We were excited to see Muji's architectural re-think of a house several years ago, but this latest effort is a bit puzzling. The company has announced they'll begin selling this Muji Hut with a shou-sugi-ban finish and nine square meters of interior space: While Muji refers to their concept as
It's a complicated but exciting time to talk marijuana in America. The medically invaluable and minimally harmful drug is fast becoming a socially normalized staple crop. But for folks in states where progressive values and massive tax income are less important than ineffective and racist drug policy, the idea of
Who We Are: REA is a brand and marketing agency that turns breakthrough ideas into transformative experiences. We create with impact in mind, delivering creative solutions that give real estate brands and businesses a competitive edge. With this fierce passion to challenge and change the real estate
Of the many structures Leonardo da Vinci designed, perhaps none made more ingenious use of materials than his practical design for an easy-to-assemble, self-supporting bridge. Here's a father and son demonstrating its construction in their backyard, without using a single tool: As you can see they've used no fasteners,
In southwestern Germany, the Schwarzwaldhotel Tanne resort has a rather unusual sauna on-site. At first it doesn't appear to be anything more than a timber-frame cabin… …until you get a higher angle and see that there's no foundation. The entire two-story structure is supported by a gigantic tree... ...and stands
A NYC based media company for architect’s and designers is seeking a full-time graphic and marketing designer. You will be responsible for creating wordpress web-sites and designing marketing materials for conferences, in-house advertisements, email blasts, and more. We need someone that is pro-active and understands maintaining brand integrity.
I'm admittedly not the standard clientele for theme parks (long lines, rude kids and mediocre expensive food all give me hives), so getting me excited about a new attraction might or might not matter. But listen: if you let me sleep in a weird glass sea orb I will give
Assemble, the Turner Prize winning architecture and design studio based in London, are about to wrap up their residency at the A/D/O design work space in Brooklyn. To cap off their ongoing explorations, The Creators Project has produced a video detailing the idea behind their residency pitch entitled "A Factory
POPULOUS is a global architecture and design firm that creates the places where people love to be together, like Yankee Stadium, the London Olympics, and the Super Bowl. Over the last 30 years, the firm has designed more than 2,500 projects worth $40 billion across emerging and established markets. Populous’
A new page is turning in the thickening book on 3D printed architecture. This time our idealistic concrete fabricators are from Russia's Apis Cor, and their claim to greatness— a residential tiny home printed in 24 hours—debuted this February. That land speed doesn't pose a great challenge to Chinese
Marjorie Merriweather Post was once the wealthiest woman in the United States. The daughter of breakfast cereal magnate C.W. Post, she inherited the Postum Cereals Company after his death in 1914, when she was just 27; she subsequently attained a net worth of $250 million, about $5 billion in today's
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
Don't have an account? Join Now
Create a Core77 Account
Already have an account? Sign In
Please enter your email and we will send an email to reset your password.