Architecture

’Death Ray’ Walkie Talkie is crowned Britain’s worst building

’Death Ray’ Walkie Talkie is crowned Britain’s worst building

Not many buildings can melt cars and blow people over, but London’s ‘Death Ray’ Walkie Talkie certainly can. The ‘deadly’ 160-meter office tower, officially known as 20 Fenchurch Street, just

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Off-grid Fig Tree Residence is a modern solar-powered home in Australia

Off-grid Fig Tree Residence is a modern solar-powered home in Australia

Jamison Architects completed a modern and totally energy self-sufficient home in Queensland, Australia. The solar-powered abode, known as the Bach House or as the Fig Tree Residence, is built around a

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Harvard students build a tiny 100% off-grid home powered by the sun

Harvard students build a tiny 100% off-grid home powered by the sun

Getaway, the Harvard student startup that lets you test-drive tiny living, recently unveiled Lorraine, the newest solar-powered cabin in their line of rentable tiny homes. Available for $99 a night, the

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Restoration of Alvar Aalto’s Viipuri library in Russia awarded 2014 Modernism Prize

Restoration of Alvar Aalto’s Viipuri library in Russia awarded 2014 Modernism Prize

The restoration of the library, executed in collaboration between Finnish and Russian institutions, was officially completed in 2013. The main emphasis of the project was on preserving the original

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World’s largest green roof unveiled in the heart of Silicon Valley

World’s largest green roof unveiled in the heart of Silicon Valley

Architect Rafael Viñoly and Olin Landscape Architects have unveiled designs for the world’s largest green roof—a 30-acre community park in the sky sandwiched between Apple’s Infinite Loop

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Stunning snowflake-shaped home in the UAE is 100% powered by the desert sun

Stunning snowflake-shaped home in the UAE is 100% powered by the desert sun

https://vimeo.com/137865687 The home has everything you’d expect from a vacation home - a full kitchen, living room, two bedrooms, and two bathrooms. The spacious kitchen features an indoor herb

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India’s 20 million LED streetlight retrofit will save $890 million each year

India’s 20 million LED streetlight retrofit will save $890 million each year

India’s government announced a major commitment to energy efficiency earlier this year when the Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme (DELP) was launched, which calls for 20 million lightbulbs in

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Register now for San Francisco’s 2015 Architecture and the City festival

Register now for San Francisco’s 2015 Architecture and the City festival

AIA SF's Architecture and the City Festival is bringing a great program of design events to San Francisco this September - sign up now before spots fill up!

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Adventure awaits at the charming Tye Haus A-frame Cabin in the woods

Adventure awaits at the charming Tye Haus A-frame Cabin in the woods

Need an escape from the city? Adventure and nature awaits you at the beautiful Tye Haus A-frame Cabin in the woods. Surrounded by some of the best hikes in the Pacific Northwest, the rentable AirBnB cabin

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California’s first farm-to-table community makes eating local easy

California’s first farm-to-table community makes eating local easy

For urbanites who like a little taste of the countryside at home, California's new farm-to-table community might be the ideal living space. The Cannery, soon to open in Davis, CA on the former site of the

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Kinetic “Cloud Seeding” pavilion creates shade with 30,000 tiny balls made of recycled plastic bottles

Kinetic “Cloud Seeding” pavilion creates shade with 30,000 tiny balls made of recycled plastic bottles

This lightweight pavilion may look like a simple canopy structure, but it's actually a fantastic kinetic environment that creates shade thanks to thousands of constantly rearranging tiny plastic balls

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NowLab’s daylit Haus JJ has its own emergency escape fireman’s pole

NowLab’s daylit Haus JJ has its own emergency escape fireman’s pole

The heart of the design is the spiral staircase directly illuminated by natural light thanks to a skylight above. Built on the 4th and 5th floors of an apartment building in Kreuzberg, Berlin, the

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Tiny ‘hut on wheels’ is the perfect vacation home to escape the concrete jungle

Tiny ‘hut on wheels’ is the perfect vacation home to escape the concrete jungle

Hristova describes her inspiration for this portable marvel, “Our limited budget as a young family kept the idea of buying a plot and building on it distant and impossible. And by doing so we were just

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Giant LEGO bricks snap together into life-size modular furniture

Giant LEGO bricks snap together into life-size modular furniture

Move over tiny, tedious LEGO—the giant building blocks of your childhood dreams have finally arrived. Arnon Rosan founded EverBlock, a modular system of large-scale LEGO-like bricks with raised lugs

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MAD Architects unveil futuristic Cloud Corridor skyscrapers for Los Angeles

MAD Architects unveil futuristic Cloud Corridor skyscrapers for Los Angeles

MAD Architects unveiled Cloud Corridor, a futuristic vertical village that brings nature back into the heart of Los Angeles. Created as part of the ongoing “Shelter: Rethinking How We Live in Los

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Greenbuild 2015 kicks off in Washington D.C. November 18th!

