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Waking up with the rising sun is one thing, but waking up inside the rising sun is quite another. Visitors to the recently completed Yanqi Lake Kempinski Hotel in China can do just that, though. The hotel has been designed to look like the sun rising over the Yanqi Lake. Read More
As one of our most relied upon construction materials, concrete makes a significant contribution to our overall carbon emissions. Calcium-based substances are heated at high temperatures to form the cement, a process that produces carbon dioxide. But by slightly altering the quantities of materials used, scientists from MIT have uncovered a new method of cement mixing that could reduce these emissions by more than half. Read More
Danish developers Realdania BYG and Arkitema Architects, working with the Danish Technological Institute, have designed and constructed an experimental prefabricated home that's made primarily from plywood. Despite this, the Maintenance-Free House shouldn't need any significant maintenance for at least 50 years, thanks to a glass "shield" that keeps it safe from the elements. The overall lifetime of the home is also expected to be at least 150 years. Read More
Four competing teams of architects have unveiled their proposals for what will become the first elevated park in Washington, DC . Measuring roughly the same length as three American Football fields placed end-to-end, the 11th Street Bridge Park project will be built upon the foundations of a former freeway bridge that spans the Anacostia River and serve the communities which lie either side. Read More
Los Angeles-based augmented reality developer DAQRI is looking to bring the humble protective hard hat into the modern era with the Smart Helmet – a Google Glass-like system geared specifically towards industrial applications. Read More
Following votes of approval from both Miami councilors and members of the public, the city is set to host a new 304 m (1000 ft) high observation tower. According to the developers, SkyRise Miami will be the tallest tower in Florida when completed, and will host attractions and amusements which include bungee jumping, a cinema, and a free-fall ride. Read More
Though 3D printing technology is still relatively new, it may become an important tool for architects and the construction industry, as highlighted by projects like the recent 3D-printing of 10 homes in a day. The latest example of this progress comes via US-based Andrey Rudenko, who has created a small concrete "castle" structure in his backyard using a large 3D printer he built himself. Next up, he's making a house. Read More
NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) program has received the green light to progress after the completion of a critical design review. The next generation heavy launch system, which is designed to lift the Orion spacecraft for manned missions into deep space, is NASA’s most ambitious project since the 1960s and the most powerful rocket ever built, with 12 percent more thrust than the Saturn V booster used to send the Apollo missions to the Moon. Read More
Work recently started on the construction of the new Atlanta Falcons stadium. The stadium, to be shared with a new Major League Soccer team, will contain a number of high-tech and sustainability features. It will also boast a "one-of-a-kind" eight-piece interlocking retractable roof. Read More

In a curious case of architecture imitating toys which imitate architecture, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has begun construction on the Lego House. Located in Lego's hometown of Billund, Denmark, the building will resemble an oversized Lego structure and is expected to be completed in 2016. Read More

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