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Buckminster Fuller's Biosphere Dome Might Get A Twin Made Of Plants

Montreal’s Expo 67 was the most successful World’s Fair in history, a vision of the future laced with monorails and space-age architecture. Its stunning centrepiece was the Biosphere, a 76m tall geodesic dome designed by Buckminster Fuller, which remained on the site after the fair left town. For the 50th anniversary of the Expo, one designer wants a vegetated version of the dome to rise next to the original.


Brooklyn Is Actually Going To Build This Awesome Megascraper

Can we pause for just a minute to commend the fine people of Brooklyn for approving such a good-looking building as the new tallest structure in their fair borough?


The Australian Nanoscience Institute Puts Every Experiment Inside A Faraday Cage

Nanotechnology researchers at the University of Sydney now have a building that will make them the envy of the scientific community — with ultra-clean rooms, vibration-free floors and faraday cages aplenty.


Can You Guess How Much NYC Paid The Architect Of The Most Expensive Train Station On Earth?

The World Trade Center Transit Hub — AKA The (other) Oculus — has already gone down in history as the most expensive train station, ever. The grand total was $US4 billion, about twice what it was supposed to cost, and more than the skyscraper adjacent to it. But there might be another record-breaking figure associated with this project. I couldn’t believe how much the architect got paid.


These Photos Of Belgrade's Socialist Architecture Look Like Ancient Spaceships

Image Cache: Commercial photographer Mirko Nahmijas has been taking photos of the mid-20th century Brutalist architecture in Belgrade, Serbia. And these buildings look like long-abandoned crashed spaceships or relics from a forgotten future.


This Is The Most Sustainable Office In The World 

It might not look particularly groundbreaking, with its full-length windows and timber cladding. But this is, according to industry standards, the most sustainable office in the world.


Carbon Fibre Noodles Could Save A Building From An Earthquake

Seismic retrofitting is a major endeavour that requires bracing and bolting an older building to its foundation so it doesn’t shake apart in an earthquake. But depending on a building’s age and what materials it’s made of, a traditional retrofit has the potential to destroy a structure in a different way — aesthetically. A Japanese company believes strings of carbon fibre could solve this problem, so it wrapped them around its headquarters to demonstrate how this might work.


I Can't Believe All The Features Mashed Into This Micro-Apartment

The phrase “micro-unit” conjures up all sorts of lifestyle tradeoffs, like Murphy beds, mini-fridges and toilets in the shower. This tasteful space has a bed that stays put, a full-sized kitchen and room for a bathtub, all in an area that’s a little under 30 square metres.


A New Florida Pier Is Designed To Face The Reality Of Rising Seas

There’s no polite way to put this: Florida is screwed. And we’re starting to see the state’s infrastructure adapt to the reality of climate change.


One Of The World's Top Architects Is Giving Away His Most Famous Designs For Free

Earlier this year the Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena was named the winner of the Pritzker Prize, the top honour in the field, in recognition of his revolutionary affordable housing projects. This week, Aravena made the designs for four of those structures open-source, in a move that could help cities everywhere with their housing troubles.


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