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.
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...
Method's New Pump Detergent
As someone who tries my hardest to purchase environmentally responsible products, I have a difficult challenge: a lot of...
Mushrooms: Building Blocks of the Future?
Mushrooms aren't just for eating anymore.
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...
Building a New Dwell
Pretty soon we'll open the floodgates and let millions of Dwell enthusiasts in.
New LACMA Building
This week, another piece in the ongoing expansion/renovation of the formerly dated and dreary Los Angeles County Museum of Art...
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.
New Kid on the Block
With sensitivity to local building typologies, fresh construction finds a place in Amsterdam.
5 Top Tips for Building a New Home
Taking on the challenge building your own home is a fun and exciting time.
Bar Method
When plans for a prefab home flopped, Rian and Melissa Jorgensen were introduced to Jonathan Feldman of Feldman Architecture,...
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...
Method Lab
Designer Jennifer Siegal’s own house is a modest 1920s Spanish bungalow on the leeward side of busy Lincoln Boulevard in Venice,...
Renzo Piano Building Workshop Brings a New Residential Destination to Soho
From the architectural firm that’s responsible for the new Whitney Museum, the New York Times building, and the Morgan Library...
The Good Earth
As the war-torn city of Kabul, Afghanistan, is transformed into a maze of blast walls, military checkpoints, and foreign bases,...
How to Make an Old Building New (and Fun) Again
Insider tips on historic preservation for...
A Forgotten Insurance Building Finds New Life as a Humming High School
Following a sensitive renovation at the hands of DSH // architecture, the Larchmont Charter High School in Los Angeles settles...
A new 12-story mixed-use building next to a designated historic building in Downtown Los Angeles
433 S. Main Street, Los Angeles,...
Designer's Block
While some of Joe Columbo’s designs have proven the test of time (Alitalia still uses his plastic flatware), others were simply...
Discuss: Steel, Glass, Concrete, Wood—Do You Have a Preference?
It's the battle of the building materials.