How A Creationist Theme Park Is Rebuilding Noah's Ark

Once in a while, we encounter an architectural project so inspiring that it can be called "biblical in proportion." The pyramids, the Pantheon, and the Hagia Sophia, for example, strike us with a a sense of awe and have the ability to move us with their astonishing grace and power. But it's not every day that… » 2/25/14 4:25pm 2/25/14 4:25pm

How Crowdsourcing Is Connecting Sports Fans To Architecture

No one can hype up a sporting spectacle quite like the NFL. One particularly exciting campaign that has emerged in the run-up to Super Bowl XLVIII involves the Empire State Building, in which supporters of the two teams duke it out to control the tower's iconic lights. The project, a collaboration with Verizon, allows… » 1/31/14 4:33pm 1/31/14 4:33pm

Materials Of The Future: 7 Amazing High-Tech Architecture Trends

The beginning of civilization as we know it really started with a series of material innovations; the Bronze Age and the Iron Age set us on the path to where we are now, after all. So it makes sense that the history of architecture is also deeply engrained in technological developments of the time. Skyscrapers would… » 1/28/14 11:51am 1/28/14 11:51am

10 Fictional Architecture Mock-Ups In Movies And TV

On Sunday, the popular Danish television series The Legacy featured an architectural model for a striking new (fictional) museum. With jutting cantilevers, large windows, and a folding elevation, the model looked as though it could have been a real-life proposal for a cultural institution designed by a famous… » 1/24/14 12:25pm 1/24/14 12:25pm

10 Weird And Wild Inventions To "Fix" Air Pollution

With the impending doom of climate change looming closer and closer, NGOs, nonprofits, and governments around the world are asking citizens to drive less, buy local, and "reduce, reuse, and recycle." However, there are certain places where these gestures may not be enough—cities where years of heavy industry,… » 1/23/14 1:56pm 1/23/14 1:56pm

Indiana Jones Meets 'Alien': Mayan Ruins Get The Sci-Fi Treatment

The Kaminaljuyu Archaeological Park in Guatemala, an excavated site containing the Ancient Mayan ruins of earthen construction, has everything: monuments with classic hieroglyphs, hand-sculpted busts and heads, ancient adobe walls ... and—soon!—overhead shelters that look like they were plopped down from the future.… » 1/21/14 1:22pm 1/21/14 1:22pm

Why You Should Give The Architects Of Demolition Some Credit

Should those who demolish get as much credit as those who create? After all, the demolition of a project can sometimes take as long as it would to build. Although we are currently in a period obsessed with historic preservation, there are occasions when the demolition of a structure is necessary and unavoidable (… » 1/20/14 2:19pm 1/20/14 2:19pm

Top 10 Cities Shrouded In Smog (And China Doesn't Even Make The List)

China's "airpocalypse" has reached a fever pitch recently with the news that Beijing, thanks to its out-of-control smog, has taken to televising sunrises on huge screens placed in public squares for its light-starved residents. This is, of course, after the US Embassy in Beijing reported that the city's air quality… » 1/20/14 11:34am 1/20/14 11:34am

Why Qatar's New Calatrava Bridge May Not Be The Best Idea Ever

Qatar has recently announced that it would finally begin work on Santiago Calatrava's "Doha Sharq Crossing" in 2015, five years after the Spanish architect first released plans for the project. The 12 km "crossing," a bridge-and-tunnel hybrid that stretches across the bay, linking the new Hamad Airport with the… » 1/17/14 3:19pm 1/17/14 3:19pm

Are Robots The Future Of Architecture?

After helping to define the digital era of architecture, Los Angeles-based architect and UCLA professor Greg Lynn has shifted his purview somewhat. Lynn can now be found conducting research on moving architecture, using the latest industrial technology to experiment with the possibilities of what it might mean for… » 1/17/14 12:14pm 1/17/14 12:14pm

Vertical Bunkers: Why To Hide In A Skyscraper During A Nuclear Fallout

Sure, New Yorkers may have severe vitamin D deficiencies, but in the event of anuclear fallout, well, we're better off than most everyone else. Indeed, the soaring built environment of a tall city is exactly what is needed to survive this particular kind of apocalypse. While this may not exactly be news (bunker… » 1/17/14 9:54am 1/17/14 9:54am

5 Buildings Shrouded In Conspiracy

The symbolism and meaning of architecture, even when explained by the architects and engineers, can often become muddy with the interpretations of scholars and the public. These interpretations can be about the design itself or about alleged events that occurred at the building in question. At times, a building or set… » 1/13/14 11:38am 1/13/14 11:38am

9 Architectural Alternatives To Heat A Home During A Deep Freeze

In case you didn't already know, it was absolutely frigid in the United States earlier this week. But instead of adding to the over-saturation of sensational news stories regarding the "polar vortex" from frenzied media outlets and Facebook newsfeeds, we'd like to come away from these bone-chilling temperatures with a… » 1/09/14 1:00pm 1/09/14 1:00pm

Five Reasons To Study Architecture Through Alfred Hitchcock’s Films

1. Background As A Production Designer In German Studios: Before he started directing films in 1925, Hitchcock designed sets for films shot in the sophisticated studios in Germany. He favored oppressive and claustrophobic spaces, which were important in expressionist cinema as well as in the Kammerspielfilm, which… » 1/08/14 12:35pm 1/08/14 12:35pm