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Video: If you've ever caught yourself mindlessly staring out of the window while driving through a big city filled with endless buildings, you'll understand the appeal of Lauren Pedrosa's short film, perspective ǝʌᴉʇɔǝdsɹǝԀ. But Pedrosa takes the repetitive monotony one step further by turning footage of random buildings into a complex kaleidoscope.

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When your life revolves around living in the middle of a large city, it can be hard to find time or space to pretend you're somewhere that isn't surrounded by concrete and pigeons. I'm not sure how effective Alice Bleton's "Monade capsule" -- a hanging, fibreglass refuge for the apartment-bound -- is at helping one escape, but it's got to be better than, uh, sitting at a desk all day.

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You may not know the name Gin D. Wong, but you definitely know his work. He's responsible for some of the most iconic buildings in Los Angeles, including the Theme Building at the Los Angeles Airport (pictured above), and he even inspired the designers of the legendary 1962 animated TV show The Jetsons. Wong died on September 1 at the age of 94.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.