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Solar Vertical City is a self-contained, green-infused tower planted into the ocean floor

October 6th, 2017 at 10:33 am » Comments Off

Resigned to the fact that rising sea levels are inevitable at this point, architects are starting to create feasible, water-based living solutions. Italian architect Luca Curci has just unveiled a design that envisions a soaring zero-energy tower infused with greenery on each level that will be planted into the sea floor, resulting in what could […]



8 billion-dollar mega-projects that will transform the world’s greatest cities by 2030

August 3rd, 2017 at 12:25 am » Comments Off

The world is rapidly urbanizing. The United Nations predicts that the number of people living in cities could double by 2050 — to 6.5 billion.



The sideways elevator of the future is here, and it’s wild

July 17th, 2017 at 12:01 pm » Comments Off

People laughed when ThyssenKrupp, a company synonymous with elevators, announced it was developing one that goes every which way. Who’d ever heard of such a thing? Everyone knows elevators go just two directions: Up and down. Some took to calling it the Wonkavator, after Willy Wonka’s wacky lift that goes sideways, slantways, and longways.



This $130,000 self-deploying building can unfold in just eight minutes

July 17th, 2017 at 12:39 am » Comments Off

Building a home or temporary shelter by hand can be both time-consuming and expensive. Ten Fold Engineering, a housing startup based in the UK, has created self-deploying buildings that can pop up in a matter of eight minutes. Owners push a button, and the rooms fold out like an accordion using a counterbalance system.



Blockchain: The Next Generation of the Internet

July 3rd, 2017 at 9:28 pm » Comments Off

Blockchain, or distributed ledger technology, could soon give rise to a new internet era even more disruptive and transformative than the current one, according to a white paper, Realizing the Potential of Blockchain, published by the World Economic Forum today.



Solving the housing crisis with cheap backyard ‘granny flats’

June 6th, 2017 at 3:53 pm » Comments Off

A startup out of Los Angeles, California, wants to bring small, pre-fabricated living spaces into the backyards of the country’s hottest real estate markets. The homes range in size from 300 to 1,200 square feet — but don’t call them tiny homes.



Elon Musk’s boring tunnels don’t look boring at all

May 2nd, 2017 at 10:45 am » Comments Off

Elon Musk’s new Boring Company tunnels look pretty, well, not boring. The company on Friday published an animated concept video on YouTube that shows how tunnels underneath a city could work. In the video, a car drives onto a metal platform that then lowers itself underground. The platform, with the car on top of it, speeds along […]



The Jetsons’ world of 3D print

April 20th, 2017 at 12:00 pm » Comments Off

When I was a kid I always wondered about how cool it would be if we could live in the world of the popular American animated sitcom The Jetsons. The show aired from 1962 to 1963, but the cartoon was set 100 years in the future. As it sometimes turns out with sci-fi stories, the future […]



This bricklaying bot could be the architect of the future

April 18th, 2017 at 10:30 am » Comments Off

If you want curves like this, you’ll need a robot. Designed by architects Archi-Union, the undulating exterior of the Chi She Gallery in Shanghai was made using an adapted car-manufacturing robot. “We used digital tools to transform geometry data to digital-fabrication data,” says Li Han, chief architectural designer at Archi-Union, who spent five years making […]



Japan’s 3D Printed Pod Skyscrapers set to Revolutionize Highrise Living

April 15th, 2017 at 8:22 am » Comments Off

Could the skyscraper of the future dispense homes like a vending machine? Growing and adapting to Tokyo’s housing demand, this Pod Skyscraper is constantly under construction. Residents can order a ready-to-use modular dwelling manufactured by 3D printers on the top floor of the building, and then cranes lower it into place.



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