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Zaha Hadid Among Six Firms Picked to Design Fancy New Water Fountains for London

Zaha Hadid Among Six Firms Picked to Design Fancy New Water Fountains for London

Zaha Hadid Architects have created a fountain that features an extended canopy to provide shade for any pedestrians who decide to stop and take a drink of water. "Traditional Ottoman fountain kiosks

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Thousands of Indonesian Residents Flee as Erupting Mount Kelud Spews Ash 80 Miles Away

Thousands of Indonesian Residents Flee as Erupting Mount Kelud Spews Ash 80 Miles Away

Indonesian citizens near Surabaya are fleeing their homes as Mount Kelud has erupted, spewing ash and debris as far as 80 miles from the volcano. Mass evacuations began yesterday as the volcano in East

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Sasaki’s Master Plan for Minsk, Belarus Turns an Airport Site Into a Vibrant Cultural Hub

Sasaki’s Master Plan for Minsk, Belarus Turns an Airport Site Into a Vibrant Cultural Hub

Founded on state-of-the-art ecological and urban strategies, Sasaki’s urban master plan celebrates the rare opportunity to transform an existing 320-hectare urban airport site into a dynamic,

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Navia: World’s First Commercial Driverless Electric Car Hits the Streets, Won’t Break Any Speed Records

Navia: World’s First Commercial Driverless Electric Car Hits the Streets, Won’t Break Any Speed Records

We've been hearing talk of self-driving cars for ages, but now it looks like rumor has finally become reality with the release of Navia, the world's first commercial driverless car. Surprisingly, a

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Great Green Roof Crowns the New St. Elizabeths East Gateway Pavilion in Historic D.C.

Great Green Roof Crowns the New St. Elizabeths East Gateway Pavilion in Historic D.C.

The building stands on a site formerly occupied by the St. Elizabeths Hospital which dates back to the times of the Civil War. Now the 18-[acre plot provides a setting for communal and public activities,

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Wiel Arets Architects Completes Energy Efficient Garden-Topped B’ Tower in Rotterdam

Wiel Arets Architects Completes Energy Efficient Garden-Topped B’ Tower in Rotterdam

The B' Tower composed of three volumes of retail and residential spaces is an extension of Marcel Breuer’s 1955 ‘Bijkenkorf’ department store. The residential tower is located on top of the retail

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Ateliers O-S Architectes Unveils Glowing, Daylit Sports Hall in Paris

Ateliers O-S Architectes Unveils Glowing, Daylit Sports Hall in Paris

The south facade of the sports hall was left open to naturally illuminate the interior and to providing views of the nearby practice fields and the River Seine. At ground level, fritted glass panels allow

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Stunning Film ‘The Human Scale’ Uses Architect Jan Gehl’s Voice to Inspire the World’s City Dwellers

Stunning Film ‘The Human Scale’ Uses Architect Jan Gehl’s Voice to Inspire the World’s City Dwellers

Life in today’s mega cities is both tantalizing and troublesome - and by the year 2050, the percentage of the world’s population living in cities will rise from 50 to 80%. Due this growth, the

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Massive Snowstorm Batters the US Over the Weekend

Massive Snowstorm Batters the US Over the Weekend

A massive ice storm wreaked havoc on the southern and central US over the weekend, disrupting travel, knocking out power and killing at least four people. Over 200,000 people in Dallas lost power as the

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New Inexpensive Technology Generates Electricity from Vehicle and Pedestrian Traffic

New Inexpensive Technology Generates Electricity from Vehicle and Pedestrian Traffic

Wallowing in traffic seems like an enormous waste of time and resources. But what if you could generate a little power during your daily commute? A Mexican entrepreneur has developed technology that

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100 Self-Driving Cars Set to Hit Sweden’s Public Roads in 2017

100 Self-Driving Cars Set to Hit Sweden’s Public Roads in 2017

Volvo just unveiled plans for the world's first large-scale trial of self-driving cars. The 'Drive Me' project will see 100 autonomous vehicles take to the streets of Gothenburg, Sweden in 2017. The cars

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NEXT Architects’ Möbius Strip Pedestrian Bridge Wins Meixi Lake District Competition

NEXT Architects’ Möbius Strip Pedestrian Bridge Wins Meixi Lake District Competition

NEXT Architects just won first place in a design competition with plans for a sinuous pedestrian bridge in Changsha, China that is modeled after the Möbius strip and Chinese knots. The bridge is designed

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Snøhetta’s Designs Updated for Golden State Warrior’s New Pavilion in San Francisco

Snøhetta’s Designs Updated for Golden State Warrior’s New Pavilion in San Francisco

This updated design of the Golden State Warriors’ new home comes almost three years after Joe Lacob and Peter Guber took over the franchise. “Going into this project, we wanted to build a world-class

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100 Self-Driving ULTra Personal Electric Transportation Pods to be Installed Near London

100 Self-Driving ULTra Personal Electric Transportation Pods to be Installed Near London

Milton Keynes, a small city north of London, just announced plans to install 100 self-driving “pod cars” to connect the city's downtown to its central train station. Powered by electric motors, the

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Smith Creek Pedestrian Bridge Connects Downtown Clifton Forge to New Public Park

