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Carla Juaçaba Presents Her Chapel Design for the Vatican at the 2018 Venice Biennale

View of the Chapel. Image © Carla Juaçaba View of the Chapel. Image © Carla Juaçaba

Selected along with nine other architects by the VaticanCarla Juaçaba has shared images of her proposed chapel design as part of the Venice Architecture Biennial, which marks the city-state's first time participating in the largest architectural event in the world.

The proposed chapel design seeks a harmonious integration between the water and trees that surround Venice, with the nearby vegetation outlining the interior space of the chapel. The space between the treetops - which offers a view of the sky - functions as the ceiling of the chapel.

The Lost History of the Women of the Bauhaus

Bauhaus Dessau <a href=''>© Nate Robert via Flickr </a> License Under CC BY-SA 2.0. Image Bauhaus Dessau <a href=''>© Nate Robert via Flickr </a> License Under CC BY-SA 2.0.

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Bendigo’s Newest Botanic Garden opens

In a climate of uncertainty, gardens of the future have a critical role in testing and demonstrating new connections between communities and their environments. The Bendigo Garden for the Future, a collaboration between TCL, Paul Thompson and Peter Elliott Architecture and Urban Design, was officially opened to the public at the weekend with a community event that attracted hundreds of visitors.

How Satellite Images of the Earth at Night Help Us Understand Our World and Make Better Cities

Nighttime view of Western Europe: England (top right), Paris (bright city near the middle of the image) and Belgium and the Netherlands (middle-right of frame). Image courtesy of the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Center Nighttime view of Western Europe: England (top right), Paris (bright city near the middle of the image) and Belgium and the Netherlands (middle-right of frame). Image courtesy of the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Center

Satellite images of Earth at night make for fascinating, beautiful pictures. But they also confront us with a growing form of pollution. Why do we waste so much energy to light outer space when we only need light on the ground? High-resolution satellite data can now deliver detailed insights into how humans have shaped the night, and these earth observation systems are about to reform our urban planning. They can become an integral part of project development and control, as many strange ecological, political and social phenomena become apparent with a closer look at the night-time imagery of our planet.

Sausalito Outlook by Feldman Architecture | Living space

It was on a quick stopover going from Hong Kong to South America that this newly-retired couple decided on a whim to lay roots in Sausalito, California after a decades-long residence in Taiwan, Japan. The original space, a 70’s era home with panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay, lacked the unique charm and character desired to match the client’s eclectic tastes. Seeking to infuse a sense of their unique personal style, the Safferys tasked Feldman Architecture with the challenge of transforming the property into a sophisticated library of vinyl records, design books, and vintage Coca-Cola bottles; a place to appreciate their collections while soaking in the ever-changing view. The Feldman team achieved this stunning transformation by bringing down an interior wall and adding 9-foot-high floor-to-ceiling shelving with asymmetrical compartments so every item has a place of significance. The contemporary 1,000-square-foot open-plan media room tops a library sitting three floors down… continue

Images Released for Bahá'í House of Worship in Papua New Guinea

Courtesy of Bahá'í International Community Courtesy of Bahá'í International Community

The Bahá'í International Community has unveiled a proposal for the national Bahá'í House of Worship of Papua New Guinea. In the capital city of Port Moresby, a celebration was held at the temple’s future site to showcase the scheme, coinciding with the Bahá'í New Year. Inspired by the art of weaving, the architects’ vision was for a temple where the people of Papa New Guinea could unite to worship and find inspiration.

Bahai Temple of South America by Hariri Pontarini Architects | Church architecture / community centres

Set within the foothills of the Andes, just beyond the metropolis of Santiago, Chile, the Bahá’í Temple of South America uses light for its spiritual and design inspiration. Nestled in the rolling topography of the mountains and surrounded by reflecting pools and a landscape of native grasses, this complex-curved Temple of light acts as an invitation for spiritual contemplation and architectural pilgrimage. Fourteen years in the making, the House of Worship represents the last of the eight continental Temples commissioned by the Bahá’í Community. The Bahá’í Faith is built on the tenet of universality; therefore, the architectural challenge is to create a design that would be welcoming to people of all faiths and cultures; recognizable as a House of Worship without referencing specific iconography. Inspiration was drawn from a myriad of sources, such as the magic of dappled sunshine beneath a canopy of trees, the rotation of a Sufi whirling dancer, the interwoven strands of Japan… continue

KAIST Unveils Folding Electric Micro Car That Can Fit Into Any Parking Space!

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A team of Korean researchers just unveiled a tiny electric vehicle that can fold down to 5.24 feet – which is one third of the space that makes up a standard parking spot! Urban centers around the world are set to become increasingly polluted and crowded as populations explode and people flock to cities. In response to the need for smaller, compact and clean-running vehicles to mitigate the environmental harm and personal discomfort that comes with overcrowding, a team from the Korean Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) built the Armadillo-T to roll up into its shell – quite like the South America animal does when it is threatened.