Why the White House Is Spending Millions to Promote Wood Skyscrapers

The Department of Agriculture doesn't usually meddle in architecture, but this week at an event at the White House, it announced an unusual project: A $1 million competition for high-rise buildings built out of wood—and another million that will go to educating architects about it. » 3/21/14 2:00pm 3/21/14 2:00pm

Watch a Teensy Micro-Apartment Transform Into a Five Room Suite

The 43-story De Rotterdam is Europe's largest building. Inside, however, it's a study in how to live inside a small space: The behemoth's tiniest unit is only 645 square feet, yet because it's kitted out with incredible transforming furniture, it functions like a five room apartment. » 3/03/14 2:00pm 3/03/14 2:00pm

The Brutally Beautiful Wastelands of Outer Moscow

The seam where a city meets the country is an uncanny place. It's not rural, yet not exactly urban, either, a non-place often full of half-finished streets and isolated developments. Most of us only see these environments through the windows of our cars, but photographer Alexander Gronsky has spent the last four years… » 1/29/14 4:50pm 1/29/14 4:50pm

Skyscraper Candles Let You Safely Set the World on Fire

"I like watching these buildings burn," says Jing Jing Naihan Li, a young Beijing architect. That would normally come off as ominous, but in this case, it's awesome: Naihan makes candles that are modeled after the tallest buildings in the world. Because, after all, aren't skyscrapers just the candles on the… » 12/30/13 5:30pm 12/30/13 5:30pm

NYC's Next Super-Skinny Supertall Probably Won't Melt Your Car

Proving that all press is good press when it comes to real estate, Rafael Viñoly—the architect behind two recent death-ray skyscrapers—revealed plans for a new skyscraper in Lower Manhattan today. It'll be his second tall building in NYC, and like the first, this one is conspicuously free of curved surfaces. » 12/10/13 3:40pm 12/10/13 3:40pm

Elaborate Chinese Real Estate Scam Traps Owners in Illegal Apartments

Here in New York, shady brokers have long been known to sell the same apartment to multiple gullible buyers. In China, however, real estate scammers have gone to the next level: Buyers are being “taken hostage” by developers who fail to mention that the apartments they’re selling are totally illegal. » 11/04/13 1:00pm 11/04/13 1:00pm

The UN Is Building an Emergency Back-Up Tower Next to Its Headquarters

As the United Nations wrapped up its 68th General Assembly last week, a major piece of news nearly slipped under the radar: Designs for the UN Consolidation Tower, a 36-story building that will flank the headquarters like an eager little brother, housing almost 3,000 employees. But besides offering much-needed… » 10/01/13 3:14pm 10/01/13 3:14pm

These Stomach-Churning Images Were Shot From the Edges of Skyscrapers

Remember the young Russian photographers who illegally climbed the Great Pyramid of Giza a few months back? They're back, fresh off a month-long Eurotrip which took them to the Cologne Cathedral, Gaudi's Sagrada Familia, and at least one police station. And the photos they brought back will make your palms sweat. » 9/12/13 10:35am 9/12/13 10:35am