Truth to materials is a major tenet of modern architecture. Concrete is one place we see this axiom in action. Historically concrete that was used in construction would be clad to make it appear as something other. Modern architecture uses concrete where appropriate and then exposes it. The Brutalist Movement was the height of concrete celebration.

Ingenious New Building Method Replaces Concrete Block with Rammed Earth
A new spin on rammed-earth construction aims to bring the method to the masses.
A Sustainable Rammed Earth Home in New Mexico
Studio eM Design’s rammed-earth home in Corrales, New Mexico, updates the regional adobe archetype into a hallmark of sustainable...
New Kid on the Block
With sensitivity to local building typologies, fresh construction finds a place in Amsterdam.
Two Rammed-Earth Buildings Host a Sustainable Live/Work Space For a Colorado Artist
Serving as an art studio/residence for artist Rebecca DiDomenico, Swoon Art House has been built from 100-percent renewable...
Material Guide: The Benefits of Building With Concrete
After an unprecedented year of earthquakes, hurricanes, and fires, a bright light has been shed on the benefits of building with...
Mushrooms: Building Blocks of the Future?
Mushrooms aren't just for eating anymore.
The PyeongChang Winter Olympics in South Korea Debuts the Darkest Building on Earth
London-based architect Asif Khan reveals his latest project at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics in South Korea.
Method's New Pump Detergent
As someone who tries my hardest to purchase environmentally responsible products, I have a difficult challenge: a lot of...
A Hidden Penthouse Sits Atop a Historic Cast-Iron Building in New York
Located in Tribeca, this residential development consists of a complete renovation and new construction—both concealed behind one...
A New Concept For Modular, Affordable Housing Is Coming to London's Vacant Buildings
A forward-thinking architectural practice partners with a premier property guardian to create a concept for high-quality housing...
Building a New Dwell
Pretty soon we'll open the floodgates and let millions of Dwell enthusiasts in.
The New Home On the Block That Uses 90 Percent Less Energy
A Seattle engineer builds an energy-efficient house with an assist from a prototype smart-home system.
New LACMA Building
This week, another piece in the ongoing expansion/renovation of the formerly dated and dreary Los Angeles County Museum of Art...
Rammed Earth Walls Tie This Eco-Friendly Home to the Desert
Spanning a desert wash, a modern residence in Arizona embraces its natural surroundings with minimal impact.
Earth Work
A French architecture firm carves out an earthen shroud for the modern extension of a home located in the foothills of the...
A Cinder Block Duplex in Charleston Is Recast as a New York–Style Loft
The industrial-modern Metamorphosis House is now a showcase for art.
Design Digest: Kanye Announces Yeezy Home, RIBA Reveals List of 20 Best New Buildings, and More
Here are the design headlines you need to know, including Kanye West announcing his plans for the Yeezy brand to establish an...
Students Pass Their Class by Building a House in New Zealand
A family provides some real world experience for a group of architects in training.
The Lowest Utility Bill on the Block
Hybridization is hit or miss (i.e., the jackalope).
An Ingenious Gold Island Transforms an Industrial Apartment in Paris
Completed for about $120,000, a custom aluminum insertion reinvents a loft in a 1920s industrial building by adding privacy...