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The self-healing concrete that can fix its own cracks

The green technology embeds self-activating bacteria into concrete to make it self-healing, but will it win over a risk-averse construction industry?<p>Of all the carbon emitters that surround us every day it’s easy to overlook one of the most ubiquitous: concrete.<p>The material that builds our …

Engineering

Daring & Inspirational Architecture Around the World

In today's world of art and architecture, there is one name that unquestionably tops the list of greats, and that would be, who else? -- of course -- the one and only Frank Gehry. A few weeks ago, upon returning from my trip to Paris, I raved about his latest project there, the Fondation Louis …

40 trips you should take before you turn 30

Your 20s are an ideal time to take on some adventure and travel to faraway places.<p>Chances are you'll end up having some wild experiences that you'll never forget.<p>From partying at the world's largest Carnival in Rio de Janeiro to paragliding in New Zealand, here are the trips you should take when …

Should a Nazi Ghost Town Be Saved?

Hitler planned Prora to be the largest beach resort ever created, but plans to revive it have stirred controversy, with some saying the buildings …

NYC's first prefab micro-unit apartment building starts to rise in Manhattan (PHOTOS)

1/10<p>Carmel Place Micro Apartments Stack<p>It's been more than two years since nARCHITECTS' My Micro NY apartment design won the adAPT NYC competition …

Islamic inspired community garden wins gold at Chelsea Flower Show

Inner city neighbourhood to benefit from Chelsea winning garden, where children can play and locals plant fruit and veg<p>A garden which incorporates elements of Islamic design and will be rebuilt in a deprived inner-city area to bring communities together has won a gold medal at the Chelsea Flower …

John Brookes: 'It is the effect that plants make that interests me more than their individuality’

Doing for garden design what Terence Conran did for interiors, Stephen Lacey visited John Brookes on his home turf at Denmans<p>Somehow one’s own garden has nothing to do with designing for someone else. This is more of a hobby,’ <b>John Brookes</b>, the doyen of British garden designers, says as we walk …

Habitats

Vietnamese miniature landscape

We have seen realistic miniature landscapes before, but this particular one really stands out. It consists of a traditional Vietnamese farmhouse, two …