UNStudio reveals designs for Amsterdam cable car

Dutch firm UNStudio has revealed designs for a 1,500 metre-long cable car across the across the river IJ in Amsterdam. The cable car would connect the growing residential areas of Amsterdam-West and Amsterdam-Noord in under five minutes. Commissioned by the IJbaan Foundation – a grassroots citizen initiative led by Bas Dekker and Willem Wessels – the new connection is intended to

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Elon Musk’s Chicago tunnel will link downtown and airport in 12 minutes

Elon Musk’s infrastructure firm The Boring Company has revealed plans to bring its super-fast tunnel system to Chicago, where “autonomous electric skates” travelling up to 150 miles per hour will link the city’s Downtown area with O’Hare Airport. The Boring Company’s scheme was selected by the Chicago Infrastructure Trust (CIT) as the winning proposal bidding for the

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Foster + Partners presents vision for hyperloop cargo network

British architecture studio Foster + Partners has released a video showing its vision for a high-speed freight-carrying hyperloop named DP World Cargospeed. The Norman Foster-led practice designed the concept in collaboration with ports operator DP World and Virgin Hyperloop One, the transport company that Richard Branson became a major stakeholder in last year. The organisations envision creating an infrastructure network that would

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Elon Musk’s Boring Company receives go-ahead to start DC to NYC Hyperloop tunnel

Entrepreneur Elon Musk has been given written permission to begin digging a transportation tunnel in Washington DC, which could eventually facilitate a 29-minute journey between the capital and New York City. Musk’s infrastructure firm The Boring Company now has the paperwork to start work on a Hyperloop transport link in the US Northeast, after receiving

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UNStudio unveils plans for Gothenburg cable car

Dutch office UNStudio has designed a cable car system for Gothenburg that will be supported by a network of latticed towers based on shipyard cranes. BIG, Wilkinson Eyre and White Arkitekter also submitted proposals for the aerial transport system, but it was UNStudio that won with its a contemporary spin on the city’s industrial past. “The design of

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Grimshaw and Wilkinson Eyre appointed to design HS2 stations

Grimshaw Architects and Wilkinson Eyre have been selected, alongside engineers Arup and WSP, to design stations in Birmingham and London for the high-speed rail network HS2 . Grimshaw Architects will work with WSP’s UK office to create a station for HS2 services at Birmingham Curzon Street, while Wilkinson Eyre and Arup will design the Birmingham Interchange station. Grimshaw Architects and Arup

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Carlo Ratti unveils smart road system complete with on-demand drone swarms

Italian architect Carlo Ratti has unveiled a concept for a smart road system, which would feature swarms of drones that deliver first aid, monitor traffic and detect accidents. The scheme was designed as part of a €30 million proposal by highways company ANAS, presented in late December 2017, to develop a new smart road infrastructure around Italy’s roads in preparation

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Will Alsop designs two colourful metro stations for Toronto’s expanded subway

British architect Will Alsop has created metro stations in Toronto’s Pioneer Village and Finch West neighbourhoods, as part of an initiative to create more public transit options in the wider metropolitan area. The two stations form part of the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension Project, which extends Toronto’s subway system through to York, a municipality in

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Photographer Will Scott celebrates the varied architecture of London Underground stations

Will Scott’s Architecture of the Underground photo series showcases the diverse designs of London’s Tube stations, from the art-deco of Arnos Grove to the high-tech of Canary Wharf. Scott, who splits his time between London and Edinburgh, had the idea for the images after he made a chance visit to Arnos Grove station two years

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World’s largest bicycle parking garage opens in Utrecht

Ector Hoogstad Architecten has completed the first stage of the world’s largest bicycle parking facility, in Utrecht’s Central Station area in the Netherlands. Located below the city’s new Station Square – also designed by Ector Hoogstad Architecten – the garage currently offers 6000 parking spaces over three levels. Another 1,500 parking places will be added over the next few

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Cassidy Reid devises Hyperloop network to “make Europe great again”

Bartlett School of Architecture graduate Cassidy Reid has designed a concept for a high-speed transport network based on Hyperloop to create infrastructural and cultural corridors across Europe, and shrink travel time between cities. Connecting London to Krakow in just one hour and ten minutes, and passing through Brussels, Cologne, Frankfurt and Prague, Reid’s Pan-European Corridor network leverages newly developed Hyperloop

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Qingdao Cruise Terminal’s angular facade references boats’ sails

The folded steel facade and roof structure of this terminal for cruise liners in the Chinese city of Qingdao is informed by the sails of boats that set out from nearby harbours. Shenzhen firm Mozhao Atelier and Jing Studio designed the Qingdao Cruise Terminal for a site on the pier lining the entrance to the city’s main

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Wheelys’ Moby-Mart is a self-driving store with a holographic shop assistant

Retail startup Wheelys has designed a prototype self-driving supermarket that navigates to different locations throughout the day and uses artificially intelligent holograms to help customers. The vehicle is designed to be almost completely self sufficient, relying on software that tracks its inventory and alerts the Moby-Mart when it’s time to restock. It runs from an

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Elon Musk’s Boring Company plans to beat traffic with underground “car skates”

Elon Musk has revealed a plan for easing city congestion that would see an underground network of tunnels transporting cars on high-speed skates travelling at 130 miles per hour. The entrepreneur and Tesla founder presented his vision for The Boring Company along with a video during a TED Talk last week in Vancouver. He founded

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Ennead Lab proposes electric car charging tower as “the future of roadside architecture”

