July 17, 2016 Image Source: HomeAway A group of engineers from Texas decided to build a small sustainable retreat in the Hill Country.Fred Zipp and a few other friends were on the hunt for a quite retreat from their busy hometown in Austin when a magnificent idea dawned on the. Collectively, the team decided not to purchase something already constructed.
February 07, 2016The cost of college in America has skyrocketed in recent years, making many question whether its actually worth it. Design major Joel Weber wanted to avoid the high priced dorm environment, so he simply built his own house. He ended up spending just US$15,000 on this well-designed 145 sq-ft tiny home, saving tons of money to invest back into his education.
This special type of house can be built in a way very similar to the way Lego houses are being built..February 08, 2016A French company, Multipod Studio, has developed a prototype for PopUp house, a special type of house that can be built in a way very similar to the way Lego houses are being built. The idea is very simple; they wanted to find a way to build a house that is well-designed, low-cost and energy-efficient.
The Trinity College Library houses some of the world& 39;s most precious manuscripts and artifacts dating back to 800 A.D.March 30, 2016The largest library in Ireland is over 300 years old and houses some pretty amazing artifacts.This beautiful building is home to the famous Book of Kells, which is an illuminated manuscript of the four biblical gospels dating back to the year 800 A.
April 12, 2016In Peru, there exists a mysterious Incan archeological site of concentric terraces that resemble ancient Greek amphitheaters. The Inca civilization arose from the highlands of Peru sometime in the early 13th century, and the last Inca stronghold was conquered by the Spanish in 1572. These visually fascinating terraces are found in the city of Moray, approximately 50 km northwest of Cuzco and they possess a number of unusual qualities.
April 14, 2016Yes you heard that correctly, Japan will soon have an invisible train traveling across the country in one architect& 39;s quest to make designs that blend into the environment. The architect behind the project, Kazuyo Sejima, has won many awards, including the coveted Pritzker Prize for design.
April 17, 2016Earthquakes are one of the most destructive forces on the planet. As tectonic plates collide and rub, enormous amounts of potential energy is unleashed as they quickly snap past each other- like snapping fingers, but with insanely huge rocks that float on a sea of magma. Most buildings do not collapse from the actual earthquake, but rather from the displacement of the foundation that causes the top part to sway, resonating until the tensional forces are too great which causes the building to collapse (see video below for an example).
April 30, 2016 Image Source: Flickr If you& 39;ve ever been to a Japanese tree garden in the winter time, you may have noticed strange bamboo poles jutting from the ground with ropes strung about attached to the branches of trees. This isn& 39;t just decoration, but rather it is actually how they keep trees and shrubs from breaking under the intense load of snow.
The most striking and unusual sight in Kansas City, Missouri is the giant bookshelf that covers the front of the public library& 39;s garage.May 05, 2016The most striking and unusual sight in downtown Kansas City, Missouri is the giant bookshelf façade that covers the front of the public library& 39;s parking garage.
May 05, 2016One LA-based artist has taken inspiration from coral reefs and creates some astoundingly beautiful laser-cut wood sculptures that make quite the statement piece for anyone& 39;s entryway. The work pictured below, by artist Joshua Abarbanel, is one of his larger pieces, but he also makes other smaller sculptures with similar designs.
May 03, 2016For ages, there have been spiral rock lined formations called puquio in Peru laid out by the Nasca People, but no one really knew what they were for, until now. A team of researchers led by Rosa Lasaponara with the Institute of Methodologies for Environmental Analysis, suggests that they were actually used as a water collection and distribution system for the ancient civilization.
May 17, 2016 Image Source: Royal Carribean Royal Carribean has just taken ownership of the largest cruise ship in the entire world, and it is stunning, even featuring a 10-story waterslide off of the back. Named the Harmony of the Seas, this ship is an engineering masterpiece, and there is very little that makes you realize you are floating in the middle of the ocean while taking a cruise.
May 16, 2016Gardening can be hard work, but it can also be one of the most rewarding tasks you complete during the day, Many fruit and vegetable plants require constant watch care to protect them from bugs and pests, but one new spherical garden is taking having a green thumb to the next level. Rather than having to take carE of your plants yourself, researchers have found a way to put plants inside of a sphere and allow them to find their own water and sunlight, according to Science Alert.
May 27, 2016 Image Source: Flickr When the World Trade Centers were brought down in 2001, the subsequent rubble also destroyed the subway system underground. In a show of solidarity, New York has funded the most expensive train station ever constructed, coming in at a cost of US$4 Billion. Designed by world-renowned architect Santiago Calatrava the massive hallway structure is meant to resemble two hands releasing a dove.
Before there were complex wood glues or screws, Japanese craftsmen used a series of interlocking joints to connect wood for structures.May 27, 2016Before there were complex wood glues and screws, Japanese craftsmen used a series of interlocking joints to connect wood for structures and beams. There are many methods of interlocking joints in woodworking today, but in general, they all require some form of additional attachment.
May 26, 2016Many companies have been finding innovative solutions to bring to the housing market. Whether it be tiny homes or unique manufactured dwellings, there are a lot of options for the current homebuyer. One company, Fiction Factory, has created a house that can be rapidly manufactured in sections, and it the structure is made out of cardboard.
June 02, 2016 Image Source: Wikimedia An office tower on Miller Street in Manchester, England is completely covered in solar panels, used to offset the energy usage for the insurance company inside. The tower was first constructed in 1962, but it was first covered with a mosaic tile facade. These small tiles became a problem for the building and continued to fall off the face for 40 years until a major renovation was undertaken.
Commissioned by Emperor Justinian I in 532 AD, the Basilica Cistern is 140 meters long and 70 meters wide, and can hold 100,000 tons of water.November 08, 2019During the Roman empire, modern-day Istanbul, Turkey would have been the site of Constantinople. Underneath this city, the Roman, and later the Byzantine Empire built an expansive system of cisterns to store drinking water for the residents.
June 04, 2016Many cities around the globe have experienced exponential growth in their urban centers in recent years, and Shanghai has seen perhaps one of the most dramatic changes. The city in China just thirty years ago was a flat urban metropolis with lush greenery and expansive parks. While certain parks are still present, Shanghai has caught the skyscraper bug and expanded upward in recent years.
June 06, 2016Almost every child loves a good sandcastle. However, building a tall one can prove to be a tedious task since sand has a tendency to shear off and collapse, resembling something similar to a sad pyramid rather than a magnificent castle. However, with some clever engineering, shearing can be prevented with some simple modifications.
June 07, 2016Mukesh Ambani, one of the richest men in the world, built himself the most expensive house in the world, standing 27 stories tall in South Mumbai. Chairman of Reliance Industries, Ambani has ranked among the most powerful people in the world for the last 10 years. The private residence maintains a staff of over 600 people 24/7 to keep the incredible home up and running.