The architects using animation skills to build film careers

Richard Architecture, Technology

In a warehouse in north London, I’m surrounded by hundreds of painstakingly made card models and framed architectural plans, all meticulously presented. There are also dozens of other-worldly 3D-printed structures, some of which seem to resemble buildings. This much you might expect at the annual Bartlett School of Architecture degree show. But held aloft above them in a corner, is …

The largest superyacht to visit Auckland

Richard Yachting News

The superyacht Ocean Victory has docked in Auckland this morning. One of the largest yachts in the world, it is owned by Russian steel billionaire Viktor Rashnikov. At 140m in length, it is ranked ninth largest yacht in the world, and boasts an on-deck jacuzzi, six swimming pools, a gym, a helipad and a helicopter hanger, as well as a …

This Beautiful, Terrifying House Is Literally Inside a Cliff

Richard Architecture

This house, Casa Brutale, on/in a cliff overlooking the Aegean Sea hasn’t actually been built yet, but we really hope that it eventually will be because, well, just look at it. Designed by OPA, the structure sinks into the cliff face, topped by a pool with a glass bottom that functions as a massive skylight. The effect is that the …

Billionaire Adorns Yacht with Enormous 3D Printed Jaguar

Richard 3D, Yachting News

Let’s face it: No one needs to own a yacht. But, if you’re already living in the lap of luxury in your luxury yacht, you might as well adorn that piece of conspicuous consumption with a giant jaguar. That’s what billionaire Jaguars owner Shahid Khan did with his KISMET super yacht. Paying tribute to his NFL team, Khan had Belgian …

Augmented Reality In The Operating Room – No-Scar Surgery

Richard Technology

“The abolition of pain in surgery is a chimera. It is absurd to go on seeking it. . . . Knife and pain are two words in surgery that must forever be associated in the consciousness of the patient. (Dr. Alfred Velpeau (1839) French surgeon). Introduction. Minimally invasive surgery represents one of the main evolutions of surgical techniques aimed at …

3D printing just made space travel cheaper

Richard 3D

Companies looking to launch satellites into space typically spend anywhere from $10-50 million per launch but thanks to 3D printing, those costs are set to drop in a big way. For $4.9 million, businesses can use RocketLab to send small satellites into orbit. The firm’s engine, called the Rutherford, is powered by an electric motor and is the first oxygen …

Award winning boat firm launched on the market

Richard Yachting News

Kiwi-owned Fyran Boats, a home-grown East Tamaki-based marine industry company which won a design award for one of its boats at the recent Auckland Boat Show, has been placed on the market. “The company was formed by fishing buddies and sheet metal workers Trevor Fyfe and Graeme Ranson in 1969,” says Greg Scott, business broker with Bayleys, who is marketing …

Longest glass bridge spans Chinese canyon

Richard Architecture

If you’re scared of heights, then China’s newest glass bridge is maybe something you’d want to avoid. The Grand Canyon of Zhangjiajie skywalk is about to take the crown as the world’s highest and longest see-through skywalk when it opens in July, The Mirror reports. It spans 430 metres between two cliffs in the Zhangjiajie national park in Hunan province …

New mirrors tell you what to wear (+ video)

Richard Architecture

Imagine a fitting room with a “smart” mirror that suggests jeans to go with the red shirt you brought in. It snaps a video so you can compare the image side-by-side with other colorful shirts you try on. It might even show you how the shirt will fit without you having to undress. A handful of primarily upscale retailers, including …