On Friday, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio released the latest designs for the Union Square Tech Hub, a $US250 million ($325 million) project that aims to "create a central convening point for technology training and networking" as the Big Apple tumbles into the increasingly digital future. As evidenced in the designs released by the mayor's office, 14th street's new tech tower looks like what would happen if you asked IKEA to build a white-collar prison.
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Video: Inside nearly everything made of concrete, you'll find reinforced steel rods that compress the material, making buildings, bridges and other structures even stronger. The rods aren't designed to break easily, but when they do, the best way to watch the destructive results is through the lens of a slow-motion camera.
According to some, the future of architecture is wood, but in Newark, Ohio, the future has already arrived — in the form of big, dumb picnic basket that's also an office building no one will buy.
Almost every building in Washington DC is iconic and recognisable in its own way. But no structure in the city, or the country, serves as a more iconic symbol of America than the US Capitol building, with its soaring dome and imposing structure... one that's now slightly less imposing as LEGO's newest Architecture set.
Trompe l'oeil (literally "to deceive the eye") is an ancient technique whereby a painter creates a visual illusion via a trick of perspective. French street artist Patrick Commecy is a modern master of this art form, working with his team of artists at A-Fresco to create huge, hyper-realistic murals on otherwise drab building facades.
Video: Can you imagine if buildings in a city could grow and bend on a whim as if they were living, breathing organisms? This short film, Spatial Bodies by AUJIK, plays with that concept, transforming the cityscape of Osaka into a totally trippy world where the laws of physics and gravity don't really exist and buildings can take any shape.
Video: This is the "Kiefer Technic Showroom" in Austria and the changing panels are meant to help the people inside regulate the internal temperature. Given China's "weird architecture" ban, it's good to see that there are still weird buildings around the world.
Many New Yorkers have schlepped to Penn Station to take a train out. We've sat in the waiting room, bored, and said to ourselves, I know what would improve my experience better. If only I could go on a 1,200 foot amusement-park ride before my train arrived.
In 2012, Frank Gehry and Mark Zuckerberg posed for a series of photos that sealed their intertwined fates: Gehry, arguably the world's most famous architect, would design a new campus for Zuckerberg, arguably the world's most powerful not-lizard person. Surely with all this money and talent coalescing like a hunk of molten aluminium, Facebook's new HQ would garner universal "Likes". Instead it's more "Sad" than "Wow".
Eero Saarinen designed some of the most iconic American buildings of the 20th century. The arch in St Louis? That was him. The TWA terminal at JFK airport? That was him too. And it wasn't just buildings. Saarinen also designed the furniture that would define futurism of the 1960s, like the tables in Stanley Kubrick's film 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Each year, the opening of the Serpentine Pavilion heralds the beginning of summer in the UK with a temporary structure installed in a London garden. This year, the pavilion was designed by Bjarke Ingels, the Danish superstar architect who was recently brought onboard to design Hyperloop One stations. Depending on where you stand, it's either a very convincing take on a contemporary Minecraft cathedral, or a fancy modern house for Q*bert.
A building boom of supertalls skyscrapers in New York City is resulting in some of the highest residential units in the world — we're talking apartments that are at a dizzying 90 stories and higher. So where does that leave the people who live in the former-tallest residential buildings? Don't worry, they're just fine in their 80th floor apartments — because the view there is supposedly better.