Does Preserving the Past Keep Cities From Moving Into the Future?

In the last 50 years, the preservationist movement has become powerful—maybe too powerful in a place like New York City, where a third of the buildings are now protected. But the buildings we think of today as landmarks inevitably replaced older structures, ones we tend to forget were demolished in the path towards… » 4/17/15 1:50pm Yesterday 1:50pm

A Failed Lab Experiment Accidentally Invented a Replacement For Cement

As the world’s cities expand at faster and faster speeds, so does its use of cement. One oft-quoted statistic shows that China alone used as much cement in the last three years as the US used in the last 100. Just one problem: Cement is responsible for pushing a hell of a lot of carbon dioxide into the world. » 4/16/15 2:00pm Thursday 2:00pm

Take a Tour of New York City's Best Architecture in One Image

Love it or hate it, you have to admit that New York City is home to some of the world’s most impressive and diverse architecture. Pick a style from the last 200 years, and you’re bound to find a fantastic example somewhere in Gotham. Now, you can find them all on one reasonably priced poster. » 4/14/15 6:00pm Tuesday 6:00pm

There's An Italian Restaurant With Its Own Human-Powered Theme Park

Italian restaurants are (quite rightly) famous for their food, but Ai Pioppi, a family-owned restaurant a little north of Venice, is renowned for something quite different: a hand-built, human powered theme park, complete with 360-degree swings and rollercoasters, all powered by your feeble little legs. » 4/13/15 10:10pm Monday 10:10pm

Tokyo Has the Largest Underground Water Tank in the World

This enormous, cathedral-like building is the main water tank of the Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge Channel facility in Kasukabe City, 19 miles north of Tokyo, Japan, which is one of the most famous water infrastructure complex in the world, and also the world’s largest underground flood diversion… » 4/10/15 9:00pm 4/10/15 9:00pm

Only six of today's baseball stadiums were built before 1989

Today is opening day for most of major league baseball, a sport that's imbued with tradition. But this game outfitted with old-timey pinstripes and vintage Cracker Jack packaging is enjoyed in mostly contemporary spaces: 23 out of 30 teams play in stadiums that were built after 1990. » 4/06/15 4:59pm 4/06/15 4:59pm

It's OK To Be Jealous Of Playmobil's New Ultra-Modern Luxury Mansion

Our toys have always lived far more lavish lifestyles than we could ever dream of. Barbie has owned everything from motorhomes to planes, G.I. Joe was better equipped than the U.S. Military, and now your child's Playmobil figures have a gorgeous ultra-modern mansion to call home. » 4/03/15 9:50am 4/03/15 9:50am

Why New York's Expensive Real Estate Is Going Crazy

Traditionally, space in skyscrapers has been the preserve of too-big-to-fail corporations and law firms with triple-barrelled names. But, as you probably realize if you’ve taken a turn round Central Park lately, the latest and greatest supertalls don’t house hedge funds — they house a different kind of wealth… » 4/02/15 1:03am 4/02/15 1:03am

The Forgotten Offices That Shaped Apple, Facebook, and Google

Online, Apple, Facebook, and Google are competing to control the future of technology. Offline, they are competing to build the future of corporate architecture—small cities nestled in the Silicon Valley suburbs that are designed by some of the most famous architects alive today. It’s a space race. Literally.
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That Time New York City Wanted to Put Highways On Top of Its Skyscrapers

Some might say New Yorkers had more money than sense in the Roaring Twenties. Somewhat profoundly, John K. Hencken's idea to build highways on top of skyscrapers in Manhattan required both. Bummer about that stock market crash—otherwise these elevated boulevards might have been built! Emphasis on the might have. » 3/30/15 6:10pm 3/30/15 6:10pm

A Guide to Scientology's Most Ostentatious Real Estate

Empire-building has been part of many a religious group’s strategy throughout history. But no one does it better than Scientology. The documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, which debuted on HBO last night, offers the first in-depth survey of Scientology’s practices, including its ongoing… » 3/30/15 9:40am 3/30/15 9:40am