architecture

Apple Starck project bringing ‘brain with motorcycle helmet’ this summer

Apple Starck project bringing ‘brain with motorcycle helmet’ this summer

There's nothing better than when a brilliant industrial designer like Philippe Starck gets the opportunity to design for a massively powerful manufacturer like Apple. This week we're hearing from Starck via a French radio show that he's worked with Apple for several years on a project which will be released this summer - a "revolutionary" product at that. What we're doing now is combing through the Starck archives to see if we can glean some information and put together some puzzle pieces that equal out to be what Apple may have helped this man bring to the world this year.

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Apple building new “prototype” store in Palo Alto

Apple building new “prototype” store in Palo Alto

Apple looks to be planning a new prototype retail store that will be only a block away from one of its earliest retail locations in Palo Alto. Construction on the new 15,030 square-foot store is expected to begin soon and is linked to architectural firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, which described the design to be a "new prototype" and as a "commons for community to gather."

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ARM A7 and A15 for inexpensive, high power, low demand smartphones for everyone

ARM A7 and A15 for inexpensive, high power, low demand smartphones for everyone

Cambridge-based mobile microchip industry crunching firm ARM has announced its A7 chip and the "big.LITTLE" processing to the world this week, and you already knew that from yesterday. What you might not have known, or perhaps realized, is that with A7 architecture in smart device, ARM is suggesting that a whole new generation of devices is on the way that will be below $100, this allowing large groups of people from the still without-smartphones world to join in on the fun. ARM, are you saying I'll finally be able to video chat with people who are living under the international poverty level?

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Lucasfilm Singapore getting new building in 2012 that looks like a Sandcrawler!

Lucasfilm Singapore getting new building in 2012 that looks like a Sandcrawler!

I think that like most Star Wars fans I have a love/hate relationship with George Lucas. He has been behind the two iconic franchises of my youth with Star Wars and Indiana Jones. Lucas has pimped Star Wars out more than I like in some instances, and he keeps changing things in the films that I thought were already excellent. Still, he is good for something epic every now and again.

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Apple Shows Off New Fifth Avenue Store Rendering

Apple Shows Off New Fifth Avenue Store Rendering

A major revamp of Apple's famous Fifth Avenue store in New York City with the 32-foot glass cube entrance has been underway since June. The $6.7 million project will keep the glass cube intact but will simplify its structure by using larger panes of glass. Today Apple provided a rendering showing how the new cube will look once completed.

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3D Print Your Next House

3D Print Your Next House

3D Printing has been around for a while. Until recently it's been a technology that's relegated to the design process, where designers are able to make plastic prototypes much more quickly. Neri Oxman at MIT's Media Lab has a vision for 3D printing much bigger than the current reality. She sees the advancements in 3D printing being used to construct buildings. I've seen concept designs for all kinds of robotic building techniques, but not using the 3D printing concepts. This kind of technology is a ways out, as right now most 3D printers are using plastic. Though some are starting to use metal, and Neri wants to get them working for concrete.

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100-year-old secret underwater dome is fraudster’s amazing folly

100-year-old secret underwater dome is fraudster’s amazing folly

As awesome additions to your home go, a billiard room hidden under a lake - complete with Bond villain style dome - sounds like the kind of place any self-respecting geek should covet. Turns out, the concept isn't new; J. Whitaker Wright, a trader, engineer and convicted fraudster, lavished masses of money on Witley Park back in the 19th century, a 32 bedroom mansion which extended into various labyrinthine underground passages and a beautiful underwater room.

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eVolo 2011 Skyscraper Competition

eVolo 2011 Skyscraper Competition

Moving forward into the 21st century is going to take some significant changes in the way we build our cities, both here in the US, and worldwide. eVolo is an architecture and design journal focused on the sustainable designs that are going to drive this whole century. They've been running a skyscraper design competition since 2006. They recently released the results of this year's competition. French architects took home the first and second place prizes. Atelier CMJN's team Julien Combes and Gaël Brulé took home the first place prize for their LO2P. This huge circular structure features biogas producing greenhouses, massive air filtration, and will be built-from-recycled-cars. Yoann Mescam, Paul-Eric Schirr-Bonnans, and Xavier Schirr-Bonnans won the second place for their ingenious Flat Tower dome design. Yheu-Shen Chua from the United Kingdom took home the bronze for his re-imagined Hoover Dam.

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Genius Light Switch Design by Taewon Hwang

Genius Light Switch Design by Taewon Hwang

Have you ever walked into a house and had trouble figuring out what switch controlled which light? Designer, Taewon Hwang comes through with this delightfully intuitive light switch concept. He takes the floorplan of a house and turns it into the design for the light switch. One of these switches could make it easy to control every light in your home from one location, or you can install multiple switches for any configuration or purpose you can imagine.

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Denmark Will Build Underwater Tunnel To Germany

Denmark Will Build Underwater Tunnel To Germany

One of the great architectural marvels of our time has just been approved by seven out of eight parliamentary factions in Denmark. The state-owned firm Femern A/S will build a tunnel from the German island of Fehmarn to the Danish island of Lolland. Both islands have connections to the mainland. The project's budget has been set at 5.1 billion euros, or $7 billion. Construction will begin in 2014, after teams from Denmark and Germany produce environmental impact reports. The tunnel is expected to be ready for traffic in 2020.

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Self-Powered House Generates Income for You

Self-Powered House Generates Income for You

This is a concept project that's on its way to real reality. I say real reality because not only are there hopes to turn this project into a reality, there's money moving towards that end. In Germany, this "Plus-Energy" house is designed by Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design (ILEK), headed by Werner Sobek (who succeeded the great Frei Otto, a master of lightweight structures.) - thanks for the info, TreeHugger. There's a bit of credibility right there that lends itself toward thinking this is a project on its way toward the real world. What is it? Why, it's a square house completely covered in photovoltaic panels and solar thermal systems that generate electricity and hot water.

What else would it be?

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