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Freedom Tower Will Tower Over NYC's Skyline

When the World Trade Center landmark twin towers were completed in May, 1973, they rose 1450 feet to become the tallest buildings in the world, surpassing the Empire State Building. Its demise as the result of the horrific devastation of September 11, 2001 has launched a decade of debates as to what type of architecture could possibly replace its iconic imagery remembered by so many.

China's 'Dead Sea Water Park' is a Human Froot Loop Soup

China's largest indoor waterpark, or Godzilla's breakfast bowl of Froot Loops? Sorry big guy, the “Dead Sea of China” resort in Daying County, Sichuan Province, was visited by over one million people this summer. From the looks of it, they all came on the same day!

Panoramic, Igloo-Like Tents: Kinda Cool, Kinda Weird, Kinda Ridiculous

An odd solution for tent camping that provides seamlessly integrated shelter.

China's 'Most Awesome Wall of Air Conditioners' Building

The "coolest" building in China stands in the city of Fuzhou, though not for much longer if the force of gravity has anything to say about it. Tenants frustrated by the lack of central AC in the modern office tower have festooned the 25-story building's exterior with over 500 window AC units.

China's Xinhua News Agency to Shine Out from Times Square Sign

Call it a sign of the times: China's Xinhua news agency has leased a 60 by 40 ft space at 2 Times Square, the most prominent advertising spot in New York City. Landing the prestigious LED-lit block, called a “spectacular”, signifies China's arrival at the crossroads of the world.

ICU In A Can - Emergency Disaster Relief Delivered Anywhere, Anytime

Natural disasters often occur in the world's most remote regions, where emergency care is impossible to deliver at the level necessary to save the lives of the survivors. Or as in the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, the devastation is so complete as to incapacitate many hospitals. Kukli Han has designed a fully-functioning, mobile hospital that can be delivered via helicopter, within hours of disaster, to even the remotest regions.

Helter Shelter: A Cheap Portable House made from Packing Materials

The problem of temporarily housing refugees from natural disasters is being addressed by students from Nanjing Forestry University in Nanjing, China, who have created a cheap, lightweight house made from common packing materials.

Macau Makes Like Manhattan with a Spectacular Central Park

Call it "Central Park East" if you like. Macau's exciting new Taipa Central Park will take a bite out of the Big Apple by providing city dwellers with an unexpected oasis of pastoral charm.

Japan's Power Plan: Solar Panels for All New Buildings

What's your roof done for you lately? If you're in Japan, it just might be collecting the Sun's most useful renewable resource, solar power. Even better, if a plan due to be announced by Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan at the upcoming G8 summit in Deauville, France, is carried out, by 2030 every new house and building in the country will be fitted with solar panels.

If You Could Talk To Walls - Your Body As An Antenna

Your body is an antenna, and Microsoft Research have worked out a way for you to use it.

Picasso Pad? - Living In A Cube

You really can live in comfort in a small space. The Cube Project is proof.

True Economy - Getting Value For Virtually No Money

The $300 House is a project that enables the poorest of the poor to build the best houses they can for next to nothing.

Hot Stuff! - Airport Saves $8 Million With Geothermal Heat

By using heat that already exists, Portland Jetport will save over 50,000 gallons of oil a year.

Roller Coaster Made of Prius Parts Could Power More Than Just The Coaster

I haven't been on a roller coaster ride in years. They no longer appeal to me like they use to. Pretty soon though, my kids are going to be old enough to want to ride a coaster. It is interesting to think that roller coasters like the innovative hybrid one below may be in their eco-friendly future.

Putting Yuppies To Use - Volunteerism For Urban Professionals

Catchafire connects skilled professionals with nonprofits and social enterprises for unique volunteering opportunities.

Final Turbine at China's Three Gorges Dam Begins Testing

Testing of the 32nd and final turbine at China's massive Three Gorges underground power station has begun, as the hydroelectric project's highly anticipated final completion date draws ever closer.

World's First Solar-Powered, Underwater Ocean Golf Course

I can tell it, but you still may not believe it--a golf course built on the surface of the sea. What will rich dudes think of next?

 


A Winning Design Tor The Primorksiy Zoological Park In St. Petersburg

Two architects from Beckmann N'Thépé and two designers from TN Plus have teamed up to create a winning design for Russia's new Primorskiy Zoological Park in Saint Petersburg.  The layout of the zoo is reminiscent of a Paleolithic Pangea, wherin each continent is represented throughout the zoo.

BRC's Binary Furniture: Would You Like To Sit This One Out?

Can't get enough tech-related stuff to fill your home with? In case that holds true for you, then you might want to consider looking into BRC Designs' Binary Chair and Table. This furniture company specializes in unusual and outrageous pieces but I don't think anything can be wackier than their Binary Collection.

Parkour Meets Mario Brothers: Tempest Freerunning Academy

Run, jump, flip, slide, swing, roll--just make it look good. The Tempest Freerunning Academy is a huge, indoor parkour training camp that includes some equipment inspired by a timeless video game.