At 5:30am on Saturday, two twentysomething twin sisters were riding an escalator in the World Trade Center Oculus. One of the sisters fell over the side, plunging three stories to the marble floor below. She died of "blunt-impact injuries to her head and torso." Her surviving twin, who understandably is
Would you live in a city afloat in the ocean? Would you be extra interested if it had a new and innovative take on self-government? Though it sounds fanciful, it's a closer at hand take on SpaceX type visions for future development, and this month it got closer to being
Local Roots has finally made a mini farm that correctly combines the structural benefits of shipping containers with the difficulties of urban farming. Shipping containers are a beloved source of reengineering inspiration, but their reuse is often un-green and impractical. Similarly, there are so many fancifully farm-filled architecture concepts out
2017 is already off to a rumbling start, and so is design aimed at smoothing things out. To address the rising international refugee crisis, IKEA's nonprofit wing has rolled out production for their Better Shelter project. As life gets more unstable for the 65 million displaced refugees around the world,
Sculptural projects by Marc Fornes tread through several categories—architecture, biomimicry, fine art, engineering—and his pieces can fittingly be inspiring from multiple angles. The most recent of his site-specific installations expands on his exploration of "stripes" and topology, creating an enormous coral-like structure out of thousands of smaller flat plates.
NASA Langley's newest round of design troubleshooting for life on Mars has come up with some intriguing design solutions. With the extreme cold, unbreathable atmosphere, and rainbow of radiation types, astronauts landing and living on the red planet will have to be well protected as soon as they arrive.
Used to be that you either lived in a house or an apartment building. But nowadays interest in alternative types of dwellings has exploded. For starters, the Tiny House Movement has caught on to the point where it's now diversifying, as we saw with this Tiny A-Frame Cabin. And the
Laminated glass panels made with layers of colored films create panels with a wide range of structural properties. Tens of thousands of transparent, translucent, or solid color options are now available to help make architectural dreams reality.
How do we deal with skyrocketing rent and housing shortages? Housing start-up Urban Rigger wants to build more low cost apartments on fancy boats. Their first freshly finished Copenhagen project was designed by Bjarke Ingels and it offers a few slick twists on the traditional dorm. The boat apartments are
You know what they say, the grass is always greener on the other side. These days in the workplace, there is one example of something many never thought they would miss, until it was gone—cubicles. Yes, cubicles, those sad monotonous structures symbolic of our workplace oppression. Your own personal cave
Los Angeles owes a huge debt to Charles and Ray Eames, who helped champion the city as an exceptional home base from which to design and innovate. But there's more to L.A. design history than just the Eameses' story. Throughout the 20th century, L.A.'s delightful climate, strong manufacturing base and
In space-tight Tokyo, it occasionally happens that a tall building needs to be done away with. Real estate markets shift, local needs change and anti-earthquake building technologies improve, making structures obsolete. But how do you get rid of a 40-story building surrounded by residents? That was the problem faced by
Industrial designers can be petty, and I'm no exception, so I'm always thrilled when an architect defects to our "side." But this one takes the cake. Sustainability-minded Benjamin Uyeda co-founded ZeroEnergy Design, an architecture firm that creates houses that produce more energy than they consume. Homes like that would be
On one end of the architectural spectrum, you've got the self-important avant garde starchitects who design alienating structures incomprehensible to the layperson. On the other end, you've got the McMansion-designing maniacs whose designs appear to have been conceived of by creating collages in Photoshop. Which is worse? An anonymously-written website
While Muji's pre-fab Vertical House was designed to maximize floorspace in tight cities like Tokyo, their new Window House design will have windows on four sides, as it's been designed for areas with less density. They're building a test model, and they need people to live in it--for free.
