Yields from fields

AETHAER, whose strapline is ‘breathe clean, live refreshed’, has caused a stir across the globe for the sale of its flagship product: bottled air. The company, headed up by 27 year old businessman Leo De Watts, sells jars of air ‘farmed’ from the British countryside. The AETHAER jars contain fresh air from locations across the UK including Somerset, Dorset, Wales and Wiltshire and will set you back a hefty £80....

Global infrastructure investment needs to increase

The World Bank recently published its Global Infrastructure Outlook, which compares seven sectors across 50 countries, and the results are extremely interesting. The aim is to use the data to forecast what infrastructure investment will be needed around the world by 2040, as well as putting a number on the cap between what is currently being spent and what will have to be spent by that time....

The rich won’t leave

Writing in The Guardian this week, Cristobal Young, the author of The Myth of Millionaire Tax Flight: How Place Still Matters for the Rich, has countered the often made claim of conservatives that higher taxes would mean that the rich would flee....

Norway jolts global energy industry

Norway’s sovereign wealth fund is by far the largest in the world. Valued at US$1tr, any move it makes tend to have a significant impact on whatever industry is in its path. This week, Norway has been advised by its central bank that it should consider divesting from oil and gas....

Office of the future

Bloomberg’s brand new European Headquarters in the City of London has been named the most sustainable office in the world, receiving the highest score ever achieved by any large development during design stage....

Utopian cities continue to appeal

An investment firm headed up by Bill Gates, the former head of Microsoft and a multi-billionaire, has invested US$80m into a proposed ‘smart city’ in Arizona, USA. The community, to be known as Belmont, “will create a forward-thinking community...

The world’s most advanced dog?

Robotic design company Boston Dynamics, which was sold back in June by Google's parent company Alphabet Inc to Japanese telecommunications firm SoftBank Group Corp, has just released a teaser video for its latest project, the SpotMini....

Could a new Concorde be on the horizon?

Air travel is a mode of transport that continues to grow in popularity, with China expected to become the largest market by 2022.  Yet in terms of technology it feels as though technology has stagnated following the demise of the iconic passenger plane known simply as Concorde....

Could shared ownership help Sydney’s housing issues?

If you’ve looked for housing in Sydney in the last five years, chances are you may have found the whole process a bit of a challenge.  With prices rising by as much as 60% in that period, it’s clear many simply can’t get their foot in the door.  The list of reasons why this has occurred is not insignificant.  Record low interest rates and sizeable tax breaks for both local and overseas investors seem to be the main arbiters.

Is private air travel becoming affordable?

Facilitated by a new range of travel apps, passengers and pilots are becoming increasingly connected. With just a simple search you can find out if any light aircraft are flying in your local area with available seating. It can be an increasingly cheap mode of transport, and more people are looking at it as a plausible alternative....

Universal Basic Income is coming to the UK

Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk and other Silicon Valley moguls have more than one thing in common at least. Apart from being laughably rich and powerful, more than a few of them think that governments around the world should look into trialling a Universal Basic Income for their citizens.

Green climate funds mapped

The 15th UN climate conference met in Copenhagen in 2009 and started to get serious about helping the developing world deal with climate change. The agreement made at the conference stated that developing countries would spend US$100bn a year by 2020 tackling climate change around the world....

Singles day encourages new laws

China's internet shopping websites have been cautioned by Chinese authorities in an attempt to reduce the number of fabricated promotional advertisements aimed at those looking to make a splash on Singles Day.

The People’s Pier

Destroyed by a fire in 2010 the historic Hastings Pier has been bought back to its full glory, rounded off by winning the accolade of the 2017 RIBA Stirling prize for the best building in the UK....

Rebuilding Mosul

Iraq is not a country which often gets mentioned in architecture dispatches for obvious reasons. The US-led invasion in 2003 began a decade and a half of devastation in the country which only seems to be coming to some sort of conclusion now....

Amazon and its in-home delivery

Online retailer, Amazon is constantly looking for innovative ways to drive up sales and entice consumers by integrating the latest technology into its services. In the last year, the firm has unveiled several new concepts which include flying drones over homes to deliver parcels to backyards and monitoring homes to see what products people need in order to tailor their marketing strategies....