Billionaire Building Blitz: The 10 Most Expensive Hi-Rises

Over the past year, an entirely new building typology has materialized: that of the super-tall, impossibly-skinny, and ultra-extravagant residential condo tower. Each month a new design by a famous architect seemed to tout the privileged city views made possible by towering heights and even more impressive finances.… » 4/07/14 12:27pm 4/07/14 12:27pm

World's Most Beautiful Public Bathroom Sits On Faraway Island

What do you think of when you hear the words "public toilet?" Off-white tiles that were selected to minimize costs? Damp floors that never seem to dry? The subtle smell of Lysol? Stalin-era toilet paper? Whatever disturbing images these words may trigger, most will agree that public restrooms are cringe-worthy — and… » 4/03/14 10:42am 4/03/14 10:42am

10 Architecture Movies and Shows to Stream on Netflix Now

Ah Netflix, the vast internet repository of irresistible movies and television with the power to keep us glued to our computer screens for hours on end. For many of us, Netflix offers the perfect outlet to relax with friends, or to compulsively binge on television while alone—who hasn't watched an entire season of … » 3/28/14 2:11pm 3/28/14 2:11pm

Step Back into the Real World of Mad Men

Everyone's favorite period drama about the advertising industry—Mad Men—returns on April 13th for its final season. In anticipation, Time has collected a series of photos taken in the 1960s, when the real scions of advertising populated New York City's Time-Life Building. It is a privileged glimpse into the real world… » 3/27/14 5:49pm 3/27/14 5:49pm

Jumping From Buildings: The World's Most Dangerous Sport

BASE jumping is considered by many to be the world's most dangerous sport. The name is an acronym for the four surfaces that participants can alight from: building, antenna, span (bridge), and earth (cliff). Some trace the inaugural BASE jump to tailor Franz Reichelt, who died in 1912 while hopping from the Eiffel… » 3/26/14 5:10pm 3/26/14 5:10pm

Not Just Amtrak! 7 Residencies for Architects and Designers

Ever thought about writing on a train for a few days? Me neither. But Amtrak is offering writers a chance to take the long trip of their choice in a private sleeper cabin, with space to make whatever they choose. #AmtrakResidency has a rolling admission process that lasts until March 31, 2015, but there is no reason… » 3/24/14 11:04am 3/24/14 11:04am

Next Stop, Springfield: Navigating The Simpsons' New Subway

Even a fictitious city deserves regular infrastructural upgrades. Although the Simpsons characters haven't aged a bit since their debut in 1989, the city they inhabit has grown as we've explored its neighborhoods over 25 seasons. This past Sunday's episode saw the introduction of a wriggly, multicolored system that… » 3/20/14 5:23pm 3/20/14 5:23pm

Smog-Eating Façades and the Future of Air Quality

"Sustainability" comes in a range of scales, from the thoughtful planning of mega-urban infrastructure to home daylighting design and innovative material choices for commercial projects. But can a building's entire envelope sync with the environment? We've unearthed one of the most intriguing and uncanny trends of… » 3/13/14 5:59pm 3/13/14 5:59pm

Swamp Thing: Poetic Black Box To Emerge From England’s Bogs

In one of the most courageous re-wilding schemes since the Netherlands’ Oostvaardersplassen, the UK’s Great Fen Project proposes to transform 3,000 hectares of arable land back into fen, a unique type of British wetland. This new collection of woodland, scrub, wetland, ponds, and grasses needed, of course, a new… » 5/17/13 1:00am 5/17/13 1:00am