architecture

  • Flux Emerges From Google X And Nabs $8M To Help Build Eco-Friendly Buildings

    Flux Emerges From Google X And Nabs $8M To Help Build Eco-Friendly Buildings

    Flux, a platform that lets the building industry design eco-friendly homes by drawing on big data to do a lot of the hard work, is coming out of stealth with $8 million in funding from a pretty stellar group of investors. Led by DFJ, others include Borrealis, Andreessen Horowitz, Google Ventures and Ev Williams (who knows a thing or two about building platforms that remove┬ásome of the… Read More

  • Rotating Solar House Generates Five Times The Energy It Consumes

    Rotating Solar House Generates Five Times The Energy It Consumes

    What’s cooler than a rotating house? One whose solar panels produce five times the energy the house uses. That’s pretty incredible, considering that even zero-energy structures are rare. German architect Rolf Disch built the home, called Heliotrope, to follow the sun throughout the day. The structure features triple panes of thermally insulated glass to strike a balance between… Read More

  • Inverted, ocean-bound "seascrapers": aqua-communes for the future?

    Inverted, ocean-bound "seascrapers": aqua-communes for the future?

    You guys, I’m freaking out about how cool these things could be. A recent skyscraper concept competition yielded some really interesting designs, among them this utterly amazing concept, which they inexplicably call a “water-scraper” instead of the decidedly more euphonious “seascraper,” as I have dubbed it. Think of it: a partially self-contained structure… Read More

  • Someone needs to stop playing Shadowrun: New Orleans Arcology Habitat

    Someone needs to stop playing Shadowrun: New Orleans Arcology Habitat

    I remember dreaming about living in an arcology while I read William Gibson’s Count Zero. I planned out elaborate arcology floor plans for various aborted Shadowrun campaigns. All the while, I knew these megastructures were things of science fiction — like the flying car I always wanted — that I could dream about but never enjoy in my lifetime. I couldn’t help but… Read More

  • Ultimate staircase features built-in slide

    Ultimate staircase features built-in slide

    Some people are dreamers while others are doers. London architect Alex Michaelis is a doer. He built his dream house recently and says, “Everyone in the family was involved in the design and got to say what he or she wanted.” His kids, of course, wanted a slide next to the staircase. Read More

  • 35-story indoor ski resort planned for Long Island

    35-story indoor ski resort planned for Long Island


    The official car of Long Island The Great Indoors? Developers out on Long Island, the fashion capital of the world, plan to build a $2 billion resort, whose crown jewel will be a 35-story ski mountain. The resort, at Riverhead, which is 75 miles east of New York City (about an 18-hour drive on the LIE), isn’t expected to be open until 2013. Naturally, environmentalists oppose the… Read More

  • 15 real world Blade Runner buildings

    15 real world Blade Runner buildings

    Blade Runner, the just-OK movie we’ve been led to believe is amazing, is set in a terribly oppressive Los Angeles (redundant?), where it’s always raining and it’s always nighttime. The city’s skyscrapers, on the other hand, are brightly colored pieces of flair, whose lights illuminate the abyss around them. But enough of that fruity movie review talk. Object has… Read More