Take a break from reading about the coronavirus, close your eyes and think about the phrases “innovative city” or “smart city”. When thinking of these phrases, what current cities come to mind? Or, better yet, if you were to create your own city, what aspects of the city would make it “smart” or “innovative”?
November 13, 20121.Angkor Wat Or City Temple : is the biggest temple complex in the world, located in Cambodia. It was built on a raised terrace above the rest of the city and consists of three concentric rectangles which together form a 65 meters central tower. The outer gallery has dimensions 187 x 215m.
February 24, 2013Hypogeum means & 34;underground& 34; in Greek and is located in Paola, Malta. The structure is 4500-5000 years old, built during the Saflieni period of the Maltese history between 3000 to 2500 BC. It is considered it was a necropolis in prehistoric times and it is the only discovered prehistoric underground temple in the world.
February 04, 2013The architectural concept of “New Urbanism” is embodied in over 1,000 drawings and diagrams for and photographs of the town of Seaside. According to the charter of CNU, or Congress for the New Urbanism, this architectural philosophy & 34;views disinvestment in central cities, the spread of placeless sprawl, increasing separation by race and income, environmental deterioration, loss of agricultural lands and wilderness, and the erosion of society’s built heritage as one interrelated& 34; obstacle to be overcome through & 34; the restoration of existing urban centers and towns within coherent metropolitan regions, the reconfiguration of sprawling suburbs into communities of real neighborhoods and diverse districts, the conservation of natural environments, and the preservation of our built legacy.
November 12, 2012The Ufo House was built in late 70’s and creator and developer of this idea was an owner of a rubber company. He wanted to transform his factory into a modern holiday resort. But he failed because very soon his business went down and his company was closed due to the energy crisis. The construction of the Ufo house was stopped soon after it started.
January 10, 2013 Image Source: Tangram 3DS The 2500 sq. meter marine research center would be located 150 meters ahead in the sea near the Kuta beach. It has a fluid structure that allows visitors and scientists to see directly what is going on outside. The project which consists of research labs, bedrooms for scientist, seawater pool, aquatic garden library and an auditorium would be distributed below and above the surface of the sea.
February 01, 2013The Shard is a building in London, England, and the tallest building within the European Union at 1,016 feet high. The Shard was designed as an irregular pyramid with an exterior of glass, thus invoking the idea that it’s a giant shard of glass. The Shard contains offices, restaurants, a Shangri-La hotel, and residential dwellings.
April 18, 2013 Image Source: Studio Dror One country declared it& 39;s will to dig a new canal to connect the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara. This is Turkey and the expectations are the canal will start functioning in 2023. That& 39;s great, but probably you wonder what is the interesting point here?
May 07, 2013The building was built during the World War II, particularly began in 1943 and aimed to protect approximately 30 000 people in Hamburg from enemy aerial bomb attacks through several flak cannon towers. In 1947 the British military tried to destroy the building, but only managed to damage it because of the incredible structural strength of the building.
May 05, 2013 Image Source: Vincente Callebaut This is the Agora tower, planned to be built in the Xinyin district of Taipei, Taiwan. Designer is Vincent Callebaut who is famous for his strong eco-vision. The architect has designed a place where its inhabitants will create strong symbiotic relationship between themselves and nature.
June 12, 2013Our bridges are getting old and many of them are in need of a bit of TLC. If you consider that some of the world’s most famous bridges are now over a century old - the Brooklyn Bridge was built in 1883 – and others are well into old age - The Golden Gate Bridge was constructed in the 1930s – then they’ve understandably seen a lot of wear and tear, especially given the significant increase in traffic volume over the past decades.
August 19, 20131. Magdeburg Water Bridge, Germany:This is the world longest navigable aqueduct with total length of 918 m. The project was started in more than a hundred years ago, in 1905, but it was stopped in 1942 due to WWII. During the Cold War all works on the water bridge were “frozen” and the building process was restored 55 years later, in 1997.
October 18, 2012 Image Source : Capital Gate This is another proof that the engineering thought in the Arab world is developing with giant leaps. Essentially the building is a 160-meter tall skyscraper with 18-degree incline to the west, so it is also called & 34;The Leaning Tower of Abu Dhabi.& 34; Standard skyscrapers are being built by rising concrete core in the center, around which the floors are built.
January 30, 2014What do you imagine when you hear the “Arabian sheikh” word combination? Probably most of us imagine rich petroleum monarch whose wealth is equal to the income of a small country. It is not a secret that this wealth is due to the oil resources available in the United Arab Emirates. But the other thing that also isn’t a secret is that each resource will be exhausted one day.
December 31, 2013Nazi Germany made serious bombardment over England during World War II. During that time Bristol used to be important industrial and harbor center housing Bristol Aeroplane Company and the Bristol Harbor. And it was also famous as the “City of churches” before a night in November, 1940, when Luftwaffe dropped more than 15 000 bombs over Bristol.
February 27, 2014Eden Project is situated in 160 year-old former clay mine at Cornwall, UK. This is a garden that houses more than 1 million plants and it is considered by the Guinness Book of Records as the largest greenhouse in the world.The greenhouse comprises of three general, balloon-like sections called biomes.
February 28, 2014Growing cities face the same problem all around the world: lack of space for living. London isn’t different in this respect and, being a capital city of UK, faces the same problem – higher populations, low space for living and very high rental and estate prices. The following proposal is offered by the architects from Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners in cooperation with YMCA London South West.
March 06, 2014Is it a sailboat? It certainly looks like one, though in actuality it& 39;s a simple ventilation shaft known as the Tower of Wind. Maybe simple isn& 39;t quite right, a more accurate description would be, stunning innovative design from famed and accomplished architect Toyo Ito. The Tower of Wind was designed for the Aqua Line that runs under the Tokyo Bay.
March 22, 2014Anyone living in San Francisco will know that the city doesn’t have a great deal of space when it comes to living accommodation. However sometimes cool tech can be found in the smallest of spaces and this has been proved by a home of 1,900 square feet that was designed by Craig Steely, on a very small lot.
March 18, 2014Multipod Studio, an architectural firm in France, recently announced a new sustainable home by way of a prototype, that is recyclable and which promises to be inexpensive and very efficient to run. The “Pop-Up House” can be assembled in just four days, according to the company and the only tool needed to put the home together is an electric screwdriver.
April 04, 2014Dr Margot Krasojevic& 39;s hanging hotel concept was designed with rock climbers in mind and once you have climbed your way up to the futuristic hotel set in the side of a mountain, you can look forward to a customisable resting space. The hotel was designed for the Holden Manz Wine Estate Cape Town in Massif de L’Esterel in the South of France.