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Joshua Smith’s Urban Miniatures

Joshua Smith’s Urban Miniatures

Joshua Smith makes incredibly detailed scale models based on real world buildings, streets or objects that capture the grit and grime of urban life. He recreates everything including the caked dirt on roofs and walls, fallen leaves and even bits of trash. (Photos: Andrew Beveridge)

JSOUV Landmark Sculptures

JSOUV Landmark Sculptures

Aluminum and brass desktop sculptures which celebrate landmarks around the globe. Creator Konstantin Kolesov says they’re meant as a modern take on travel souvenirs, but we think they’re cool even if you’ve never visited the locations. Each comes with a wood base.

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Tiny House

Tiny House
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Revival Supply Co. miniscule dwellings can be put together by two people using an 11mm wrench about 4 hours, and flat-packed in 45 minutes. It’s got enough space for a queen mattress in its lofted bedroom, a shower/toilet area, and can be wired, plumbed, and insulated.

3D Printed House

3D Printed House

Apis Cor has developed a giant 3D printer which can be brought to a construction site, and can output the structural components of a 100 square meter (~1076 sq. ft.) dwelling in about 24 hours, and for only about $10,000. Learn more about the process here.

EcoCapsule Sustainable Home

EcoCapsule Sustainable Home

EcoCapsule’s bubble-shaped off-grid living spaces contain a small bedroom, work area, kitchen, storage, and bathroom. Solar panels on the roof and an external windmill supply electricity, and its shape is designed to maximize rainwater capture. (Thanks Linda!)

2017 LEGO Architecture Cities

2017 LEGO Architecture Cities
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LEGO presents three new city construction sets in its Architecture Series. Builders can now create models of iconic structures from Chicago, Illinois, Sydney, Australia, and London, England, including the Willis (Sears) Tower, the Sydney Opera House, and the London Eye ferris wheel.

Hex House

Hex House

Designed by nonprofit Architects for Society to provide rapid, dignified, sustainable housing for disaster relief and other humanitarian efforts, Hex Houses can be set up quickly and easily, and can be linked together to create to provide long-term communities for those in need.

The Future of Cities

The Future of Cities

Oscar Boyson traveled around the world to interview people working to create new cities or improve existing ones under a humane and optimistic mindset: that real estate companies and governments will build cities not for buildings or cars, but for people.

Ouroborus Infinite Skyscrapers

Ouroborus Infinite Skyscrapers

Artist Mister Mourao created this series of intricate pen and ink drawings on wood, each of which envisions a circular building that has no beginning or end. Most of the pieces have been sold, but you can still find a couple of the originals in his shop.

LUMES Lighted Wall Panels

LUMES Lighted Wall Panels

Interactive design firm Eness developed these modular LUMES light-emitting wall panels. They can be veneered with various materials including fabric, acrylic, and even blended into wood walls. This particular piece is installed at Cabrini Hospital in Malvern, Australia.

How to Build Higher

How to Build Higher

Real Engineering explores the architecture and technology which have allowed for the construction of such mega skyscrapers as the 2716 foot-tall Burj Khalifa and the 1761 foot-tall Taipei 101, and how they resist massive forces from wind vortexes.

The Rotating House

The Rotating House

Do you want sunlight streaming in your living room all day long? Do you hate the glare on your computer screen? What you need is a house like Jarle Hegerland’s, which was built in Norway on a giant turntable to control the light coming in – and the view out of the windows.

LEGO Ideas: Burj Al Arab

LEGO Ideas: Burj Al Arab

We absolutely love builder Thommy92’s concept design for LEGO’s Architecture series, based on Tom Wright’s iconic, sailboat-like design of Dubai’s swanky Burj Al Arab hotel. Help get it produced with a vote on LEGO Ideas.

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Basecamp DIY Home

Basecamp DIY Home

Backcountry Tiny Homes sells plans and guides for building a rustic trailer home based on the one that they made for themselves. Starting at 204sq.ft., the home has many modern amenities and also has a roof deck and off-grid options.

Spatial Bodies

Spatial Bodies

Digital filmmaker AUJIK’s short film envisions the urban sprawl of Osaka, Japan as an ever-changing landscape, where buildings can self-replicate and grow like natural organisms from the seeds initially planted by architects.

World’s Largest Glass Platform

World’s Largest Glass Platform

Visitors to China’s Stone Forest Gorge now have the opportunity to take a walk on this crazy 4400+ square foot cantilevered glass platform, which floats more than 1300 feet above the valley’s floor below. It looks a whole lot like the Starship Enterprise when viewed from above.

The Heart Followers

The Heart Followers

Ingrid and Benjamin Hjertefølger (“heart follower”) are advocates of sustainable living. They live in a greenhouse that they built partly out of cob, clean all of their waste water and are encouraging their children to also form a deep bond with nature.

The Infinite Bookstore

The Infinite Bookstore

Located in Hangzhou, China, and designed by XL-MUSE, Zhongshuge bookstore has walls and ceilings covered with mirrors to exapnd its space to depict an inventory of books that rivals the Library of Congress. The kids’ section is especially awesome. (Photos by Shao Feng)

Gotthard 360°

Gotthard 360°

Start out with a 360º ride through Switzerland’s Gothard Base Tunnel, then take a tour of the myriad platforms, elevators, and walkways that surround the 35.5 mile long tunnel that runs through the base of the Alps. The video is narrated in German, but it’s self-explanatory.

LEGO Creator Big Ben

LEGO Creator Big Ben

LEGO set 10253 features London’s world famous Elizabeth Tower, aka Big Ben. The set consists of 4,163 pieces, including an all-new printed clock face, the titular bell and lots of tan minifig statues. It also has a mechanism to turn the clock. Drops 7/1/16 for $250.

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LEGO Pop-up Castle

LEGO Pop-up Castle

Another amazing LEGO creation from builder Talapz. This incredible mechanical construction starts out looking like a big book, but unfolds to reveal an intricate model of Japan’s iconic Himeji Castle. It looked a little precarious there when he went to fold it back up though.

Cornering Sliding Glass Doors

Cornering Sliding Glass Doors

The Vitrosca Turnable System allows its minimal solid glass doors to not just slide along a straight track, but to smoothly turn corners. The trick is a set of custom pivot points which slide on stainless steel rollers in the system’s low-profile tracks.

Building Javits Center in LEGO

Building Javits Center in LEGO

LEGO artist Sean Kenney spent over 440 hours designing and building this detailed architectural model of New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, using 114,470 individual bricks. Watch the impressive build come together in this time-lapse video.

Calm, Harmony & Dignity

Calm, Harmony & Dignity

When you encounter “classical architecture”, that design is most likely inspired by the work of 16th century architect Andrea Palladio. The School of Life breaks down how Palladio revived ancient Roman principles to create stately structures.

Wave City Dining Table

Wave City Dining Table
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Designer Stelios Mousarris‘ second Inception-inspired table is much bigger than the first one, measuring 98″x 30″x 28″. Its continuous wood and steel sheet undulates to create a large crest and a tapered leg that support the glass surface.

ESCAPE Vista

ESCAPE Vista

A single-person RV from the makers of the Traveler and the original ESCAPE mobile home. The Vista is 20ft. long and is fully furnished with off-grid options such as solar panels. It has cedar panels on the outside and aspen, maple or oak for its walls, furniture and floors.

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