These skyscrapers are designed to make you happy if you work in them.
Neuroscience says buildings can reshape our brains.
The Canopea project—winners of Europe’s Solar Decathalon—takes the best from both high-tech and natural solutions to create a city of stackable “nanotowers.”
It sounds like something out of a Dario Argento film: soaring architecture built with fresh blood and sand. It’s no camp horror movie, though—rather, it’s an award-winning proposal from recent architecture school graduate Jack Munro.
“Animal blood is one of the most prolific waste materials in the world,” says Munro, a 2012 graduate of University of Westminster in London. “The blood drained from animal carcasses is generally thrown away or incinerated despite being a potentially useful product.”
Architects Danny Mui and Benjamin Sahagun have come up with a novel concept: buildings that scrub CO2 emissions from the air.
A prefab, vertical gym in the slums of Caracas has the dimensions of a basketball court, and it has already proven its worthiness: after it opened in 2004, crime in the surrounding neighborhood dropped 30%. The gym is programmed 24/7, with everything from dance therapy classes to chess tournaments.
Starbucks has opened a new, experimental branch in Colorado.
Dream of the Floating World: "HavvAda" is Dror Benshetrit’s proposal for a man-made, hilly island city off the coast of Istanbul. The hills would be comprised of geodesic domes which boasted residences on their surfaces, and commercial spaces inside.
The Kickstarter-funded project to open a park in an abandoned underground trolley terminal takes a step closer to reality this weekend, as the organizers debut amazing tech to bring enough sunlight underground to grow plants.
To reconnect with irritated and discombobulated travelers, airports around the world are reinventing themselves as relaxing destinations—complete with pools, golf courses, and movie theaters—rather than just the awful place where they search your bags before you get on a plane.
So you have a foosball table at work. And an in-house masseuse. And maybe even an ironic conversation pit. But do you have a chair shaped like a molecular model? An art installation made of guitar pedals?
“I remember that very deeply in my soul back in 1986, we felt that was unfair,” says Kelley Lindquist, who became the president of a nonprofit called Artspace in 1987. “It was insulting for people to sometimes say, ‘Oh, artists like to move, they’re bohemians!’ Who likes to be on the street and renegotiate a lease and carry all their equipment and try to create a new community and basically start all over?”
It worked for St. Paul, Minnesota, where artists revived an old warehouse district—and got to stick around to reap the benefits of what they helped create.