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Space, Utopia's Final Frontier

The colonisation of Earth’s orbit, the Moon, Mars and other planets still promises a kind of space utopia for Homo sapiens. Since the second half of the 20th century, more and more concepts have imagined how it could be possible for humans to live in permanent habitats beyond our planet. The following 28 images show some of the boldest, most utopian dreams we could have.


7 Charming And Wacky Treehouses You Can Rent For A Night In The Forest

At Treehotel in the north of Sweden, the rooms rise up like trees in an enchanted forest: a UFO, a mirrorcube, a giant bird’s nest. It’s some of your wildest childhood fantasies — brought to life by Swedish architects. So how did it all begin?


7 Ingenious Trains That Slide Up The Slopes So You Don't Have To

Walk? Like up that giant hill? Yeah, no. This ain’t the 15th century, we have funiculars for that now. In fact, here are seven of the swankiest ground-based gondolas to ever put the “fun” in “climbing steep-arse inclines without breaking a sweat”.


The High-Tech Soldiers Of The Future Are Here

Those troops you saw in science fiction movies as a child are now real. A few years ago, many countries recognised a need to upgrade the individual infantryman and thus started their own “future soldier” programs. Most of them completed more or less the main priority objectives, applying them to some of their elite troops and special forces, bringing together commercial, off-the-shelf technology and state of the art military gear and equipment.


11 Of The Coolest Products From The Busiest Week In Design

Every April around this time, Milan welcomes creative types from all across the globe for the Salone Internazionale del Mobile — pretty much the wildest week in the design world. Although the past few years have seen efforts to curb the rampant bacchanal of new production for new production’s sake, there’s still a hell of a lot to take in.


Watch Eight BASE Jumps From Eight Famous Buildings

Do you like modern architecture? What about stomach-churningly scary videos of people hurling themselves off tall things? Well, you’re in luck: After four people were arrested for BASE jumping off of One World Trade last month, we took a look at other jumps from famous buildings.


The 10 Best Houses Of The Year

It’s architecture awards seasons right now, with honours and medals being doled out with what seems like daily regularity. Thankfully, the AIA’s 2014 Housing Awards breaks up the march of zillion-dollar projects with something a little more real: Places where normal humans actually live.


5 Buildings Designed To Make Cancer Treatment A Little More Bearable

We know that buildings can make us sick, and that they can also make us healthier. But can architecture make a difference in how we experience illness? What about cancer? That’s a more complicated question.


22 Strange Medical Instruments From The Past That Make You Shudder

In the history of medicine, machines became crucial parts of the diagnostic and treatment process in the first half of the 20th century. Scientists and doctors experimented with some really strange devices, and they developed a lot of creepy-looking health equipment — at least some of which seems almost horrific, seen through the eyes of today. The following 22 instruments are partly scary, partly weird, and partly awesome — just as inventions should be.


These Time-Warp Photos Show Six Cities In The Past And Present

Cities change: skyscrapers go up, row houses are torn down, neighbourhoods gentrify, earthquakes destroy. Vintage photographs of cities can be fascinating in and of themselves, but the familiar unfamiliarity of these time-warped photographs are especially intriguing.