Vote for Kick-Ass Design Projects Over at Architizer

The Architizer A+ Awards are open for public voting, and it's well worth the time to click through and choose your favorites. There are some really great projects—and a few duds—but certainly a wide range of spaces, materials, and building types for just about anyone, from strangely gorgeous parking garages to Romantic … » 3/05/14 7:21am 3/05/14 7:21am

How Can Houston Preserve Its Aging Astrodome?

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Imagine a football stadium that was so technologically game-changing that it became the model for all future sporting venues ever built. Until it was suddenly abandoned 15 years ago. As part of our series Preservation Battle, we look at significant buildings on the brink of demise—where you've been able to find… » 2/25/14 4:28pm 2/25/14 4:28pm

How Crowdsourcing Is Connecting Sports Fans To Architecture

No one can hype up a sporting spectacle quite like the NFL. One particularly exciting campaign that has emerged in the run-up to Super Bowl XLVIII involves the Empire State Building, in which supporters of the two teams duke it out to control the tower's iconic lights. The project, a collaboration with Verizon, allows… » 1/31/14 4:33pm 1/31/14 4:33pm

The Subtle Art of Breaking Building Laws

Building permits are wonderful things: They protect us from slum conditions and scammers, and they make money for our local governments. But permits can also pose a major financial hurdle for independent home builders—and rules are meant to be broken, man. » 1/28/14 4:36pm 1/28/14 4:36pm

Materials Of The Future: 7 Amazing High-Tech Architecture Trends

The beginning of civilization as we know it really started with a series of material innovations; the Bronze Age and the Iron Age set us on the path to where we are now, after all. So it makes sense that the history of architecture is also deeply engrained in technological developments of the time. Skyscrapers would… » 1/28/14 11:51am 1/28/14 11:51am

Floor Plans of the Girls Apartments Seem Almost Believable

This may not be as illuminating a dip into architecture as some of you may have hoped for, but it is interesting in a Sims kind of way. Haven't you always wanted to know exactly how much space your favorite (or least favorite) sitcom characters occupied? Didn't you always want to have a better idea of just how far Adam … » 1/26/14 3:38pm 1/26/14 3:38pm

10 Fictional Architecture Mock-Ups In Movies And TV

On Sunday, the popular Danish television series The Legacy featured an architectural model for a striking new (fictional) museum. With jutting cantilevers, large windows, and a folding elevation, the model looked as though it could have been a real-life proposal for a cultural institution designed by a famous… » 1/24/14 12:25pm 1/24/14 12:25pm

Vertical Bunkers: Why To Hide In A Skyscraper During A Nuclear Fallout

Sure, New Yorkers may have severe vitamin D deficiencies, but in the event of anuclear fallout, well, we're better off than most everyone else. Indeed, the soaring built environment of a tall city is exactly what is needed to survive this particular kind of apocalypse. While this may not exactly be news (bunker… » 1/17/14 9:54am 1/17/14 9:54am