Tuesday, July 10, 2012

9 Crazy Futuristic Buildings

The future of architecture has never looked more like something out of science fiction than it does today. Some of these designs are already being built; others are still in the planning stages. Any way you look at it, these concepts could have come straight out of some pulp sci-fi magazine from the first half of the 20th century.

As design continues to meet functionality, more and more buildings are featuring green engineering utilizing the environment as part of their energy resources and minimizing their carbon footprint. You can make your own home more futuristic right now by implementing green ideas inside and out. We expect to see even crazier and more environmentally friendly architecture as we head into the 21st century, but for now, here are some of the craziest examples we could find.

And who knows? You just might be travelling to one of these destinations one day via one of any number of crazy futuristic transportation modes.

1. New Orleans Arcology Habitat

In the effort to rebuild New Orleans in the wake of 2005's Hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans Arcology Habitat has been proposed. The concept includes hotels, condominiums, commercial property, and even casinos, all of which could potentially breathe new life into the New Orleans economy. As currently depicted, the habitat would float on the surface of the water within an enclosed basin near the Mississippi riverfront and the central business district. How's that for futuristic?

Construction of the new Kuwait International Airport is scheduled for 2012. This project takes an environmentally friendly stance that could put it at the top of the green airport list. Utilizing solar panels to capture the sun's energy and glazed glass to reflect the sun's rays, the building is designed to take advantage of the desert's exposure to the sun while minimizing the effects of the heat. In addition, the project is aiming for an award no other airport has ever achieved: LEED Gold Approval

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