Calatrava To Rebuild Greek Orthodox Church At World Trade Center Site

The original St. Nicholas Church was crushed on Sept. 11, 2001 as the south tower of the World Trade Center collapsed. Besides the towers of the World Trade Center, it was the only building destroyed by the attacks. The $20 million design dismisses the look of the old parish church it’s replacing altogether, proposing a new non-denominational bereavement center.

Readers may remember that the proposal for an Islamic community center and mosque on the site two years ago ignited furious debate. This new design proposal purposefully considers this pre-existing controversy: The church’s modern Byzantine design draws inspiration from traditional religious structures found in the east, many of which were of course used for Islamic worship. In fact, the dome will be comprised of 40 ribs, just like the dome of Hagia Sophia.

As Rev. Mark Arey, spokesman for the Greek Orthodox archdiocese stated, “The dome, invented by the Mycenaean Greeks, was a Christian form of architecture that was borrowed by the Islamic world,” he said. “There are going to be some wonderful teachable moments down the road.”

The new St. Nicholas is set to open in early 2016. Find out more about the design

-Via Archdaily

Inside The Still Unfinished $4 Billion WTC Transportation Hub

The flurry of retrospective analysis after Santiago Calatrava's proverbial camel of a World Trade Center Transportation Hub topped out back in November may have seemed to indicate that the project was near completion. But, as evidenced by some photos taken by one brave New York reporter who found his way past the steel bird wings, the vastly over-budget hub is still far from finished. According to the Port Authority the hub should open by late 2015.

Proposal For The Shipyards at Jacksonville Florida

The eagerly anticipated vision to transform the Shipyards riverfront downtown property into a vibrant entertainment and leisure district was presented today by Jaguars owner Shad Khan and team president Mark Lamping on behalf of Iguana Investments, a new development entity created by Khan specifically for the Shipyards project.

The property, which encompasses approximately 48 acres of City-owned property on the north bank of the St. Johns River, is central to Khan’s long-stated vision to bring new life and positive economic impact to Jacksonville’s urban core.  By creating a year-round destination that bridges EverBank Field and the Sports Complex to Downtown Jacksonville, Khan said the Shipyards project – should it become reality – promises to serve the entire region for generations to come.

LIX: The World’s Smallest 3D Printing Pen Lets You Draw in the Air

LIX is the latest contender in the handheld 3D-printing field. Launched just a few hours ago on Kickstarter, the developers say the super compact design is smaller than any other pen on the market and it can even be powered by the electricity from a USB port. After turning it on the LIX takes less than a minute to heat up and you’re ready to start creating vertical illustrations. Via LIX:

LIX 3D printing pen has the similar function as 3D printers. It melts and cools coloured plastic, letting you create rigid and freestanding structures. Lix has a hot-end nozzle that is power supplied from USB 3.0 port. The plastic filament ABS/PLA is introduced in the upper extremity of Lix Pen. The filament goes through a patented mechanism while moving through the pen to finally reach the hot-end nozzle which melts and cools it down. An interesting fact about this light-weight, engineered pen is that these structures can be formed in any imaginable shape.

The LIX pen has a much sleeker form and a finer tip than similar devices we’ve seen like the 3Doodler, though it’s a bit more expensive. See more on their website.

Unusual Wedge-Shaped Shipping Container Townhouse Rises in Brooklyn

It looks like Williamsburg's original shipping container home has got some competition. The Carroll House, designed by cargotecture specialists LOT-EK for a private client, is currently under construction at 2 Monitor Street (which is also in Williamsburg, Brooklyn), and boasts a frame made of 21 stacked steel containers. But the home's biggest surprise - its dramatically sliced profile - is only visible when you view it from the side.

According to LOT-EK, the Carroll House was erected from a stack of 21 shipping containers that was “then cut diagonally along both the top and bottom, creating a striking profile that invokes Williamsburg’s industrial past, while providing a sculptural nod to the rapidly changing neighborhood.” At 5,000 square feet, the townhouse will offer plenty of room for its inhabitants, and will even feature an enclosed courtyard and pool area. Even though slicing all 3 floors of the residence might seem like a waste of usable space, the daring design actually makes the home more livable by opening up the rear of each floor and bringing in light and air – undoubtedly a conscious choice to help minimize the feeling of living in a box. The angular design also creates opportunities for large outdoor decks and solar shading on every level.

From LOT-EK’s renderings, it looks like the final home will be painted a brownish color and the side of the home facing Richardson Street will only have a few, ultra-thin windows (which seems fine since the house’s open back will provide ample light). The completed residence will also have a private car garage located slightly below ground level.

Triton Scuba Mask Transforms Divers into Human Fish

South Korean designer Jeabyun Yeon just unveiled a conceptual scuba mask that would allow divers to breathe underwater without air tanks. The mask, called the Triton, consists of two branching arms designed to serve as “gills” that extract oxygen from the water and deliver breathable air directly into their wearer’s lungs. Instead of hauling around heavy scuba equipment, swimmers could simply bite down on a plastic mouth piece.

