Architecture

Incredible Russian Design Innovation: Asadov Floating Aerohotel

Russian architect, Alexander Asadov, is an anomaly in many ways. Well-known in his homeland for his controversial designs, which defy traditional structure and form, he ventures literally into unknown waters with his new and daring concept, the Aerohotel.

Find Environmental Resources Through Green Map System

When you consider visiting or moving to a place, wouldn't it be great to know where the environmentally-friendly places are? The revolutionary Green Map System allows just that with its ecomaps.

Architecture For Communal Living: Dupli Casa By J. Mayer H.

German architect J. Mayer H. was challenged to create a villa for a family and the families of their offspring. The original house had been built on the same spot in 1988 and since, several modifications and additions were made to that house. Now, starting from scratch on the footprint left by the original house...

Transparent World: Moscow’s New Underwater Theater

Read all about this amazing Moscow culture center still under construction, which is expected to finish in the year 2012. It will be built within the framework of an oceanarium and house a unique underwater theater troupe. Get your tickets now, but bring along those life preservers, just in case.

Check Into The Top Ten Hotels of the Future

How different will checking into a hotel in 2028 vs. 2008, or even as far out into the future as 2050? While architects and designers are fast at work conjuring up new hotel models. Here is a list of my top ten hotels of the future!

Go Ahead! Send Me To The Dog House!

Yes, you can design a Swiss chalet for your St. Bernard and have it built to your specifications. Your dog or cat can have his own house, excuse me, his own Pet Mansion, that's the spitting image of your home. The only thing is... no sub-prime mortgages on the Pet Mansions.

The Cardboard Cafe - All Cardboard, All Functional

Cardboard furniture is in now, especially as DIY projects. But seldom do you see cardboard structures as large as the one architect/design group B3 made for the London Design Festival last month. They made a whole Cardboard Cafe!

A Toast to the Buddhist Beer Bottle Temple and Thai Monks

Many creative people have made many amazing new things with used material, but I have to say this one eco-friendly structure is my favorite. Take a look at this beautiful green and brown Buddhist temple, built by Thai Monks. The temple stands strong and tall with the structural help of over one million beer bottles.

A New Material Could Change the Way We Build Our World

When talking about moving vehicles, weight is almost always the enemy of performance. It takes more power to get moving, longer to stop and reduces the speed at which you can turn. While aluminum can solve some of these issues, many applications call for something stronger and this is where we turn to steel. However, a new material, called Buckypaper, may almost completely wipe out the need for steel in automotive and aeronautical applications.

'Reflection of Mineral' House Proves Urban Design is Hard

Tokyo is a nice place to visit and you WOULD want to live there - especially if your home was the 'Reflection of Mineral' house by innovative urban architect Yasuhiro Yamashita.

Moscow Art Gallery and Tattoed Pigs: Art Imitating Life?

Artists have always been considered those who live and work “outside of the established form,” but Belgian conceptualist, Wim Delvoye, quite literally pushes that envelope to its ultimate extreme with his creation of tattoed pigs currently on display at a Moscow Art gallery. Read on and…grunt.

Russian Boob Ceilings: For The Interior That Has Almost Everything

No, you did not read this incorrectly nor is this a typo of any kind. Suspended boob ceilings are all the rage in parts of Russia. Read on and sort of find out why.

Does Size Really Matter? 6 Ferris Wheels Tell The Story

There's a race on among the world's capital cities. The race is not for the world's cleanest city, or the city with the most oxygen, or even the most expensive city in the world. The race is getting hotter as cities all over the globe vie for the biggest one.


Design Imitates Nature in 'SunShade,' Winner 2008 Dutch Design Week!

Like a flower opening to the sun, Lianne van Genugten's SunShade design opens at daylight and closes at dusk. Its power comes from the sun, like the flower....

Stay Always Hot with the "Pop-Up" Nightclub Concept

What happens when that formerly happening nightclub no longer attracts its elite clientele, or normal club goers like you and I? What if one day West Hollywood is no longer such a popular party destination? What becomes of those businesses?