Greenbuild 2015 kicks off in Washington D.C. November 18th!

The excitement is already building, and this year’s Greenbuild taking place in Washington, D.C., November 18-20, is gearing up to be a Monumental Green event. Greenbuild offers a truly unique

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Macro Sea revamps 100-year-old factory as shabby chic student housing in Berlin’s hippest neighborhood

Macro Sea revamps 100-year-old factory as shabby chic student housing in Berlin’s hippest neighborhood

This lively student housing block that mixes traditional Bavarian design elements, Danish furniture and laidback atmosphere is nestled in a 100-year-old factory in Berlin. New York-based real estate and

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Solar-powered Josey Pavilion beats wicked hot Texas summers without air-conditioning

Solar-powered Josey Pavilion beats wicked hot Texas summers without air-conditioning

One of Texas’ most eco-friendly structures is nestled in an unassuming native prairie landscape near Decatur. Named the Betty and Clint Josey Pavilion, the self-sufficient building promotes sustainable

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Stunning Beach Avenue is an eco-friendly home in Australia

Stunning Beach Avenue is an eco-friendly home in Australia

Australian studio Schulberg Demkiw Architects completed Beach Avenue, an eco-friendly and spacious home that makes the most of its small 9-by-12-meter lot size in Melbourne, Australia. Despite Beach

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Wooden Flight House is a mountain home inspired by the prospect of escape

Wooden Flight House is a mountain home inspired by the prospect of escape

The two wings of the house offer very different experiences – in the main living space the large room has polished concrete floors that extend outside, while the bedroom wing rests on a piece of

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Modern Kenjo Cabin is a solar-powered floating room for a family in Sweden

Modern Kenjo Cabin is a solar-powered floating room for a family in Sweden

Limmared, Sweden-based prefab builder Kenjo offers up small prefab cabins designed for those needing more space than can be used as a guest house, relaxation space, office, studio or even a floating

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Nicolas Tye Architects Create A Modern and Eco-Friendly Studio On The Ruins Of An Old Barn

Nicolas Tye Architects Create A Modern and Eco-Friendly Studio On The Ruins Of An Old Barn

Nicolas Tye started his architecture firm in his private home, but soon he had more employees than he had space, so they needed to expand. Tye chose to keep the office on-site and to build a modern space

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Gorgeous Yingst Retreat Nestled in a Michigan Forest has a Sod-Roofed Sauna

Gorgeous Yingst Retreat Nestled in a Michigan Forest has a Sod-Roofed Sauna

Black outbuildings that act as truncated garages line the path leading to the main house defined by white masonry boxed in by two bookends of sorts. Inside, exposed timber columns lend a natural aesthetic

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Alaska’s whimsical Dr. Seuss House is an architectural marvel

Alaska’s whimsical Dr. Seuss House is an architectural marvel

This Willow, Alaska house is known as the Dr. Seuss house, for obvious reasons. Looking at the top, for example, one can see why it's considered to be one of the great architectural feats of

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This concrete dome home survived a wall of flames without a scorch mark

This concrete dome home survived a wall of flames without a scorch mark

In 1999, Washington state resident John Belles made a smart decision. Knowing that he lived in an area prone to wildfires, he built his home from concrete to reduce the risk of losing his house, should a

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This floating survival shelter rises above floods

This floating survival shelter rises above floods

The alarming rates of sea levels rise have inspired designers Zhou Ying and Niu Yuntao to create a floating emergency shelter that could save lives during floods and tsunamis. Instead of conventional

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Vo Trong Nghia Architects unveil plans for tree-topped FPT University campus in Ho Chi Minh City

Vo Trong Nghia Architects unveil plans for tree-topped FPT University campus in Ho Chi Minh City

Vo Trong Nghia Architects have stunned us again with the reveal of their latest design: a lush tree-topped FPT University campus building in Ho Chi Minh City. The verdant project, which appears to grow a

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Adorable Wild Thing Cabin is perched in the middle of a rewilding Latvian meadow

Adorable Wild Thing Cabin is perched in the middle of a rewilding Latvian meadow

Like to just sit and contemplate nature? Then the Wild Thing cabin perched above a “rewilding” Latvian meadow is the perfect spot for you!

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Tornado-Resistant Phoenix Solar House Rises From the Ashes After Natural Disasters

Tornado-Resistant Phoenix Solar House Rises From the Ashes After Natural Disasters

The team includes students from three neighboring universities: the University of Louisville, Ball State University, and the University of Kentucky. Each of the universities provided a special kind of

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Paris “coolhouse” brings down city temperatures by reflecting sunlight back into space

Paris “coolhouse” brings down city temperatures by reflecting sunlight back into space

This summer, a series of demonstrations in Paris have launched to show how to use “photonic membranes” to cool large areas of land, buildings, and, conceivably, entire cities. Designers from the

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