Skyscrapers are normally associated with society’s forced decline of the environment’s quality and sustainability. They represent man’s destructive ways against nature for the sake of progress. Not all skyscrapers are made this way and one concept design won the 2013 eVolo Skyscraper Competition. The Polar Umbrella isn’t just a skyscraper design that tickles the imagination… Continue reading Winning skyscraper concept makes ice and energy while it floats in the arctic
Prefab housing isn’t what it used to be. While we typically think of cheap, low-quality mobile homes when think of prefabricated construction, the world’s top architects and engineers are looking to prefab housing as way to create sustainable urban environments. Since prefab housing is affordable, energy efficient, and incredibly quick-to-build, creative designers are hoping to… Continue reading Prefab high-rises may soon dominate city skylines
For years we have heard about self-sustaining homes that can take advantage of the latest technology to harness solar energy and provide the most economical usage of available resources, but we haven’t been seeing them. However, a few families in the UK are getting some eco love with the Home for Life project. Perhaps this… Continue reading The House That Pays For Itself (Eventually) — Home for Life
Steve really hates his house – in fact, he’s been meaning to tear it down for years. Does this make him a crazy person? Don’t answer that. Steve has, however, just received word that all systems are go: the red tape preventing Jobs from bulldozing his Woodside, California home has been cleared, and at his… Continue reading Jobs Huffed and Puffed and Blew His House Down
Going green can be beautiful. By the time of the upcoming 2016 Olympics, being held in Rio de Janeiro, a man-made waterfall will be used to power the future Olympic village. The Swiss architectural office RAFAA is undergoing this unique project named the Solar City Tower. The artificial waterfall will flow down the side of… Continue reading Solar Waterfall Planned For the 2016 Olympics
There are some things in architecture that really just have to make you think wow. Most of these things are over-the-top one-time designs that are extremely unique and are unlikely to be seen elsewhere. But this architectural beauty is one that could be applied elsewhere in the future. It’s a multi-level car park, but one that we… Continue reading Why Can’t All Car Parks Be This Remarkable?
On the banks of the river Mersey in England, a new sculpture by architect Tonkin Liu has been unveiled. The 45 foot high sculpture features 160 huge metal petals and over 60 LED lights that are powered by wind turbines. The lights shine at a brightness that intensifies with the wind speed, with power supplied… Continue reading Giant Metal Wind-Powered Future Flowers Sprout in England
[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/9202755[/vimeo] Some see abstract art as a mess while others see it as a beautiful piece of work, but regardless of the side you favor, this project by a motivated group in the UK is sure to impress any tech-savvy person. Extracts of Local Distance is the work of Benjamin Maus, Frederic Gmeiner and Thorsten… Continue reading Software That Creates New Architecture From Existing Architecture
While to some the above picture represents a World Architecture Award-winning design concept for a new home for the Philarmonie de Paris, come on: it’s an Imperial Destroyer, right? Right!? Okay maybe that’s just me. The proposed building by Jungmin Nam – which, sorta’ incredibly, he completed while still at the Harvard School of Design… Continue reading Paris Concert Hall Concept to Please Classical Music Buffs, Star Wars Fans
When you think of doing good or being environmentally sustainable, building a massive skyscraper probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But surprisingly, that’s exactly the aim behind an idea put forward by Polish architecture firm h3ar for the Sudan. The proposed tower, which looks like its pulled straight from a sci-fi movie,… Continue reading Saving the World with… a Skyscraper?