Fanatstical Do-It-Yourself Architecture goes to Extremes

While gliding through the DesignBoom Blog, I found something so fascinating as to beg a short post just to remind myself to look into this more. It’s a wooden house in northwestern Russia that stands 144 feet tall and is made primarily by hand from scraps gathered by one man. There are several cultural questions […]

Wallpaper’s Architects Directory 2008

Shibuya Station, by Tadao Ando, photo credit: Satoshi Minakawa Kay from Wallpaper always sends me the most interesting bits from her publication. Today, for instance, she sent me a link to their brand new Architects Directory 2008. The by-line of Wallpaper directory is The World’s 50 hottest young architecture practices. Not to toot my own […]

Pb Elemental Architecture

Seattle based Pb Elemental Architecture recently sent me a note to let me know that they exist and that I should write about them to let my readers know who they are. Normally, I sort of forget about these types of emails, but when I started to look in the PbEA’s work and found that […]

Nice Tower! Who’s Your Architect?

“THE HL23 tower, planned for a site on 23rd Street in Chelsea, is the kind of commission Neil Denari has being waiting for his entire working life. Mr. Denari, a Los Angeles architect who once ran the Southern California Institute of Architecture, has labored on the profession’s periphery for decades. But because of a recent […]

Heineken World Bottle: Green Means More than the Color of the Bottle

Heineken has created one of the most ingenious products I’ve seen in days. As you can see from the image above, the new Heineken World Bottle or WOBO can be used as a building material after its contents have been consumed. This product presents a real challenge to my moral compass. One perspective is that […]

Urban Wind: A Viable (and Aesthetically Pleasing) Green Design

Dan Hill from the Blog, City of Sound, has written a compelling article on the sound modeling of wind turbines as well as the aesthetic affect on the urban fabric. In his recent blog post, he states: “In urban environments, smaller vertical axis wind turbines can look like modernist sculptures and all the better for […]

Parametre by 3Form

I almost don’t believe this exists. This is a panel created by the company 3Form. If you’re not familiar with 3Form, and you’re an interior designer than quit now. 3Form is becoming the preeminent interior surfaces and materials company with their plastic sheets embedded with fanciful objects such as grass and their beautiful use of […]

Drop Tiles by Johans Golv

I’ve been spending the last couple of days loading design crack with draft stories. I have hundreds of products that I want to tell you about that blew me away. I would say this product is more mildly warm, though. Drop is a system of ceramic tiles by swedish tile maker, Johans Golv, that are […]

The Chicago Spire by Santiago Calatrava

Famed Spanish Architect, Santiago Calatrava, known for such buildings as the recent Milwaukee Art Museum, has moved further down the lake to Chicago to create what might be his most enduring work in a long career of enduring works. This one is not as flashy or anthropomorphic as his previous buildings, but it has one […]

New Academic Building, Cooper Union, New York by Morphosis

I’m embarrassed to tell you that I started this post months ago. I was in New York in May when I went by the building site, and at that time the building was still at the stage where the contractor’s were doing sitework. This new building will be the New Academic Building for Cooper Union, […]