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.
A new system of bulletproofing structures, and potentially vehicles, by means of modular boxes that are filled with what look like ceramic marbles.
Remember last year, when the Chinese engineering firm WinSun 3D printed a bunch of houses? It made the news because they printed them so quickly—ten structures in less than 24 hours.The structures themselves weren't huge, just 200-square-meter, one-story bungalows. But now WinSun's set their goals higher, literally. They've 3D printed...
This post originally appeared on Kill Screen, a videogame arts and culture website. Story by Chris Priestman for Kill Screen.Corridors are a significant architectural space in a lot of science fiction films. Perhaps you haven't considered this before given the brevity of their screen time. And that's largely due to the...
In this era of Vines, it's a big ask to expect the current generation to sit through an 8.5-minute video of an architect talking. But this isn't any architect: This is Bjarke Ingels, who was asked to give advice to aspiring architects on-camera.In the course of sounding off, Ingels touches...
Photo by Zan van AlderwegenWith a new year, it's time to clear out the digital clutter and make way for some new lines for inspiration. First on the list: Architecture in Development. After nurturing a passionate online community for a number of years, the founders of the site hope...
From mega-dams to cutting edge architecture, the Dutch seem to consistently pull off some pretty impressive infrastructure innovations—often characterised by characterful creative solutions to age old built environment challenges.One such delight, is the Slauerhoffbrug—a fully automatic bascule bridge (aka tail bridge) in the city of Leeuwarden. Referred to by bridge...
A lot of modern-day architecture discussions can be confusing, alienating and overly academic. That's why I was drawn right away to Barry Berkus' "How to Think Like an Architect" video series, because he speaks and thinks in such a sensible, pragmatic and accessible manner:Now to the industrial designers among you:...
The brilliance of the paternoster system shown below is that it's always moving, conveyor-belt-style. Assuming a manageable flow of bodies, the "feed rate" could be continuous.The modus operandi of a paternoster points to a very basic limitation with elevators that most people don't consider: With the latter, you can only...
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