Engineers try to seal Chernobyl with a giant arch

Chernobyl is still one of the most radioactive places on the face of the Earth, and authorities are working on a huge program to reduce any further risks of contamination. Work began in recent days to remove, bit by bit, the giant chimney protruding from the Chernobyl nuclear power station. The Chernobyl disaster was a catastrophic nuclear accident that occurred

Swedes invent invisible bike helmet

You know what sucks about riding a bike? Except for, you know, all the traffic and all the reckless car drivers, and rain, and sometimes being really tired? Bike helmets. Of course, they do provide the advantage of keeping your brain from getting splattered if you crash, but they’re not really comfortable, and they take a lot out of the

The coconut-shaped bamboo dome that was built without a single nail [awesome pictures]

It always gives me a pleasant feeling to see innovative, eco-friendly designs such as this one. Bamboo architect Vo Trong Nghia developed he gorgeous bamboo Water and Wind Cafe in the Binh Duong province of Vietnam. Not only is it incredibly beautiful and surprisingly sturdy, but it is built from bamboo, a fast growing, sustainable materia – without the use

Designing cloud bridges to connect mountain ranges

The fastest way to get from any point A to any point B is through a straight line – but when your point A is on a mountain, and your point B is on another mountain, that’s pretty hard to work out. According to architect Arturo Tedeschi (A>T), that’s also boring, so they came up with a better idea. Their inspiration came

Flying car takes off in Slovakia

Merging road cars with airplanes into a two-in-one  purpose vehicle may seem like a SciFi endeavor, but how truly crazy is this idea? Although we’re far from seeing people hovering to work in a Jetson’s-like craft or mid-air traffic jams like in the Fifth Element, some people believe street-legal cars that can both run on the road and fly represent

Green-walled skyscraper built in Thailand’s capital

In the heart of Bangkok, Thailand’s capital, green spaces are a rarity. With the idea of creating an escape from the congested streets of Bangkok, Somdoon Architects came up with this design of two towers, each tailored for a specific type of customers, but also eco-friendly. A “green skin” covers the building providing temperature control (keeping shade when it’s hot)

The World’s First 3D Printed Room – Featuring a fantastic baroque interior

3D printing took the world by storm, and there’s almost no limit to what you can create: from ears and organs to rocket engines and dinosaur skeletons. This technology is so efficient and advanced that in fact, a study concluded that the average American could save money each year by printing household items. Now, two architects, Michael Hansmeyer and Benjamin

Mobile bamboo schools built in Thailand to help refugees

In 2011, Building Trust International launched an International design competition asking Architects, Designers and Engineers to come up with an innovative design solution for a mobile, modular school for a displaced community of migrants and refugees on the Thai/Burma border. The winners of The MOVING Schools 001 were architects Dan La Rossa and Amadeo Bennetta; they worked together with parents