Angel Martinez Medina

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These stunning student housing apartments are inspired by tiny homes

Student housing has come a long way since the days of crowding two roommates into a confined space with a couple of beds and a single desk. Case in …

Large Windows and Glazed Doors Let This Modern Cabin Mingle With Nature

Nestled at the base of a dramatic rocky butte, a tiny cabin in the woods of Washington blurs the distinction between indoors and out.<p>Towering ponderosa pines and a steep, boulder-strewn slope form a dramatic backdrop for the low-slung Chechaquo Lot 6 Cabin, a sleek retreat that seems to float atop …

Living Rooms

10 Ideas to Steal from Midcentury Modern Gardens

Midcentury modern garden design evolved alongside the breathless optimism of America’s suburbs. In those postwar decades, the prospects of having …

This house from Skylab Architecture mimics the appearance of the Rocky Mountains

Portland studio Skylab Architecture‘s Owl Creek Residence is an angular retreat that blends into Colorado’s mountainous landscape while offering …

Architecture

50 Novels All Men Should Read Before They Die

No excuses, now<p>Forget coming-of-age fiction or impenetrable 'classics' – these are the books all grown men should be ticking off. Why? Because they're as entertaining as they are wise<p>On Beauty – Zadie Smith<p>The Circle – Dave Eggers<p>East of Eden – John Steinbeck<p>The Road – Cormac McCarthy<p>The Blind …

Literature

15 Fantastic Photos of Stunning Staircases

The staircase is a fundamental element for the connection of architectural spaces. But beyond its functional use, in many projects the staircase …

Photos

8 (New) Energy Efficient Materials Architects Should Know

Whether architects are trying to meet the Architecture 2030 Challenge or pursuing their own mission to save energy, they have an opportunity to …

Energy Efficiency

This light-filled tiny house is made almost entirely of reclaimed wood

Proving that repurposed materials can be used to create gorgeous design, this 26-foot-long Legacy tiny home is made almost entirely from reclaimed …

Countertops

The architectural twist that inspired New York’s Jenga skyscraper

Incredible luxury tree house is hidden away in a Cape Town forest

Not all tree houses are rustic backyard projects—some, like the stunning House Paarman in Cape Town, take the typology to luxurious new heights. …

3 Fun Activities To Spark Your Creativity When You Run Out Of Ideas

Some days you’re jumping out of your skin to write. The ideas flow. You can’t get them on paper fast enough.<p>Of course, there are other days where you …

Creativity

Top 7 Books on Color for Artists

This is a selection of books we've found useful and accessible for learning more about colors, paint pigments, and color mixing. Given that color is …

The Best Architecture Portfolio Designs

When applying for an architecture job, you need to make sure you have the perfect portfolio. While a clever and attractive business card might help …

Watch Herzog & de Meuron's 56 Leonard rise in this time-lapse video

See the nearly three-year construction of the condo tower on video<p>It’s been nearly a decade since construction first got underway on Herzog & de Meuron’s Tribeca condo, 56 Leonard, and now <i>The Real Deal</i> has obtained a time-lapse video capturing the creation of this Jenga-like tower.<p>While …

Hot apartments: 'If we need air conditioning, we've designed it wrong'

Heatwaves could be deadly for many Australian apartment dwellers if the grid fails, so architects are coming up with ways to manage temperatures passively<p>It was one of the most extreme heatwaves in south-eastern Australian history. During late January and early February 2009, temperature records …

Batteries

The Contemporary Redesign Of A 1950s House In Sydney

Luigi Rosselli Architects have recently completed the renovation of a 1950s row house in Sydney, Australia, for a film director and his young …

A stunning and affordable prefab home (with plans)

Modern architecture is fantastic, imaginative and often as not, groundbreaking, with new and unusual materials and shapes being used to create …

Breezy Family Home With Wonderful Views From Its Infinity Edge Pool

A house with a pool is not exactly an extraordinary thing. But if the house were to have an infinity edge pool things definitely change. The whole …

Shiver me timbers! Astounding wooden architecture – in pictures

From a chunky Russian dacha to Renzo Piano’s evocative turrets in the South Pacific, these inventive buildings celebrate the oldest and most malleable of construction materials. Here are a few of the finest specimens from a new book by designer William Hall – who has written tomes devoted to …

Around the World In 80 Architecture Offices

From Beijing to Copenhagen, Marc Goodwin is documenting the workspaces of the most famous living architects.<p>Photographs that peer into the places where people work always feel oddly satisfying—they fulfill our voyeuristic curiosity about others’ spaces without having to leave our own. That goes …

2016 Best of Furniture Design

This year we saw a lot of heavily-trafficked posts in furniture design, covering everything from old-school techniques to newfangled technologies, …

Furniture Design

Salmon bisque and 15 additional soup recipes to warm you up tonight

Keep it simple tonight with a warm bowl of soup. We've compiled 16 of our favorite recipes for you from our recipe database, from a potato green chile soup with just the right amount of heat, to Manhattan clam chowder, a hearty bowl of Jalisco-style pozole or a smoky black bean stew.<p>And if you're a …

Recipes

Want to Raise Successful Kids? Neuroscience Says Read to Them Like This (but Most Parents Don't)

Read to young children in this way, and they'll develop greater intellectual empathy -- and become more successful.<p>If you're like most parents, you'll do just about anything you can to increase the odds that your kids will be successful.<p>So, what if I were to tell you there's a simple thing you can …

These 10 Truss Houses Blend Beautiful Architecture With Elegant Engineering

Few structural systems are as iconic as the truss. Forming historic bridge designs, trusses within architecture have usually been reserved for roof forms. From the rectilinear Vierendeel to Bowstring, Warren and Pratt configurations, different trusses take on a variety of shapes and sizes. …

La Malbaie

Research: The Best Strategy for Paying Off Credit Card Debt

Many Americans struggle to pay down their credit card debts, a challenge exacerbated by the holidays when credit-card spending balloons. The Federal Reserve estimates that nearly half of U.S. households are unable to pay their credit card bills in full each month. These households owe more than …

Personal Finance

36 ideas for stunning modern stairs

You know, there was a time when the most exciting thing you could do with your stairs was add some funky carpet, but now the possibilities are …