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What life looks like inside the world's narrowest house. 8 glorious buildings shaped like squids and octopodes. Korea's whopping US$275 billion tourism city plan. Local news outlets call the scale “astronomical.”

Korea's whopping US$275 billion tourism city plan

Some question its economic feasibility. Either way it is one hell of an ambitious tourism venture. The project in question is the creation of a gigantic 'tourism city' called 8City. Plans are for it to be built on the islands of Yongyu-Muui in the port city of Incheon, next to Incheon International Airport. Plans for the city include travel and leisure facilities from luxury hotels, condominiums, casinos and shopping malls to a theme park, a water park, a Formula One racing track, a 50,000-seat concert hall, a medical tourism-based "healing town" and a “hallyu town” showcasing Korean entertainment. An all in one tourism destination that visitors won't want to leave. The project aims firmly at the massive and growing market of mainland Chinese tourists.

Fortress America: How the U.S. Designs its Embassies - Politics. The U.S.

Fortress America: How the U.S. Designs its Embassies - Politics

Embassy in Cairo is an unusual building. For one thing, as you can see in the center photo above, it’s over 10 stories high -- most embassies are much shorter. For another, it’s right in the middle of downtown Cairo, in a posh area called Garden City, a stone’s throw from the Nile and a short walk from Tahrir Square. On normal days, this prominent location underscores that the U.S. is an engaged and important presence in Egyptian affairs. This past week, it made the building a quickly accessible assembly point for protesters and the site of a violent stand-off. Issues like these are the subject of serious debate in the world of embassy design, where architects try to construct buildings that will, in good times and bad, represent American values while they withstand the force of bombs. A Century of Capitalist Cathedrals Built By the World's Biggest Companies. Proposed future London airport would float atop the Thames. American monuments under construction.

Polish Architects Build Stereotype-Reinforcing Upside-Down House. Aerial canopies would let you explore the Amazon rainforest from above. I think this is a big oops for Weng. Weng does elaborate on the French Canopy Raft Program but its still way too similar to win a prize for originality. Unless perhaps she did in fact credit the seed of her idea on the French Canopy Raft Program. I'm hoping this is the case. These are just a few of the images from her project, so it's hard to tell, but there are also capsules at the end of those drop-downs. They are similar in that they both include resting mesh on a treetop, but there's a bit more to her design. I'm Guessing she just tried to steal these guys idea and get away with it SExpand. Amazing curving "Spiral Garden Museum" could have been Taipei's mothership.

Wouldn't You Like to Be In One of the Five Most Relaxing Houses In the World Right Now? This Evil-Looking Mountain Fortress Is Really a Magnificent Fire Station. The Best Way to Recycle a 747 Is to Live In It. X-SEED 4000: World’s tallest tower will house 1 million people. There’s a lot of debate about what the tallest tower in the world currently is.

X-SEED 4000: World’s tallest tower will house 1 million people

Some say the Taipei 101, at 1671 ft to the tip of it’s spire, is the world’s tallest tower, whereas we might argue that the Sears Tower, at a whopping 1731 ft (and 110 stories), still takes the prize. However, if the enormous, 13,000 ft X-Seed 4000 structure ever gets built in Tokyo – it will win the worlds-tallest-building competition hands down and leave its puny competitors in the dirt. Looking eerily like Mt. Doom in the above rendering, the mountain-like X-Seed 4000 represents a utopian eco-vision for a self-contained high-rise city in the Tokyo harbor – powered mainly by solar energy. Aesthetically inspired by nearby Mt.

Designed by Taisei Construction Corporation as an “intelligent building,” the futuristically-named X-Seed 4000 would maintain light, temperature, and air pressure in response to changing external weather conditions. MZ Architects' Al Ain Stadium is a Seamless Marriage Between Man-Made and Natural Elements. With its plan for the new Rock Stadium, Lebanese design firm MZ Architects addresses the question of how to design a modern stadium that is located near a powerful natural site while preserving its authenticity.

MZ Architects' Al Ain Stadium is a Seamless Marriage Between Man-Made and Natural Elements

Instead of building the stadium next to the rocky hillside, MZ decided to build it within the existing geographical features, resulting in an award-winning green sports stadium that is hidden in the desert sands of Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates. Inspired by ancient greet temples and stadia, MZ Architects cleverly played with mass and void relationships, creating a careful balance between man-made and natural elements.

MZ Architects, under the direction of lead architect Marwan Zgheib, designed the stadium to maximize the use of on-site and local materials while merging landscape and architecture, creating a seamless experience between stadium activities and the desert landscape.