Internet of Things & Smart Cities Offer Intriguing Prospects


The concept of ‘smart cities’ is based on government and private entities initiatives to revolutionize the construction industry. The principle behind the process is that smart cities are being envisioned through IoT (Internet of Things), which somehow discovers a route through networks.

IoT is also helping the construction industry evolve ‘software as services’ application through cloud computing, resulting in resource management within cities.

According to the estimates from the European Commission, nearly 100 billion devices will be connected to the internet by 2020. The crux of IoT is that it allows the user to use any path or network in a service format. Continue Reading →

Honeycomb Resort Design for The Bahamas Unveiled

BIG, in collaboration with HKS Architects and Michael Diggiss Architects, revealed their design for the Honeycomb residential building in the beach and golf resort community of Albany in The Bahamas.

Commissioned by Tavistock Group and New Valley LLC, the 175,000 ft² (approx. 16,000 m²) residential building will be the tallest structure in Albany, set to become a new centerpiece for the city. Continue Reading →

Work Begins at ‘Doha Sharq Crossing’ by Santiago Calatrava


Iconic architect Santiago Calatrava has designed a stunning series of three bridges called ‘Sharq Crossing’ for Doha Bay in Qatar. Doha’s ‘Sharq Crossing’ is to get underway in 2015, five years after  initially floated plans for the project. The fluid design is part of a twelve kilometer series of connections, comprising three bridges linked by tunnels below the sea’s surface.

Connecting the city’s cultural district south to Hamad International Airport, the bridges are interconnected with subsea tunnels that undulate above and below the water. An elevated park above the car lanes brings lush greenery and a unique view for pedestrians, surrounded by the waters of Doha.

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Designing Hot Tubs for the Northern Elements

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On the face of it the ‘Northern Hot Tub’ sounds like a very specific sort of item, one designed for a small, niche market. After all, these are hot tubs that can function outdoors in cold, arctic environments. As such, one might imagine their appeal to be limited to hardy Canadian types, who might place theirs next to the log cabin: the perfect spot from which to sip a beer and watch the Northern Lights on a frozen winter’s night. Continue Reading →

Heneghan Peng Wins Moscow’s NCCA Competition


The Irish firm Heneghan Peng Architects was announced as the final winner of the international competiton for the new National Center for Contemporary Arts (NCCA) in Moscow, Russia.

The other two finalist teams were Spanish Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos and Russian practice MEL. Probably not so high up on the NCCA Board of Trustees’ nice list. Continue Reading →