The tallest buildings on each continent throughout history, visualized

I love these fantastic charts from Halcyon Maps that show which skyscrapers or churches or temples or mounds of dirt or other structures that have been the tallest buildings on each continent throughout history. You can see the ridiculous skyscraper arms race that develop in each area over the years and see what… » 3/18/15 9:26pm 3/18/15 9:26pm

John Oliver Reminds Us That America's Bridges Are Shit, and No One Cares

America's cities haven't devolved into a post-apocalyptic hellscape yet, but they do seem to be teetering on the brink of literal collapse. And no one in Congress seems to care enough to do a damn thing anything about it. » 3/02/15 10:55am 3/02/15 10:55am

Google's Crazy New Campus Will Be Covered In Giant Canopied Domes

Apple is building a spaceship. Nvidia will work inside alien polygons. Amazon has its orbs. Soon, Google might have an crazy new headquarters of its own: A series of giant, transparent canopied buildings filled with open spaces for Googlers to congregate. » 2/27/15 2:00pm 2/27/15 2:00pm

Who Needs a Weatherman? These Buildings Tell You the Forecast 

It has never been easier to get updates on the weather. If you have a smartphone, a few taps will pull up forecasts quicker than you can say "colder than a witch's tit" three times fast. Technology! But there's a much older, low-tech option for figuring out whether to bust out the umbrella, and it's still on display… » 1/07/15 9:01am 1/07/15 9:01am

Worst Demolition Team Screws Up Same Explosion Twice

How hard can it be to blow up a building? My childhood experience with knocking over waist-high towers of cardboard blocks leads me to say "not hard," but this botched job by a demolition team in Sevastopol suggests otherwise. I mean, come on guys. » 12/26/14 12:00pm 12/26/14 12:00pm

Good night, Toronto

Canada. Hockey. Poutine. Maple Syrup. All such truly wonderful things! Also wonderful? Toronto. Here's a hyperlapse from Ryan Emond that shows the sparkling skyline of the lovely city to our north. » 12/13/14 1:21am 12/13/14 1:21am

Good night, London

It's a little weird to say this but I've mostly ignored London as a city to visit. Even though it's been years since I've last been and even though I enjoyed my time there, I never think about it when I get bitten by the travel bug. And I don't have a legitimate reason why not! Maybe I should go again. » 12/12/14 2:13am 12/12/14 2:13am

10 Bizarre Buildings and Their Fascinating Histories

Iconic buildings such as the Flatiron Building and the Empire State Building are revered for their historical and cultural significance. However, few people are aware of the equally important structures scattered around the world—structures that have survived time, nature, and the wrecking ball. » 12/09/14 9:00am 12/09/14 9:00am

How the Buildings We Work in Affect Our Moods

Anything that changes how we feel emotionally can have an impact on our physical health too, according to the science of psychoneuroimmunology. » 12/01/14 5:15am 12/01/14 5:15am

Future Elevators Will Use Maglev to Go Up, Down—and Sideways

Is only going up in the elevator getting you down? Not for much longer: ThyssenKrupp, the German steel and engineering company, has announced that it's building the next generation of elevators that will use magnetic levitation to travel up, down and side-to-side at speed in the buildings of the future. » 11/28/14 8:00am 11/28/14 8:00am

Titanic 8-foot-high Lego Guardian building took 22 months to build

Seeing a photo of this model was one of those rare times when I double take a Lego build to make sure that it isn't actually just a picture of the real thing. Jim Garrett has built a massive 8 foot model of the Guardian Building in Detroit and it is truly impressive. » 11/21/14 3:37pm 11/21/14 3:37pm

The latest Lego modular building feels like a perfect piece of old NYC

Each year Lego puts out an exclusive modular building and they are always pretty special. In January of 2015, Detective's Office (10246) hits the shelves. Pricing is set at $159.99 for this 2,262 piece kit that measures over 10" high and is packed full of awesome play and gorgeous design. » 11/21/14 10:11am 11/21/14 10:11am

How New York City's Skyline Will Look in 2018

The supertall boom in New York City is happening. Although we've seen a few different visualizations of how this might look, here's a series of brand-new images that puts the changing skyline in perspective, with two dozen proposed or under-construction supertalls that will irrevocably change the New York City skyline… » 11/17/14 2:13pm 11/17/14 2:13pm

How Fast the Elevators in the World’s Tallest Buildings Go

When you're building supertalls, there are other problems to worry about than just making sure they don't fall or blow over. One of the biggest is how to get people up to the top in a reasonable amount of time. If you've got a slow elevator the 125th floor might as well not exist. » 11/06/14 5:41pm 11/06/14 5:41pm

How the Bugs In Our Buildings Could Actually Make Us Healthier

University of Oregon researchers Jessica Green and G Z 'Charlie' Brown call it the Pickle Box. This former walk-in storage unit for pickles, remodelled into an enclosed climate chamber, is helping scientists understand how people shed their own 'microbial cloud' in a built environment. » 11/06/14 8:15am 11/06/14 8:15am

In New Book, Architecture Photography Is More Than Pretty Buildings

When Nicephore Niepce created the first ever photograph of the world in 1826, he chose to point his camera at a building. Architecture has been an iconic subject of photography from the very beginning, and Phaidon's new book, Shooting Space, surveys how artists new and established are looking at man-made structures. » 11/04/14 4:54pm 11/04/14 4:54pm

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

Neat video illustrates how much Shanghai has changed over the years

New 2015 Lego Architecture sets: Lincoln Memorial and Flatiron building

There are two new sets joining the Architecture line for 2015: A cute reproduction of the massive Lincoln Memorial in Washington, and the famous Flatiron building in New York. We got photos of both. » 10/09/14 4:27pm 10/09/14 4:27pm

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… » 9/19/14 5:30pm 9/19/14 5:30pm