar-powered, Android-controlled hideaway perched high above the New Zealand countryside that would put even the most painstakingly decked-out shed to shame.
If you've ever wanted to channel your inner Buckminster Fuller and
construct a geodesic dome but didn't know how, you may well be in luck.
hubs promises to make building an open geodesic dome quick and easy,
with construction time rated as under an hour. Its creators cite
possible uses for the dome as a garden room, aviary, chicken run,
children's den, and more.
A tornado hitting your house is no joke, but it's not always practical to build a shelter just in case the worst should happen. If the thought of jumping into a protective bag doesn't appeal, a new tough construction panel developed at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) could be a good alternative. UAB's new panels can be retrofitted to existing houses or integrated into new builds, and offer protection even in the most extreme EF5 tornado – that is, in winds over 200 mph (321 km/h).