Dubai's Newest Twin Towers Will Look Like a Pair of Blunts

Economic downturn be damned, this pair of spliff-shaped buildings are determined to rise high on the Dubai horizon. While they won't give the Burj Khalifa a run for its money, these twin towers are already being touted as the world's tallest duo. I hope they will be nicknamed the Dubai Brothers. Get it, because Dubai… » 10/29/14 5:36pm Wednesday 5:36pm

Inside Muji's Beautiful, Affordable Prefab Houses

The Japanese retailer Muji has built a cult following by offering nearly any object you could want in your home for not much money and proportionately great design. Now, the company is offering one more item to its line of 7,500 housewares: Actual houses. And there's a very good economic reason for the ambitious new… » 10/28/14 9:20am Tuesday 9:20am

Hydroceramic Walls Could Cool Buildings By Sweating Like Human Skin

Our reliance on air conditioning, however magical an innovation, has become a serious environmental burden. Which is why researchers in Barcelona designed a material they say can naturally cool rooms by about 5 degrees Celsius, using a moisture-absorbing polymer that "sweats" much like our own body. » 10/23/14 5:40pm 10/23/14 5:40pm

SimCity IRL: Be the Mayor Of Your Own Tiny 3D-Printed Metropolis

Automobile enthusiasts can collect die-cast cars, animal lovers can collect plush toys, but architecture fans can't really collect towering skyscrapers or sprawling art galleries. And that's what inspired Steve Fox, an architecture enthusiast himself, to create a collection of tiny noteworthy 3D-printed buildings that… » 10/22/14 10:45am 10/22/14 10:45am

China’s President Wants To Ban Weird Buildings—And That’s a Huge Mistake

From smog-chomping supercities to giant penis skyscrapers, China has built its reputation on wild and wacky structures of late. But in a public speech last week, China's president made a promise to his country: "No more weird architecture." No way! Here's why we need to Keep China Weird. » 10/21/14 5:17pm 10/21/14 5:17pm

A Bicycle Pulley System Is A Surprisingly Practical Storage Solution

Ever since I moved into my apartment, I've been trying to convince my roommates that what we need is a pulley system to pull our bikes up onto the balcony. And ever since we moved in, my roommates have been telling me that it's a terrible idea that will unquestionably end with someone being mutilated by a falling… » 10/17/14 1:00am 10/17/14 1:00am

Rotterdam's New Farmers Market Looks Like the Inside of a Vitamix

Rotterdam's just-completed Markthal, or Market Hall, is an innovative, sustainably designed building charged with delivering local, healthy food to the city center. But there's one particular element of the structure that's getting all the attention: An arching, technicolor tossed salad of a ceiling. » 10/09/14 1:43pm 10/09/14 1:43pm

The History of Architectural Photography Told In 16 Stunning Images

While humankind has been documenting buildings in various ways since the beginning of civilization, architectural photography is a relatively new phenomenon. And it turns out that even the process of training the camera specifically on architecture has evolved—from using buildings as backdrops to making them the main… » 10/08/14 9:20am 10/08/14 9:20am

This Award-Winning Architecture Photo Looks Straight Out of Sci-Fi

The focus with architecture is most often on the design of the building itself, but with most of us not able to jet around the world looking at pretty buildings, it's photographs that build the vast majority of our impressions of design. That's the (underappreciated) genre represented by the Arcaid Awards, which… » 10/06/14 9:16pm 10/06/14 9:16pm

How I Learned to Love Supertalls (And Why You Should Too)

The New York skyline is defined by two things: height and change. While Manhattan's new buildings have always tended towards tall, the current wave of projects pushing the city back to the top of the global totem pole are "supertalls": skyscrapers standing over 1,000 feet. This is a good thing. » 10/03/14 4:15pm 10/03/14 4:15pm