Why Penn Station Sucks

New Yorkers are known to disagree about a lot of things. Who's got the best pizza? What's the fastest subway route? Yankees or Mets? But all 8.5 million New Yorkers are likely to agree on one thing: Penn Station sucks. » 1/15/15 4:00pm 1/15/15 4:00pm

The Alaskan Town Living Under One Roof

An impossibly long, single-lane tunnel is your only way into Whittier, and your only way out. Make it to the other end of those dimly lit miles, and you'll find all the ingredients of a city. Except instead of a sprawling, urban center, this town has been scaled to fit almost entirely into one lonely Alaskan tower. » 1/15/15 10:00am 1/15/15 10:00am

An Amazing Village Designed Just For People With Dementia

Centuries after Shakespeare wrote about King Lear's symptoms, there's still no perfect way to care for sufferers of dementia and Alzheimer's. In the Netherlands, however, a radical idea is being tested: Self-contained "villages" where people with dementia shop, cook, and live together—safely. » 2/20/14 8:30am 2/20/14 8:30am

Inside the Design of the New Gawker Media (and Gizmodo) Offices

Gizmodo—and Gawker Media—are moving. We're packing up our cozy little SoHo walkup and heading to a big new office in Union Square. And according to the architects who are designing it, it's going to be very, very cool. » 9/16/14 5:55pm 9/16/14 5:55pm

The World's Largest Floating Prison Is In NYC

Docked off the Bronx in Long Island Sound, the Vernon C. Bain Correctional Center prison barge is recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest operational prison ship in the world. Yet many New Yorkers might be surprised to find out it exists. » 7/15/14 1:36pm 7/15/14 1:36pm

These 7 Bizarre Bus Stops Are All In the Same Tiny Austrian Town

Krumbach, a tiny, 1000-person village in Austrian, has some of the most avant-garde bus stops in the world. In exchange for a weeklong holiday in the village, seven architects designed bus stops that are alternately whimsical, weird, and dazzling. » 5/23/14 9:00am 5/23/14 9:00am

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

The microcar boom arrived after World War II, and gave us hundreds of beautiful little motors. These tiny cars provided the ultimate in personal transportation — but they also have oodles of personality. Check out the most adorable microcars of the 20th century. » 5/07/14 3:37pm 5/07/14 3:37pm

Three of the World's Prettiest Parking Garages Are In One Small City

Parking garages are ugly by their very nature: They're metal cages that take up valuable space in our cities to house our automobiles for a few high-priced hours. But not all garages have to be ugly. In fact, three of the most beautiful are located within a few blocks of each other, in the city of Santa Monica,… » 4/14/14 5:20pm 4/14/14 5:20pm

The Audi-designed Ski Lodge looks better than their entire lineup

If you ever have been skiing, you know how a typical Ski Lodge looks like. Traditionally, it is made from wood and looks very 19th century. You get your warm drinks (mhmm, Jägermeistertea) and substantial meal in a very rustic atmosphere. Charming, but also played out. » 3/11/14 2:25pm 3/11/14 2:25pm

Scraping Decades of Grime, Car Exhaust, and Mold Off Rome's Colosseum

The Colosseum in Rome is being cleansed of car exhaust that has built up over decades, ever since Mussolini's ill-advised decision to build a major road nearby. » 12/28/13 12:00pm 12/28/13 12:00pm

The Ten Best Buildings To Drive A Car In

Cars are meant for big country spaces, the great outdoors, the open road. Maybe that's why we always fantasize about tearing through buildings with them. And these are the ten most fantasized-about buildings to drive through. » 12/18/13 11:00am 12/18/13 11:00am

What Happens When F1 Car Designers Build Architectural Models

Gizmodo EIC Geoff Manaugh and U.K. architects Smout Allen tapped an unlikely source to help create their new exhibition in London: Williams F1. But, in this case, the engineers at Williams weren't building the advanced race cars they're well-known for—they were 3D-printing the parts for an intricate model of an… » 11/20/13 3:30pm 11/20/13 3:30pm

The Ten Most Unbelievable Abandoned Car Factories

A massive building with broken windows. A large but empty piece of tarmac somewhere in Michigan. A hidden test track in the woods. There are so many abandoned car factories in the world that selecting the ten most unbelievable was a challenge, but here they are. » 11/05/13 11:00am 11/05/13 11:00am

China Accidentally Built a Housing Complex in the Middle of a Highway

There's no denying that China doesn't have the best record when it comes to urban planning and development, particularly in regards to real estate—and their most recent blunder is a doozy. Thanks to some poor planning and (presumably poor) communication, China accidentally built a brand new set of modern apartments… » 10/09/13 1:00pm 10/09/13 1:00pm

This Wild Inception-Like Architecture Is An Amazing Convention Display

Visitors to this year's Frankfurt Motor Show will walk through an inverted forest, over an Inception'd city, and under a massive floating track just to see Germany's latest cars. As the biggest auto show in the world, by size, what carmakers do to the massive convention space is as interesting as the cars they display. » 9/11/13 12:39pm 9/11/13 12:39pm

"Death Ray" Architect Blames His Car-Melting Skyscraper on Sunny Days

London made headlines this week for a uniquely modern phenomenon; the city's newest skyscraper is reflecting the sun into an insanely powerful “death ray” that can start fires and fry eggs. Now, the building's architect has spoken out: "We made a lot of mistakes with this building, and we will take care of it." » 9/06/13 4:20pm 9/06/13 4:20pm

8 Unrealized Buildings That Could've Transformed American Cities

For every existent building in your city, there are a dozen that never came to be. Some plans were abandoned for good reasons (see: LA's 5,000-foot skyscraper), others were abandoned because of legal and financial quandaries. Either way, these forgotten drawings show us what we could've had. » 8/26/13 9:01am 8/26/13 9:01am

This Is A House Built Over America's Most Famous Corner

The brief for my latest assignment at uni (3rd Year at Victoria University’s School of Architecture, Wellington, New Zealand) was very open – design a ‘Big Ass House.’ I imagined a client with unlimited funds that wanted the biggest, craziest house they could get. And here it is, The Corkscrew House. » 7/11/13 2:30pm 7/11/13 2:30pm

10 Mesmerizing GIFs of Giant Buildings Being Demolished

We tend to think of demolition as destructive: dynamite, dust, and plenty of fireworks. But as a New York Times article recently described, demolition in dense cities is, more and more often, a "stealth" operation, where a building is dismantled over a number of weeks. » 7/01/13 9:12am 7/01/13 9:12am