Architecture, Space

Plan To Dangle A Tower From A Space Rock

The tower, hanging down from space.

New York-based architecture firm, Clouds Architecture Office, has proposed a blueprint for a skyscraper that would win it a round of applause from Kim Stanley Robinson.

The slim, but colossal tower would be built not up from the ground, but down from the sky, by suspending it (by cables) from an asteroid, orbiting Earth. Which means, it too, would whirl along with it. In its daily loop across the heavens, swinging like a pendulum, it’d trace a figure of eight.

Offices would be placed at the lower end of it and residences, between 25,000 and 35,000 feet—the altitude at which jets commercial fly. Places of worship and funerary would be spread along the uppermost section, soaring into space.

The size and shape of the windows along it would change with height to accommodate the differences in pressure and temperature.

Residents would parachute down to the ground when they’d need to.


Architecture, Tech

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

Architecture, Design

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