One industry at a time, from health care to music, small companies are transforming how we discover and contract with professionals. Now Architizer is getting into the game. The site, best known for featuring architects’ portfolios, is betting that it can attract real estate developers and private owners with ground-up projects and match those buyers with its community of design talent.
Wasteful, or criminally wasteful? We rank the World Cup stadiums from worst to tolerable.
Architect Axel de Stampa creates buildings as you’ve never seen them before.
China is running out of room for its growing urban population. This amazing design—an entire prefab city that floats on water—could magically create more space.
Impulse buys traffic in the feeling of being alluring. They are eye-catching, often tiny, and generally nonessential—though they pretend to be essential. So when tasked by Areaware with creating an “impulse buy,” Carlos Ng took these qualities into consideration and came up with a sleek, colorful “architect’s tool set.” His was the winning design.
The magnetic tools, which include rulers and protractors in bright green, sky blue, and varieties of orange, are puzzle-like pieces that can be taken apart and reassembled to create new tools. For example, you can turn the protractor into a full-circle shape instead of its usual semicircular design, and you can extend or shorten the rulers.
When building a house on land as beautiful as that found in Blue Mounds, Wisconsin, you run the risk of ruining an untouched terrain. Here, Johnsen Schmaling Architects created a house that instead echoes the rolling hills and carved valleys of a landscape known as the “driftless region.” The Topo house is so considerate of the surrounding landscape that it seems to become part of the topography. And it’s unique design has earned it a Residential Architect Design Award.
U.S. cities are establishing innovation districts to foster entrepreneurship. They should take note of Boston’s new District Hall.
Canada, with the top three cities on the list, is apparently a pretty resilient place to live.
In the 19th century, Empire Stores was a busy row of warehouses used to store and ship coffee. Abandoned in the 1950s, now architect Jay Valgora is transforming the area into a thriving retail and business center to attract innovative talent.
The Escape Cabin is a tiny house on wheels. It can be set up in hours, and with a full-sized tub, fridge, and king bed, it’s making portable homes places you want to live.
There are hip workplaces, high-tech workplaces, and old-school buttoned down workplaces. Then there’s funnyordie new headquarters, which can only be described as funhouse chic.
From a net-zero energy historic courthouse in Colorado to a homeless center in Oregon filled with green space, these days, the best sustainable architecture goes far beyond a few rooftop solar panels.
These houses, which can be plopped down nearly anywhere—on roofs, in deserts, on riverbanks—offer stylish alternatives to mobile homes for the contemporary nomad. Some can be built up in the course of a day, then broken down again, like giant Legos. And, as we all know by now, such homes are far more eco-friendly than resource-guzzling McMansions.
How’s this for being prepared? If water levels rise too much, this waterproof building design could actually float in the ocean.
Barton F. Graf 9000’s deadpan spoof of The Barbarian Group offers a peek into two distinct agency cultures. Watch>