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Students Turn Leonardo da Vinci's Design Into the World's Longest Ice Bridge

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Leonardo da Vinci wasn't just one of the greatest painters of his time. He was also known for having some pretty out there design ideas, including an expansive stone bridge that stretched across the Bosphorus River. Da Vinci never saw his concept come to life, but now a group of students is building the bridge—with a few adjustments. The final structure will be the world's longest ice bridge.

The team of researchers and students from the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands began construction on the project titled “Bridge in Ice” on December 28 in Juuka, Finland. Still, the final structure won't exactly be an icier version of da Vinci’s design. His model, made of stone, would have spanned 790 feet across the strait of Bosphorus that connects Europe to Asia. When this latest project is completed in mid-Feburary, the ice bridge will stretch 115 feet.

In order to ensure the material is sturdy enough, the engineers will combine paper fibers with water and spray that mixture onto massive inflated molds. Once frozen, the reinforced ice will be three times as strong as regular ice, strong enough to allow pedestrians to walk across. The team even plans to test the bridge's stability by driving a car over its surface.

To complete the project, the student engineers will need use a whopping 900 tons of ice, according to Live Science. And with Juuka’s current temperatures plunging below 0, Finland is probably a much smarter location than where da Vinci originally had in mind.

[h/t: Live Science]

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One Photographer's Quest to Document Every Frank Lloyd Wright Structure in the World
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From California’s Marin County Civic Center to the Yokodo Guest House in Ashiya City, Japan, Frank Lloyd Wright’s influence spans countries and continents. Today, 532 of the architect’s original designs remain worldwide—and one photographer is racking up the miles in an attempt to photograph each and every one of them, according to Architectural Digest.

Andrew Pielage is the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation’s unofficial photographer. The Phoenix-based shutterbug got his gig after friends introduced him to officials at Taliesin West, the late designer’s onetime winter home and studio that today houses the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Taliesin, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.

Higher-ups at Taliesin West allowed Pielage to photograph the property in 2011, and they liked his work so much that they commissioned him for other projects. Since then, Pielage has shot around 50 Wright buildings, ranging from Fallingwater in Mill Run, Pennsylvania, to the Hollyhock House in Los Angeles.

Pielage takes vertical panoramas to “get more of Wright in one image,” and he also prefers to work with natural light to emphasize the way the architect integrated his structures to correspond with nature’s rhythms. While Pielage still has over 400 more FLW projects to go until he's done capturing the icon’s breadth of work, you can check out some of his initial shots below.

[h/t Architectural Digest]

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What the Homes of the Future Will Look Like, According to Kids
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Ask a futurist what the house of tomorrow will feature and she might mention automatic appliances and robot assistants. Ask a kid the same question and you’ll get answers that are slightly more creative, but not altogether impractical. That’s what Made.com discovered when they launched Homes of the Future, a project that had kids draw illustrations of futuristic homes that served as the basis for professional 3D renderings.

According to Co.Design, the UK-based furniture retailer recruited children ages 4 to 12 to submit their architectural ideas. The doodles, sketched in pen, marker, and colored pencil, showcase the grade-schoolers' imaginations. Paired with each picture is concept art made with a 3D illustrator that shows what the homes might look like in the real world.

The designs range from colorful and whimsical to coldly realistic. In one blueprint, drawn by Ameen, age 10, a neighborhood of rainbow buildings and flowers float among the clouds. Another sketch by Ellis, age 7, shows a “home built to last” with titanium, bricks, a steel roof, and bulletproof windows. Some kids seemed less concerned with durability than they were with the tastiness of the infrastructure. Cherry-flavored bricks, candy windows, and a giant jelly slide were just some of the features built into the future homes. Sustainability was also a major theme, with solar panels appearing on two of the houses.

Check out the original artwork and the 3D versions of their ideas below.

House of the future drawn by kid.

House of the future drawn by kid.

House of the future drawn by kid.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

[h/t Co.Design]

All images courtesy of Made.com.

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