Many hotel pools seem like an after thought, and something you could definitely take a pass on. This pool, however, is something you wouldn't forget. As you swim to the deep end you are treated to a glass-bottomed view as you hang 24 storeys above a Shanghai street.
It's hard to find room in the middle of a city to plonk down enough trees to make any appreciable dent in the amount of pollution. Instead of trying to clear space for a new park, the city of Milan has decided to take their forest vertical with a pair of 25 and 35 story buildings completely covered in trees.
Nobody makes buildings out of wood anymore. Why? Because wood isn't especially strong (relative to steel), it involves cutting down trees, it burns readily, and creepy crawly things live and/or feast on it. Despite these horrible shortcomings, brave architects are now planning to build a 30-story wooden skyscraper in Vancouver.
You know what would be fun? I'll tell you: trying to navigate a giant cubic maze with transparent walls, floors, and ceilings, where the only reward is a cup of coffee at the top and the horrifying prospect of having to find your way out again.
Every year, Fentress Architects sponsors a global challenge for students to explore "future design possibilities in public architecture," where the winner gets cash, a paid internship and a part in a major museum exhibition. The 2011 challenge asked students to share their ideas for airports of the future, and the results are in, featuring floating islands, circular runways and zeppelins.
The modern phone booth as we know it may be an endangered species, but one clever designer has repurposed them in way that may actually lead to a evolution in urban public spaces.
Plantagon, a Swedish company that makes greenhouses, is happy to remind us all that by 2050, nine billion people will be living on Earth, seven billion of them will be living in cities, and every single one of them is going to be hungry a lot of the time. Plantagon has the solution in the form of skyscrapers for plants. Tasty plants. And they're building one.
The Kingdom Tower, the world's largest tower planned hasn't even had its foundation laid down yet and it's already going to have to surrender its record to the new Azerbaijan Tower that will be built in Azerbaijan's capital Baku.
Safer buildings, bridges and structures are a concept we can all get behind. A new paint being developed could go along way in providing a cheap and easy way to detect microscopic faults in structures.
Ah, you've got to love that new subway smell. Or, at least, the lack on an old subway smell. Seen here is the Almaty Metro in Kazakhstan, which is currently being hailed as the youngest metro in the world. Since it was completed in December, we're guessing it still is, and boy is it fancy.