There’s a supervolcano burbling under Yellowstone park – and if it erupts, it could end life on Earth. Fortunately, NASA has hatched a plan to save the planet by drilling into the magma chamber to cool it down. In other news, Volkswagen confirmed the date when it will relaunch its iconic Microbus, while Zacua debuted Mexico’s first electric car. And it turns out people are powering their homes with recycled laptop batteries – and some systems can store more energy than a Tesla Powerwall.
Book lovers take note – the world’s largest bookstore just opened in Iran, and it has 12 miles of shelves packed with over one million books. Meanwhile, the world’s next tallest tower has broken ground in Dubai – and when it’s complete it’ll stand 300 feet above the Burj Khalifa. Finally, architects are addressing the housing crisis with some really clever solutions – check out this floating studio under a bridge in Valencia and this tiny London house disguised as an air duct.
The world’s biggest green building conference is coming to Boston from November 8-10 – and you won’t want to miss it. The Greenbuild International Conference and Expo will convene sustainable building experts for mind-blowing exhibits, speakers, pavilions and home tours – register today!
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WEEKLY DESIGN ROUNDUP
Self-taught designer builds a secret studio under a bridge
World’s largest bookstore opens in Tehran, Iran
Ai Wewei to install fences around 300 sites in NYC
PUP Architects disguises a tiny house as a rooftop air duct
VW confirms when the Microbus is coming back as an EV
NASA may puncture supervolcano to save life on Earth
People are powering their homes with laptop batteries
Why Los Angeles has started to paint its streets white
Zhang Chenxi creates alien creatures we wish existed
Chile halts $2.5 billion mine to protect endangered Penguins
Zacua introduces the first electric car from Mexico
New images show progress on world’s tallest building
Germany is electrifying part of the autobahn