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Naval Facilities Energy Initiatives manager goes ‘net zero’ on his home in D.C.

October 20th, 2014 at 11:35 am » Comments Off

The Knox home has geothermal loops buried under the backyard. Andrew Know, manager of Naval Facilities Energy Initiatives, decided to go “net zero” on his home in Washington, D.C. What Knox got was a true zero-energy home, done right on a budget.    



Markthal Rotterdam – a spectacular 36,000 sq ft architectural masterpiece

October 15th, 2014 at 10:46 am » Comments Off

Markthal Rotterdam The Markthal Rotterdam is an enormous new market hall that has opened its doors in Rotterdam in the Netherlands, and it’s turning quite a few heads. The market hall is a curiously elongated horseshoe of a building, has a 36,000 square foot mural covering its rounded ceiling. (Photos)    



Why rent is so expensive in cities: Parking spaces

October 10th, 2014 at 11:48 am » Comments Off

Underground parking is extremely expensive to build. Many factors contribute to drive up the price of rents, but parking is among the most significant, according to University of California Los Angeles professor and renowned parking guru Donald Shoup. During the CityLab 2014 conference in Los Angeles last week BuzzFeed News sat down with Shoup to talk about how parking […]



Calgary’s Snøhetta-designed public library will be the Apple Store of libraries

October 5th, 2014 at 8:19 am » Comments Off

Library designed by architectural firm Snøhetta. Shaunacy Ferro:  Hanging out at the library might just become cool as Calgary, Canada has plans to build a new lending library. The library will be designed by Snøhetta, an architecture firm. The library will have a  240,000-square-foot center and will be more than just a repository for plastic-protected […]



3D printed Mars homes could be built in 24 hours

September 18th, 2014 at 10:23 am » Comments Off

The Contour Crafter could 3D print housing on the surface of the Moon using concrete made from lunar rock. Imagine it’s the year 2045, and you open the curtains in the morning and instead of grey skies and rain, you are looking out at a rust-colored rocky panorama. You have just woken up on Mars. […]



Biodesign will have an impact on the future of cities

September 15th, 2014 at 10:12 am » Comments Off

The Genetic Barcelona Project plans to inject jellyfish genes into trees to make them glow, creating a sustainable alternative to streetlights. In the morning, you get out of bed and open the curtains. The grey light of dawn is mingling with the glow of the trees, which have been injected with luminescent jellyfish genes. (Video) […]



Take a look inside some of the most lavish college gyms in the U.S.

August 26th, 2014 at 11:15 am » Comments Off

Auburn University’s track weaves throughout the gym. When Louisiana State University was designing its new $58 million recreation center, recently,  it was partly looking at besting its Southeastern Conference rival, Auburn University, whose new $52.5 million facility opened last August.    



Dubai to build climate-controlled city within itself

July 28th, 2014 at 8:46 am » Comments Off

Mall of the World – Dubai Dubai is less a city and more a perpetually ongoing World’s Fair more and more.  Crazy thing after crazy thing emerges from that place, but that’s just how Dubai rolls.  What other city would build a city inside of itself? (Video)    



The workplace of the future is a park

July 14th, 2014 at 8:57 am » Comments Off

Office of the future. If the cubicle is dead then what’s next? Will the office of the future be a self-driving car, city in itself, or a cabin in the forest? The workplace of the future will be a park, according to New York-based architecture firm Juhyunkim Architecture PC.    



A 3D printed house made with ‘Saltygloo’

July 10th, 2014 at 11:17 am » Comments Off

3D printed house made from Saltygloo. Emerging Objects are re-imagining the process that goes into constructing a 3D home by blending traditional methods and 3D printing manufacturing. (Pics)    



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