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The winners have been announced for the 2015 eVolo Skyscraper Competition

The winners of this year's eVolo Skyscraper Competition have been announced. The annual contest was established in 2006 with the aim of recognizing outstanding ideas for vertical living. This year's overall winner, the Essence Skyscraper, contains a variety of diverse natural habitats.  Read More

Clifftop Cave: The Blue Mountains offer exquisite views (Photo: Loz Blain/Gizmag.com)

Lionel Buckett squats barefoot on the stone outcropping that forms a natural verandah to his latest extraordinary creation. Weathered and weary with a shock of curly orange hair, he's looking out across a magnificent, pristine valley in Australia's Blue Mountains range, a view that probably hasn't changed in thousands, even hundreds of thousands of years. "It's an interesting thing with passive solar design," he muses, "that a cave facing north is probably the first passive solar building that humans ever lived in."  Read More

The Smoky Park Supper Club restaurant is built from 19 shipping containers (Photo: Keli Ke...

A new restaurant due to open in the US is claimed to be the largest in the country to be built using shipping containers. The Smoky Park Supper Club in Asheville, North Carolina, is constructed from 19 containers and was built by shipping container construction firm SG Blocks.  Read More

The luxury condominium tower includes features that focus on shared community spaces (Imag...

Architecture giant Perkins+Will recently shared plans for a skinny 65-story skyscraper intended for Midtown Manhattan's East 37th Street. Comprising a total floorspace of 13,935 sq m (150,000 sq ft), the as-yet unnamed luxury condominium tower includes five open-air gardens and an outdoor cinema.  Read More

The as-yet unnamed city would be located just to the east of the current city of Cairo (Im...

Architecture projects don't come much bigger or more challenging than building an entire new capital city from scratch, but that's what the Egyptian Government, Skidmore, Owings & Merril (SOM), and international group of investors Capital City Partners Limited intend with the Capital Cairo project. The recently-proposed city, seven times the size of Paris, and twelve times bigger than Manhattan, would measure approximately 700 sq km (270 sq miles) and be home to 7 million residents.  Read More

If you're interested in tying the knot in tiny house style yourself, the most basic packag...

We've reported on our fair share of tiny houses here at Gizmag, but the recently-completed Tiny Chapel by Richmond, Virginia-based Bil Malbon, is the first towable tiny structure we've seen that you might want to get married in. With a total floorspace of just 9.2 sq m (100 sq ft), the working chapel is currently available for would-be newlyweds and around 20 guests.  Read More

The Bloom pavilion is said to be the first and largest powder-based 3D-printed cement stru...

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.  Read More

Sustainable building firm BaleHaus recently unveiled a number of new straw homes (Photo: M...

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.  Read More

Drones are already proving incredibly efficient at aerial mapping on building sites, but a...

Over time we have gotten used to machines assuming certain roles in society, but even at the dawn of the the age of robotics, some types of skilled labor still seem beyond their reach. After all, how does a machine wield a hammer and overcome the perpetual problem-solving involved in putting together a house or a high-rise? While we might be some ways off from watching buildings sprout out of the ground at the push of a button, flying robots are already carrying out surveying and mapping tasks on construction sites from the US to Japan. But leading researchers are adamant that when it comes to automating the building industry, these machines have more to offer.  Read More

Algorithms can already produce remarkable architecture of incredible detail at the higher ...

Computers have transformed architecture in remarkable ways. They've made it possible to visualize designs in fully-rendered 3D graphics and to automatically check designs against building codes and other standard specifications. And they've made designs possible that were unthinkable or unimaginable 50 years ago, as they can crunch the numbers on complex equations and even generate plans or models from high-level requirements. Architecture, like music, art, games, and written stories can be created algorithmically.  Read More

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