Some Dubai residents woke up to a familiar sight early Friday morning: Flames engulfing an enormous skyscraper. In fact, the fire that spanned 50 of the 86 stories of the massive Torch Tower was all too familiar. The same skyscraper burned in 2015, and the causes appear to be related.
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One of the biggest engineering challenges of building a towering skyscraper isn't keeping the structure from falling over, it's moving all the people around inside of it. To improve efficiency, and facilitate the construction of even taller buildings, Germany's ThyssenKrupp has completely redesigned elevators so that they can move sideways now, too.
Video: The London underground and subway is made up of one of the most complex tunnel systems in the world. As a commuter, it's hard to see the beauty of that complex maze racing through it every morning on the way to work, but this short film manages to paint those endless tunnels as a work of art.
On Friday, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio released the latest designs for the Union Square Tech Hub, a $US250 million ($325 million) project that aims to "create a central convening point for technology training and networking" as the Big Apple tumbles into the increasingly digital future. As evidenced in the designs released by the mayor's office, 14th street's new tech tower looks like what would happen if you asked IKEA to build a white-collar prison.
Video: Inside nearly everything made of concrete, you'll find reinforced steel rods that compress the material, making buildings, bridges and other structures even stronger. The rods aren't designed to break easily, but when they do, the best way to watch the destructive results is through the lens of a slow-motion camera.
According to some, the future of architecture is wood, but in Newark, Ohio, the future has already arrived — in the form of big, dumb picnic basket that's also an office building no one will buy.
Almost every building in Washington DC is iconic and recognisable in its own way. But no structure in the city, or the country, serves as a more iconic symbol of America than the US Capitol building, with its soaring dome and imposing structure... one that's now slightly less imposing as LEGO's newest Architecture set.
Trompe l'oeil (literally "to deceive the eye") is an ancient technique whereby a painter creates a visual illusion via a trick of perspective. French street artist Patrick Commecy is a modern master of this art form, working with his team of artists at A-Fresco to create huge, hyper-realistic murals on otherwise drab building facades.
Video: Can you imagine if buildings in a city could grow and bend on a whim as if they were living, breathing organisms? This short film, Spatial Bodies by AUJIK, plays with that concept, transforming the cityscape of Osaka into a totally trippy world where the laws of physics and gravity don't really exist and buildings can take any shape.
Video: This is the "Kiefer Technic Showroom" in Austria and the changing panels are meant to help the people inside regulate the internal temperature. Given China's "weird architecture" ban, it's good to see that there are still weird buildings around the world.
Many New Yorkers have schlepped to Penn Station to take a train out. We've sat in the waiting room, bored, and said to ourselves, I know what would improve my experience better. If only I could go on a 1,200 foot amusement-park ride before my train arrived.
In 2012, Frank Gehry and Mark Zuckerberg posed for a series of photos that sealed their intertwined fates: Gehry, arguably the world's most famous architect, would design a new campus for Zuckerberg, arguably the world's most powerful not-lizard person. Surely with all this money and talent coalescing like a hunk of molten aluminium, Facebook's new HQ would garner universal "Likes". Instead it's more "Sad" than "Wow".