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Super-tall, super-skinny, super-expensive: the ‘pencil towers’ of New York’s super-rich

February 12th, 2019 at 12:32 pm » Comments Off

The proposed 2022 skyline overlooking Central Park. Photograph: Andrew C Nelson/Jose Hernandez/Skyscraper Museum An extreme concentration of wealth in a city where even the air is for sale has produced a new breed of needle-like tower. By Oliver Wainwright It is rare in the history of architecture for a new type of building to emerge. […]



Designing homes that appeal to Millenials

January 22nd, 2019 at 11:44 am » Comments Off

   Millennials are more accustomed to an apartment lifestyle than previous generations, spending time in rented properties before making the decision to own a home of their own. In fact, young adults are buying homes an average of five years later in life than they did a decade ago. As a result, their idea of […]



Harbor town in Germany unveils urban- chic hostel made out of repurposed shipping containers

January 4th, 2019 at 11:12 am » Comments Off

  Berlin-based Holzer Kobler Architekturen and Kinzo Architekten have collaborated on Germany’s first upcycled hostel and its nothing short of spectacular. The Dock Inn is made out of multiple repurposed shipping containers that have been carved out to create 64 guest rooms which all feature a vibrant interior design that mixes urban chic with industrial […]



High-tech hemp homes: Australia’s 3D-printed green building revolution

December 18th, 2018 at 1:24 pm » Comments Off

A Dutch town will host the world’s first liveable 3D-homes, with residents set to move in next year. Photo: Project Milestone From 3D-printed buildings to hemp-panelled homes, a hi-tech green building revolution is under way across the globe. An Australian company has revealed plans to roll out 3D-printed hemp homes, thanks to pioneering technology that […]



This super-reflective coating keeps buildings cool so we don’t need as much AC

October 3rd, 2018 at 9:54 am » Comments Off

Buildings are already being painted white to help keep them cool. As temperatures increase, this new addition to the paint could help lower our massive air conditioning energy use. One of the ironies of climate change is that as heat waves become more common, people use more air conditioning–and those air conditioners help drive more […]



Five technologies changing construction

September 7th, 2018 at 10:39 am » Comments Off

Technology is changing every industry, but what are the top technologies accelerating construction? The construction industry, in general, suffers from a traditional hesitancy to embrace nascent technologies, caused partly because projects take years to plan and complete. Recently, however, progressive construction honchos have begun to harness and realise the potency of tech – whether it’s […]



How to 3D print a bicycle bridge? Study discusses Dutch concrete printing project

September 6th, 2018 at 10:04 am » Comments Off

In 2017, the world’s first prestressed 3D printed concrete bicycle bridge officially opened to cyclists. It was created by the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in collaboration with construction company BAM Infra, and was installed in the Dutch village of Gemert. The bridge was part of a research project that involved the development of a […]



New “Super Wood” is as strong as steel

September 1st, 2018 at 10:09 am » Comments Off

Wood is great. It looks nice as a building material. It grows right out of the ground. But compared to things like concrete, marble, and steel, it’s not all that strong. Well, it didn’t used to be, anyway. Scientists have now created a “super wood” that’s strong enough to stop a bullet.



Here’s what NASA thinks Mars houses could look like

August 3rd, 2018 at 11:57 am » Comments Off

They’ve awarded cash prizes as part of an ongoing competition. NASA has selected five winners in an ongoing contest it has been running to get smart ideas about how to build a 3d-printed habitat on Mars. The winners have passed level one of the 3D-Printed Habitat Centennial Challenge, which required developing about 60 percent of […]



Wellness real estate has blossomed into a $134 billion industry worldwide- and it’s growing fast

June 27th, 2018 at 9:33 am » Comments Off

From personalized wellness programs to fitness-focused apps, luxury homes are focusing on making residents feel better It’s the non-stop pace of our digital lives. An increasingly isolated and aging population. Rising chronic illness. Climate change. Given the pressures of the modern world, a gym membership and taking the occasional “mental health day” often just aren’t […]



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