architecture

Italy Wants To Turn Its Old Bridges Into Inverted Skyscrapers

Southern Italy is dotted with hulking aqueducts that went out of service years ago. In an attempt to find a new use for the structures in lieu of tearing it down, the government held a competition. One of the winning designs will blow your mind.


Watch The First BASE Jump From The Tip Of The World's Tallest Building

Hold tight. This new video shows Vince Reffet and Fred Fugen break a new World Record: by climbing to the very top of Burj Khalifa — the world’s tallest building — and then BASE jumping off it.


What Utopias Have To Do With The 19th Century Craze For Octagon Houses

If you begin looking into the history of vegetarianism, you’ll find that Kansas pops up over and over again. The state, now much better known for BBQ, was once the planned site for a particularly striking vegetarian utopia: Octagon City. Its strict geometric plan was a grand, city-scale expression of a mid-18th century fad for octagon houses.


Vanity Fair Says Architecture, Like Women, Can Never Be Too Thin

New Yorkers have said plenty of negative things about the super-expensive supertalls going up in Manhattan. They tower over their neighbours. They cast shadows over Central Park. But no one has yet equated them with anorexic women — until the May 2014 issue of Vanity Fair.


These Cool Architectural Pics Were Blacked Out With A Permanent Marker

White on black is a no-no in many design circles, but there are definitely exceptions to the unofficial rule — like these cool prints from Marlon de Azambuja. The Madrid-based architect took an inky permanent marker to full-colour photos, eliminating everything except for the thinnest structural silhouettes.


Qatar Cancels Four Of Its 12 Planned World Cup Stadiums

After a year of ballooning costs, delays and controversy over its labour practices, Qatar is cutting back. According to a report from Bloomberg Businessweek, organisers have decided to drastically scale back plans to construct a dozen new stadiums for the 2022 World Cup.


New Video Goes Inside The Painstaking Design Of Apple's HQ

New details about architect Norman Foster’s design for Apple’s Cupertino HQ have been slow to leak, but a new video from Unofficially Apple gives us the most detailed look so far. This building is going to have everything: Native trees! Solar panels! Crazy circular desk spaces!


China Commissions The World's Fastest Lifts

Today, the Japanese tech giant Hitachi announced a contract to build two of the fastest lifts in the world for a forthcoming skyscraper in China. Seems innocuous enough, right? But buried within the press release are a few fascinating details that illustrate how China’s skyscraper boom is affecting the global economy — including the fact that it bought a whopping 60 per cent of all lifts sold in 2013.


Nine Of The Coolest Prefab Houses In History

Prefab is a buzzy topic in architecture and design circles right now, but it’s hardly a new concept. The idea of building houses in factories and shipping them to their destinations is at least a century old. Now, Taschen has published the history of these homes in a lovely coffee table book.


This Twisting Mirror Bridge Reflects Every Detail Of A Shanghai Street

UNStudio has created a beautifully constructed archway that brightens up the retail sphere of Xintiandi Mall in China. Because it’s lined with mirrors, you can track your movements from beginning to end and watch your surroundings skip playfully across the different planes of the mall’s entrance. It’s like walking down the inside of a wormhole — except you stay safely grounded in both time and space.