This Glistening Steel Armadillo Now Occupies Downtown Paris

Relax, it's not a real armadillo. The hulking silver structure that now fills the inside of a city block in Paris is the new home to the Pathé Foundation. But this glisteningk, sinuous roofline sure makes it seem as though the structure's architects, the Renzo Piano Building Workshop, just dropped a huge creature in… » 6/09/14 4:41pm 6/09/14 4:41pm

6 Jaw-Dropping Superyachts Designed by Architects

Generally speaking, architects are brilliant and creative people with a wide range of talents. That sort of versatility is part of what makes them good architects in the first place. But let's be honest. Just because some people are good at a lot of things does not mean they're good at everything. Take yachts, for… » 1/03/14 9:30am 1/03/14 9:30am

Will Dallas Build a Giant Protective Shield For Its Death Ray Tower?

For the past two years, Dallas has been locked in a debate over a new class of buildings that have lovingly become known as architectural death rays. In Dallas's case, it's a shard of light reflected off a hastily-built condo tower that has killed plants and ruined art at the nearby Nasher Sculpture Center. » 11/14/13 12:40pm 11/14/13 12:40pm

A Dragonfly-Inspired Wind Turbine That's Designed For Your Backyard

As wind energy has expanded over the years, engineers have raced to build larger and larger turbines—designed to take advantage of as much wind as possible. But the architect Renzo Piano and an energy company in Italy are trying to make a smaller turbine—one that's suitable for the average yard. » 10/24/13 6:00pm 10/24/13 6:00pm