environment
NYC’s Elegant Storm-Proofing Proposal Will Probably End Up Being a ‘Big Dumb Wall’

In 2014, New York City funded a proposal called the “Big U,” a 10-mile barrier around Lower Manhattan to prevent the devastating effects of both storm surges and sea-level rise. The biggest strength of the $540 million (£419m) project was that the infrastructure would do double-duty by adding parks and public space around the perimeter of the island. But due to cost issues, those plans might not happen at all, according to a story in Rolling Stone. Read More >>

architecture
Bjarke Ingels Built a Real-Life Minecraft Structure in London

Each year, the opening of the Serpentine Pavilion heralds the beginning of summer with a temporary structure installed in a Hyde Park. This year, the pavilion was designed by Bjarke Ingels, the Danish superstar architect who was recently brought onboard to design Hyperloop One stations. Depending on where you stand, it’s either a very convincing take on a contemporary Minecraft cathedral, or a fancy modern house for Q*bert. Read More >>

architecture
A Redesigned Zoo Where Humans Stay Hidden Could Be Better for Animals

Even the most zoo-friendly amongst us probably harbour mixed feelings about the undeniable psychological and physical toll that captivity takes on animals. The Danish architects at Bjarke Ingels Group think they've designed a better way. A Zootopia, if you will, where humans are usually hidden from animals by grass shelters and mirrored pods. Read More >>

design
The Middle of this Massive Indoor Maze Reveals How to Get Back Out Again

Getting lost in a museum is easy, and aimlessly wandering from wing to wing is a nice, relaxing, not-at-all-claustrophobic way to spend an afternoon. Alternatively you could venture into The BIG Maze at DC's National Building Museum, an on-site installation filled with winding paths, dead-ends, and a cool reveal at the end of the road. Read More >>

rumours
Oh God They’re Actually Making the Galaxy Note Bigger?

You already thought Samsung's Galaxy Note was too big, right? Suitable only for use by elephants? Well rumour has it that the plan is to make it even bigger. Read More >>