A Drone That Trundles Along Sidewalks

Starship Technologies' ground-delivery robot.
Starship Technologies’ ground-delivery robot.

As companies like Amazon, Wal-Mart and DHL begin to invest in drones to deliver packages by air, a company called Starship Technologies has developed what is, in essence, a ground drone that looks like a little Mars buggy.

Its fleet of squat, six-wheeled, battery powered robots are capable of trundling along a sidewalk, climbing up a ramp and dropping off groceries at a doorstep.

Switzerland will roll them out soon.

h/t: CNN

Wedged Between Concrete

A “Starter Home*” in a New Orleans neighborhood.

“Starter Home*” is an infill development program, created by Jonathan Tate, an architect, and Charles Rutledge, a developer, which converts parcels of vacant lands or those that have fallen into disrepair, into small, entry-level homes, no bigger than 975 square-feet.

Wedged between a duplex and a warehouse in a neighborhood, in New Orleans, this two-story home stands out for its architectural style: slenderness, angular roof, and corrugated-metal cladding.

But do we need more real estate? We need more greenery.

h/t: Co.DESIGN

Living On The 150Th Floor, Under Sea

What an underwater city would look like.
What an underwater city would look like.

Whenever we think of the future of humanity’s habitat, we seem to be able to think of it as being only off-Earth, in space—on the Moon, and now, Mars.

With low-lying cities, around the world, facing the risk of submergence from rising sea level, it’d make sense to build underwater dwellings. But outside of “Bikini Bottom”—the home of SpongeBob SquarePants and his buddies—aquatic living remains a very alien concept, even spooky.

A Belgium architect, however, has revealed a plan for a cluster of marine eco-villages, which would spiral down from the ocean’s surface to a depth of about 3,200 feet.

Jellyfish-like in appearance, each “oceanscraper” would house up to 20,000 people. Other than living space, the structures would also contain offices, hotels, malls, laboratories, and farms, stacked across 250 floors.

They’d be constructed with recycled plastics, sourced from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

h/t: CNN