Why Today's Architects Build Digital Cities Instead of Scale Models

When I was a grad student in architecture school in the 80s, one of our professors was on a mission. Every semester he'd give a design project in downtown Manhattan, asking his students to spend the first two weeks of the term building a beautiful wood model of the surrounding site. The next year he would move to a… » 10/02/14 11:06am 31 minutes ago

This Century-Old Detroit Building Is Now the Cadillac of Office Spaces

The news that Cadillac is moving its Detroit headquarters to New York City delivered quite a blow to Detroit's ongoing rebirth. Especially considering Cadillac's advertising agency is a shining example of that rebirth: It's housed in a gorgeous new office in a salvaged 100-year-old building, proof that sticking it out… » 10/01/14 1:15pm Yesterday 1:15pm

This Office Tower Is Being Demolished, But Not Before a Giant Art Party

Buildings get old—most office towers aren't designed to stand for centuries, as they once were. In Tokyo, a team of artists and curators got permission to interrupt this a near-perpetual cycle of construction and demolition by throwing one last party inside a tower destined for the scrap heap. » 10/01/14 11:35am Yesterday 11:35am

This Transforming Pod Is a Bed, Bath, Shower and Tiny Garden

When we think of small living expertise, we think of NASA, submarine engineers, or tiny house enthusiasts. Hotel designers don't come to mind, but they ought to: Like these two Dutch architects managed to wedge nearly everything you'd need to live comfortably into a wood mechanism the size of a walk-in closet. » 9/30/14 4:44pm Tuesday 4:44pm

A Blueprint-Style Catalog of Man's Greatest Erections

Do you love architecture? Like, really, really love it? The Schematic of Structures is the latest poster by the chronic catalogers at Popchartlab, showing bitty, blueprint-esque icons of famous constructions from Stonehenge to the Burj Khalifa. Owning one and hanging it on your wall would be a great way to publicly… » 9/24/14 5:25pm 9/24/14 5:25pm

The Project to Let Anyone Download and Print Their Own House

If you could go online, select a home, print the plans for free, and build it yourself for less than $80,000 in a few days, would you? That's the dream behind WikiHouse, an open source home design project that just finished construction of its fourth prototype, a two-storey home that snaps together in just a few days. » 9/24/14 12:55pm 9/24/14 12:55pm

This Mysterious NYC Castle Was Actually America's First Cancer Hospital

On the southwest corner of Central Park West and 106th Street in New York City, there's an enormous castle. It takes up the whole east end of the block, with its red brick cylindrical turrets topped with gleaming silver cones. The stained glass windows and intricate stonework make the building look like something out… » 9/19/14 5:30pm 9/19/14 5:30pm

3D Printing Is Being Used to Restore a Frank Lloyd Wright Classic

The largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings in the world is at Florida Southern College. Depending on how you count, there are 7 to 12 buildings, the most distinctive of which is Annie Pfeiffer Chapel. Time has taken its toll on the chapel's one-of-a-kind concrete blocks, but it's the 21st century, and we… » 9/18/14 9:08pm 9/18/14 9:08pm

Shenzhen's Towering City Within a City Will Battle a Tide of Smog

A few years ago, you'd probably never heard of Shenzhen. Now the tiny Chinese fishing village has grown into a certified megalopolis, with 10 million residents, a thriving tech industry, and a gorgeous world-class airport. To cement its rising status in the world economy, Shenzhen has announced its most ambitious… » 9/18/14 11:55am 9/18/14 11:55am

7 Dead Shopping Malls That Found Surprising Second Lives

The American mall is a dead and dying creature, its demise chronicled in photos that fill up entire websites and books. Not all malls, however, have to end up so sad and empty. When the shoppers are gone, these are still colossal pieces of infrastructure that can be repurposed, as medical complexes and churches and… » 9/18/14 9:00am 9/18/14 9:00am

Architects Designed These Intricate Cat Shelters Because Cats

Cat folks know their precious furball deserves the very best, but feral kitties are often left to fend for themselves. So FixNation, a non-profit dedicated to spaying and neutering street felines, commissioned a group of LA-based architects to design custom outdoor accommodations for an event raising awareness—and… » 9/17/14 2:23pm 9/17/14 2:23pm

Amazon's Using the Heat From Its Data Centers To Warm Its New HQ

Downtown Seattle is being slowly consumed by Amazon-funded infrastructure, thanks to the expansion of its corporate headquarters—glass domes, bike lanes, streetcar improvements. Now the company has figured out an innovative way to heat their new buildings by using the energy generated by their data centers across the… » 9/16/14 8:10pm 9/16/14 8:10pm