architecture

Here's The View From The New Tallest Building In The Western Hemisphere

The observatory atop the 1,776-foot World Trade Center finally opens next week. But the view from the tallest building in the US (for now) is not the only stunning vista that will greet visitors.


This Insane Transmission Tower Sculpture Remind Us Of Our Mortality

If Zeus ever decides to come down off Mount Olympus and check out the modern world, he’ll be pleased to discover all sorts of fun new toys to smite mortals with. Who needs lightning bolts when you can throw transmission towers around?


Architects Design Wooden Bicycle Frame To Explore Structural Engineering

Wooden bikes may be beautiful, but they’re also a tad impractical. Nevertheless, there may be unexpected value in wooden bike frames, which architects can use to understand important structural challenges and prototype new designs.


This Is The First Building That Can Heal Its Own Cracks With Biocement

Three years ago, we learned that a Dutch team had developed a biological concrete that could repair its own cracks. They said it might be two or three years before it found its way into the larger world — now, that process is happening.


Here's One Way To Reuse Old Oil Tankers: Turn Them Into Small Cities

Oil tankers are the skyscraper-sized neurons that power the global economy’s nervous system, so it’s not often that we imagine a future without them. But a group of architects is doing just that — and proposing a way to reuse them as infrastructure.


The Schemes And Secrets Of Skyscraper Spires

To most of us, the spires that top tall building are an afterthought — a necessary extra, by no means interesting. But if you look closer, those spires are where all the drama has gone down, from the 1920s to this very week.



Here's Our Clearest Look Yet At Google's Rejected 'Moon Shot' Campus

Earlier today, we learnt that Google’s robot-built glass wonderland had been struck down by Mountain View’s City Council in favour of a plan by LinkedIn. Now, Bloomberg paints a picture of the plan that got shirked.


Google's Denied HQ Plans Tried To Cockblock LinkedIn From Expanding

Much of the news in the “space race” for Silicon Valley dominance has focused on the Big Three: Google, Apple and Facebook have all been competing to build Imperial Star Destroyer-size new HQs. But now we learn that LinkedIn also has big plans to grow its campus. And a failed land-grab by Google almost stopped it.


Yet Another Dubious Argument For Not Building More Skyscrapers

The US is in the midst of a building boom that will dramatically change the skyline of most major American cities. Among the many concerns about sprinkling our cities with supertalls, there’s one issue that’s starting to crop up in legal battles: shadowy urban landscapes could stifle the potential for gathering solar energy.