The CCTV building in Beijing, designed by the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas (which is of course the best name an architect could ever have), is one of our favorite new buildings in the world, for its boldness and size but also for the way it feels so incredibly modern--like it was built five years from now and somehow transported back to the present day. The building opened back in 2008, after a series of struggles (including a fire), but the New York Times just gave it a predictably glowing review, praising its complex construction, the metaphoric underpinnings of its design, and calling it a "cultural triumph." [New York Times]
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.