My Accidental Pilgrimage to the 1964 World's Fair Site

When I woke up on Tuesday morning, I expected another normal day. Work. Lunch. Work. Happy hour. Home. Heck, maybe I'd even treat myself to an iced coffee at some point. I did not expect to end up shivering, staring at rust, and dreaming about the America we'd lost. I did not expect to go to the World's Fair. » 4/23/14 11:00am Yesterday 11:00am

Meet the Woman Who Photographs the Oldest Living Things In The World

What's the oldest living thing you've ever seen? A 2,200-year-old sequoia in California, perhaps? That's a relatively teenage specimen to the artist Rachel Sussman, who has spent the last ten years looping the globe on a wild adventure to meet and document the world's oldest "continuously living" organisms. » 4/23/14 9:00am Yesterday 9:00am

Watch the First BASE Jump From the Tip of the World's Tallest Building

Hold tight. This new video shows Vince Reffet and Fred Fugen break a new World Record: by climbing to the very top of Burj Khalifa—the world's tallest building—and then BASE jumping off it. » 4/23/14 4:20am Yesterday 4:20am

One of America's Most Famous Architects Was a Nazi Propagandist

American architect Philip Johnson designed some of the most iconic buildings of the 20th century. Johnson, who died in 2005, has long been hailed as one of the greats. But there's one fact about the man that many people in the architecture community don't like to talk about: Johnson was a fascist who openly supported… » 4/22/14 4:20pm Tuesday 4:20pm

Vanity Fair Says Architecture, Like Women, Can Never Be Too Thin

New Yorkers have said plenty of negative things about the super-expensive supertalls going up in Manhattan. They tower over their neighbors. They cast shadows over Central Park. But no one has yet equated them with anorexic women—until the May 2014 issue of Vanity Fair. » 4/21/14 6:20pm Monday 6:20pm

China Just Commissioned the World's Fastest Elevators

Today, the Japanese tech giant Hitachi announced a contract to build two of the fastest elevator in the world for a forthcoming skyscraper in China. Seems innocuous enough, right? But buried within the press release are a few fascinating details that illustrate how China's skyscraper boom is affecting the global… » 4/21/14 4:41pm Monday 4:41pm

Qatar Is Canceling Four Of Its 12 Planned World Cup Stadiums

After a year of ballooning costs, delays, and controversy over its labor practices, Qatar is cutting back. According to a report from Bloomberg Businessweek, organizers have decided to drastically scale back plans to construct a dozen new stadiums for the 2022 World Cup. » 4/21/14 12:00pm Monday 12:00pm

This Twisting Mirror Bridge Reflects Every Detail of a Shanghai Street

UNStudio has created a beautifully constructed archway that brightens up the retail sphere of Xintiandi Mall in China. Because it's lined with mirrors, you can track your movements from beginning to end and watch your surroundings skip playfully across the different planes of the mall's entrance. It's like walking down … » 4/20/14 6:00pm Sunday 6:00pm

Celebration, Florida: The Utopian Town That America Just Couldn't Trust

It's been exactly two decades since Celebration, Florida, broke ground in 1994, a major anniversary for a community that enjoyed a massive amount of media attention when it emerged. Yet we don't hear much about Disney's foray into real estate lately, apart from the odd fire. » 4/20/14 3:00pm Sunday 3:00pm

When Vegetarians Tried To Build A Utopia of Octagonal Houses in Kansas

If you begin looking into the history of vegetarianism, you'll find that Kansas pops up over and over again. The state was once the planned site for a particularly striking vegetarian utopia: Octagon City. Its strict geometric plan was a grand, city-scale expression of a mid-18th century fad for octagon houses. » 4/18/14 3:40pm Friday 3:40pm

Why Is New Urbanism So Gosh Darn Creepy?

I remember looking toward the edge of town and thinking that something seemed off. We had stopped here before crossing the Continental Divide, in one of those typically charming Colorado mountain communities. Yet a few blocks away from its railroad-era Main Street lined with historic 1890s structures, there were almost … » 4/18/14 2:40pm Friday 2:40pm

These Cool Architectural Pics Were Blacked Out With a Permanent Marker

White on black is a no-no in many design circles, but there are definitely exceptions to the unofficial rule—like these cool prints from Marlon de Azambuja. The Madrid-based architect took an inky permanent marker to full-color photos, eliminating everything except for the thinnest structural silhouettes. » 4/17/14 7:30pm 4/17/14 7:30pm