View, a Silicon Valley-based startup had, its coming out party today with Dynamic Glass, an auto-tinting window that promises to save money on cooling bills, as well as reduce glare and make for more natural lighting in their given setting.
One cow contains approximately eight gallons of blood. When cows are magically turned from things that smell bad into things that taste good, all of that blood generally goes to waste. But it need not be wasted, for it can now be used to make large structures and waterproof bricks that also happen to look kinda like fresh-baked brownies. Mmm, brownies.
Beyond the athletes from nations worldwide, the Olympics also bring out the world's most talented architectural designs. Beijing had its Bird's Nest and now London has the Coca-Cola Beatbox, a building that can be played like an instrument triggered by gestures, touches and movements.
It's practically impossible to get a good banana outside of the tropics. The bananas that you'll find at the supermarket, called Cavendish bananas, taste like mush compared to tropical varieties, but because the Cavendish travels well, that's all we get. Urbanana (Urbanana!) is a concept that would allow tropical fruits to be grown in cities instead.
Norway is joining a growing trend of governments selling off old infrastructure installations like cupcakes at a bake sale. They've recently listed the Olavsvern Naval Submarine Base on the real estate market, and hope to add a cool $17.5 million to their budgetary bottom line for their efforts.
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.