Design is about crafting solutions to problems, whatever they may be. It's about more than the aesthetic of homewares and futuristic cars. Design doesn't happen in a bubble, it happens as a response to the events around us. The goal of is always improvement, to create a better future in
How much damage could be done, monetarily speaking, if your home was flooded with more than two feet of water? Insurance might cover it, though you'd have to fill out paperwork and wait for months or years while rot and mold set in. In the meantime you'd have to replace
This May, Andrew Quitmeyer helped build an art and science incubator... that floats. The Waterspace project is a mini laboratory intended to draw local resources and attention together around ecological interests and issues in the small community near Dumaguete, Philippines. The chosen location is near an endangered coral reef, and
In an era of rapidly densifying population centers, a disaster has the ability to impact more people at once than ever before. Large scale infrastructure and safety systems often take decades to implement, so how do we build community resilience in the meantime? The PREPhub project was recently submitted
Our environment is a significant part of who we are. It shapes us, and in many ways defines us. With this in mind, every structure encountered in our everyday lives, from the smallest kiosk to the largest skyscraper, goes through a design process, often an exhaustive one. Designers are aware
The merits of architectural styles from different regions can be endlessly debated. But there is no question that European tilt-and-turn windows are simply superior in design and function to American windows. During a stay in a hotel in Germany on a rainy day, I marveled at the ability to tilt
Watching Frank Howarth and his son build that model of the bi-level vertical-lift bridge, I got to wondering about different movable bridge designs. I'd never seen that unique bi-level variant before; what other solutions have engineers come up with when a bridge has to be moved out of the way
They say it takes a village to raise a child, but in Southeast Asia, it takes a village to raise and move a house: This second approach is more modern, and shot in a much artsier way. New-Zealand-based filmmaker Thomas Gleeson's short, "Home," is an unnarrated mini-doc meant to "[explore]
Eileen Gray was a tremendously influential 20th-century architect and furniture designer, but we're guessing that many of our readers know little about her life and career beyond her three most famous designs—those being her adjustable chrome side table from 1927 (now available from DWR), her tire-shaped 1929 Bibendum chair (named after the Michelin Man) and the E.1027 modernist villa on the Côte d'Azur (remarkably, her first house). So here are seven highlights from a career that helped to esta
Who has the world's largest timber-framed building? A developer in Kentucky claims his organization holds the title. Ken Ham, the president of a religious group called Answers in Genesis, has been constructing a gargantuan replica of Noah's Ark with the goal of opening it as a Christian theme park. To
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Minimalist, hardcore campers among you might scoff, but it's a lot of fun to see a walk-through of a luxury camping tent. A significant amount of thought went into Danish company Outwell's Tennessee 5 tent, which boasts panoramic windows, adjustable shades, a dining room and the ability to withstand 55-mile-per-hour
Expanding foam insulation is amazing stuff for sealing gaps. The hazard is that it can, as it expands, distort the door or window frame you're trying to seal, which is why they sell low-pressure, low-expansion variants for that application. Moving in the other direction is an expanding foam called PolyLevel.
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) reopens this week after a massive three-year renovation that sees the museum increase in size from 70,000 square feet to 170,000 square feet. Norwegian firm Snøhetta have added a ten story iceberg-like building to the existing the museum (designed by Mario Botta
In this episode of DiResta's Cut, Jimmy goes out into the field—literally. While we're used to seeing him operate in either his NYC or upstate shops, here he's got to build a house to hold beehives for a local farmer, pre-fab style, and his yard out in the country is
Over the last ten days, the soon-to-be Coroflot office has transformed from a floor on wheels to, well, something that's truly on it's way to becoming an office.Standing in front of the trailer, now with beams raised, a polished floor, and a panel of polycarbonate giving us a sense of
We maintain that the most beautiful staircase in the world is in this bookstore in Portugal. But a close second, if it were still standing, would be the grand staircase in this now-defunct 19th-Century Parisian department store. This was the interior centerpiece of Les Grands Magasins Dufayel, a massive structure
If you care about design you've probably caught yourself sighing at a coworker's trite inspirational post, or a friend's Etsy-sourced hand-lettered reminder to Live, Laugh and also to Love. But maybe you (like most people cursed with good taste) should take it down a notch. Why? It looks like we've
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