50 Buildings That Point to the Future of Cities

Most “best-of” lists for buildings focus on superlatives: tallest, prettiest, most expensive. For the past 50 days, The Guardian has taken a slightly different approach by compiling a stellar lineup of 50 great buildings in 50 different cities. The series serves as both a crash course in architectural history and… » 6/04/15 1:20pm 6/04/15 1:20pm

Video: A tour of an abandoned asylum is the eeriest thing

Yeesh. Project Senium took a tour of an abandoned asylum and seeing the decay and emptiness and mess is quite unsettling. And then imagining the stories the walls could tell and then thinking about the people who walked through the halls and then having to convince yourself that ghosts aren’t real sure makes your… » 5/13/15 8:41pm 5/13/15 8:41pm

I can't handle this insane parkour run on top of a really tall building

This video of a crazy guy running and jumping and doing that parkour thing across a building ledge only lasts 15 seconds but I’m pretty sure I’ve thrown up 15 times, cried enough tears for 15 years, broke my knees in 15 different places from trembling too hard and destroyed my ability to process emotion for the rest… » 5/08/15 1:18pm 5/08/15 1:18pm

Base jumping off Dubai's tallest residential building got pretty wild

The Princess Tower is 1,358 feet tall and currently the world’s tallest residential building and the second tallest building in Dubai. It is huge. So obviously when the building opened up their roof to base jump off of, 558 awesomely crazy daredevils joined up and pulled off all sort of crazy jumps. It’s like fear… » 4/28/15 8:00pm 4/28/15 8:00pm

Interesting chart shows what the tallest building built in each year was

This chart showing the height of the tallest skyscrapers built over time, made by the Economist, can get a little hectic with what seems like axises and data points that go beyond x, y and z and on to some unknown letter but it is deeply interesting. It shows what the tallest building built in which year was, how tall… » 4/27/15 10:42am 4/27/15 10:42am

The tallest buildings on each continent throughout history, visualized

I love these fantastic charts from Halcyon Maps that show which skyscrapers or churches or temples or mounds of dirt or other structures that have been the tallest buildings on each continent throughout history. You can see the ridiculous skyscraper arms race that develop in each area over the years and see what… » 3/18/15 9:26pm 3/18/15 9:26pm

Who Needs a Weatherman? These Buildings Tell You the Forecast 

It has never been easier to get updates on the weather. If you have a smartphone, a few taps will pull up forecasts quicker than you can say "colder than a witch's tit" three times fast. Technology! But there's a much older, low-tech option for figuring out whether to bust out the umbrella, and it's still on display… » 1/07/15 9:01am 1/07/15 9:01am

Future Elevators Will Use Maglev to Go Up, Down—and Sideways

Is only going up in the elevator getting you down? Not for much longer: ThyssenKrupp, the German steel and engineering company, has announced that it's building the next generation of elevators that will use magnetic levitation to travel up, down and side-to-side at speed in the buildings of the future. » 11/28/14 8:00am 11/28/14 8:00am

The latest Lego modular building feels like a perfect piece of old NYC

Each year Lego puts out an exclusive modular building and they are always pretty special. In January of 2015, Detective's Office (10246) hits the shelves. Pricing is set at $159.99 for this 2,262 piece kit that measures over 10" high and is packed full of awesome play and gorgeous design. » 11/21/14 10:11am 11/21/14 10:11am

How New York City's Skyline Will Look in 2018

The supertall boom in New York City is happening. Although we've seen a few different visualizations of how this might look, here's a series of brand-new images that puts the changing skyline in perspective, with two dozen proposed or under-construction supertalls that will irrevocably change the New York City skyline… » 11/17/14 2:13pm 11/17/14 2:13pm