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Some U.S. States Relax Restrictions On Cladding Suspected In Grenfell Tower Fire

The type of siding or "cladding" used on the Grenfell Tower in London — and suspected of feeding the massive fire that killed dozens of residents — is not allowed on the exterior of tall buildings across most of the U.S.<p>But a few states and the District of Columbia have relaxed building codes in …

Construction

AA Design & Make students test the limits of timber in tensile woodland canopy

A sculptural, tensile timber canopy has been constructed in Dorset woodland by five students from the Architectural Association as part of the …

Construction

Life in the City: Michael Wolf’s Major Retrospective at Les Rencontres d’Arles 2017

The phrase “street photography” comes loaded with meaning, expectations and, in many ways, limitations. Whether it’s the decisive moment, the magic of light or the importance placed on happenstance, the genre has a rich and celebrated history—but also find itself a bit foreclosed in its capacity …

Art

Beautifully restored British Bauhaus home asks $732K

It was built in 1935 and designed by Oliver Hill<p><i>Have a nomination for a jaw-dropping listing that would make a mighty fine House of the Day? Get thee to the</i> <i>tipline</i> <i>and send us your suggestions. We'd love to see what you've got.</i><p><b>Location:</b> Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, England<p><b>Price:</b> £575,000 ($732,000)<p>This …

Architecture

Architecture critic gets behind retro movement, says Shea Stadium went from 'toilet' to 'great' | Architecture

If you love design, then chances are you're already familiar with the hit podcast <i>99% Invisible</i> by Radiotopia founder Roman Mars. The show is about …

Texas

Harvard HouseZero - A Retrofit Response to Climate Change

As part of a global, interdisciplinary effort to tackle climate change, architects are devoting resources towards optimizing the energy efficiency of …

House Envy: This once run-down Craftsman, a block from Piedmont Park, was lovingly restored

Built in 1925, this cottage gained a second floor—and 2,000 square feet of additional living space<p>When Jonathan Rich spotted the run-down …

Lightweight prefab wood framing system goes together without nails

We do go on about how we love wood construction; it is the only building material that sequesters carbon for the life of the building. These days, …

3 Frank Lloyd Wright Usonia community homes you can buy right now

The 100-acre enclave is located in Pleasantville, New York<p>With what would have been Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th birthday just around the corner, we’ve rounded up three homes that are currently up for sale in the Usonia community in Pleasantville, New York.<p>Though these homes were not designed by …

Architecture

Ruyton Girls School - Margaret McRae Building

With a focus on collaboration and individuality, the building provides students with technology-rich, interactive spaces. These include a mix of formal and informal learning spaces - a dedicated base for year 7 and 8 girls, science, drama and event facilities. The spaces are based on the concepts …

The Lord Of The Rings’ Weapons Designer Invented This Cool New Material

From Viggo Mortensen’s chainmail to architectural facades.<p>On the set of <i>The Lord of the Rings</i>, actor Viggo Mortensen had a nickname for the chainmail he and his costars wore: Kaynemail.<p>It was a reference to Kayne Horsham, the film’s creature, armor, and weapons art director. Though you might only …

Park Slope's historic Tracy Mansion is reborn as seven pricey condos

The 50-foot-wide mansion, built in 1912, has been revamped into apartments<p>Back in 2013, one of Park Slope’s grandest properties—the Tracy Mansion, a century-old spread located on Eighth Avenue between Carroll and President streets—sold for $9.5 million. That wasn’t so grand, considering the …

Eames Lounge Chair Porn

An unapologetic look at how the classic Eames lounge chair has been featured in Dwell over the years.<p>The Eames lounge chair is the definition of iconic. Everybody wants one. I want two. One to sit in while I look at the other. Below you'll find a plethora of photographs showcasing the chair in all …

Furniture

ISA creates hybrid housing complex for gentrifying neighbourhood in Philadelphia

The massing for this residential development by US architecture firm ISA was driven by its varied types of living units, from apartments and duplexes …

19th-century Tribeca loft with a contemporary renovation seeks $3.7M

But some of its original details, including the ceilings and windows, remain<p>It’ll likely come as no surprise that this modern Tribeca loft, which just hit the market asking $3.7 million, is the home of two design bigwigs. The sellers are RAAD Studio’s James Ramsey (also known as one of the …

Snøhetta’s ready-made cabin can fit into any landscape

If you’ve ever dreamed of owning a Snøhetta-designed home, this may be the opportunity you’ve been looking for. The renowned Norwegian design firm …

Reinventing the Japanese home

An exhibition in London traces the reinvention of the traditional Japanese home after World War Two.

