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.
As cities across the globe stretch their limits to meet the needs of seven billion people, often wildlife habitats are displaced along the way. Fortunately, there are those who are thinking about innovative ways to create new environments to preserve wildlife. One such idea is the "Sea Tree," a giant self-sustaining eco-structure designed to rise out water, serving as a haven for flora and fauna only.
Other than flying cars and robot maids, the one thing many of us wanted from the classic sci-fi cartoon The Jetsons is that amazing house. Well, believe it or not, it actually exists in the farthest inner reaches of Japan.
A different kind of sustainable architecture has reached to remote Loita, Kenya, where a new computer learning center and library blending modern planning and traditional Masaai decoration is now standing. Incredibly, the stunning artwork decorating the building was created from bottle caps donated from around the world after appeals went out via social media.
Nearly every sci-fi fan imagines what it would be like to own a secluded lair specially equipped to wait out the inevitable zombie apocalypse. Now there's a real option for just such a situation, if you've got the cash.