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China’s Farmscrapers

Faced with a horrendous pollution problem, China is pondering an innovative solution — skyscrapers that would stand as self-contained ecological havens, not only housing residents, shops and industries, but also farms reaching up to the clouds. H/T SourceFed

Athens of the Prairie

Columbus, Indiana is a city of around 40,000 people located an hour south of Indianapolis. Columbus is exactly the kind of city you’d expect to find in the Midwest, except for one curious thing. The American Institute of Architects has ranked Columbus 6th in the nation for architectural innovation and design, right behind New York, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco and Washington, DC.

The architectural richness of Columbus isn’t the result of some visionary planning board. Nor are the zoning laws in Columbus different than those in most other Indiana cities. Columbus has fascinating architecture because in the 1950s industrialist and philanthropist J. Irwin Miller (of the Cummins Engine Company) decided that he wanted to live in a more visually interesting city. To this end, Miller offered to pay the architect’s bill for any new public building in Columbus. Today, Columbus boasts more than 70 buildings designed by internationally celebrated architects like I.M. Pei, Eliel Saarinen, Eero Saarinen, Richard Meier and Harry Weese. H/T Reason.TV

Empire State of Mind

A time-lapse video traces artist Patrick Vale’s four-day, free-hand ink sketch of the New York skyline. ┬áThe scene depicts the Lower Manhattan skyline as viewed from the observation deck on the 102nd floor of the Empire State Building. Vale is an architectural illustrator, usually based out of London. He set the video to “Moanin’” by jazz bassist Charles Mingus. H/T Blazing Cat Fur

Tornado-Proof Homes

10 Design presents its concept for a tornado-proof home. The Kevlar-skinned dwelling is supported by hydraulic lifts, allowing the structure to be lowered into an underground hangar at any sign of a tornado. Think of a turtle, which can pull its head back within a protective shell whenever danger arises. 10 Design is an international architectural firm, headquartered in Hong Kong, with offices in Denver, Edinburgh and Shanghai. H/T de zeen

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