This new MVRDV-designed landmark tower slated for Shenzhen, China will house the headquarters of the Guosen Securities corporation. The primary objective for the design of Guosen's new tower was that it be energy efficient and cool, which MVRDV was able to provide with its competition winning design. Resembling a giant Chinese lantern, the 204 meter tall tower will feature shading louvers on every floor, rainwater recycling, and natural daylighting for each employee's work station.
London-based production studios Anomaly and Unit9 are collecting and requesting patterns donated by artists, which users can print out with instructions to make origami cranes in exchange for a donation to disaster relief in Japan. The project, called One Thousand Cranes for Japan, coems from a Japanese legend that says a person who folds 1000 origami cranes will be granted a wish.
Corning Incorporated, a world leader in specialty glass and ceramics, works to develop interactive glass that will transform ordinary surfaces into sophisticated electronic devices. These new technologies could allow you to organize your daily schedule with a few touches on your bathroom mirror. They could allow you to video-chat with relatives on your kitchen counter. "This world," says Corning Chairman and CEO Wendell Weeks, "is being created as we speak."
In a world where nearly 200 million people worldwide live in high risk coastal flooding zones, new design solutions are needed for homes that adapt to this reality. The FLOAT House, created by the Morphosis Team in collaboration with the UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design, is precisely this kind of design. This residential home in New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward can withstand a storm the size of Hurricane Katrina; it sustains its own water and power needs; and it is manufactured cheaply enough to function as low-income housing.