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Letter from Ecuador: Final Assessment

On their last day in Tingo Pucara, a cluster of engineers squatted around the exposed nub of a six-inch PVC pipe. One dangled a flashlight into the opening to illuminate the hollow. The vertical PVC tube joined perpendicularly into the…

Book Review: The Battle for Gotham

At first glance, you’d be hard-pressed to find anything exemplary in the layout of Willets Point, Queens, with its jumble of auto repair shops, junkyards, and the cars, broken down and not, that litter the spaces between buildings. The city…

Like eBay, for Wealthy Architecture Nerds

The vast majority of the architects and artists that submitted work to Contemplating the Void--an ongoing exhibition at the Guggenheim that re-imagines Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic building in fanciful, and often humorous, ways--have also contributed those pieces to an online…

Slow Is the New Fast

If things go as planned, the Aircruise might just be the future’s slowest way to get around. For now, however, the 265-meter-tall airship isn’t a finished product; an announcement the other week billed it as a “visionary transportation concept.” Seymourpowell,…

India's 21st-Century Model T

Images: courtesy Tata Motors The Tata Nano, on display now through April at the Cooper-Hewitt, looks a lot like a Smart Car, though it’s sold for about a fifth of the price. The Nano is billed as “the People’s Car,”…

Smarter Energy for New York

For years, New York City’s electricity grid has strained under the stress caused by peak demand, the times (like midday or, in a seasonal cycle, the summer) when residents are most apt to use electrical appliances and max out the…

Facade Follows Function

If you think Thom Mayne designs buildings that stand out for the sake of standing out, you’re only partially correct. Last week, at the Center for Architecture in downtown Manhattan, Mayne gave a talk on  “performalism,” a portmanteau that describes…

New Sheds for New York

Yesterday, Mayor Bloomberg and the Department of Buildings commissioner, Robert Limandri, announced the winner of the urbanSHED competition,which, last summer, asked for redesigns of the city’s sidewalk sheds (the plywood constructions that shield pedestrians from exterior building renovations). The winning…

Skyline by Committee

At the newly unveiled Web site Shape Vancouver 2050, users are given a digital model of the Vancouver skyline, the ability to extrude buildings upwards, and a visual gauge of the resulting effects on the city’s downtown. As the user…

Chicago Takes Climate-Change Action Online

Just before Christmas, the Chicago Department of Environment launched a redesigned Web site for its Chicago Climate Action Plan. The new site details some of the city’s goals for greenhouse-gas reduction (an 80 percent decrease from 1990 levels by 2050,…

Robert, Sarabeth, and Danny

Robert, a new restaurant in the Museum of Arts and Design When Sarabeth’s closes its Whitney outpost in the middle of this month, it will mark the end of the restaurant’s 19-year presence in the museum’s basement (it was the…

Architects and Third-Graders Agree ...

We knew architects liked the Chartwell School after it was voted one of the Top Ten Green Projects for 2009 by the AIA. Apparently, students like it too. Last week, UC Berkeley’s Center for the Built Environment (CBE) picked Chartwell,…

Winter Books Roundup

. Learning from Hangzhou By Mathieu Borysevicz Preface by Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown Timezone 8, 330 pp., $45 China is urbanizing at an astounding rate. Those of us who don’t live there might know this from statistics (like:…

Fall Books Roundup

This is part one of our fall roundup of new and notable books on architecture, culture, and design. Stay tuned for the second installment later this month. . Shigeru Ban: Paper in Architecture Edited and designed by Ian Luna and…

Speed and Spectacle in the UAE

If oil money is the figurative blood of the UAE, dazzling architecture might be its skin. And if that metaphor seems a bit strained, it should make more sense once you’ve seen images of Asymptote’s new project in Abu Dhabi.…

Fiberglass Fluidity

Sixty years in, Vladimir Kagan has found something new. Kagan, the furniture designer whose signature forms--organic and sinuous--made him an important figure in midcentury Modernism, this month unveils a new line of furniture built entirely in fiberglass. It’s the first…

Paper World

Unfolded: Paper in Design, Art, Architecture and Industry outlines the many possible uses for a well-known material.

A Lotta Zaha

Two new monographs, both called Complete Works, present 30 years of Zaha Hadid's genre-defying architecture.

Sheds Will Roll

New York's ubiquitous sidewalk sheds are poised to receive a much-needed makeover this fall.

Another BIG Win

The Urban Land Institute recognizes Blarke Ingels Group's ambitious Mountain Dwellings.

OMA Opens Up to Bangkok

Ole Scheeren's MahaNakhon project uses an irregular, exposed facade to reduce the 77-story skyscraper's natural insularity.

Pucci Shows Off

A new book documents fifteen years of furniture and art (and mannequins) from the New York gallery Ralph Pucci International.