Last week researchers from Portsmouth University may have found the answer to the plastic pollution crisis facing our planet, after they accidentally created a plastic-eating enzyme. Could this breakthrough mean we start winning the fight against plastic? The breakthrough came when researchers were attempting to alter a naturally occuring bacteria discovered in a Japanese recycling [...]
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In this week's property portal we look at how robots and digital construction is proving it's place in architecture and design, as well as rounding up all of the most important news stories from around the globe. Robots could well be the future of timber construction as researchers at ETH Zurich have pioneered a new [...]
The winners of this year's World Press Photo Contest have been announced and the victorious shots are simply stunning. A picture can so often say a million words and that is certainly true with these incredible but equally heartbreaking shots. We are quite taken aback with these pictures, not only because of the story that [...]
This week Kengo Kuma & Associates dominate the architecture headlines, unveiling two big projects in the pipeline. Other architecture giants such as Heatherwick Studios have joined them in the papers, announcing new projects in a busy week for property & architecture. Kengo Kuma has unveiled his design for a truly stunning aquatics centre in Copenhagen [...]
The success of Hollywood blockbuster Black Panther has shone a light onto African design and architecture in a movement called Afrofuturism. It combines traditional African culture and with more contemporary themes like technology and science fiction, changing the world's perception of Africa as a force in design and fashion. African designers expressed their delight at [...]
Venue experts Populous are dominating the headlines this week as the firm unveils new visuals for the MSG Sphere London in Stratford as well as announcing their plan to build North America's first eSports stadium in Texas. Other stories in the news include further light being shed on the gender pay gap scandal as more [...]
The AHEAD Awards are back and this time, we're in Asia. All the best hotels built between October 2016 and September 2017 will be judged over a variety of different categories, and as a continent renowned for it's impeccable hospitality, the competition was certainly tight. However the Asian hotel of the year was not what [...]
Two of London's landmark buildings, which underwent conversions, have been finished this week so we take a look at how architects have given the buildings a new lease of life. In other headlines, the British government probes deeper into Russian money laundering through UK property. Conran and Partners have restored and converted Richard Seifert's celebrated Centre [...]
Shot in Three Mills Studios in East London, Wes Anderson's new film Isle of Dogs brings metabolist architecture to the big screen, showcasing the works of Kengo Tanze in a furry dystopian future. HEKKTA got a little excited when we heard there was a new old-school animation film hitting the big screen, and even more [...]
The 2018 Football World Cup in Russia is nearly upon us. The first reminder that the tournament is just around the corner is the unveiling of each team's kits and we must say, at first glance, there are some absolute storming strips this year. As football fans around the world are gearing up for another [...]