Mecanoo unveils winning designs for a solar-powered velodrome in Luxembourg

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Dutch architecture firm Mecanoo and Luxembourg-based design practice Metaform Architects have placed first in an international design competition for the Mondorf-les-Bains Velodrome and Sports Complex in southeastern Luxembourg. The winning design was created to look like a natural extension of the landscape thanks to its engineered timber structure and sprawling sloped green roof onto which a rounded velodrome is placed. Sustainable and passive solar principles also guided the design of the 24,500-square-meter… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



MIT’s winning solar-powered dome tree habitats for Mars mimic earthly forests

If humans start constructing cities on Mars, we have an opportunity to build sustainably from the start. A Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) team designed a city that mimics a forest, with solar-powered dome tree habitats connected with roots, or tunnels. Their vision, called Redwood Forest, was the first place winner in the architecture category of the Mars City Design competition.

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Winning Mexloop Hyperloop design could connect 42M people in new megalopolis

Traveling between Mexico City and Guadalajara takes over six hours by car today – but imagine making that trip in 45 minutes. It could be possible in the future with a new Hyperloop system proposed by Mexloop, a Mexican consortium which includes names like Arup and Fernando Romero Enterprise, designers of Mexico City’s New International Airport. Their suggested Hyperloop network is a winner of the Hyperloop One Global Challenge.

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Snhetta’s winning hotel design for Helsinki waterfront is inspired by broken sea ice

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Winning Montreal Biodme renovation deepens visitor connection to fauna and flora

Four ecosystems of the Americas, nestled in the Montreal velodrome originally built for the 1976 Olympic Games, will host over 4,500 animals from 250 different species and 500 plant species. Design studio KANVA collaborated with NEUF architect(e)s to design the winning competition proposal which will revitalize the existing structure and transform it into an immersive environment that strengthens the relationship between man and nature.

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