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Is A Futuristic London Right Around The Corner?

Potential designs for a new bridge over the Thames could radically transform the city’s landscape.

London may be getting a flashy new edition to its already glittering Nine Elms District. This past Monday 74 potential designs for a £40m pedestrian and cycling bridge between Nine Elms and Pimlico, Southwest London, were unveiled at the Westminster Boating Base on Grosvenor Road. Out of 74, four will be shortlisted in March. In the meantime, they are being displayed anonymously to comply with EU competition rules. “This ensures reputations play no part and that the designs themselves are the sole focus of attention,” the exhibition’s organizers told The Guardian this week. The entrants vary from practical green walkways to something straight out of The Matrix.

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Is This What Obama’s Presidential Library Will Look Like?

The winners of the Chicago Design competition to create the Obama Presidential Library offer something between Bauhaus and The Jetsons.

Though President Obama currently spends most of his days fighting with Congress, he may have his very own space-orb to visit when he leaves office in 2017. With planning already underway for an eventual Obama Presidential Library, Chicago, New York, and Hawaii are all fighting to house Barack’s house of books. Recently, the Chicago Architectural Club announced the 2014 Chicago Prize–winning designs they hope will give them the lead—and the results look like a cross between The Jetsons and Walter Gropius’ unrealized plans for the Middle East.

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Giant Water-Filtering Disco Ball To Land At MoMA Queens This Summer

This year’s winner of the MoMA/PS1 Young Architecture Program competition is extra flashy.

Each year MoMA PS1 unveils a radically new design project for their Young Architects Program meant to provide shade, seating, and water for their summer concert series. Last year it was a compostable structure made from mushroom protein, and the year before it was a “party wall” built from eco-friendly skateboards. This year’s winner is a giant glittering disco ball that also acts as a water filtration system. Now in its 16th edition, 2015’s YAP design competition was won by Andres Jaque’s Office for Political Innovation, former recipient of the Silver Lion of the 14 Mostra Internazionale di Architettura, Biennale di Venezia (2014). The winning projects must address environmental issues like sustainability and recycling, and Jaque’s design more than delivers. COSMO, drawn from a pool of five finalists, (and seen above), is a movable structure made from a system of irrigation components inspired by the city’s hidden pipes system. It’s engineered to filter 3,000 gallons of water every four days. The project also has a light political bent. It is currently estimated that by 2025, two thirds of the world’s population will experience a critical water shortage, a topic Jaque hopes to bring attention to.

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