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National premiere on public television: April 2014.

Can Architecture Change the World?

We’ll admit it: this is a loaded question that can’t possibly be answered fully in the short space we have here. However, it’s one worth asking because of the core values that the next generation of designers and architects possess that will guide them in shaping the built...

Life-size Blueprints for Better Construction

By now you’ve likely heard of the Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner. It’s a cool product that’s helpful to busy homeowners, but can the technology be leveraged to assist busy construction professionals? It may not be long before job sites also include the Archibot. This...

The ’64 World’s Fair in NYC, 50 Years Later

April marks the 50th anniversary of the 1964 New York World’s Fair, held in Queens’ Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. At the time, the landmark event offered nearly 51 million visitors a glimpse into the future of technology — in some cases a rather accurate one at that (Skype,...

Cultivating a Green Thumb

As an article in Forbes noted, sustainable design in the commercial building sector is anything but a niche, as green buildings will account for nearly $145 billion in new construction and an additional $18 billion in renovations by 2015. Among the residual benefits of all this...

Architecture Afterlife: Design for Disassembly

How long should a building last? The short answer may be: the longer the better, as we touched on in a recent post. The long answer is a little more complicated when you consider the fact that the average exterior structure is designed to last anywhere from 30 to 300 years, while...

Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation: Built By Women Project

It’s no secret that architecture has historically been dominated by men, which has led many to question why more women aren’t participating in the profession — or are leaving it altogether. The gender inequality hasn’t been without recent controversy either, even touching one of...

Design Tools for the Nondesigner

Thanks to mass customization, anyone can try their hand at design these days. Consumers can choose which colors, patterns, and styles they prefer for products by using software-based configurators to “design,” or rather customize, everything from footwear to automobiles — and...

Task Lighting: Slim Is In

Task lighting for desks has come a long way from the days of old, when classic bankers lamps or flexible goose neck lamps were a common sight in most offices and homes. With LEDs rapidly replacing incandescent bulbs and making them virtually obsolete, desk fixtures have shed a...

Protecting the Past to Build for the Future

There’s something inherently cool about preserving old buildings and adapting them for new uses. A recent memorable example is Boston’s historic Charles Street Jail (home to the infamous Boston Strangler and conman Frank Abagnale), which was transformed into the stunning —...

Architecture, Imagination & Storytelling

Architecture has always inspired the imagination, and the act of designing a building tells a story. In a sense, architecture moves from fiction to non-fiction, as abstract sketches are translated into real concrete, brick, steel, and glass. Recently, the online collective Blank...