architecture

VITAL feel-good glass replaces pain with happy pane

VITAL feel-good glass replaces pain with happy pane

Windows that make you feel happier and healthier? Working in an office might just become a more pleasurable experience if the research geeks at the German Fraunhofer institute have their way, cooking up panes with a special coating that specifically allows through wavelengths known to have a positive impact on the body's hormonal balance. The end result, it's claimed, is a sheet that "makes you feel as if the window is permanently open" researcher Walther Glaubitt says.

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Apple teases “Campus 2″ to Cupertino

Apple teases “Campus 2″ to Cupertino

The friendly neighborhood of Cupertino, California have just been sent a brochure from Apple which details their possible future structure by the name of "Apple Campus 2." This new headquarters for Apple would have space for 13,000 workers and looks to be a massive ring with more than a few future-looking aspects inside and out. This structure will prospectively replace 300,000 square feet of existing buildings in the area East of North Tantau Avenue and will be built up as 300,000 square feet of new research facilities for Apple.

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Proposed world’s tallest building would be 3,445 feet high

Proposed world’s tallest building would be 3,445 feet high

The tallest building in the world right now is the Burj Khalifa in the United Arab Emirates. With an observation deck on the 124th floor, a mosque on the 158th floor, and occupants on the 160th floor, it set all kinds of world records. But the Dubai masterpiece is about the be overthrown, if a proposal for a new building in Azerbaijan is approved. And it's not just going to inch ahead of the Burj Khalifa.

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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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