The device is covered in plastic “scales” which allow water to enter through small holes, where it enters a chamber that separates the oxygen from the liquid. The Triton’s internal filter utilizes fine threads with holes smaller than water molecules, so that only air is able to pass through. The oxygen is then compressed and stored in a miniature storage tank. The entire gadget is powered by an incredibly small, easily rechargeable microbattery.

So far, the design is just a concept, but Yeon has high hopes that it will someday be turned into a commercial product that can completely replace complicated scuba gear.

Tangram's Qatar World Cup Stadium Sculpts the Desert Wind to Provide Passive Cooling

The new FIFA stadium for the Qatar 2022 World Cup will “sculpt” the desert region’s winds and combine them with nearby water sources to provide passive-evaporative cooling for the entire structure. The system will use no electricity, and it will also function as a central cooling facility for the neighboring community when it’s not being used as a sports venue. Recently unveiled by architecture firm Tangram Gulf.

The 80,000-seat stadium features traditional Badgheer openings which enable the capture and manipulation of the wind. These are created in the outer layer of the stadium and positioned to allow the effective harnessing of hot winds to create air currents across the structure. In order to stop the hot air from pushing out the cool air the designers developed a “skin” of punctured panels. The skin was designed by combining the Fibonacci logarithms and the cooling mechanisms used by the desert lizards in the Western Region Desert—the lizards move their scales to direct wind over their bodies to accelerate cooling. The punctured louvers allow the wind to be directed away from the open top of the stadium in a similar way as simple fluid mechanics help push sailing winds forward on modern yachts. The colonnade helps to create cooling through both thermal mass and the Venturi effect which accelerates air pressure across colonnade structures.

To help direct winds across the stadium at the correct velocity for the cooling to take place, the designers introduced the Qanat-traditional water management system. It is positioned beneath the terraces of the stadium in the form of storage tanks which provide a constant supply of cooled water to the stadium’s “lake”. It cools the air through evaporation which is then guided by the hollow prefab concrete structure through the building. Energy models show the passive cooling system deployed in the stadium can currently deliver between 27 and 30 degrees temperatures, but is projected to become even lower than the WBT(Wet Bulb Temperature of between 26-29 degrees) required by FIFA.

Qatar Unveils Modular Tent-Like 60,000-Seater Al Bayt Stadium for World Cup 2022

Qatar just released a video of the stunning Al Bayt Stadium slated for construction in Al Khor City, just 30 miles north of Doha. The 60,000-seater Al Bayt Stadium was modeled after black-and-white tents traditionally used by nomadic

Despite being accused of corruption earlier in June, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) released a video of the new host venue planned for the 2022 tournament. Employing the latest construction techniques and materials, the stadium will target both Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) ratings. It has a detachable upper tier that allows it to downsize in capacity, and after removing the tier, the stadium turns into a 32,000-seater to be used after the World Cup. The removed seats will be donated to other countries.

Al Bayt Stadium will be used as a venue for the semi-finals while three more stadiums are expected to break ground by end of this year. FIFA requires a minimum of eight stadiums for World Cup host countries, but Qatar plans to build a total of 10.

Hellinikon Project - A New Era For Greece

The Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (TAIPED) has unanimously announced Lamda Development as the preferred bidder for the Hellinikon real estate development project. The announcement was preceded by the submission of fairness opinions by TAIPED's financial advisers Citigroup and Piraeus Bank that found the final bid of 915 million euros just and reasonable. Lamda Development and the investment consortium supporting it are expected to invest more than 7 billion euros in the mammoth development project.

Lamda Development's announcement points out the conclusion of a 27 month old process which ended today with the TAIPED decision: "Today's decision offers a final conclusion to 13 years of abandonment of the 6.200 acres of the former Hellenikon airport. In its place, the largest private investment in the country will take place with an estimated cost of 7 billion euros. Its aim is the creation of a progressive metropolitan development, combining the beauty of the surrounding area with emblematic buildings and innovative infrastructure and services".

The announcement also mentions that the most indicative part of the investment's philosophy is the creation of a 2 million square meters park, one of the largest in the world, with free entrance for all, along with the upgrade of the coastal area, also free for the public.

Lamda Development CEO, Odysseas Athanasiou, stated that the creation of a new world destination will redefine Athens as a tourist attraction and an international business and entertainment center. "Lamda Development S.A. and Global Investment Group, no longer under a confidentiality clause, will be presenting the project analytically to local societies and the social partners, so that its design and implementation can highlight the benefits and satisfy national priorities linked with its creation", he added.

Chainless INgSOC Hybrid Bike is Out of This World

Finally, proof that we’re not alone – where else could the design of this INgSOC hybrid bike come from but an advanced alien species? The INgSOC combines the aerodynamic shape of a triathlon bike with flexible handling and hybrid tech to create a wild-looking chainless bike that runs in three modes: battery-powered, battery assist, and battery charge mode, where the user powers up the battery by pedaling.

Allegedly the bike was designed by Edward Kim and Benny Cemoli, but we’re not entirely convinced. The INgSOC’s frame is constructed from carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (also widely accepted to be of extraterrestrial origin). A battery powers the motor as well as a headlight and rear tail lights, plus an iPhone charging dock for, you know, phoning home. What do you think of the INgSOC? Check out the sharp details on this bike in the gallery below.