Amazing images of the world's greatest cities before they were cities

Like all living things, cities have lifespans.<p>Some, like Paris, are ancient — over 2,000 years old. Others are adolescent in comparison.<p>Here are the maps, paintings, and old-time photographs that show the journeys of our greatest cities.<p><i>Drake Baer contributed to an earlier version of this story.</i>

Cities

What Are the Most Popular Architecture Websites in the World?

At a time when so much of what we do happens online, there is a lot we can learn from tracking the way we use the web. Alexa is an Amazon company …

Renovated 1920s house is an ode to windows—and plywood

The home was transformed into a light-filled beauty<p>It might surprise some to learn that natural light plays a leading role in the creation of an open, airy living space.<p>But to Boston-based firm NADAAA, the importance of light is a given. When overhauling this 1920s brick house in Washington D.C., …

Public Architecture Is Having a Renaissance

Starchitects, including Bjarke Ingels, Rafael Viñoly, and Annabelle Selldorf, are changing the municipal landscape of New York City—and the world is taking note<p>It is a well-known, if unfortunate, fact of urban life that municipal buildings often fail to live up to the high-minded ideals of their …

This Boston-Edison home includes Detroit Tigers history

Just in time for Opening Day (next week!!!), we have a listing steeped in Tigers history. This Boston-Edison mansion was built in 1906 and from 1910-35, owned by Frank Navin, owner of the Detroit Tigers from 1908-35 and namesake of Navin Field. We can just imagine the conversations that took place …

New York City’s 20 oldest buildings, mapped - Curbed NY

For centuries, the one hallmark of New York City has been constant change. Even back in 1839, ex-mayor Philip Hone lamented that "the spirit of pulling down and building up" had gripped the city. "New York," he wrote in his diary, "is rebuilt about once in 10 years." That makes it all the more …

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1900s Rotterdam house, once run-down, becomes two sleek apartments

Local design studio Shift Architecture Urbanism helmed the renovation<p>A derelict 20th-century building in Rotterdam was rescued by local design studio Shift Architecture Urbanism and transformed into two sleek apartments that hint at the old structure’s past.<p>The two apartments occupy the bottom and …

How to transform and re-use buildings almost to infinity?

In day 2, MIPIM's last architecture session has explored the concept of 're-use' for buildings, defining right assets, management, effective design …

Architect Turns Old Cement Factory Into the Most Stunning Home

The interior is just so lovely.<p>Even though people say it's what's on the inside that matters, this abandoned WWI-era cement factory started out as a serious eyesore all around. The outside was harsh and worn, while the inside looked like, well, a factory. But one architect with a goal to transform …

Refurbishment of a country house in Empordà, Spain

A country house located in the outskirts of a village in Empordà ( natural and historical region in Catalonia, Spain) where the big country houses surrounded by fields and fruit gardens contrast to the detached houses proper for the village urban tissue. The multiple extensions that were carried …

Manhattan apartment transforms into flexible live-work space

A two-bedroom turns into a three-bedroom<p>This Manhattan apartment underwent an efficient transformation by Russian architect Peter Kostelov, who took a two-bedroom space and turned it into a modular open space with three bedrooms, two of which can also be used as work studios.<p>The design incorporates …

Restored midcentury home just outside NYC asks $819K

It was designed in the late 1960s by Charles J. Winter<p><i>Have a nomination for a jaw-dropping listing that would make a mighty fine House of the Day? Get thee to the</i> <i>tipline</i> <i>and send us your suggestions. We'd love to see what you've got.</i><p><b>Location:</b> Nyack, New York<p><b>Price:</b> $819,000<p>There’s a recently restored …