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Vertical farm by Rogers Stirk Harbour wins Sustainability Award

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners is one of the great modern design firms of the world, doing mostly serious work. They have also designed a vertical …

Story of cities #5: Benin City, the mighty medieval capital now lost without trace

With its mathematical layout and earthworks longer than the Great Wall of China, Benin City was one of the best planned cities in the world when London was a place of ‘thievery and murder’. So why is nothing left?<p>Read other articles in our story of cities series<p>This is the story of a lost medieval …

Archaeology

Construction Matters: How Advances in Brick, Steel, and Concrete Changed Architecture

How the technology behind the building blocks of construction informs the craft and creativity of architecture<p>In an era of insane renderings and conceptual construction projects, Georg Windeck, an architect and teacher at Cooper Union, wanted to take a different look at technology’s relationship to …

A pair of Harvard students have designed 160-square-foot 'tiny houses' that could be the future of weekend getaways

Sometimes vacations are more trouble than they're worth. You spend a lot of money, travel far, and leave stressed.<p>Getaway, a hospitality startup launched in the Harvard Innovation Lab, shakes up that routine by offering tiny houses for rent. Relaxing in the forest reins in the temptation to take …

New England

Why Martian Concrete Might Be The Best Building Material In The Solar System

To colonize Mars, researchers are developing a new kind of concrete that doesn’t require water and is more than twice as strong.<p>Concrete has been critical to the colonization of our own planet. The Romans and Egyptians built their empires upon it, and when their formula for concrete was lost, …

Engineering

The burbs are the next urban frontier

This weekend in Miami, the Congress for the New Urbanism is staging one of the periodic Councils it uses to focus perspectives and best practices on …

Urban Design

The Real App Wants to Be Uber for Real Estate Agents

Bye-bye, brokers<p>A long-time Atlanta real estate agent, Janie Slater has been selling homes on and off since 1994. Concentrating on properties in and near Alpharetta and North Atlanta, Slater was at a point where working for a broker seemed, frankly, more trouble than it was worth. But instead of …

The story of cities, day 1: how Alexandria laid foundations for the modern world

The secret to Alexandria, if classical historians are to be believed, lies in a golden casket. Studded with jewels and small enough to hold in one’s hands, the casket was a war trophy found in the lodgings of vanquished Persian king Darius III more than 2,300 years ago. The man who defeated Darius, …

Ancient History

Minecraft And Cities: Skylines Are Helping Design Real-World Cities

An upcoming Swedish documentary titled <i>My Urban Playground</i> looks into how Paradox Interactive, Mojang, and other games studios are helping design real …

Prefabricated Eco-Homes : affordable house

Deltec is a building brand based out of California that offers prefabricated homes made from sustainable materials to consumers seeking an affordable …

Modular Kitchen and Bath Units Designed to Turn Empty Buildings Into Livable Homes

They have implications for housing refugees, students, and more<p>Well this is interesting: A Rotterdam, Netherlands-based company, Kraaijvanger, masterminded The Hub, a series of 15-square-meter (that's 161 square feet) modular units containing a kitchen, shower, and toilet and designed to convert …