January 2011

The Incrementalists

New plans to modernize our aging rail intrastrcture are modest, in the extreme.

Luminous Buildings, Sleepy Rooms

Convention centers, with their dreary lecture halls, would benefit from systems thinking.

Energy: Scaling It Up

A new 220,000-square-foot building takes zero-energy architecture to a whole new level.

A True Original

Under the Table

Folia’s sliding trays allow even the chronically disorganized a clutter-free work surface.

Deans List

Restructuring Plans

Cecil Balmond talks to us about his recent decision to leave Arup for his own practice.

Institutional Knowledge

Six young design curators give us a peek at their latest projects.

Art and Commerce

A stunning series of postcards from turn-of-the-century Vienna was initially conceived as a money-making venture.

Social Design: Straight Out of School

Founded three years ago by six Harvard GSD students, MASS Design Group has transformed the lives of 400,000 Rwandans.

Government: Leadership Council

Five leading mayors talk about the challenges they face, the strengths of their cities, and their visions for the future.

Community Activists: Rising from the Ashes

Thanks to the vision of two young developers, a former industrial complex now stands as a model for neighborhood revival.

Design Among the Dunes

Matali Crasset tries her hand at an experimental ecolodge in the Tunisian desert.

Practice: The Great Equalizers

The celebrated Norwegian firm Snøhetta introduces its egalitarian ways of working to an American architecture world known for rigid, top-down management.

Passive Aggressive

Topic’s super-insulated door is ideal for passive houses and other high-performance buildings.

Roadside Attractions

A federal program yields border stations that resemble more than just pit stops.

The Giving Tree

Education: Advanced Placement

The key to New Orleans’s rebirth may lie in an unprecedented overhaul of its education system that puts public schools at the center of community services.

Baby Rems

Sister Tract

In Denver, a convent becomes the locus of an unconventional community development.

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