John Portman, the architect behind GM’s famed Renaissance Center building, died on Friday at 93 years old-no cause was given-according to this report from the New York Times.
Inside nearly everything made of concrete, you’ll find reinforced steel rods that compress the material, making buildings, bridges, and other structures even stronger. The rods aren’t designed to break easily, but when they do, the best way to watch the destructive results is through the lens of a slow motion camera.
Finding 116 excavators to demolish an aging 24-year-old overpass in just one night is all but impossible—unless you live in China.
Man, I am just so tired of my furniture resting on something as predictable as the floor. Sick of conventional couches and daybeds on which to have boring naps. Good thing these mini robots weavers that can build gravity-defying structures exist.
Australian architects Molecule created this replica of Bruce Wayne’s makeshift Batcave from The Dark Knight for a client (makeshift because Wayne Manor was undergoing reconstruction after being burnt down by Ra’s al Ghul in Batman Begins, naturally). Every “cool” garage you’ve ever seen pales in comparison to this.
Over the last two decades, a new type of building has invaded New York City: The super skinny supertall known as a “super-slender.” This new generation of skyscrapers range from 50 to 100 stories, are almost uniformly filled with luxury housing—and some are wedged into the city with astoundingly tiny 45-feet-wide…
Gas stations might be boring or even ugly places, but for the most part, you can’t avoid stopping by one on a long trip. However, they have been so many more beyond the basic design of columns, roof and shop over their history.
Just outside the North East boundary of Tokyo’s Yamanote Line, is one of the megapolis’ oldest undeveloped urban areas. As one of the last stations on the Tokyo Metro’s Hibiya Line, Kita-Senju holds particular favor for the urban explorer, with many old buildings, local restaurants, and fascinating locals.
Micro-unit developments—new apartments that are 400 square feet or smaller—are sprouting up all over the country as cities try to cram more housing into their neighborhoods. New York City’s first micro-unit development opened this month and it’s controversial—even in a city where people already pay top dollar to live…
Perhaps in your daily internet wanderings you’ve stumbled across photos of this building and wondered, what the hell is that thing? Well, it’s a museum for cars, and I assure you: It’s perfect.
Cities can learn a lot from Copenhagen’s multimodal ways. But how about this inspiring piece of infrastructure from the Danish city: Instead of simply adding a frilly statue to mark its harbor’s entrance, this bridge incorporates housing and provides a stunning vista for tourists and residents alike.
In 1944 and 1945, the Allies were attacking the last supporter of Nazi Germany. Tens of thousands of tons of bombs were dropped on Hungarian ground targets, mostly by the Consolidated B-24 Liberator and Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bombers of the 15th Air Force. By the end of the World War II, the rain of incendiary…
The newest museum in Los Angeles has been affectionately christened “The Cheese Grater,” even though there are at least two other buildings which look like they’d shred cheddar far more effectively. But what else does The Broad resemble? We demanded, you delivered.
Airports and cities don’t get along for a few specific reasons—namely, air pollution, noise pollution, and plain old risk. As such, some designers think that a future of increased urban density could be an opportunity to mix things up. This concept for a new airport in downtown Stockholm is simply mixed up.
Nike likes to say “Just Do It,” and when you look at all the crazy stuff the sportswear giant does, it may be more than just an empty slogan. If designers need input from athletes on new shoes, they prototype it with 3D printers. They test speed suits for Olympians in wind tunnels for 1,000 hours. And when they need…
If you didn’t know what to look for, you might miss it completely. But from the air—or from Google Earth—it’s impossible to overlook: A gaping, 76-foot-deep hole that has sat abandoned since the 2008 financial crisis.
Most car dealerships are fairly bland, beige-over-grey affairs. The coffee is stale, the handshakes are hollow.
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.
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.