Top 10 Luxury Stone Dwellings

Dark, full of insects, harsh surroundings and by no means comfortable are few attributes that most of us would attach with a cave. However in some parts of the world, the story is different. Our ancestors in some areas not only managed to build homes within rocks but they managed to make it luxurious in many ways. Our today’s article is about such homes that are carved out within rocks around the world.

10. The Cosy Cave Home, France

Saumur region of France is home to huge limestone deposits which once were quarries to get rocks out. These rocks were used to build homes in England and France, however with time the site was abandoned. Once the new owner bought the land he came up with a smart idea. He made changes within the caves and managed to build a cozy home. 6 caves are connected via tunnels. He also left the 400 year old doorways the way they were. The cave is surrounded by rocks in such a ways as to keep the temperature mild throughout the year.

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9. Matmata Cave Dwellings, Tunisia

Matmata, an underground village found fame in 1975 when it was shown as a childhood home of Luke Skywalker in star wars. The structures of this village are created by delving large cavities in the ground.  Aritificial caves are carved along the confines of the cavity which are used as rooms. The origin of the village is still not certain but it is said that the inhabitants of the region fled their homes to hide from Egyptian invaders. They did such a fine job that the world did not find them till 1967.

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8. The Kinver Edge Rock Houses, UK

The gardens of cave homes of kinver Edge, Staffordshire are famous and the cave homes are said to be the real inspiration behind J.R.R Tolkien’s Hobbiton. The caves were used by inhabitants as late as 1950’s. The rock of Holy Austin was used as monastery until the reformation. Currently the houses, orchards and the gardens are being restored by the National Trust and tourists can see a piece of history by visiting the site.

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Top 10 Wonders Of Architecture Around The World

The design and creation of structures is one of the first way in which human beings expressed themselves – even ancient cave dwellings were modified to better suit human needs. However, innovation and creativity has at the same time been the hallmark of architecture. What we have for you today is a list of top 10 unique architectures from all around the world. Beware though, this is a list of unique architecture so we did not shy away from including some pretty odd structures!

10. Dar Al Hajar, Yemen

First stop, we’ve got a building that was built by the ruler Imam Yahya. The structure is located above a valley in Wadi Dhahr and it basically stems out of a rock formation.  The building was designed to be a summer residence, however, the building and its interior, which is pretty huge is now open to tourists.

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9. Manchester Civil Justice Centre, England

Welcome to England where the Manchester Civil Justice  Centre boasts the largest unsupported glass surface in the world ; a whopping 11,000 m2. The Manchester Civil Justice Centre was designed by Australian architects; Denton Corker Marshall.

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8. The Stone House, Portugal

The number eight on our list is a private residence, but it sure attracts a lot of people and why shouldn’t they be attracted? The place was painstakingly carved out of a large stone. One can’t really live a peaceful life if people keep trekking up to the top of the hill in Guimaraes to have their photos taken.

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Top 10 Skylines Around The World

Town planning and Engineering go a long way back, one can’t survive without the other. With the modern technologies being employed and the ingenious minds of the engineers, we see a paradigm shift in the construction industry. For instance, instead of covering larger ground area, nowadays it’s about going taller and taller. Such buildings, known as skyscrapers, take less space on the ground and reach amazing heights. We have compiled a top 10 for you to enjoy as you make your through some of the most amazing skyscrapers.

10. Seattle, USA

Known as Emerald City and the home to the famous Space Needle observation tower that reaches an astonishing 184 m, Seattle enjoys being the hub of Northwest USA when it comes to culture, commerce and advanced technology. It is also an important port city for European and Pacific trade. Seattle, with its over 200 m high buildings, is known to be picture perfect location! The city has astonishing infrastructure. The best view of the city is the Kerry Park.

