The glass fibers that make up the
Euplectella aspergillum sponge are surprisingly strong and flexible.
Michael A Monn
Bio-inspiration takes cues from natural structures that do certain things very effectively. One example: the strong but flexible fibers that sea sponges use to anchor themselves to the ocean floor.
Cities have always been more than a dense collection of people. They are labs of innovation, hotbeds of crime and inequality, architectural stunners, decaying ruins and everything in between.
Dancing sunlight patterns reflected onto an interior ceiling from a wind-disturbed external water surface.
Research shows that bringing nature indoors, in the form of movement created by light, wind and water, makes occupants calmer and more productive. It also could promote interest in sustainable design.
German artist Edgar Mueller poses with his 3D pavement painting in West London.
People in visually creative professions have their own way of seeing the world.
There are three key principles: prevent risk, evacuate users and minimise damage – in that order.
Massive damage and suffering was caused when a London tower block became an inferno.
On the left, Katsushika Hokusai’s ‘The Manifestation of the Peak’ (1834); on the right, Wright’s rendering of the Huntington Hartford Resort project (1947)
© The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Taliesin West, Scottsdale, AZ
When the young Wright moved to Chicago to work for the architect Joseph Silsbee, he was introduced to Japanese prints. It changed his career, and very possibly the course of American architecture.
Repetitive patterns from windows, blinds and stairs are really uncomfortable to look at.
A view of Tehran, with its mix of traditional and modern design.
Without protection, Iran's spectacular American- and Italian-designed mid-century structures will be reduced to dust, beams and concrete blocks.
The mall's inventor, Victor Gruen, envisioned thriving hubs of civic activity, rather than bland, asphalt-enclosed shopping centers. Is his original vision now being realized – or further corrupted?
Hurts to look at.
Ding dong, the bridge is dead.
We need to imagine new types of borders in this era of fervent fence building.
Toxic industrial processes put a distance between work, home and leisure. Now, in the post-industrial era, these functions are being reunited.
By following these three lessons, Homs can re-emerge from the Syrian conflict an even greater city than before.
A Syrian architect reveals what makes her home town so special – and how locals can rebuild it.
Gumtree Brutalism: the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library (1968), designed by Queensland architect James Birrell, on the James Cook University campus.
Academics are often in the vanguard of the fight to preserve heritage buildings but they are losing the battle on home turf as universities shed their 1960s and 1970s concrete skins.
Serpentine Pavilion 2017, Designed by Francis Kéré, Design Render, Exterior.
With his work Francis Kéré, who is one of Africa's top architects, represents an innovative breakthrough in the collective imagery of what architecture in Africa could be in the 21st century.
Visions of the future, from the early 20th century.
Umberto Boccioni: Dynamism of a Cyclist
A transcript from a segment of The Anthill podcast about the futuristic visions of Filippo Marinetti.
White Night Melbourne, 2017.
Last week it was White Night in Melbourne. I’m embarrassed to say I was tucked up asleep in bed (it had been a long week!). But my Instagram feed attests that the architectural community, along with several…
The lychgate of the Camel’s Back Road Cemetery.
Are the the hauntings at Landour just practical fictions amidst the solitude of the hills?