The Next Big Thing

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The 13-floor ovoid Cybertecture Egg in Mumbai, India, has a single flat side.
Courtesy James Law Cybertecture International
You could say the Egg knows: Bathrooms will monitor visitors' vital signs, like blood pressure and weight—and forward the info to a physician if the numbers don't look good.
Courtesy James Law Cybertecture International
Designed by the James Law Cybertecture firm, the Cybertecture Egg will gather some of its energy from solar panels and wind turbines; an indoor garden will provide natural cooling.
Courtesy James Law Cybertecture International
The $1 billion new Dallas Cowboys' stadium takes "more is better" as its creed: The finished stadium will be home to more than 280 concession stands and should seat 80,000 fans on game day.
Courtesy Dallas Cowboys
The playing surface in the Dallas Cowboys' stadium will be bracketed by the tallest retractable glass doors in the world.
Courtesy Dallas Cowboys
Suspended above the Cowboys' stadium, like an omniscient football god, the largest video screen in the world will command spectators' attention, replaying game highlights in images 180 feet long and 50 feet high.
Courtesy Dallas Cowboys
At 682 feet tall, the Beijing Great Wheel will be the world's largest observation wheel. Each bus-size capsule will carry up to 40 passengers; rides will last 30 minutes. At the top, riders will be able to see the Great Wall of China, over 40 miles away.
Courtesy Great Wheel Corporation
Moscow's Russia Tower will soon be the tallest building in Europe—the sleek structure is projected to stand 2,009 feet tall. In comparison, Chicago's Sears Tower, the tallest in the U.S., seems an underwhelming 1,451 feet.
Courtesy Foster + Partners
Designed by Foster + Partners, the Russia Tower, when completed in 2012, will be the largest naturally ventilated building in the world.
Courtesy Foster + Partners
Indoors, the Russia Tower will have residential spaces.
Courtesy Foster + Partners
The 16-deck Oasis of the Seas is big enough to support seven distinct neighborhoods—one of which is Central Park, a living, breathing space on the high seas: The park's grass and trees are the real thing.
Courtesy Royal Caribbean
The Freedom Tower, designed by architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, will top out at a symbolic 1,776 feet (with antennae). The 16-acre site will be home to three other skyscrapers and a memorial to the Twin Towers.
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Virgin Galactic, a commercial space flight program, will take regular tourists on suborbital space flights. Be sure to bring your camera—you'll be able to see 1,000 miles in any direction when you get to the cruising altitude of more than 360,000 feet.
Courtesy Virgin Galactic

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