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How New York City's Skyline Will Look In 2018

The supertall boom in New York City is happening. Although we’ve seen a few different visualisations of how this might look, here’s a series of brand-new images that puts the changing skyline in perspective, with two dozen proposed or under-construction supertalls that will irrevocably change the New York City skyline by 2018.


How Fast Do The Elevators In The World's Tallest Buildings Go?

When you’re building supertalls, there are other problems to worry about than just making sure they don’t fall or blow over. One of the biggest is how to get people up to the top in a reasonable amount of time. If you’ve got a slow elevator the 125th floor might as well not exist.


How The Bugs In Our Buildings Could Actually Make Us Healthier

University of Oregon researchers Jessica Green and G Z ‘Charlie’ Brown call it the Pickle Box. This former walk-in storage unit for pickles, remodelled into an enclosed climate chamber, is helping scientists understand how people shed their own ‘microbial cloud’ in a built environment.


In New Book, Architecture Photography Is More Than Pretty Buildings

When Nicephore Niepce created the first ever photograph of the world in 1826, he chose to point his camera at a building. Architecture has been an iconic subject of photography from the very beginning, and Phaidon’s new book, Shooting Space, surveys how artists new and established are looking at man-made structures.


China's President Wants To Ban Weird Buildings -- And That's A Huge Mistake

From smog-chomping supercities to giant penis skyscrapers, China has built its reputation on wild and wacky structures of late. But in a public speech last week, China’s president made a promise to his country: “No more weird architecture.” No way! Here’s why we need to Keep China Weird.


Cool Video Illustrates How Much Shanghai Has Changed Over The Years

Video: Over the past thirty years, few cities have undergone the transformation that Shanghai has. It went from a vertically challenged city filled with greenery to mutant New York on speed and steroids. Claire and Max illustrate how much has changed by eliminating the current buildings from the skyline and then drawing them in and putting them back.


This Prototype Building Changes Shape In The Heat

Imagine a building that expands to provide a more airy space in the warmth but contracts to reduce heating bills when it gets cold. Well, that’s almost what this prototype, called, Translated Geometries, is designed to do.


Watch The Amish Build An Entire Barn In Less Than 10 Hours

You put a group of people together and give them a common goal and magic can happen. Even if that magic, in this case, is just building a barn. It’s hypnotic to see the organisation in this, like seeing a bunch of worker ants swarm together with one mind.


New York City's Newest Skyscraper Has Three Floors Just For Maids' Rooms

Watch out 432 Park Avenue. There’s a new super-skyscraper slated for 125 Greenwich Street in Lower Manhattan, and this new tower will be tall. It will be eye-catching. And it will be expensive — so expensive, they’re building three floors just for maids.


8 Of The World's Coolest Skyscrapers Rendered Like 1980s Futurist Art

An increasing number of skyscrapers that line our horizons these days resemble the future we were promised: twisting pillars of glass and steel that stretch up into the clouds. When you glaze those buildings with some 1980s-inspired French futurism, however, they look simply surreal


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