Luxury Hotel Converted Grain Silo in Cape Town

The first part of Heatherwick Studio’s renovation of a former grain silo building in Cape Town’s harbour has been completed, with the opening of a hotel featuring bulging windows. London-based Heatherwick Studio – headed up by designer Thomas Heatherwick – is overseeing the conversion of the building, in which the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) will open […]

Vipp prefabricated cabins designed as “battery-charging stations for humans”

Danish retailer Vipp has created a factory-made, metal-and-glass micro dwelling that comes filled with the company’s line of homeware products. Called Shelter, the 55-square-metre structure is intended to serve as a nature retreat and “battery-charging station for humans”, said Kasper Egelund, who heads the brand. “Vipp has made a plug-and-play getaway that allows you to escape urban […]

Building made from 1.5 million plastic bottles withstands fires and earthquakes

Plastic bottle architecture is fantastic at turning a problem into an eco-friendly opportunity. The amazing EcoARK in Taipei, Taiwan is one such example. Built from 1.5 million recycled plastic bottles, this massive pavilion is surprisingly strong enough to withstand the forces of nature—including fires and earthquakes! Designed by architect Arthur Huang, the nine-story $3 million […]

New Record | Germany just generated a record 85% of its energy from renewable sources

Germany has outdone itself yet again when it comes to clean energy. From April 30 through May 1, the country set a national record by generating 85% of all its energy needs using renewable wind, solar, biomass, and hydroelectric power. And this isn’t just an anomaly – experts believe that this will be the new normal for Germany […]

Hand Scanner Measures Bitumen Quality !!

With a simple hand scanner, the quality of the bitumen, which holds the asphalt together, can be measured directly on-site. Asphalt does not last forever. At some point, it ages and starts to crumble. This has to do with the bitumen, the sticky binding agent, which holds and keeps the rock content in the asphalt. […]

“Vending Machine” Skyscraper Dispenses 3D-Printed Homes in Tokyo

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. The innovative skyscraper, designed […]

Fabulous Farming Skyscraper Could Fight Poverty and Feed the World

This incredible skyscraper is more than just eye candy—its modular and farm-integrated design was created to fight world hunger and poverty. Designers Pawel Lipiński and Mateusz Frankowski proposed the Mashambas Skyscraper for rural areas in sub-Saharan Africa as a means to bring a “green revolution” to impoverished small farmers. The modular Mashambas is movable and […]

How to Keep Cool While Working in 100-degree Heat

Construction can be hard, hot work at the best of times. Now imagine building a soccer stadium in the desert. Thousands of workers are doing just that as they develop the venues for the soccer World Cup 2022 in Qatar. So the Gulf state has come up with a new way to keep them comfortable […]

New Smart System to Reduce Queues at Roundabouts!

Long queues at certain approaches to some roundabouts could be reduced using magnetic detection devices under the road surface that would activate a traffic metering signal at another, less congested approach. Researchers at the Universitat Politecnica de Valencia (Spain) have released a guide for technicians to implement this intelligent traffic system, already used on roundabouts […]

Colombia | $35B Gold Mine Was Rejected to Save The Environment!

A small Colombian town just rejected a $35 billion gold mine project, putting people and the Earth before profit. Around 98 percent of the residents in Cajamarca said no to the mine due to concerns over the environment and water pollution – and Colombian Mining Minister German Arce doesn’t seem too happy with the results. […]

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