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Added 14 May, 2015

Virtual reality (VR) will be one of the biggest stories of 2016, what with the public launch of the Oculus Rift headset and avalanche of software that is sure to follow. Gaming is leading the technology, offering immersive experiences for shoot-em-ups and other virtual world experiences. But the real way that VR will change our world will be in...

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Added 7 May, 2015

Revivals in downtown urban living, tighter budgetary constraints – especially for Millennials – and a growth in green thinking have all neatly led up to one quirky, funny, cute and, perhaps, sad trend: Microdwellings. This growing breed of tiny house or apartment is cleverly designed for a single person and includes things like toilets tucked...

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Added 15 April, 2015

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but the latest trends in cruising take obsequiousness to the next level by imitating some of the trendiest experiences around. With the launch of their latest ship "Quantum of the Seas", Royal Caribbean is looking to lead cruising into the next decade with all kinds of bells and...

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Added 15 April, 2015

With the dry-aging steak trend on the rise, perhaps it's not surprising that this year's "must-have" home kitchen accessory is not a wine cooler, but a home meat locker. Coupled with the foodie trend in which home chefs are getting far more serious about what they cook, we're seeing more and more interior architects designing meat storage...

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Added 14 April, 2015

In Vienna, Austria, architects are planning to build the world's first wooden skyscraper. At 24 stories, it will be the world's tallest wooden building, and house a hotel, apartments, offices and a restaurant. About 75% of the tower is expected to be made from wood and architects say it's construction will save about 28 hundred tons of CO2...

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Added 8 April, 2015
In major cities like New York, London and Tokyo the most precious amenity, of course, is space. For travelers to these cities, it can sometimes seem as though hotel rooms are getting smaller and smaller. Well, it's not your imagination because in fact, city hotel rooms have been shrinking. That's because the latest trend in hospitality is "micro-...
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Added 29 March, 2014

Every day now seems to bring yet another "first" object created by a 3D printer. We have seen super cool and colorfully printed shoes, canoes, candies and much more. Now, DUS Architects, a Dutch design firm, is in the process of creating the world's first 3D-printed building – a traditional looking Dutch house overlooking a canal in Amsterdam....

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Added 11 March, 2014

The Promenade plantée in Paris and the Highline in New York are both elevated parks built atop obsolete elevated railway lines. Since their inaugurations they have become focal points of their respective neighborhoods and favorites with visitors and locals alike. So perhaps it's no surprise that city boosters and architects are now looking down...

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Added 10 March, 2014

Hot on the heels of our recent story about the world's first "smart mosques" comes word that the world's first eco-friendly mosque is opening soon in Dubai. Although they are rooted in tradition, ecclesiastical buildings are often on the forefront of modern design. That said, "green" mosques have been absent until now. Built to accommodate over...

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Added 24 February, 2014

Large bridges are full with lights and electric signage and use a lot of electricity. More and more they are being outfitted with solar arrays designed to power all this. Now Blackfriars Bridge in London has taken all this energy creation a step further, generating enough electricity to help power the train station below it and claiming the...