architecture

11 Of The Most Groundbreaking Structures Of The Year

Every year the Institution of Structural Engineers picks out the most interesting pieces of structural engineering out there, highlighting an aspect of design that tends to get overlooked. Today, it announced its picks for 2014 — and one is in Melbourne.


A Plan To Turn Your Local Carpark Into Your Local Playground

Carparks may be a necessity for any dense urban centre, but that doesn’t mean they have to be a eyesore. And if Danish firm JAJA Architects has its way, they could even be serving a dual-purpose soon — by doubling as our leafy, local playgrounds.


This Clever Transforming House Has Three Rotating Rooms

Sometimes you want a room with a view. Sometimes you want a bunker that’s walled off to the world. Why not have both? The Sharifi-ha House can shape-shift based on the amount of sun or level of privacy that its residents need at that particular moment.


Can Architecture Perform Miracles? The Quest To Make Gaudi A Saint

Visiting the dripping sand castle basilica that is the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona could definitely be described as one of the most awe-inducing moments of my life. A spiritual experience? Perhaps. But is it a miracle? That’s what a group of believers are trying to prove in their campaign to make its architect, Antoni Gaudi, a saint.


Photographers Picture The End Of The World, Architecture And Art

Photographers Vitaliy and Elena Vasilieva explore apocalyptic themes — and society’s obsession with catastrophe and disaster — as they destroy the New York Guggenheim, Pompidou and other modern institutions. Will art survive the end of the world?


The Weird, Eerie World Of China's Knockoff Cities

The best knock-offs in the world are in China. There are plenty of fake designer handbags and Rolexes but China’s knock-offs go way beyond fashion.


All Blood Donation Centres Should Be This Shade Of Red

Every once in a while, form meets function in such a wonderful way that an architectural pun is born. It’s hard to find a better example than the Blood Center in Raciborz, Poland. Let’s just say they don’t have to worry about a spill staining the carpet.


This Dreamy Drone Tour Shows The Rebirth Of Downtown Los Angeles

Los Angeles’s swiftly mutating downtown district is usually viewed at street level. Now, thanks to filmmaker Ian Wood, we get a top-down perspective of the city’s transformation in this gorgeous video, which he shot with a lightweight remote-controlled quadcopter and camera system. 20 stories up, there’s change afoot as well.


This 45-Storey Slum Could Finally Become A Finished Skyscraper

There is perhaps no unfinished skyscraper more infamous than Torre de David, a 45-storey shell of a building that has informally housed about 5000 Venezuelans since 2007. Now the property that has become known as the world’s tallest slum is being acquired by Chinese investors, and this week, the government began evicting residents.


The Lattice Of Tubes Covering This Building Are A Natural AC System

If you have ever sweated through a summer in the city, you can thank those skyscrapers all around. Tall buildings trap heat that create urban heat islands. But what if you could create a building that cools the city instead? A building skin made of a series of tubes with evaporating rainwater can do just that.