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  • Typical skyscrapers lead to "the loss of our humanity and our sense of spiritual emptiness"
  • Ma Yansong has designed 9 towers that rise 50 stories tall; "a vertical village complete with gardens in the sky"
  • Pedestrian bridges "link the towers and an undulating park at the base offers more public space"
  • Matt Kaliner, a sociology lecturer at Harvard University, is "architect of some of the weirdest, most wonderful sandcastles."
  • "Kaliner’s structures are drippy archways that twist, jut, climb, and at times appear suspended in midair.”
  • "They are otherwordly, like something you’d find on a beach in Neverland.”
  • Architects are collaborating with veterinarians and consultants to design a 178,000 sq ft space
  • $48M project will be built on an unused cargo terminal for dogs, cats, horses, penguins, etc.
  • 70,000 animals pass through JFK every year
  • Winning concepts will help NASA build the technical expertise to send habitat-manufacturing machines to other planets to build shelters for future human explorers
  • First phase runs through Sept 27; 2nd phase has 2 levels and starts Sept 26
  • made by a Slovakian company called Nice Architects; comes pre-made and ready to house two adults.
  • kitchenette spouts running water, the toilet flushes, and the shower flows hot. It is 14.6 feet long and 7.4 feet wide.
  • built-in wind turbine and the solar cells provide the power
  • Designers have been able to construct a modular ABS wall part that stands 10 feet tall and was 3D printed in ABS
  • Parts were printed on a Euclid 3D printer and took 18 hours to print 3 pieces
  • Piping and ventilation could be printed integral to form a complete house; parts are waterproof when snapped together
  • Singapore Changi Airport has indoor and outdoor gardens with a koi pond and butterflies
  • Skytrax awarded it "Worlds Best Airport" last year
  • Many airports in Asia receive government support; last year the airport made more than $2 billion in retail sales
  • The glass and steel design twisting toward the sky "illustrates both Shanghai's and China's ambitions"
  • There's a 1,200-ton, computerized damper near the top; it pushes the tower in the direction of strong winds to counterbalance
  • It includes 21 sky lobbies for public use, "design elements [that] ensure a building like this would never be constructed in the United States"
  • Ikea has designed a shelter that's flat-packed and uses a more modular building approach, making it easier to set up
  • The shelters include solar panels, so refugees can have some power in their shelters after the sun has gone down
  • They're being tested in Ethiopia, then modified once they have feedback
  • "One Central Park" is now complete, featuring a park of its own that rises 166 meters into the sky.
  • Exhibits 250 species of native Australian flowers and plants; vines intertwine from floor to floor.
  • Designed by Parisian architect Jean Nouvel in collaboration with French artist and botanist Patrick Blanc.
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