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9. Shenzhen, China

Let’s go back in 1970, see that small fishing village near the Border of Hong Kong? Yeah, just wait a few decades and see what happens; Evolution. The City, Shenzhen, is now home to six million people and is already housing 20 buildings that have crossed the 200 m height barrier. It also accommodates the Shun Hing Square which is the 8th tallest building in the world. The development is still going on and is so amazing that at times the pictures floating on internet are taken to be photo-shopped. The enormous neon lights will make you feel as if you’re in a video game.

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8. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Here we are, at Malaysia. With a population less than 2 million and not a very dense skyline, Kuala Lumpur still enjoys being the home to ten buildings that are higher than 200 meters. Three of these buildings qualify to be among the top 25 tallest buildings in the world. Kuala Lumpur also accommodates the world’s tallest twin towers.

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BattleStar Galactica Simulator Built By A Group Of Teenagers

This is exemplary, a bunch of smart genius students from school level build a Battlestar Galactica Viper flight simulator. Its really amazing so see that these little chaps are soo talented. In an interview with them, they told that they have been trying to build this simulator for quite some time. With all hope and spirits they started with a very small model then built another, after that they designed a simulator in CAD software. When they got all the things set on a right plan, they started building it on their own and with all their great efforts they built the structure which could rotate 360 degrees with a considerable high speed.

On introducing the interior of this simulator they told that they used joysticks, there will be three screen displays, a total viper interior and in short it will be a worthy thing to jump in. Watch the video and tell us how do you liked their innovation!

Jumping Robot Optimized For Crossing Walls

Developed by Boston Dynamics this all new jumping robot is a new thing in robot family. The best part is that it is durable, easily controllable and it can jump upto 30 feet. This jumping four wheeled robo skate can be a handy thing for soldiers in combat. Like in case of jumping over the wall who knows the locked door is loaded with a high explosive bomb which will detonate when the soldiers open it! So this little robot can be useful since it crosses the wall upto height of 30 feet and if they plug in a camera at its top, they will be able to check the different places without marine movement. Now there is actually a gas piston that fires against the ground to boost this tiny four wheel robot to 30 feet height. While in the air you wont see any turbulence in the flight of the robot, that actually shows the good engineering layout of it.

So if you are planning to have some real outdoor fun this robot seems a good option for it. Check out the video to see it in action

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Spray-On Antenna Could Be The Next Technology!

A low power wireless has born in town which can be useful as it could be quite handy to put on antenna any where you like! Yeah well that right Putting on antenna any where. We finally came out with a new spray on technology that actually works by boosting the signals to a little range.

So we came across with a company called Chamtech, which claims that they have built a spray which actually coats trillion of nano-capacitors on which it is sprayed which discharge in sync with the signal. So in short it provides a good form of antenna which can actually transmit the signal. The Chamtech company also claims that their spray will be friendly to atmosphere which will not harm any thing and it can be coated to any object any where, even under the water. Imagine a world in which you live and you need to have some better coverage all you do is spray you window or lawn tree or while on track your bicycle.

This spray was presented to Google named Solve for X event. This technology  can for sure rule the world in the next era!

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Top 10 Worst Engineering Failures

The scientific and engineering principles upon which the world is based and on the basis of which alot of complex figures and theories are deciphered some times also go wrong and cause catastrophic casualties. Here we list the world’s worst engineering failure:

No. 10: Tacoma Narrow Bridge

The Tacoma Narrows Bridge was the third longest suspension bridge in the United States at the time, with a length of 5939 feet including approaches. Its two supporting towers were 425 feet high. The towers were 2800 feet apart.

The reason behind the failure of Tacoma Narrow Bridge was Strong winds which caused the bridge to collapse on November 7, 1940. At first, 35 mile per hour winds energized the bridge’s transverse vibration mode, with amplitude of 1.5 feet. This motion lasted 3 hours. The frequency of wind matches with the failure frequency amplitude of the bridge and ultimately making it to fall. In addition, a support cable at mid-span snapped, resulting in an unbalanced loading condition. The bridge response thus changed to a 0.2 Hz Torsional vibration mode, with amplitude up to 28 feet.

