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National premiere on public television: April 2014.

Entering a New Dimension in Furnituremaking

Imagine, if you will, a world where objects designed on paper and in software programs can be printed into the real world. You’re moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You’ve just crossed over into … reality? This is no episode of The...

Building a Beach … in New York City?

If you haven’t embraced the concept of crowdfunding yet, you might reconsider after reading this CNET story about a proposal to construct a public beach on a massive barge that will float along the Hudson River around Manhattan Island. Dubbed CityBeach NYC, the project is...

Canstruction: Designing Help for Hunger Relief

There’s nothing quite as encouraging as seeing the power of design harnessed for the common good. That’s why we’re fans of the annual Canstruction Competition, which recently announced the winners of its 2013-2014 international competition (watch the video or click here for an...

Proposals for the Obama Library Are In

Presidential libraries are a fascinating part of our national building stock. While they are not “libraries” in the traditional sense, these repositories preserve and make accessible to the public the papers, records, and other historical materials that offer a unique glimpse...

Architecture-Inspired Art

Try not to stare at your screen for too long (we dare you). This animated GIF — of Essen, Germany’s Zollverein School of Management and Design, by Japanese architecture firm Sanaa — is part of Axel de Stampa’s clever series of architecture-turned-animated-art, dubbed...

Shape-Shifting: The Future of Furniture?

What if furniture wasn’t just a collection of static objects sitting in your home or office, but a dynamic “machine” that changed its shape in response to your energy and emotions? If it sounds a little like science fiction, it’s no wonder: The inventors of Transform — a...

Most Endangered Historic Places (2014 Edition)

In a previous post we pointed out some great examples of historic structures that have been saved from demolition and adapted into some pretty innovative new uses. While the lives of those architectural gems have been extended, others may not be so fortunate. The National Trust...

On the Road With AIA Vermont

Nothing announces the arrival of summer quite like a road trip — and few things convey the adventure of the open road like the iconic Airstream trailer. This year, a group of 10 students from the University of Norwich School of Architecture + Art, under the direction of members...

Public Space: A Canvas for the Masses

While many cities’ public spaces may not leave the most memorable impressions, art commissioning can play an important role in transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary, as the following current and upcoming exhibitions demonstrate. Thanks to a new public art installation,...

Color Matters … But How Much?

Apart from the aesthetics, does color on buildings matter? The answer, it turns out, is not that straightforward. Recent studies suggest that there may be links between color found in architecture and economic development, historical context, even human health. Earlier this...