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Cities Are for Rich People Now and Wooing Amazon Only Makes It Worse

Local officials across America are trying to attract the mega-corporation's new headquarters. That is not going to help your rent.<p>If there are two facts of life in the modern American city, they are that rent will be too damn high, and that attracting investment from a mega corporation will seem to …

Housing

The future of design: AR will be bigger than the internet

Soon, a new era of experimental design and design thinking will be upon us. We’ll have entirely augmented experiences everywhere we walk, and voice …

UX Design

Tesla Solar Roof Owner Reveals the Cost and Surprising Savings in New Video

Tri Huynh is impressed.<p>One of the first owners of a Tesla Solar Roof says he’s “amazed” by the product, revealing the surprising usage statistics …

Tesla

Sebastian Maluska's pop-up rooftop tent converts any car into a camper

As a student of the renowned art and design univeristy ECAL, designer Sebastian Maluska has come up with some seriously innovative designs, and his …

Incorporated

Confluence Park's new solar-powered pavilions collect rainwater and provide shade from the summer sun

San Antonio’s idyllic Confluence Park just became a little greener and more scenic, thanks to a collaboration between firms Lake Flato and Matsys …

Michael Maltzan's Crest Apartments provide housing for southern California's homeless

American studio Michael Maltzan Architecture has completed a bright white residential complex in the Los Angeles area, which contains over 60 studio …

Architecture

Robert Roth Paints How The Light Gets In

Ohio-based artist Robert Roth paints the vastness of the sky and the power of the sun, capturing the horizon as blue melts into shades of bright …

Rolling wildflower roof covers Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners-designed Scottish distillery

Undulations in the green roof of the Macallan Distillery by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners hint at the bulbous whisky stills situated below.<p>Cut into …

Fender's excellent desktop app for learning to play songs is now free

Fender’s $35 Riffstation desktop app, which helps you break down songs to learn its chords and riffs at your own pace, is now available for free on macOS and Windows.<p>Fire it up, open an MP3 or CD track, and Riffstation will break it down to show you the chords for the entire song. You can also slow …

Bjarke Ingels joins WeWork as Chief Architect

Global co-working company WeWork has appointed Danish architect and BIG Founder Bjarke Ingels as Chief Architect of the firm, the announcement come …

Google’s Project Fi is the best cellphone plan you’re not using

Google has a solution for everyone who is tired of seeing astronomical cell phone bills at the end of each month. Launched in 2015, Project Fi is an …

Will Carbon Fiber Revolutionize Architecture as Steel Did in the 19th Century?

<i>This article was originally published by Autodesk's Redshift publication as "Could Carbon Fiber Be the Superhero of Building Materials?"</i><p>On any …

London 🇬🇧: Lumiere festival City in different light

True North / EC3

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> True North is a development comprised of nine rental units and shared community gardens, located …

Framing

Forget Treason. Money Laundering Is Serious.

Trump watchers have been treated to a world-class cage match over the last couple of days between President Donald Trump and one of his political svengalis, Steve Bannon.<p>Lots of attention has been lavished on Bannon's charge, leveled in a new book by the journalist Michael Wolff, that Trump's son, …

Donald Trump

Pittsburgh's Microgrids Technology Could Lead The Way For Green Energy

When President Donald Trump announced the U.S. would withdraw from the Paris climate accord, he said he represented "Pittsburgh, not Paris."<p>Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto disagreed. He traveled to Germany this week as part of an unofficial delegation of more than 100 Americans, American officials and …

Green Energy

The Fever-Dream Urgency of Zanele Muholi’s Self-Portraits in “Somnyama Ngonyama”

Looking at the astonishing pictures in Zanele Muholi’s recent series, “Somnyama Ngonyama” (which means “Hail the Dark Lioness” in Zulu), it’s tempting to start mentally sketching an art-family tree. One branch might include other women who’ve excelled at photographic self-portraiture, from the …

Art

Vertical farm start-up Plenty raises $200m

<b>Plenty, a San Francisco vertical farming start-up, has raised $200m (£154m) from big-name investors that include Japanese media giant SoftBank, Alphabet's Eric Schmidt and Amazon boss Jeff Bezos.</b><p>Plenty said it would use the money to expand in the US and abroad.<p>The firm, founded in 2013, has an …

Aquaponics

MVRDV rocks the block with Jenga-like Sax towers

The winning entry in an architectural competition, The Sax will rise between Rotterdam's New Luxor Theater and Boston and Seattle residential …

Architecture and the Human Scale: The Best Photos of The Week

The incorporation of the human figure is one of the most effective tools employed in architectural photography: it helps the viewer decipher the …

China just built a solar power array that looks like a panda

It’s the first of many planned panda power plants meant to get kids interested in green energy.<p>A Chinese solar power company has just completed the first phase of an ingenious PR stunt: building a 100MW solar power plant in the shape of a panda bear.<p>According to a release from the company, Panda …

Renewable Energy

10 innovative homes built on extremely tight budgets

Following the UK launch of an affordable micro home that takes less than a day to build, here's a look at 10 properties from around the world that …

This mixed reality room is so trippy it might leave you questioning reality

THÉORIZ studio is bringing an empty room to life with motion tracking and augmented reality. Projections in the room change as you interact with …

Japanese skinny house reaches skyward

The narrow home in Kobe measures just 8 feet wide<p>Like Vietnam’s many skinny houses, this 2.5-meter-wide (that’s approximately 8 feet) house in Kobe, Japan, takes advantage of its narrow site and reaches skyward to maximize livable space—and light.<p>Japanese studio FujiwaraMuro Architects designed the …

Prefab 'Kiss House,' designed to passive house standards, is taking orders

The award-winning design arrives flatpack<p>Kiss houses, a new prefab offering on the scene stands out with a few things: passive house certification, larger sizes (it’s offered in two-, three-, four-bedroom models), and a design that once won the honor of being the “Best House in the U.K. (up to …

Practical Architect Uses Design/Build Skills to Erect Beautiful Family Home for $180,000 Less Than Quoted Price

Zui Ng's "Chameleon Shotgun House"<p>This is well worth the watch. Houston-based architect Zui Ng used a host of brilliant principles, intelligent …

Design

WoodSwimmer: A New Stop-Motion Short Made Entirely by Tediously Cutting Through Wood | Colossal

<p>WoodSwimmer is a new short film by engineer and stop-motion animator Brett Foxwell, who has built armatures for films such as <i>Boxtrolls</i> and <i>Star Wars:</i> …

Three-Dimensional Landscapes Formed with Layered Acrylic Photographs by Nobuhiro Nakanishi | Colossal

<p>Japanese artist Nobuhiro Nakanishi creates sculptural works that attempt to preserve a singular moment in the natural world, capturing deeply …

33,000sqft Coworking Offices in Hong Kong

The rise of coworking offices and independent entrepreneurs are a thing of a near future. A style of work that is surrounded by a shared environment …

5 Traditional Homes with Super-Modern Additions

When you're adding on to an older home, you have two options: you can match the architecture of the addition to the existing house, or, if you're …

Floods