The world’s most popular doll, dressed in architect’s garb: friend or foe to a profession already suffering from a pronounced gender gap? Critic Alexandra Lange examines Architect Barbie. Photo by: Bartholomew Cooke
The cathedrals, mosques, and synagogues of the Old World still occupy the most hallowed ground of ecclesiastical architecture, but a rather unorthodox American sect can lay claim to the best in modern sacred space design: the Unitarian Universalists. Journalist Drew Himmelstein takes a look at Sunday styles. Image courtesy the Louis I. Kahn Collection, University of Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
In "The Prefab Decade," founding Dwell editor-in-chief Karrie Jacobs visited MoMA's Home Delivery exhibition and finds that prefab might not change our homes, but it could change our architects.
The impending demolition of Kisho Kurokawa’s Capsule Tower strikes a nostalgic nerve in writer Tom Vanderbilt, who travels to Tokyo for a look at a future that never was. Illustration by: Nigel Peake
As the war-torn city of Kabul, Afghanistan, is transformed into a maze of blast walls, military checkpoints, and foreign bases, Charles Montgomery asks: How might security architecture be changed to foster psychological stability? Illustration by: Amze Emmons
How do American companies maintain handcrafted detail while producing fast enough—and in large enough quantities—to satisfy profit margins and consumers accustomed to instant gratification? Caroline Tiger finds an answer.
Many architects and designers, when talked down from the theoretical towers of “sculptural forms” and “floating volumes” and made to speak of their craft in humbler terms, are apt to use a phrase as naive as it is loaded: “good design.” Former Dwell editor Aaron Britt asks: What do we talk about when we talk "good design"?