It may be the middle of summer, but you’d never know from looking around offices, where, on the hottest days of the year, it’s not uncommon to see workers wrapped up in sweaters at their desks. As temperatures outside rise, most corporate office buildings become hermetically sealed, air-conditioned ice cubes, forcing workers everywhere to grab a Snuggie. In a study of government office buildings, for instance, 60% of workers complained of thermal stress—that they’re too hot or too cold in their workplace. Why can’t we manage to keep offices at a comfortable temperature?
Most garages are terrible but necessary (for now) sores on the urban landscape. But why do they have to only do one thing?
From hedonic reversal to fear of boredom, these psychological concepts offer insight into why that dilapidated warehouse is so appealing.
Like a lot of cities that want to encourage more people to bike, the town of Drammer, Norway, had a parking problem: There just weren’t enough bike racks to go around. So the city built a “bike hotel.”
One suggestion is to turn the Amazonian stadium into a giant jail. But two architects have a more positive idea: Why not convert part of the old stadiums into much-needed housing?
True love is no match for a starchitect’s labyrinth. Yesterday, two lovebirds got engaged in the middle of Bjarke Ingels Group’s giant wooden maze inside the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. The couple, identified by the National Building Museum as Erin O’Connor and Peter Dwyer, went to the museum on their first date.
The whole heartwarming event was filmed from a balcony:
This tree house designed like an Apple store is surprisingly affordable.
Urban sprawl is the type of thing you tend to forget about if you’re living in it, except maybe when you’re stuck in traffic inching home after work. But it does a lot more than cause road rage: Sprawl also makes us fatter, sicker, and poorer, and it’s the source of half of the country’s household carbon footprint. In a series of photos taken over seven years, now published in a new book called Ciphers, photographer Christoph Gielen shows a different perspective on sprawl, intended to get more people to question typical patterns of development.
And why architects need to do more to ensure women’s reproductive rights
The SCOTUS ruling serves yet another blow to those hoping to provide safe and accessible reproductive health services to women. While other building types have benefited from the expertise of architects when addressing public safety issues—think, for instance, of the architectural interventions around safety, wayfinding, and crowd control at hospitals, federal buildings, courthouses, and stadiums—reproductive health care clinics rarely see that kind of design support. Clinics are left to fend for themselves and, as a result, are forced to create ad hoc buffer zones where architectural and legislative options have failed to deliver.
Visit the campus of health care software provider Epic Systems and you’re as likely to run into a cow or an alfalfa farmer as you are a conference room.
While companies such as Twitter and Facebook consume ever-larger offices in San Francisco and the Valley, at one major software firm, you’ll find its employees in a completely opposite setting: a bucolic farm.
“We have designed cities to make people ill.”
"We are all suffering from the bad design in the world," Thomas Fisher, an architecture professor and dean of the University of Minnesota’s design college, declared at a panel at the American Institute of Architects convention in Chicago yesterday. Fisher was part of a discussion on the link between public health and architecture with Heather R. Britt and Jess Roberts of Allina Health, a Minnesota-based not-for-profit health care system.