2014 Paris Motor Show highlights

London

The new trains feature wider doors and walk-through carriages

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has today revealed the designs for the New Tube for London – a fleet of 250 trains set to go into operation in the mid-2020s. The design, which pays homage to the heritage of the Underground, brings significant improvements to the service, with the trains capable of fully automatic operation.  Read More

The newly-opened Merchant Square Footbridge in Paddington, London, opens like a Japanese f...

A footbridge over a canal is not usually something that would attract attention for being an architectural spectacle. The recently-opened Merchant Square Footbridge, however, has five "fingers" that are raised and lowered like a Japanese fan.  Read More

Take my lightning but don’t steal my thunder by British artist Alex Chinneck (Photo: Jeff ...

We've covered a number of unusual architecture projects here at Gizmag, but Alex Chinneck's latest creation is probably the first that appears to levitate. Following his sliding facade project in Margate, England, the British artist is back and wowing visitors to London's Covent Garden with Take my lightning but don’t steal my thunder: a melding of architecture and art that features a market building apparently floating 3m (10 ft) in mid-air.  Read More

Solarbox aims to provides a quick and free smartphone battery top up

Though many manufacturers put a lot of emphasis on how their smartphones offer "all-day battery life,” having your handset pass out on you is still a fairly common problem. London-based project Solarbox aims to help keep mobile phone users mobile by re-purposing the iconic red phone boxes for use as free, solar-powered quick charging stations.  Read More

The Thames Deckway proposal would stretch for up to 7.45 miles (12 km) along the Thames, f...

Though cycling can be a great way to get around London, cyclists often need to share road space with fast-moving cars and vans. The River Cycleway Consortium, which includes Hugh Broughton Architects and engineering firm Arup, proposes to build a £600 million (roughly US$965 million) cycle path that floats on the Thames and offers cyclists a safer way of navigating the city.  Read More

The David and Claudia Harding gallery is due to open in 2016 (Image: Zaha Hadid Architects...

Zaha Hadid has been selected to design a new mathematics gallery for the London Science Museum, as part of the museum's ongoing redevelopment which also includes a new library and research facilities. The gallery is set to open in 2016 and will be named after David and Claudia Harding, who provided a £5 million (over US$8 million) donation.  Read More

The first production Range Rover sold for £132,250 (US$213,000)

The first Range Rover to roll off the production line has sold at auction for £132,250 (US$213,000). The vintage, fully-restored 4x4 with chassis No. 001 was sold in London to a private owner by Silverstone Auctions and Salon Privé in a sale that was not only about automotive history, but the end of a motoring mystery.  Read More

London's Leadenhall Building has reached practical completion and will officially open nex...

London's skyline appears to reach ever higher to the sky. Earlier this year it was claimed that 230 new towers were being planned in the city. That figure includes the Leadenhall Building, which sits close to the Gherkin and has a tapering profile so as not to impede views of St. Paul's Cathedral.  Read More

New designs have been released for swimming pools in the River Thames proposed by the Tham...

Back in January, London-based architects Studio Octopi released some conceptual designs for the creation of natural swimming pools in the River Thames. The designs were created for an open ideas contest. The response was so positive, however, that updated designs have now been released.  Read More

Blood swept lands and seas of red, at the Tower of London (Photo: Adam Williams/Gizmag)

The Tower of London is currently home to a poignant art installation titled Blood swept lands and seas of red that will eventually feature 888,246 handmade ceramic poppies within its dry moat, one for each British and Colonial fatality during the First World War.  Read More

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