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Step Inside the Incredible Home of Architect Paulo Mendes Da Rocha

Known in the world of architecture for his contemporary use of concrete and steel, it’s about time we take a look inside Paulo Mendes Da Rocha’s very …



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Modern Architecture

© tadao ando

© tadao ando

© peter zumthor - swiss pavillion for expo 2002 - hannover, germany  

© peter zumthor - swiss pavillion for expo 2002 - hannover, germany

© morphosis - berlin wall housing - germany - 80′s

© morphosis - berlin wall housing - germany - 80′s

These People Really Hate Renoir

End the treacle!<p>Everyone's a critic. But these people just really, really hate Renoir.<p>Protesters gathered in front of Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts on Monday and demanded the museum remove all paintings by the French impressionist artist, who has been dead for nearly a century.<p>The group was armed …

Artist Charles Young Completes Work on Daily Paper Model Project After Designing 365 Structures | Colossal

<p>It’s daunting to witness the labor poured into a 365-day creative project, be it taking a daily photo, doing a quick sketch, or even writing a few …


Microsoft ends all support for the Zune, its once-upon-a-time answer to the iPod

As of November 15, the few existing Zune devices still in use won't be able to download or stream any music from the Zune Music service, and existing copy-restricted downloads may not work if the licenses can't be renewed, the company announced today.<p>Subscribers to the Zune Pass service will be …

Bill Gates

8 Spa-Like Bathrooms Designed to Instantly Soothe

Let these airy oases across the globe spur some ideas for creating your own refuge.

Beautifully Endless Looping GIFs Created by a Legally Blind Artist

Native American artist George Redhawk creates eerily beautiful gifs even though he's legally blind. With help from computer software, the designer utilizes the art of gif-making to show others how he sees the world as a man who suddenly lost his sight. “It's an artistic expression of the confusion …

Digital Art

Aeroscraft Shows Off Its Giant Airship

A second age of dirigibles is moving ahead<p>Lighter than air vehicles are, for the most part, relics of a distant past. The first Zeppelin age ended with cries of “oh, the humanity.” One problem of the Hindenburg was its reliance on flammable hydrogen, but modern airships take advantage instead of …

How It Works: Death By Black Hole

A quantum quandary<p>As you fall feet first across an event horizon—the point where nothing can escape the black hole’s gravitational pull—you don’t feel anything change. But eventually, gravity is so much stronger at your feet than your head that you’re stretched apart, like Play-Doh, until you snap. …

Journalist Spends Four Years Documenting India's Crumbling Subterranean Stepwells Before They Disappear

Tucked away on quiet streets far from the hustle and bustle of popular tourist attractions, in between the spectacular palaces, temples, and tombs that appear on the covers of guidebooks, an entire category of Indian architecture has faded into obscurity and historical obsolescence. Called …

Hurricane Katrina Was a Nightmare for Inmates in New Orleans

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, we revisited the horrific story of the inmates who were stuck in the hellish Orleans Parish Prison.<p>On Saturday, August 27, 2005, two days before Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf coast, Dan Bright was locked inside Orleans Parish Prison (OPP) on what he calls …


19 of the world's coolest playgrounds designed by top architects

In countries around the world, architects are becoming increasingly innovative to create environments where children can explore their imaginations.<p>Today, playgrounds can float entirely on the ocean, or take the shape of an enormous, colorful crocodile.<p>Keep scrolling to see some of the best …

São Paulo

SawMill House / Archier Studio

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> The Sawmill House uses large reclaimed one tonne blocks of reclaimed concrete which anchor it into the …

Geometric Park Heals a Rocky Rift in Bilbao

A beautiful geometric park has sprouted upon a once-barren slope that split two suburbs in Bilbao, Spain. Designed by ACXT, Pau Casals Square is a …

Why Brutalist Architecture Is So Hard to Love

<i>Roman Mars’ podcast 99% Invisible covers design questions large and small, from his fascination with rebar to the history of slot machines to the</i> …


Hello House: Greetings from a Bold Renovated Victorian Residence

This renovated Victorian shophouse in Melbourne may be a tad anti-social with all of the walls that block it off from the street, but it makes up for …


How Architecture Graduates are Animating the Film Industry

After spending five-figure sums on their education, you might think that architectural students would, at the very least, continue in the …

Hitchhiking robot that relied on human kindness found decapitated

A hitchhiking robot that relied on the kindness of strangers to travel the world has been found with its head and arms ripped off, just two weeks …

Largest mural in Mexico brings neighborhood together

PACHUCA, Mexico — A community project in central Mexico is bringing art to people’s homes. Literally.<p>A group of artists known as the Germ Collective …

© peter zumthor - zink mine museum - sauda, norway - 2003

© peter zumthor - zink mine museum - sauda, norway - 2003

© unknown author - institute of cloud colouring

© unknown author - institute of cloud colouring

© antoni gaudi + unknown author (models) -

© antoni gaudi + unknown author (models) - basilica and expiatory church of the holy family - barcelona, spain

"The Most Ugly Thing": Ricardo Bofill's Renovation Turned a Concrete Factory into a Cloister

A series of stone silos that made up the ramparts of an abandoned concrete factory, the structure was cold and impersonal, a meta-Brutalist building on the outskirts of Barcelona. Yet for architect Ricardo Bofill, the plant was perfect for an exercise he was attempting in the mid-'70s: transform …