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A FlexiArch bridge being installed at Pleasington Golf Club in Blackburn, UK (Photo: Emma ...

Flatpack furniture is one thing, but flatpack bridges? That may seem like reaching, but over 50 of them been constructed in the UK and Ireland, and civil engineers at Queen's University Belfast announce that work will soon begin on the world's longest flatpack arch bridge.  Read More

The mixed-use tower will rise to a height of 110 m (360 ft) (Image: MVRDV)

MVRDV has good form for producing visually-interesting architecture (take the Glass Farm and Rotterdam Markthal, for example). The Dutch firm is set to continue this trend with a new tower in Vienna that twists dramatically, to produce an almost hourglass-like shape.  Read More

An item made from the agave bagasse/plastic composite

When the sap from plants such as sugar cane is extracted for commercial use, what's left over is a fibrous material known as bagasse. This is commonly used as biofuel, or is compressed into a wood substitute. Now, Mexican startup Plastinova is using agave bagasse from the tequila industry to make a wood-like material of its own, although it's also incorporating recycled plastic.  Read More

The Gulf Stream Tank aquarium will form the centerpiece of the new Patricia and Phillip Fr...

An impressive engineering operation has been carried out to create the centerpiece of the new Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science in Miami. Created in one continuous concrete pour that took 24 hours and 49 minutes, the 500,000 gal Gulf Stream Tank aquarium will be home to a number of deep sea species which visitors will be able to view from both top and bottom.  Read More

The prototype Heijmans ONE is currently undergoing testing  with a full-time resident

Dutch construction firm Heijmans recently took the wraps off a new prototype prefabricated house that it plans to install in underused city areas and rent out to single young professionals as a starter home. The Heijmans ONE is currently being tested with a view to launch in 2015.  Read More

Outstanding architectural oddities from around the world

For architects, thinking outside the box often goes hand-in-hand with the job description, but sometimes the box doesn't even come into the equation. These occasions can result in some very memorable, innovative and thought-provoking projects, and with this in mind and the end of the year in sight, Gizmag celebrates ten notable architectural oddities.  Read More

Work on the Al Noor Tower is due to begin in June, 2015

In June 2015, Dubai-based Middle East Development plans to begin work on a new skyscraper that will be the tallest in Africa. Based in Casablanca, Morocco, the mixed-use tower will rise to a height of 540 m (1,771 ft), easily dwarfing all other buildings on the continent.  Read More

SOMA expects to complete the project in early 2017 (Image: SOMA)

You might think that anyone hoping to erect a large building in a spot currently occupied by a house with protected status would be out of luck. However, developers Zardman and New York's SOMA Architects recently started work on a project that proves otherwise. Bobo is a mixed-use residential building that will dramatically overhang the facade of a protected 1920's-era home in Mar Mikhaël, Beirut.  Read More

The finished building is colorful and fun (Photo: Odysseas Mourtzouchos)

Humanitarian design organization Orkidstudio recently completed work on a new orphanage that provides disadvantaged kids in Kenya with a safe roof over their heads. The St. Jerome's orphanage was built using earthbags (bags filled with soil) and recycled timber, and also features a rainwater-harvesting system that offers residents an independent source of water.  Read More

Since its completion in 2013, The Commons has received numerous architecture awards (Photo...

Throughout the traditionally working class suburb of Brunswick in Melbourne's inner north, apartment developments are popping up everywhere as urbanites scramble for their own slice of inner-city living. These buildings are modern and comfortable, though many are cut from the same commercially oriented architectural cloth. But among them stands a beacon of green and thoughtful design. The Commons by local firm Breathe Architecture is a beautiful five-story apartment block with sustainability emanating from every square foot, from the bicycle rack to the communal veggie garden on its roof.  Read More

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