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The Waterphone: An Unorthodox Musical Instrument

Movie directors (and whales) just love the Waterphone. It's an eerie, surreal-sounding instrument unlike any other, and it looks pretty unusual too. Musician and craftsman Richard Waters invented the instrument in the late 1960s, and after he passed away in 2013, his friend Brooks Hubbard, a welder and fellow musician, took over the manufacturing operation...

Forest City: A Lush New Car-Free Island Metropolis in Malaysia

What would a sustainable mega-city look like if it were to be built from the ground up using all modern construction methods, materials, and technologies? In the West, we haven’t had an opportunity to find that out yet, since the most desirable land has already been developed and tearing it down to start over just wouldn't be feasible. Read more… ...

Giant Concrete Feet Installed in Abandoned Berlin Bank

Earlier this year, Spanish artist Mario Mankey installed two huge concrete feet in an abandoned bank in Berlin. The sculpture forms part of a collective exhibition by over 160 artists, who were all invited to make their respective marks on the disused building. The project, entitled “The Haus," was conceived of as an initiative to transform the derelict...

Siesta4: The Durable All-Weather Heat and Light-Blocking Tent

People who camp are fully aware of the highs and lows of sleeping (and living) outdoors. For every spectacular sunset you marvel at from the campfire, there's an early sunrise that shines straight through your tent and wakes you up. Then there's the temperature issue — any seasoned camper will tell you how stuffy it can get in a tent overnight. Read...

Shell-Like Roof System Used to Combat Water Shortages in Iran

Iranian architecture studio BMDesign has recently come up with an innovative solution to its home country's water crisis. Iran’s arid desert climate means that water can be scarce at times, and with the effects of climate change becoming more evident each and every year, it's more important than ever that sustainable forms of water and energy conservation...

Futuristic Desert Spa Resort in Dubai

About the Resort The Serene Desert Villa Spa Retreat is a newly-designed, 30,000 square-foot resort situated just 45 minutes away from the luxurious city of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Designed by an innovative team of passionate architects, the resort is a beautiful piece of modern architecture, constructed with function in mind yet styled immaculately....

Tadao Ando Encases Giant Buddha in Lavender Mound

Japanese architect Tadao Ando has encircled a giant 44-foot stone statue of Buddha in a large, landscaped mound covered with lavender in the Makomanai Takino Cemetery in Sapporo, a city in northern Japan. This project was actually completed two years ago in 2015, but photographs and videos of it have only recently been released to the public. Read more…...

Would You Wear This Noise-Cancelling Helmet at the Office for Private Calls?

Chatty co-workers, ringing phones, shrieking children, traffic, and construction noise — all of these distractions can really hamper your productivity when you’re trying to work, especially if you tend to have trouble focusing. Telling people you need some peace and quiet doesn’t always cut it, and even the best of noise-cancelling headphones won’t...

The Jean Ring: How a Simple Design Became a Long-Lived Classic

Sometimes, simple is best. Take the Jean Ring, for instance: it's a twist of metal. That's it. Nonetheless, it has also notched up more than 3 million sales since its debut in 1975. The solid brass twist securely holds your keys on one side and clips onto the belt loop of your jeans or pants on the other. Read more… ...

Intricate Framework of Zaha Hadid’s Airport Terminal Taking Shape in Beijing

Set to become the world’s largest aviation hub, the new terminal building at Beijing Daxing International Airport by Zaha Hadid Architects is quickly taking shape in China, showing off an intricate skeleton reminiscent of decorative knotwork or lace. The design features five "limbs" that spread out from a central core, each one representing a key element...

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