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Eight of the best recently completed Mexican houses

So far, 2018 has been a bumper year for private houses completed in Mexico. Here's eight of our favourites, including a residence formed from a …

A Major Physics Experiment Just Detected A Particle That Shouldn't Exist

Scientists have produced the firmest evidence yet of so-called sterile neutrinos, mysterious particles that pass through matter without interacting …

Snøhetta to design Norwegian planetarium surrounded by a constellation of cabins

The golden cupola of Snøhetta's planetarium will be orbited by seven "interstellar cabins" as part of Norway's largest astronomical …

Designer Creates 365 Quirky Typographic Logos With Hidden Symbols In A Year

<i>Image via Daniel Carlmatz and featured with permission</i><p><b>A logo is</b> one way for a business to channel its vision and purpose.<p><b>Many of the</b> most well-known …

Graphic Design

How to Calculate Staircase Dimensions and Designs

This question can be basic and you may know the answer, but it's always good to remember some elementary calculations that help us to streamline the …

Awareness of the Importance of Public Spaces is Increasing—Here's How We Can Capitalize On It

<i>This article was originally published by Common Edge as "How Public Space Can Build Community and Rescue Democracy."</i><p>Public spaces are having a …

Urbanism

In a Historic Downtown, Disaster Becomes a Chance to Build Something Better

A 2014 fire in Clarkesville, Georgia, was “the worst nightmare for someone who’s in downtown development.” But the recovery launched an essential conversation about what the town square should be.<p>Three years after a fire tore through her city’s downtown square, Barbara Kesler had one of the best …

A Bid to Solve California’s Housing Crisis Could Redraw How Cities Grow

Scott Wiener, the California state senator representing San Francisco, has a pretty good idea for how to save the world. In fact, sitting in a coffee …

Urban Design

Slow the Cars

We design our streets like roads, as if their primary function—and sometimes their sole function—is the movement of automobiles.Many people don’t …

This ’80s decorating style is making a comeback

Pop culture from the 1980s is having a bit of a moment, and it's not just because of "Stranger Things."<p>Bold, blocky geometric forms, reminiscent of the design phenomenon known as Memphis, are making a comeback, according to Los Angeles-based interior architect and interior designer Jamie …

Neuroscientist David Eagleman and composer Anthony Brandt explain how creativity works

‘Bend, blend, break’<p>What makes humans special? Some credit should go to the opposable thumb and the larynx, says neuroscientist David Eagleman, but a lot of it has to do with our ability to be creative and constantly think up new ideas.<p>Eagleman, a professor at Stanford University and writer, …

Modern office building has a plant checkerboard facade

Fun!<p>Vietnamese firm Vo Trong Nghia has done a lot to expand our imaginations of what plant-infused architecture could look like. From a sleek concrete house with courtyard gardens to a knotted, green roofed school to buildings that look like literal planters, the sky’s the limit, it seems.<p>Now, the …

Architecture

Francis Artisan Bakery / Willis Kusuma Architects

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> Francis is a local artisan bakery designed by Willis Kusuma Architects with the concept of “artisan …

Morris Adjmi Architects Unveils Gothic-Inspired NYC Residential Skyscraper

New York City’s latest full-floor luxury apartments are officially for sale in Morris Adjmi Architects’ first ever residential tower, 30 E 31. At 500 …

Skyscrapers

3D Zebra Stripe Crosswalk in Iceland Slows Traffic with Stunning Optical Illusion

The use of illusion in art is nothing new, but a small town in Iceland is using the effect to help with public safety and traffic issues. In the small fishing village of Ísafjörður, a 3D pedestrian crossing was painted last month in an effort to slow traffic on a narrow street. The eye-popping …

This City Found a Way to Get Everyone Involved in Urban Planning

Urban planning has historically perpetuated inequality and injustice. But this city may have found a solution.

"Urban Toys" Designed to Reactivate Underused Public Spaces in Mexico City

<b>How can play areas in cities open up new ways to interact with and experience space?</b><p>This was the question that prompted Mexico City's Laboratorio …

A relationship psychologist reveals what you should ask yourself before getting married

Eli Finkel, author of "The All-or-Nothing Marriage," and a professor of psychology at Northwestern University says that addressing longterm compatibility before popping — or answering — questions is a major factor in avoiding divorce down the line. Following is a transcript of the video.<p><b>Eli Finkel:</b> …

Northwestern University

This urban ‘tree’ cleans as much polluted air as an entire forest

Air pollution might be invisible, but it results in 7 million premature deaths each year. Fortunately, there’s a solution – the CityTree is a …

Pollution

World First Zero Carbon City Built By Oil Nation

In 2008, Masdar Clean Energy embarked on their journey to create the world’s most sustainable city.<p><b>Masdar City</b>, is integrating smart transportation …

Renewable Energy

Medellín’s “City for Life” Motto Translates Into Equitable Public Space Design

“The most innovative city in the world.” “A city for life.”<p>This is how promotional materials refer to Medellín — a place that once had the highest …

Where is the world's most walkable city?

From New York’s cafe squares to Melbourne’s laneways to the walled Fes el Bali, these pedestrian paradises combine safety, beauty and comfort. Now urban planners are taking note as they seek to hand back cities to the walkers<p>For decades the simple act of walking was largely overlooked by city …

Urbanism

Off-grid modern house is a ring-shaped forest escape

The Spanish home is a loop consisting almost entirely of outdoor patio space<p>This is what happens when you let architects run wild. Years ago, French developer Christian Bourdais enlisted a handful of architects to each design a vacation home on a plot in the Spanish forest. The rules were simple: …

The breeze blows straight through this stunning tropical home in Singapore

House 24 makes the most of a challenging plot by opening up to its idyllic surroundings in Singapore. Park + Associates Pte Ltd designed the …

This Architect’s Beautiful Homes Solve the Problems of Modern Design

Spanish designer Fran Silvestre is making some of the best houses in the world by not giving up on simplicity.<p>In 2004, Spain was in the middle of a …

Wind Tower

Wafra Vertical Housing is a new apartment that adapts to the evolving lifestyle of contemporary Kuwait. Considering the increasing demand for land in the city, it is essential that single family dwelling typologies are transformed. However, tenants must still be able to enjoy privacy and have …

Kuwait

Building-Product Manufacturers: Here's How You Can Use Architects' Habits to Your Advantage

As the AIA’s recent study attests, architects are in desperate need of new specifying tools for their projects. The good news is, those tools are now emerging, with <b>Architizer Source</b> — our new online marketplace for building-products — leading the way. While the technology is evolving, though, some …

Product Management

How houses were cooled before air conditioning

It’s too darn hot<p><i>Welcome back to</i> <i>Period Dramas</i><i>, a weekly column that alternates between rounding up historic homes on the market and answering questions we’ve always had about older structures.</i><p>On these sweltering midsummer days, it’s natural to want nothing more than to sit in front of an air …

Driverless Cars Could Turn N.Y.C. Into A City Of Tiny Parks

What cities look like in the age of autonomous cars? For starters, we’ll have a lot more street space.<p>When the driverless car revolution arrives, how will it transform the city–and what can we do to prepare for it now?<p>For the New York-based architecture and urban design firm FXFOWLE, that means …

Autonomous Cars