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Research suggests a wooden future for skyscrapers

By - July 2, 2013 9 Pictures
Skyscrapers dominate the skylines of our major cities, offering more urban density and greater flexibility than smaller buildings. However, concrete- and steel-based tall structures require huge amounts of energy for their construction, which comes at a significant environmental cost. This can be mitigated by incorporating technologies such as solar power, passive cooling systems and efficient lighting into the design, but what if we could go even further and build skyscrapers using sustainable materials? Herein lies the impetus behind recent research into the efficacy of wooden skyscrapers. Read More

BIG's Telus Sky Tower planned for Calgary

Danish architectural firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has announced it is planning to build a new tower block in downtown Calgary, Canada. The Telus Sky Tower, which BIG intends to have LEED Platinum certified, will feature a mixture of residential, office, and retail spaces, spread over 750,000 sq ft (70,000 sq m). Read More
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UltraRope could make kilometer-high elevators possible

By - June 12, 2013 3 Pictures
As architects continue to design taller and taller buildings, a certain limitation of elevators is going to become more of a problem – using traditional steel lifting cables, they can’t go farther than 500 meters (1,640 ft) in one vertical run. Any higher, and the weight of all the cable required is simply too much. Currently in the world's few buildings that are over 500 meters tall, passengers must transfer from one elevator line to another, part way up. Thanks to a new lightweight material known as UltraRope, however, elevators should now be able to travel up to one kilometer (3,281 ft) continuously. Read More
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From prefab skyscrapers to prefab houses, Klik claims to fit the bill

By - May 7, 2013 5 Pictures
With Klik, Australian companies Elenberg Fraser and Unitised Building have come up with a prefabricated modular building system they claim is equally suited to knocking up a quick skyscraper as it is a modern, designer house. It makes sense, then, that the product is pitched at developers, architects and would-be homeowners, and that the multiple choice procurement procedure is identical for each. If you can tick a box, you can design a Klik building, more or less. Read More
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SkyHouse: The NYC penthouse with an 80-foot slide

By - March 26, 2013 26 Pictures
Even someone who lives in a penthouse in Lower Manhattan may feel the need to “keep up with the Joneses,” to some extent. One way to impress New York City's penthouse-dwelling elite is to choose a location which affords particularly stunning views, while another is to select only the finest interior furnishings. The SkyHouse penthouse renovation by architect David Hotson does both, but ups the ante with the addition of an 80-foot (24-meter) slide which sprawls throughout the interior of the home. Read More
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In pictures: eVolo's madcap skyscraper competition winners

By - March 14, 2013 27 Pictures
eVolo Magazine has announced the winners of its 2013 speculative skyscraper design competition. Novelty, be it technical or aesthetic, is the order of the day, and while one shouldn't expect to see any of these designs crop up in their chosen city of residence at any point in the next 3,000 or so years, there is plenty of first rate eye-candy and a smattering of urban speculative to peruse. Prepare to suspend disbelief. Read More
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China's Essence Financial Building ditches traditional form for better function

By - February 8, 2013 12 Pictures
Dutch architectural firm OMA recently won a design competition for the Essence Financial Building in Shenzhen, China, with a concept that abandons western conventions for more contemporary ideas. Among other attributes, the plans call for shifting the elevators to the side instead of the center to allow for more creative office designs, and removing the exterior walls from the middle floor to create a large skydeck. Read More
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