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Low-Cost, Balloon-Formed Housing Concept for Developing Countries

Not many architects can say that their father invented a new way of building. Nicoló Bini, however, is adapting his dad’s 1960s air-formed Binishell concept for a new generation.
July 14, 2014
Google Street View LA Square

Witness Half a Decade of Urban Change in Google Street View

Last week, Google Maps released a new feature to Street View, making it possible to cycle through archived versions of the 360 panoramas. In addition to hours of amusement, this new form of virtual time travel provides an unprecedented way to explore how quickly a city can change at the street level—buildings are built and razed, streets are reconfigured, and the power of a fresh coat of paint gets a jaunty demonstration. The change is most stark in cities like New York, Detroit, and Los Angeles that have had Street View since its launch in 2007, and have a full six years of maps to parse through. Click through the slideshow to see a selection of these urban transformations; then go forth and discover your own.
May 2, 2014
Carreau du Temple

Carreau du Temple: Parisian Poetry in Glass and Steel

Studio Milou’s restoration of a public pavilion showcases the beauty of the Marais.
April 10, 2014
1964 World's Fair Pavilion

World’s Fair Pavilion: Restoring the Tent of Tomorrow

Matthew Silva’s documentary on New York's World's Fair Pavilion is focused on getting a forgotten modernist structure restored.
March 31, 2014
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Sprout Space Green Classroom

Perkins+Will creates a sustainable, modular classroom for the 21st century.
March 27, 2014
Canakkale Antenna Tower in Turkey

Surprisingly Subtle 300-Foot Radio Tower

The winning design for the Canakkale Antenna Tower in Turkey manages grandeur with restraint.
March 13, 2014
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The Alpine Lodge by WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie

At the January edition of Pitti Uomo—a bi-annual men's fashion event held in Florence, Italy—accessories brand Want Les Essentiels de la Vie exhibited within the Alpine Lodge, a conceptual structure that channeled the theme of its new collection. We sent a few questions to Want’s co-founders, brothers Byron and Dexter Peart, to learn more about how architecture conveys the brand’s urbane sensibility.
February 12, 2014
Revamped Airstream trailer by Burton Naldridge

Trailer Flash

Most folks who kit out a vintage Airstream intend to take it on the road, but Burton Baldridge’s design—a hip new green room for one of the most respected music venues in Austin, Texas—is happy to stay put.
August 20, 2012
Fire Station 39 by Miller Hull Partnership

Hot Houses

When Seattle’s fire stations needed an overhaul, the city selected local architects to give these ultimate live/work spaces a modern-minded update. Seattle, Washington, firefighters don’t need to bunk next to their trucks anymore. Thirteen architecture firms so far have been hired as part of a $300 million program to upgrade all 32 neighborhood stations by 2015 (20 substantial renovations and 12 new constructions), and each proposed a sustainable new style of fire-station living.
September 27, 2011
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