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These Scottish islands may hold the secret to happiness

Scotland's Outer Hebrides can be rainy, remote and cold – yet their inhabitants rank as the happiest people in the UK. What is their secret?<p>It was nearing midnight and the sky still remained light. The only hint of sunset visible from the kitchen window was a pink smudge above the Minch, the …

agustin lozada blends concrete and glass for pair of low-cost housing units in argentina

apr 22, 2018<p>to learn more about the firm, designboom spoke with its founding partners who discussed their creative approach and some of the major …

Proposed 80-story wooden skyscraper may be a preview of tall timber future

A project proposal in Chicago shows the continued fascination, and investment, in a new generation of wood towers<p>In a city lined with pathbreaking towers and skyscrapers, the River Beech project, if it comes to fruition, may earn its own chapter in the history of Chicago architectural marvels. …

Architecture

How five great leaders dealt with crisis, and what we can learn from them

In the early 2000s, Nancy Koehn was socked with one personal blow after the next within a three-year period: Her father dropped dead suddenly. Her husband walked out and a terrible divorce ensued. And she was diagnosed with breast cancer.<p>As these “big hunky blocks” of her life were falling around …

Breast Cancer

Ichijoji House

Kyoto Prefecture, Japan<p>A deliberate balance between modernity and tradition creates this unique and textured retreat in the suburbs of Kyoto.<p>Osaka based design studio, atelier Luke, collaborated closely with craftspeople in Kyoto, Osaka and Nagano to apply traditional finishes and techniques to the …

The incredible architectural secrets of Steve Jobs Theater

Steve Jobs Theater is empty.<p>Hours earlier, the massive lobby, demo area (or foyer) space below, and theater were humming with Apple employees, media, …

'new home' habitat proposes an easy-to-construct living solution for mars

<b>‘new home’ is a proposal for a martian habitat, designed by marek podlaha and antónia pohanková, that uses a prefabricated spaceship, transported</b> …

Elon Musk shares first full-body photo of SpaceX’s spacesuit

Elon Musk has shared a photo of the SpaceX spacesuit the company has designed in-house. This is the second photo shared by Musk of the new spacesuit design created by the company, and the first to feature the suit’s full-body look.<p>The first photo focused on the head and shoulders of the outfit, …

An army of robots planned, designed, and built this 3-story house from the ground up

This 3D printed construction is on an entirely new level of automation.<p>The DFAB House in Zurich is designed and built entirely by an army of robots …

Bamboo Sports Hall at Panyaden International School

Chiangmai Life Architect’s Bamboo Sports Hall for Panyaden International School combines modern organic design, 21st century engineering and a natural material – bamboo. The design was based on the lotus flower as Panyaden International School is in Thailand and uses Buddhist teachings to infuse …

These Are the 12 Most Iconic Chairs of All Time | GQ

Learn the stories behind these museum-worthy designs that will transform your living space.<p>A chair embodies a lot in one small package: engineering, materiality, practicality, and, most of all, imagination. You can love a sofa, a bed, or a table, but they don't pull at the heartstrings the way a …

Furniture

These gorgeous glass homes can pop up in 8 hours for under $70k

1/16<p>OOD tiny house<p>Meet ÖÖD, a gorgeous prefab abode that doesn’t compromise privacy for stellar views. Clad in mirrored glass, this sleek tiny home …

Off-grid

The 15 best business books of all time

We've gone through our existing "best-of" lists and others to determine which business histories and management and investing guides have been most critically acclaimed.<p>We stayed away from academic books and biographies, and by limiting ourselves to just 15 titles, the final list is not …

Denmark may soon have its own remotely located tall tower in new mixed-use HQ, designed by Dorte Mandrup

Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter was appointed as advisor and architect for the new mixed-use headquarters of fashion company Bestseller in Brande, Denmark. …

200+ Posters From the Golden Age of Graphic Design Are Now Free to Download

Today, more and more cultural institutions have started to offer free art resources to the public through online archives. From high-quality reproductions of antique photographs to museum-approved art books, these complimentary materials promote and exhibit the endless possibilities of Internet …

Lily Kwong Used 13,000 Flowers to Transform New York’s High Line Into a Hanging Garden of Delights

On any given evening in New York City, there are hundreds—maybe thousands?—of events. While many are entertaining, few have the power to truly mesmerize. But on Wednesday night, in the Chelsea Market Passage of the city’s High Line, St-Germain and model-turned-landscape designer and creative …

United Nations

Modern Family Living in Tokyo: A Budget New Build by Takatina

Architect Takaaki Kawabata and designer Christina Kawabata, the husband-and-wife-team behind the firm Takatina, are modern pioneers: They live with …

Architecture

Are Kengo Kuma's buildings futuristic or natural?

Japanese architect Kengo Kuma's designs explore the relationship between nature and architecture.

Hidden Stone House in San Juan Island

La Pierre, French name for “the stone” is a design house in San Juan, United States, conceived by Olson Kundig. The concept was to integrate this …

tezuka architects' circular building is both a kindergarten and chapel

<b>in japan, tezuka architects designed a duo-purpose building that serves both as a chapel and a kindergarten at the same time.</b> the unlikely pairing of …

Vancouver is an extroverted city

Vancouver, British Columbia, offers a dramatic natural setting, but as Omer Arbel shows us, there’s more to the city of glass than an immaculate reflection.<p>In some cities, the urban jungle of steel and concrete suffocates all flora and fauna, except for the mightiest of weeds and pigeons. In …

Continuous Flow: 8 Projects Designed Around a Ribbon Parti

A parti gives architecture definition. Derived from the French <i>prendre parti</i> meaning “to make a decision,” a parti can become the guiding principle with which to structure space. Through analysis and playful creation, architects organize the constraints and opportunities of a given site and program …

Martha’s Vineyard modern home is all glass walls and ocean views

Ahh...<p>Tasked with designing a retreat on the scenic Martha’s Vineyard, off the coast of Cape Cod, the architects at Connecticut’s Gray Organschi Architecture and New York’s Schiller Projects looked to the landscape for guidance. The site, gently sloped, was surrounded by farmland and ocean views. …

Architecture

One Young Architect's Unimaginable Meeting with I. M. Pei

As I. M. Pei—creator of the famous pyramid at the Louvre museum—turns 100, architect David Konwiser recounts his fascinating encounter with the living legend<p>Imagine being a young architect, close to finishing your first solo project. Only it’s no standard building, and in no ordinary location. It’s …

Architecture

The Lowly Folding Chair, Reimagined With Algorithms

At a glance, the Swish resembles nothing more than a fancy folding chair—a glamorous, indoor version of a canvas camping stool. See it in motion, …

Green Prefab in Uruguay Redefines Boundaries with Minimalist Approach

Moving from one home to another can be an emotional affair at times as you leave behind memories of those good times in and around your house. But …

Greenery-filled concrete house keeps owners naturally cool

Binh House has a total floorspace of 233 sq m (2,507 sq ft), spread over three floors, and a carefully-planned interior layout designed to allow each …

MUJI to sell eagerly awaited $27k minimalist tiny homes this fall

If you’ve ever walked into a MUJI store and wished you could spend the night, here’s the next best thing. The minimalist Japanese home goods store …

Noe Valley House / IwamotoScott Architecture

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> This new four level house on a steep street in San Francisco’s Noe Valley neighborhood is designed to …