Smith Creek Pedestrian Bridge Connects Downtown Clifton Forge to New Public Park

VA Tech's design/buildLAB program offers third year architecture students the chance to learn while participating in a project that makes a difference. For the third year now in a row, the program has

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Philips to Upgrade 91,000 Buenos Aires Street Lights With LEDs

Philips to Upgrade 91,000 Buenos Aires Street Lights With LEDs

The city of Buenos Aires, Argentina is teaming up with Philips Lighting to retrofit 91,000 street lights with energy-saving LED bulbs. Philips will replace the city’s incandescent lighting with bright

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Standard Architecture’s Garden-Wrapped Salford Meadows Bridge Changes With the Seasons

Standard Architecture’s Garden-Wrapped Salford Meadows Bridge Changes With the Seasons

The bridge slopes from the Crescent to the Meadow by following the topography of the area and serving as its natural extension. The lattice shell envelops pedestrians as they walk through a tunnel covered

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Green-Roofed InSite House Features Crazy Thick Walls Stuffed with Blue Jean Insulation at the Solar Decathlon

Green-Roofed InSite House Features Crazy Thick Walls Stuffed with Blue Jean Insulation at the Solar Decathlon

The five points of InSiteful design include: create a walkable community, provide ample social space, centralize energy systems to reduce waste and enhance efficiency, engage the street and use local

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New BLAZE Bike Light Uses Lasers to Keeps Cyclists Safe at Night

New BLAZE Bike Light Uses Lasers to Keeps Cyclists Safe at Night

As bike use rises around the world, cycling injuries and fatalities have increased as well. British design student Emily Brooke was concerned to hear that 79 percent of accidents in the UK occur when

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Scotland to Ban Petrol and Diesel Cars from City Centers by 2050

Scotland to Ban Petrol and Diesel Cars from City Centers by 2050

Ilia Torlin / Shutterstock.com The Scottish government just unveiled plans to ban petrol and diesel cars from the nation's city centers. With incentives planned to boost ownership of electric and

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Honda’s New Pedestrian-Saving Tech Uses Smartphones to Alert Tech Zombies

Honda’s New Pedestrian-Saving Tech Uses Smartphones to Alert Tech Zombies

Image via Shutterstock Smartphones are a huge distraction for motorists and pedestrians these days. Safety is a huge concern with so many eyes glued on their screens as they’re walking around or,

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Glare from ‘Walkie Talkie’ Skyscraper Melts Parked Cars in London

Glare from ‘Walkie Talkie’ Skyscraper Melts Parked Cars in London

Developers of the unusually-shaped 525-foot, £200 million skyscraper under construction at 20 Fenchurch Street, London, are scrambling to find a solution after it was determined that glare from the

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Construction Begins on Chicago’s 2.7 Mile Long Bloomingdale Trail

Construction Begins on Chicago’s 2.7 Mile Long Bloomingdale Trail

Plans to turn the abandoned freight line into a community park and recreation trail began a decade ago. With construction now underway, Chicagoans will be able to take advantage of the new amenities in a

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KAIST Launches First Road-Charged OLEV Electric Buses in South Korea

KAIST Launches First Road-Charged OLEV Electric Buses in South Korea

Several years ago the Korean Advanced Institute of Technology (KAIST) unveiled their On Line Electric Vehicle (OLEV) charging system, which promised to charge cars and even city buses wirelessly through

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LightRails: Dark Alabama Underpass Springs to Life With a Rainbow of LED Lights

LightRails: Dark Alabama Underpass Springs to Life With a Rainbow of LED Lights

The 18th Street underpass features delicate Art Deco architectural details, and passes through the popular Railroad Park in Birmingham. It connects two major areas of the city, the Parks District and the

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Man Attempts 1,200 Mile Journey in Solar-Powered ELF Bike/Car

Man Attempts 1,200 Mile Journey in Solar-Powered ELF Bike/Car

Organic Transit's ELF has grown from a Kickstarter project into an amazing personal transit vehicle, and now a 65-year-old man from Cambridge is attempting to ride the 1,200 miles from Durham, North

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Rainshader Helmet-Shaped Umbrella Can Withstand 40 Mile-Per-Hour Winds

Rainshader Helmet-Shaped Umbrella Can Withstand 40 Mile-Per-Hour Winds

When caught in the rain, there's nothing worse than being hit by a gust of wind only for ones umbrella to transform from a protective shade to a mangled pile of metal and plastic. But a British company

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Toyota Begins Testing Compact Winglet Personal Mobility Robot in Japan

Toyota Begins Testing Compact Winglet Personal Mobility Robot in Japan

Toyota has announced that it will begin public testing of the Winglet, a personal transport assistance robot that is ridden in a standing position, much like a Segway. Toyota says that the Winglet was

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MAN’s New Concept S Cargo Truck is More Efficient, Larger and Safer

MAN’s New Concept S Cargo Truck is More Efficient, Larger and Safer

Articulated trucks are famously inefficient and can be dangerous for cyclists and pedestrians. The European Commission recently announced plans to change the rules governing the size of trucks to make

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Volvo Unveils Innovative Self-Parking Car!

Volvo Unveils Innovative Self-Parking Car!

Volvo has been working on autonomous vehicle prototypes under its SARTRE road train project for a while, and now the company has revealed a new technology that enables cars to park themselves! The

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