‘Hypernatural’: Architecture’s New Relationship with Nature

In their new book, authors Blaine Brownell and Marc Swackhamer describe how designers and architects have started to copy nature, with pavilions designed to wilt into the forest after several decades, wooden structures that change shape with the weather and chairs grown from crystal. Original Source: The Wall Street Journal

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Billion dollar mega-ship sets sail for NZ waters

One of the new generation of billion dollar plus mega cruise ships is heading for New Zealand. Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas will cruise in New Zealand and Australian waters next year and will be the biggest cruise ship to ever visit. Its arrival is a coup for the fast-growing cruise industry in this […]

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Super-yacht designed for girly getaways

You know how it is — you and 11 friends hire a superyacht for a girly getaway and the ambience is ruined by laddish beer kegs and pool tables onboard. Well, no more — a Monaco-based designer, Lidia Bersani, is trying to create the perfect girls’ getaway — a luxury megayacht designed for women. La […]

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Derby, the dog who runs on 3-D printed legs (Video)

[x_video_embed type=”16:9″ no_container=”true”][/x_video_embed] Grab some tissues: An adorable dog named Derby, born with deformed front legs, has been given a set of 3-D printed prosthetics. And these custom-made legs, which he can rock back and forth on (to keep him from getting stuck in the dirt) don’t just help him walk more easily. With his […]

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Waiheke kitchen wins top design award

New Zealand kitchen designer Mal Corboy has just returned from London after being announced the winner of a prestigious international design competition. Mr Corboy is widely recognized as New Zealand’s most awarded kitchen designer, who has garnered an international stage for his eye-catching interiors and his custom furniture design. He has just won a top […]

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Crescent Moon Tower: Future Skyscraper to Light up the Sky in Dubai

Dubai has accustomed us to fantasy construction developments to say the least. This moon shaped building, which literally cuts  across the skyline with its beautiful form certainly succeeds in exceeding our high expectations. The tallest skyscraper in the world Burj Khalifa ,and the huge shopping center Dubai Mall are respectively found in Dubai. The Crescent […]

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Chinese President Xi Jinping: ‘No More Weird Architecture’

Chinese president Xi Jinping is fed up with his country’s fascination with what he calls “weird architecture,” the state-run Xinhua news agency reported. Speaking at a literary symposium in Beijing last week, Xi’s two-hour speech took shot at Chinese architects and artists who have designed avant-garde style buildings. Instead, he said that art should “be […]

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Graeme Hart launches superyacht in Norway (Video)

A Norwegian nautical secret has been revealed – New Zealand billionaire Graeme Hart is the owner of a new ship launched at the weekend. Norwegian media say the 107-metre long “expedition yacht”, launched at Ulsteinvik, north of Oslo, cost about 400 million kroner ($78 million). Hart, complete with a nautical-monogrammed blazer, and wife Robyn were […]

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The eleMMent Palazzo, a $3m land yacht

Announcing the world’s most expensive anything is a surefire way to attract attention, but when the thing is a $3m motor home, questions arise beyond the obvious “Why?” After all, designers create all manner of prototypes, and mythical potentates from Dubai are always rumoured to be buying them. Yet in this case, the factory is […]

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AlDar HQ – The world’s first circular skyscraper – Abu Dhabi 2010

This is extracted from a beautiful highly recommended National Geographic documentary titled, “Can it be Built? Circular Skyscraper”. It is the world’s first circular skyscraper. In the documentary, Engineers talk in gorgeous and generous detail about the innovations and obstacles that went into designing this piece of art which went hand in hand with building […]

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