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Photo Essay: Inside a 120 Year-Old Steam Powered Water Pumping Station

A small village on the left bank of the river Tisza in Hungary hides one of the best-preserved industrial relics I have ever seen. If you wander along the flood prevention dyke near the village, you’ll see an old building with an enormous brick chimney towering above the trees: this is the old Tiszabercel water… »8/20/15 8:00pm8/20/15 8:00pm

The Incredible DiY Cabins of the Tisza River in Hungary

One of the strangest places in Hungary lies beside the Tisza River in a village called Gergelyiugornya. Hugged by a bend in the river, it’s a relatively narrow, woody flood basin area packed with small cottages that show an incredibly wide variety of architectural designs and creativity. Walk with me in the shade of… »8/17/15 7:50pm8/17/15 7:50pm

The U.S. Embassy in Havana Is a Perfect Metaphor for American Diplomacy

John Kerry watched a soldier hoist the American flag over the United States Embassy in Havana on Friday morning. He’s the first secretary of state to visit the land of Castro, communism, and cigars in 70 years. The embassy itself, an acclaimed example of midcentury modern architecture, has been rotting for just as… »8/15/15 11:30am8/15/15 11:30am

Frank Gehry Wants To Preserve the LA River's Infamous Concrete Walls

Good news to those of you who still want to drag race, chase T-1000s, or, heck, even land small planes in the concrete banks of the LA River. Frank Gehry, the architect chosen for a controversial new master plan for the revitalized river, says he wants the cement walls to remain.http://gizmodo.com/frank-gehry-is... »8/10/15 1:45pm8/10/15 1:45pm

Frank Gehry Is the Wrong Architect to Revitalize the Los Angeles River

Last month Los Angeles was promised $1.3 billion in federal funding to transform its river from a cinematic cement chute to an honest-to-goodness urban waterway. That great news has been tainted by today’s puzzling announcement that the city has tapped architect Frank Gehry to lead the redevelopment. It’s a really bad… »8/07/15 5:15pm8/07/15 5:15pm

I Want To Build All These Amazing Alternative Lighthouses

A new lighthouse would probably be a fitting memorial to the 2012 sinking of the Costa Concordia off the coast of Italy. Open-idea competition platform matterbetter has been running a contest to design a new lighthouse concept to live at the spot where the ship capsized, and while the entries aren’t realistic, they’re… »8/03/15 10:00pm8/03/15 10:00pm

Russia Wants People to Road Trip from New York to London (via Moscow)

Between the western shores of Alaska and the northeastern tip of Russia, the Bering Strait is so narrow that you could drive across it in an hour, if only there were a tunnel beneath the sea. And Russian Railways wants to build one, as part of a massive road and rail project that would stretch from New York to London… »8/02/15 4:04pm8/02/15 4:04pm

The World’s Biggest Free Form 3D Printer Is Being Used to Build Houses

The dream of 3D printing buildings is not a new one and, typically, it’s not a pretty one either. However, the visionaries at Branch Technology, a startup founded by architects in Chattanooga, Tennessee, want to change that—and they’ve built the world’s largest free form 3D printer to do it. »7/30/15 11:32am7/30/15 11:32am

New Zealander's Self-Built 'Skysphere' Is The Retreat Of Your Dreams

Being able to escape to your own personal haven, complete with beautiful views and peaceful seclusion, is one of many dreams many of us have. Enterprising Kiwi Jono Williams decided to make his perfect retreat a reality and three years and $NZ75,000 later, he’s ended up with the above creation, dubbed the “Skysphere”. »7/26/15 3:00pm7/26/15 3:00pm

The World's Deadliest Construction Projects, Visualized

The infrastructure being built for Qatar’s World Cup is using the most cutting-edge construction technologies. Yet due to the poor treatment of migrant workers, an estimated 4,000 people could die building it. A new timeline of construction deaths shows this inconsistency throughout history: Even though construction… »7/23/15 7:15pm7/23/15 7:15pm