Amazon's vision for the future includes multi-story automated distribution centers sprinkled throughout urban areas. Goods will arrive by truck and be delivered to customers by fleets of drones issuing forth from ports or doors in the building. Few humans will work there because robots will perform much of the
[WARNING: Mild spoilers ahead.] If I have one complaint about "Game of Thrones," it's that it's too dark. Not in terms of tone; whatever I've seen on the show is still not worse than what we do to each other in the Core77 offices each week. I mean that the
In the last post we looked at Ten Fold Engineering's linkage designs. Now let's check out the actual applications they have in mind. In the company's vision, prefabricated structures are transported to site, then unfurled: It's fun seeing what their architects have come up with for the interior spaces, as
Sheathing plywood: an incredibly practical and long lasting material when it comes to building the exterior of homes but rarely has it been lauded for its refined look. If you're one to frequent architectural magazines or Pinterest, you may have noticed in the past couple years the material showing up
We're excited for the upcoming "Valerian" movie (which inspired "Star Wars" with little credit ever attributed). The official title of the movie is "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets," and in this eye-catching teaser footage, we get a look at said city, called Alpha, and an explanation of
Roman concrete is something that has stymied materials scientists for ages. That the stuff is durable is obvious; the dome in the Pantheon has lasted for nearly 2,000 years and is of course unreinforced by rebar. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.
The mission of the Kentucky Music Educators Association is to "enrich the lives of students through music." Each year they host a gathering of their All State Choir, where roughly 1,000 students from around Kentucky stay together at an 18-story Hyatt Hotel. At 11pm, the students all come out of
Three years ago we covered ThyssenKrupp's development of an elevator that could go up, down and sideways. Elevator lines in the future, we wrote, would look less like a series of shafts and more like Pac-Man. Tom Scott was lucky enough to gain admittance to ThyssenKrupp's towering elevator testing facility,
Take a moment to imagine what a Nike headquarters in the heart of NYC would look like. Now picture that times 10, and that's what it actually looks like in real life. This week marks the first week Nike employees get to work in their new NYC home. After the
Dagnabbit! Once again architects have something cool for which there is no industrial design analog, inspiring jealousy. London-based architects Ian Flood and Chris Prosser founded Skyline Chess, a company that produces chess sets where the pieces are iconic London buildings. Now they've just Kickstarted an NYC edition: As a
This is well worth the watch. Houston-based architect Zui Ng used a host of brilliant principles, intelligent design choices and practical money-saving techniques to build a home for himself and his family. From ensuring that he is "a good neighbor," architecturally speaking, to creating extra living space that's non-taxable, to
Can't make the leap into tiny house life yourself? Maybe it's best left for the birds. Portland, ME artist Jada Fitch has woven her love for art, feathered folks, and stylish architecture into a series of impeccably appointed bird feeders. Fitch's artwork ranges from delicate realistic paintings of favored
Anyone who has ever visited the Taj Mahal in Agra, India, would probably agree that it is one of the most fascinating buildings that he or she has ever been in the presence of. Even in pictures, one can sense the almost magical aura of this massive marble memorial, which appears as though it is floating. If it has a breathtaking effect from afar, it becomes truly mind-blowing when having a closer look—when one can see that all the delicate patterns that cover the huge marble blocks are actually
You might know that in the 1940s there were plans to build an airport right over Manhattan. But did you know that Buckminster Fuller wanted to build a climate-controlled dome over midtown in the 1960s? Or that in the 1880s, a pneumatic overhead railway was proposed for commuters? Or that
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The newest Blade Runner 2049 trailer is out and the visuals are worth getting excited for. I promise we aren't pivoting to a fan site for Ridley Scott adjacent projects, but good set design deserves as much love as we can throw at it. It's not that I'm anti-CGI, but
We were excited to see Muji's architectural re-think of a house several years ago, but this latest effort is a bit puzzling. The company has announced they'll begin selling this Muji Hut with a shou-sugi-ban finish and nine square meters of interior space: While Muji refers to their concept as
It's a complicated but exciting time to talk marijuana in America. The medically invaluable and minimally harmful drug is fast becoming a socially normalized staple crop. But for folks in states where progressive values and massive tax income are less important than ineffective and racist drug policy, the idea of
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Of the many structures Leonardo da Vinci designed, perhaps none made more ingenious use of materials than his practical design for an easy-to-assemble, self-supporting bridge. Here's a father and son demonstrating its construction in their backyard, without using a single tool: As you can see they've used no fasteners,
In southwestern Germany, the Schwarzwaldhotel Tanne resort has a rather unusual sauna on-site. At first it doesn't appear to be anything more than a timber-frame cabin… …until you get a higher angle and see that there's no foundation. The entire two-story structure is supported by a gigantic tree... ...and stands
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I'm admittedly not the standard clientele for theme parks (long lines, rude kids and mediocre expensive food all give me hives), so getting me excited about a new attraction might or might not matter. But listen: if you let me sleep in a weird glass sea orb I will give
Assemble, the Turner Prize winning architecture and design studio based in London, are about to wrap up their residency at the A/D/O design work space in Brooklyn. To cap off their ongoing explorations, The Creators Project has produced a video detailing the idea behind their residency pitch entitled "A Factory
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A new page is turning in the thickening book on 3D printed architecture. This time our idealistic concrete fabricators are from Russia's Apis Cor, and their claim to greatness— a residential tiny home printed in 24 hours—debuted this February. That land speed doesn't pose a great challenge to Chinese
Marjorie Merriweather Post was once the wealthiest woman in the United States. The daughter of breakfast cereal magnate C.W. Post, she inherited the Postum Cereals Company after his death in 1914, when she was just 27; she subsequently attained a net worth of $250 million, about $5 billion in today's
At 5:30am on Saturday, two twentysomething twin sisters were riding an escalator in the World Trade Center Oculus. One of the sisters fell over the side, plunging three stories to the marble floor below. She died of "blunt-impact injuries to her head and torso." Her surviving twin, who understandably is
Would you live in a city afloat in the ocean? Would you be extra interested if it had a new and innovative take on self-government? Though it sounds fanciful, it's a closer at hand take on SpaceX type visions for future development, and this month it got closer to being
Local Roots has finally made a mini farm that correctly combines the structural benefits of shipping containers with the difficulties of urban farming. Shipping containers are a beloved source of reengineering inspiration, but their reuse is often un-green and impractical. Similarly, there are so many fancifully farm-filled architecture concepts out
2017 is already off to a rumbling start, and so is design aimed at smoothing things out. To address the rising international refugee crisis, IKEA's nonprofit wing has rolled out production for their Better Shelter project. As life gets more unstable for the 65 million displaced refugees around the world,
Sculptural projects by Marc Fornes tread through several categories—architecture, biomimicry, fine art, engineering—and his pieces can fittingly be inspiring from multiple angles. The most recent of his site-specific installations expands on his exploration of "stripes" and topology, creating an enormous coral-like structure out of thousands of smaller flat plates.
NASA Langley's newest round of design troubleshooting for life on Mars has come up with some intriguing design solutions. With the extreme cold, unbreathable atmosphere, and rainbow of radiation types, astronauts landing and living on the red planet will have to be well protected as soon as they arrive.
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