The hotel of the future could resemble a large portable space capsule. The 'pod' could be developed anywhere, packed up easily and moved to any location in the world. It would contain different-sized rooms which could be easily rearranged, and guests could choose their view by changing images on the walls.
A study of medieval Islamic art has shown some of its geometric patterns use principles established centuries later by modern mathematicians. Researchers in the US have found 15th Century examples that use the concept of quasicrystalline geometry. This indicates intuitive understanding of complex mathematical formulae, even if the artisans had not worked out the underlying theory, the study says.
The world's tallest building is set to be opened in the Gulf emirate of Dubai. More than 800m high and clad in 26,000 glass panels, Burj Dubai has 160 floors and more than 500,000 sq m of space for offices and apartments.
Deep in the forests of central France, an unusual architectural experiment is half-way to completion, as a team of masons replicates in painstaking detail the construction of an entire medieval castle.