The problem with building a treehouse is finding the right tree. Jono Williams knows this, as he's been building treehouses since childhood, and built this elaborate one as an adult. So for his latest vision, he decided he'd build both the treehouse and the tree. Williams' Skysphere is a 10-meter-tall
If you had to grab three things from your shop to use for survival in the wilderness, what would you bring? Let's look at some quick options: Bad Picks - Tracksaw- HVLP spray gun- 1/2"-shank Roman ogee bitGood Picks - Hacksaw- Twine- FlashlightAs it turns out, you don't even
When you think of urban camping you might very well imagine pitching a tent in your friend's back garden or even sleeping on a park bench—solutions that are pragmatic in the moment but not the most inspired or exciting experiences. In an attempt to redefine urban camping, Dutch creatives Annette
The sky was the limit for Cargolifter AG, the German company that designed a gigantic heavy lift airship in the 1990s called the CL 160. The super-blimp was meant to carry 160 metric tons over a distance of up to 10,000 kilometers, all without the need for airports; in a
In our last post, we looked at Lella Vignelli's often-neglected work as a designer. Today's subject, Aino Aalto, has a strikingly similar biography. Like Vignelli, she was educated as an architect at a time when few women were part of the profession, graduating from the Helsinki University of Technology in
At its inception skateboarding was called "sidewalk surfing," as the Californian youths who invented it were seeking a dry-land surfing equivalent. Both sports were initially done barefoot, but over the decades, skateboarders have donned shoes and the sports have diverged widely. Now some unusual developments are bringing them somewhat closer
A proposal by London-based design and architectural studio VariantStudio to create a noise absorbing metro station. The station would be covered in porous ceramic panels that would absorb the train noise and the echo from the tunnels, therefore providing a more relaxed atmosphere in the station and creating a much
From standing desks to open plans, the modern workplace has become a leading site for design innovation, swapping the generic office structure of past decades for more flexible and friendly alternatives. At the forefront of future-facing office design is the MG2's recent release, the MIMIC Wall digital prototype. Conceptualized in
It's not difficult to picture the style of cabins that American frontiersmen once lived in. But it's difficult to imagine one in the middle of Manhattan up on the rooftop of a building. And this one's occupied by a different sort of pioneer. As Gothamist reports, aerial photographer George Steinmetz
Today, the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, opens David Adjaye Selects, an exhibition of 14 West and Central African textiles drawn from the museum's permanent collection by the Ghanian-British architect. Adjaye's work curating the exhibition was also the inspiration for a new line of textiles he designed for Knoll, which
The crew at R&D organization MX3D had a brilliant idea: What if we could get a 6-axis robot arm to squirt molten steel, through a nozzle that welded it as it came out? Then they actually got it to work. Because the arm can move in any direction, you can
Most people know that New York City has its own little Alcatraz, called Riker's Island. But few know that there's another prison in the East River, this one floating next to the new Fulton Fish market in the Bronx. The Vernon C. Bain Correctional Center is a 47,000-ton, five-story barge
We live, work and play in built constructs. From more stable environments like our home and office, to temporary spaces like restaurants, hotels and exhibitions, we go from one built environment to the next and are impacted by our surroundings in many ways. For this all-encompassing category we asked for
For those of you who have grown tired of sifting through countless newsletters to find out the local events in architecture and design, today's launch of the New York Architecture Diary will come as great news! The intuitive interface categorizes events and allows you to quickly see what's on
Elora Hardy runs Ibuku, a Bali-based design/build company that works primarily in bamboo and uses local skilled labor. "We believe in bamboo," the company writes. "Its strength, beauty, flexibility, 4-year growth cycle, and carbon sequestration capacity make it the most environmentally conscientious building material conceivable." On top of that, "If
Jeff Pelletier is one of those guys who "has known since he was two years old that he wanted to be an Architect," according to his bio on the website of BOARDandVELLUM, the architecture firm where he's Principal. "He was one of those kids playing in a room filled with
The problem with ninjas is that they're very quiet. They sneak into your castle at night, evading guards, slitting people's throats and then disappearing into one of those annoying smoke bomb clouds that take forever to air out. A rare, 17th-Century woodblock-carved ninja selfie In 16th-Century Japan, rumors of ninja
Shortly after the invention of the airplane in the early 1900s, some military-minded maniac tried to launch one off of a ship. The experiment worked, and soon the American, British and Japanese navies began building aircraft carriers. Like all military craft, carriers have a shelf life. The supercarrier USS Kitty
In 1867, Victor Fournel published a work in which he described the flâneur as (translated roughly) the image of the public, of the city, the antipathies and admirations of the crowd, public esprit; basically the figurehead of contemporary urban experience. A flâneur is, by definition, a time waster: someone who
This is Le Mont Saint-Michel, a monastery in Normandy that's over 1,200 years old. The interior looks like something out of Game of Thrones. Though now connected to the mainland via erosion, this was once a part-time island roughly 600 meters off of the coast; during low tide it
At his peak, professional snowboarder Mike Basich was clocking $170,000 a year, enough to get himself into a 4,000-square-foot house he ultimately discovered he didn't need. Now retired from competition, Basich spent five years building himself more unusual digs: An off-grid stone and wood cabin less than 250 square feet,
This week a single grand opening ushered in a new life for two Portland, OR institutions. The Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) opened the doors of its new home in the beautifully restored and updated Federal Post Office building, now known as the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for
For something that gives life to our planet, the sun can be a pain in the ass, at least in cities. From morning to late afternoon, my home office gets blinding sun, then no sun, more blinding sun, no sun, then some sun as it travels between Manhattan's tall shadow-casting
Broad Sustainable Building is China's most press-friendly pioneer of prefabricated construction. In 2012 we were astonished to see they put up a 30-story hotel in just 15 days, and they subsequently announced plans to erect a 220-story skyscraper in just three months. The latter construction, called Sky City, has yet
Inside what may be the prettiest bookstore in the world… …is what has got to be one of the world's most beautiful staircases.
ACBA preserves dying trades and produces in-demand craftspeople
The books are out of the way, out of sight and overhead
This morning, Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art shared some big news—to the tune of $64 million dollars—with the public and Core77 was there to take some (sketch)notes.
The interiors are amazingly well-preserved, right down to the things left on the tables
This beautiful bar/café/library/conversation space/event space has inimitable style and function.
The Brooklyn-based studio worked with Atlantic Shrink Wrapping Inc. to create the temporary exhibition wrapper. Here, the team explains exactly what was involved in the process.
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