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No. 9: Cleveland East Ohio Gas Explosion

The East Ohio Gas explosion took place on Friday, 20 Oct. 1944, when a tank containing liquid natural gas i.e. Methane, equal to 90 million cubic feet exploded, setting off the most catastrophic fire in Cleveland’s account. The bang and fire destroyed one square mile of the city of Cleveland, Ohio, and killed 131 people, including 55 East Ohio workers.

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No. 8: Hyatt Regency Hotel Walkway Collapse

The Hyatt Regency Inn was constructed in Kansas City, Missouri in the year 1978. This hotel consisted of a 40 story building tower and conference facilities, which were linked by an open idea atrium. Inside the entrance hall, there were three walkways that connected the hotel to the conference facilities on the second, third, and fourth floors. The atrium was 145 feet long, 117 feet wide and 50 feet high.

On July 17, 1981 at 1900 hours, a piercing crack was heard as the second and fourth floor walkways came roaring down to the ground level. There were about 2000 people gathered in the entrance hall for a dance contest. After the fall down, 114 people were found dead and left more than 200 were indignant. The breakdown of the Hyatt Regency walkway was an amalgamation of different properties and material things. The most important cause was the faulty design in the walkways.

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Top 10 Iconic Buildings

The most fascinating constructions in the World which rules hearts all around the globe. The Top 10 most Influential and Iconic design buildings listed down as follows:

10. Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia is a huge architectural attractiveness and a significant testimonial both for Byzantine and for Ottoman Empires. It formerly served the purpose of religious rejoice place for Christians, later it was converted to a mosque after restoration, and now it’s a museum at the Turkish state, Hagia Sophia remains a worthy piece of architectural design and state of the art Engineering.  Situated in the mystical city; Istanbul (formerly known as Constantinople) hosted many societies since centuries, of which Byzantium and Ottoman Empires were both the most prominent ones. The city today carries the characteristics of these two different cultures and surely Hagia Sophia is a perfect amalgamation where one can observe both Ottoman and Byzantium effects under one great dome.

The inside of Hagia Sophia

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9. The Louvre

The Louvre

In the beginnings it was a royal fortress to the public association we see today. The Louvre became a public museum at the end of the 18th century. It is located in core of Paris city. There are approximately thirty five thousand objects on display, spread out over three wings of the former palace. The museum has a sundry anthology ranging from the relic up to the mid 19th century. A large part of the anthology or collections consists of European canvases and statues. In Addition to these other parts of the palace include Roman, Egyptian, Greek and Oriental art.

The Louvre

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8. The Burj Al Arab

The Burj Al Arab

Located on the perfect waters of the Arabian bay stands the world’s one and only 7-star Hotel named Burj Al Arab. It’s exclusive architectural, state of the art design and considered as an engineering marvel, to resemble a billowing cruise, makes it Dubai’s number one landmark, and a world’s famous iconic structure that symbolizes the guts of Dubai.

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Peter Haas: Haiti’s disaster of engineering


www.ted.com “Haiti was not a natural disaster,” says TED Fellow Peter Haas “It was a disaster of engineering.” As the country rebuilds after January’s deadly quake, are bad old building practices creating another ticking time bomb? Haas’s group, AIDG, is helping Haiti’s builders learn modern building and engineering practices, to assemble a strong country brick by brick.TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Featured speakers have included Al Gore on climate change, Philippe Starck on design, Jill Bolte Taylor on observing her own stroke, Nicholas Negroponte on One Laptop per Child, Jane Goodall on chimpanzees, Bill Gates on malaria and mosquitoes, Pattie Maes on the “Sixth Sense” wearable tech, and “Lost” producer JJ Abrams on the allure of mystery. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, development and the arts. Closed captions and translated subtitles in a variety of languages are now available on TED.com, at www.ted.com Watch a highlight reel of the Top 10 TEDTalks at www.ted.com

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