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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


Here's What Famous Buildings Look Like From Day To Night In One Photo

In his photo series Time Sliced, photographer Richard Silver captures day fading into night. It’s a unique look at the life of building and how it changes over time as the sky darkens and lights turn on and people leave and come back again.


This Floating Glass Hotel Will Let You See Northern Lights In Luxury

If you dream of watching the Northern Lights in decadent style, then you should wait until 2017 — when this wonderful, floating, snowflake-shaped hotel will be ready in the icy reaches of northern Norway.


The Lattice Of Tubes Covering This Building Are A Natural AC System

If you have ever sweated through a summer in the city, you can thank those skyscrapers all around. Tall buildings trap heat that create urban heat islands. But what if you could create a building that cools the city instead? A building skin made of a series of tubes with evaporating rainwater can do just that.


The UK Is Getting A Spaceport Too

The UK may have a spaceport within four years — and it will probably be in the northern reaches of Scotland. The plan to have a UK spaceport up and running by 2018 is expected to be announced by the government’s science minister this week, with six potential sites — four of which are in rural Scotland, where it won’t matter so much if spaceplanes crash back to earth — on the shortlist.


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