Watch a 70-Year-Old Prefab House Unpacked and Rebuilt Over 48 Hours

When French architect Jean Prouvé—the grandaddy of prefab—built his prototype homes in the 1930s and 40s, he intended them to become affordable solutions to Europe's housing crisis. He'd be pretty surprised to learn that one of these "affordable" homes is now on sale for $2.5 million. » 12/09/13 1:20pm 12/09/13 1:20pm

Can China Really Build the World's Tallest Building in 90 Days?

The race to build the world’s tallest building has taken on an urgent tone these past few years. Like the mountaineers of the 1930s, or the astronauts of the 1960s, the developers struggling to out-build each other are also struggling to articulate something deeper—something that smacks of national (or maybe… » 5/30/13 1:12pm 5/30/13 1:12pm

Huge Erections: What’s Driving The Rise Of Super Towers?

Is it just us or are towers getting taller and taller these days? Broad Group, a Chinese developer, recently announced plans to scale up its prefabricated building technology to unparalleled proportions. The proposed Sky City outside Changsha will be the tallest on earth at 838 m or 2,749 ft, just barely inching past… » 5/24/13 3:40pm 5/24/13 3:40pm