Towers for charging electric cars replace roadside petrol stations in this concept developed by Ennead Architects in response to emerging transportation technologies. The New York and Shanghai firm’s innovation incubator Ennead Lab was asked to develop the proposal for the site of a petrol station in the Chinese city, and devised a prototype for a future

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“With a good culture war, you can ignore the real reason why British transport architecture is so grim”

The problem with Britain’s railway stations isn’t anything to do with style, it’s that they are all just malls waiting to happen, argues Owen Hatherley in his latest Opinion column. It never usually bodes well when a government minister decides to pass judgment on architecture. And so it was when John Hayes – the newly appointed transport minister

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BIG reveals full designs for Dubai Hyperloop in new video

Bjarke Ingels Group has today unveiled its designs for the world’s first Hyperloop high-speed transportation system in Dubai, which is to feature pods that travel at “near supersonic speed”. In the design, a fleet of cubic pods transport passengers to Hyperloop’s main transport hub before being loaded into larger capsules, which travel through a network of elevated tubes to

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BIG-designed Hyperloop to connect Dubai and Abu Dhabi in 12 minutes

Hyperloop One has released a new teaser video revealing that its new high-speed transportation system designed by Danish firm BIG will connect Dubai and Abu Dhabi in just 12 minutes. The video, released today ahead of the official unveiling of the plans on 8 November 2016, shows the Hyperloop linking Dubai with key cities across the United Arab Emirates

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Grimshaw’s Heathrow Airport expansion gets government go-ahead

British firm Grimshaw has been given the go-ahead for its Heathrow expansion plans, as the government approves a third runway at the UK’s busiest airport. Grimshaw was selected from a line-up of potential designers Zaha Hadid Architects, HOK and Benoy to develop the £16 billion expansion plan earlier this year. The British government’s decision to support the additional runway puts

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BIG teaser video reveals Hyperloop plans for Abu Dhabi and Dubai

In this exclusive video from BIG, partner Jakob Lange discusses how its plans for a Hyperloop high-speed transportation system between Abu Dhabi and Dubai will transform how people live.  Jakob Lange is director of BIG Ideas, a unit at the Danish firm focusing on technically demanding and experimental projects – including the “grand vision” for Hyperloop One. The high-speed transportation system will

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Calatrava’s Oculus at the World Trade Center photographed by Hufton + Crow

Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava’s vast ribbed structure that soars over the World Trade Center Transportation Hub in New York is captured in these images by British photography duo Hufton + Crow (+ slideshow). Known as the Oculus, the building is designed to bring light down into the subterranean rail station and shopping centre that quietly More

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HOK envisions flying hotel pods that can access remote holiday destinations

Global architecture firm HOK has created a conceptual proposal for a fleet of drones that would serve as a portable hotel, enabling access to far-flung locales (+ slideshow). Called Driftscape, the scheme calls for using drone technology to create mobile pods that can be flown around the world and placed in areas not typically conducive More

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Grimshaw unveils vision to expand London’s Heathrow Airport

Architecture studio Grimshaw has been selected to plan the expansion of London’s Heathrow Airport as it pushes forward with its bid to build a third runway. Grimshaw was selected ahead of Zaha Hadid Architects, HOK and Benoy to develop the £16 billion expansion plan for the UK’s busiest international airport. Described as “visionary” and “sustainable but affordable”, its designs were praised for pushing More

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“Railroad stations are our contemporary architecture of democracy”

Opinion: the golden age of airports is over, says Aaron Betsky. Railways have trumped air travel with better-designed terminals that are the epitome of contemporary democracy. We are living in a new Terminal Age. Not since trunk lines erected their ornate termini in European cities in the third quarter of the 19th century have we More

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Aerial cable car proposed for Chicago by Marks Barfield and Davis Brody Bond

Marks Barfield Architects and Davis Brody Bond have teamed up to design an aerial “gondola” that would stretch over the city of Chicago and serve as a major tourist attraction. Dubbed the Chicago Skyline, the cable car would transport passengers from the city’s Navy Pier to the Riverwalk and Millennium Park, right by the downtown district More

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Zaha Hadid Architects completes “oyster-like” ferry terminal in Salerno

Zaha Hadid Architects has unveiled its first completed building since the death of its founder, a new maritime terminal for ferries and cruise liners in Salerno, Italy (+ slideshow). Described by the London-based firm as being “like an oyster”, the Salerno Maritime Terminal features an undulating concrete outer shell and an interior formed of gently sloping ramps. “Like an More

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Santiago Calatrava’s World Trade Center transit terminal to quietly open next week

The World Trade Center Transportation Hub, designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, is scheduled to partially open next week in Lower Manhattan, more than a decade after work began. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the terminal, has not announced a specific date, saying only that the building will open More

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Grimshaw unveils revised entrance and platforms for HS2 addition to London’s Euston Station

London’s Grimshaw Architects and engineering firm Arup Associates have submitted an updated proposal for a new entrance and 11 additional platforms to bring high speed rail to Euston Station. Grimshaw and Arup’s revised design could see the station transformed into a new hub for the HS2 high speed railway, planned for construction between London and the Midlands. […]

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Foster + Partners and Nissan to redesign electric car fuel stations

London architecture firm Foster + Partners is working with car brand Nissan to develop a concept for a charging station for electric vehicles. Foster + Partners and Nissan are drawing up plans for a Fuel Station of the Future, to cater for the one million electric vehicles they estimate will be on the road by […]

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London mayor backs new cycle superhighway

News: London mayor Boris Johnson has approved plans to create Europe’s longest segregated cycle lane through the city centre. Today Johnson gave the go ahead for an amended plan to create a cycle link between east and west London, but also promised that the anticipated delays to motorist’s journeys along the route will be minimised. […]
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