Watch as these two jetpack-assisted flyers streak over Dubai at blistering speeds

(Courtesy Jetman Dubai)

(Courtesy Jetman Dubai)

The two innovators behind the Jetman Dubai jetpack athlete team recently released a video of them streaking in synchronized flight over the Dubai skyline and surrounding desert—and it brings a completely new perspective to the architecture of the city. Yves Rossy, a professional pilot from Switzerland, and Vince Reffet, a professional skydiver, have spent years perfecting the contraptions for propelled human flight.

Watch the video after the jump.

Watch One World Trade, New York City’s tallest skyscraper, rise in less than two minutes

One World Trade Center. (AN)

One World Trade Center. (AN)

With the recent opening of One World Trade Center, the folks over at EarthCam have reshared their 2013 timelapse of the tower’s 1,776 foot rise. There’s not too much else to say about the video, other than that it sure makes the building’s very long and arduous climb seem pretty quick and easy. It’s also set to some very Game of Thrones-y music, so it has that going for it too.

Watch the video after the jump.

Zaha Hadid unveils these icicle-inspired chandeliers made from light-catching, curvy fins

"Aria Transparent." (Courtesy ZAHA HADID ARCHITECTS & SLAMP)

“Aria Transparent.” (Courtesy ZAHA HADID ARCHITECTS & SLAMP)

Zaha Hadid, the starchitect behind this sand-dune inspired headquarters in the United Arab Emirates, a high-design billboard in London, a parametric casino in China, and these uncomfortable-looking high heels, has introduced a new line of lighting fixtures for the Italian lighting company SLAMP.

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Calatrava says he’s been treated “like a dog,” but hey George Clooney is still a fan

Calatrava's city of arts and sciences seen in Tomorrowland.

Calatrava’s city of arts and sciences seen in Tomorrowland.

Santiago Calatrava really wants you to stop blaming him for the very delayed and very over budget World Trade Center Transit Hub. All of your snark and rude comments have really gotten to him, which he recently revealed to the Wall Street Journal. “It has not been easy for me,” he said“I have been treated like a dog.” But there’s now some good news that should help cheer up the Spanish starchitect: famous person George Clooney is staunchly on his side.

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Watch Herzog & de Meuron’s under-construction 56 Leonard tower rise in a New York minute

56 Leonard. (Courtesy Herzog & de Meuron via 56leonardtribeca.com)

56 Leonard. (Courtesy Herzog & de Meuron via 56leonardtribeca.com)

Herzog & de Meuron‘s New York City skyscraper, 56 Leonard—aka the “Jenga Tower” because of its stacked-cube appearance, is steadily rising in Tribeca. While the building currently has a pretty standard glass box form with some protruding balconies, its upper floors will taper dramatically, hence the nickname.

Watch the video after the jump.

AN Video> Take an exclusive tour of the Barclays Center’s under-construction green roof

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It is not surprising that the Barclays Center has been a polarizing building. It was born out of one of New York’s most controversial development schemes, it draws big crowds to the heart of Brownstone Brooklyn, and, of course, has a bold architectural form and facade that people tend to really love or really hate.

Go inside—and on top of—the Barclays Center after the jump.

Shanghai Talks> Watch SOM’s top sustainable engineer talk air quality, environmental design

Zhengzhou Greenland Plaza, a 280-meter-tall SOM tower Leung worked on. (© Si-ye Zhang)

Zhengzhou Greenland Plaza, a 918-foot-tall SOM tower Leung worked on. (Si-ye Zhang)

Last September, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat invited me to serve as the special media correspondent for its Shanghai symposium, entitled Future Cities: Towards Sustainable Vertical Urbanism.

I conducted video interviews with dozens of architects, developers, building managers, and others on topics relevant to tall building design and sustainable urbanism. Among the many designers, engineers and other tall building types I interviewed was Luke Leung, director of sustainable engineering for SOM.

Watch the interview after the jump.

New York City just made biking down cobblestone streets way more fun

The Varick bike lane. (Branden Klayko / AN)

The Varick bike lane. (Branden Klayko / AN)

Cobblestone streets are beautiful to walk around and add charm to historic neighborhoods, but biking down these bumpy thoroughfares is another story. New York City has solved that problem with a new design treatment to a block-long cobblestone bike lane along Varick Street in the city’s Tribeca neighborhood.

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Bjarke Ingels opens this addition to his high school with a parkour video of a kid jumping off the walls

Aerial view of the high school. (Iwan Baan)

Aerial view of the high school. (Iwan Baan)

Since Bjarke Ingels graduated from Old Hellerup High School near Copenhagen, he’s obviously become a bit of an architectural sensation. But that doesn’t mean Ingels is too cool for school, specifically his former high school. In 2013, the architect created an undulating recreation center for the school’s central courtyard that has a ribbed, almost cathedral-like wood ceiling. At the courtyard-level, the structure forms a a man-made hill where students can hang out between classes. And that was just the start of it.

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Here’s the newest edition of YKK AP’s video series, “I am an Architect”

"I am an architect." (Courtesy YKK AP)

“I am an architect.” (Courtesy YKK AP)

You may remember that at last year’s AIA conference in Chicago, YKK AP released a video titled Do The Architect as part of their “I am an Architect” series. Now, with the AIA conference going on in Atlanta, YKK AP has released the next installment. While last year’s video was all a mashup of architects dancing, the new video is about how some people just know they are meant to be architects when they grow up.

Watch the video after the jump.

Promising signs for the Reading Viaduct, Philadelphia’s “High Line”

Reading Viaduct Phase One. (Courtesy Studio Bryan Hanes)

Reading Viaduct Phase One. (Courtesy Studio Bryan Hanes)

Earlier this year, AN kicked off its video series with a tour of Philly’s Reading Viaduct, an abandoned elevated rail line that advocates hope to transform into a linear park. The project has been talked about for years, but the pace has really picked up over the last few months.

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This virtual pong game at NYU aims to restore social interaction to gaming and activate an abandoned storefront

(Courtesy Urban Matter Inc.)

(Courtesy Urban Matter Inc.)

While abandoned storefronts normally signal dereliction, Brooklyn-based design studio Urban Matter Inc. is using them to recreate the ’80s arcade experience prior to personal gaming consoles—at least on the pilot test level. The Play Array pop-up storefront activation is a larger-than-life virtual pong game made of a 6-by-8-pixel grid.

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