A Skyscraper That Hangs From The Sky

The tower, hanging down from space.

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

The slender, but very tall tower, wouldn’t be built up from the ground, but down from the sky by suspending it (by cables) from an asteroid orbiting Earth. This means, it too, would whirl along with it. In its daily loop across the heavens, it’d swing like a pendulum.

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

The shape and size of the windows along the structure would change with height to accommodate the differences in pressure and temperature. Residents would parachute down to the ground when they’d need to.

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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.

Wedged Between Concrete

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

“Starter Home*” is an infill development program, which converts parcels of vacant land within those that are already developed 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 New Orleans neighborhood, this two-story dwelling stands out for its architectural pizzazz: slenderness, angular roof and corrugated-metal cladding.

We have enough real estate. What we need are more gardens.