When a group of people realizes they’re in a building that is continually moving through alternate dimensions, they’ll have to rescue their friends before they never see them again. That’s plot of The Building, a new TV show co-produced by legendary writer Neil Gaiman (American Gods, Coraline).
In modern cities, there’s concrete at every turn. So it might surprise you to hear that, until now at least, we haven’t really understood how it works at the microscopic level—despite the fact that we trust it to build huge structures.
The architect Eric Parry has unveiled his plans for what will be the tallest building in the City of London. Measuring 309.6 meters in height, the building is a surprisingly simple structure, which wears its engineering design on its sleeve.
An architecture firm called Studio RAP has built what it claims is the“first robotically fabricated building in the Netherlands,” using automated milling techniques to craft a unique, swooping structure.
Construction can be back-breaking work, but some engineers in Switzerland have ginned up a brick-laying workbot that can help humans build buildings.
The acclaimed architecture firm Foster + Partners has unveiled a series of images that depict plans for a 3D-printed settlement that could be built on Mars.
And, look, to be honest, we can’t blame them. If you had the money and the inclination, wouldn’t you do the same thing?
Last week, I helped Chris Davidson of Game Chops build a new PC. Neither of us had built a computer before, so we streamed the process on Twitch TV to elicit the collective wisdom of the internet. Because, who needs manuals? (In retrospect, instructions might have helped speed things along a bit.)
Legos have been experiencing something of a renaissance lately. With adults now using their childhood building bricks in more creative ways than ever, it was only a matter of time before somebody decided to bring a portable, customizable, Lego-based desktop computer into the world.
Hot Wheels doesn't sell tiny die-cast horse and buggies to kids these days, so why would anyone assume that children would want to build ancient castles with building blocks? Areaware's Blockitecture set—designed by James Paulius—instead features a collection of irregularly-shaped wooden blocks that can be stacked and…
Concrete is an amazing building material: cheap to create, strong when used correctly, and hard-wearing, too. But turning it into exotic and shapely forms can be prohibitively complex and expensive. Now, a 3D printer capable of producing one-off moulds as large as a phone booth could help turn architectural dreamw…
This may look like a modern civil engineering marvel—but in fact you're looking at the largest known stone block to be tirelessly carved by human hands.
Yesterday BBC News' 'Magazine' section posed an interesting question: has Lego's growing success stifled the toymaker's imagination-driven products?
This guy must have never been afraid of the dark growing up, kept pet spiders and snakes as a child and ate the weirdest foods without blinking because he has absolutely no fear. He goes from almost hitting a mountain to spinning down in between two buildings and swooping in for a perfect landing.
If these lumps of concrete look familiar, that's because they take some of their inspiration from Lego—but there's more to them than child's play.
What's your wall doing right now—holding up your posters? Being leaned against by the bookshelf? What about storing the energy that powers all your kitchen appliances? New research into structural supercapacitors, which can withstand the stress and vibrations of bearing weight, could eventually inspire such an…
It seems the world is full of people who don't care about their lives. Here's one: Sebastián Álvarez, who decided it was a great idea to fly in his wingsuit through this narrow gap between two buildings in Reñaca, Chile.
Concrete pipes never looked so inviting. At the Prahran Hotel, a pub in Australia, stacks of pre-cast concrete tubes have been turned into cozy, wood-paneled booths for sharing a pint or two. From the outside, they look like kegs (get it?) or portholes—in any case, nothing remotely as dystopian as the phrase "concrete…
This was posted on February but got no attention until yesterday, when these guys found it. And while it may have been staged, I have no problem believing it—there have been many similar cases of rotten or fragile buildings falling under minimal vibration.
An exoskeleton punched through to form internal skybridges as the triangular trusswork wrapped around the building's exterior gets tangled up in spiderwebs deep within the resulting, cave-like hollows. No, it's not a prop in a children's horror story or a postmodern Charlotte's Web, but a new hotel and casino proposed…