Design

Soarigami

A Devious Contraption to Stop Airplane Elbow Wars

"Soarigami" walls off airline armrests into separate but equal halves.

Peter Vanderwarker

Building the New Harvard Art Museums Was a Story of Many, Many Constraints

The long list of difficulties Renzo Piano faced with this renovation and expansion point to why many architects prefer greenfield builds to infill.

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Remembering a Giant of New Orleans Architecture

August Perez III's influence on his city is everywhere you look.

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Is This What 'Innovation' Looks Like?

As cities go wild for innovation, Boston's award-winning District Hall tries to distill the concept into physical form.

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Why the Case for Resilience Applies As Much to Ferguson as It Does to Hurricanes

Judith Rodin's new book offers insight for a tumultuous world.

BBC America

BBC's The Game Does for Brutalism What Mad Men Did for Mid-Century Design

The Cold War thriller on BBC America stars Brian Cox and Tom Hughes—and some excellent, surprisingly intimate Brutalist architecture.

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This Designer Fabric (Intentionally) Reeks of Whisky

It's a burst of fashion genius that could only originate in Scotland.

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Who Will Stop America's Plague of Hideous License Plates?

The designers behind the States Plates Project are here to help.

Flickr/Heath Alseike

Walkability Is Good for You

A slew of new research links walkable neighborhoods with safer, healthier, more democratic places.

Impossible Technology

Presenting the World's Tiniest E-Bike

The "Impossible" electric bike folds up to fit in a backpack, and makes riders look only slightly like a bear doing a circus trick.

Songquan Deng

Not-So-Bright Lights, Big City

A New York City Council member wants the lights off at night in 40,000 commercial buildings to save the environment. Would this dim the city's iconic skyline?

Parable of the Polygons

An Immersive Game Shows How Easily Segregation Arises—and How We Might Fix It

"Parable of the Polygons" is playable version of Thomas Schelling's model of neighborhood segregation, with an optimistic ending.

Moscow Will Not Build an Eye of Sauron Downtown After All

Better luck next time, Dark Lord of Mordor. And cagey Russian artists.

Your City's Football Team Can Have Its Own European Soccer Club Logo

Football as Football re-imagines (American) football team logos as (European) football team logos. It's a huge improvement.

A rendering of Future Lagos, with city design that works with rising sea levels. Courtesy NLÉ and Zoohaus/Inteligencias Colectivas

At MoMA, How 'Tactical Urbanism' Can Preserve the Future of Cities

As the world braces for a huge population influx into cities, a new exhibit looks at how scaling infrastructure could improve life in the accompanying "unplanned settlements."

AP Photo/Julio Cortez

The Freedom Tower Was Supposed to Be the Greenest Building in America. What Went Wrong?

Under pressure to get a publishing giant into the iconic tower, the site's developers may have sacrificed a core part of its green plans.

Reuters/Gene Blevins

Was Monday's Fire in Downtown L.A. an 'Architectural Hate Crime'?

The destroyed building was to be the latest mega-complex by a detested local developer.

Courtesy of John Ptak

Faux Paris and Other Sham Cities

For centuries, luring enemies to destroy decoy cities was a legitimate military defense strategy.

JUUL | FROST

Copenhagen Plans to Expand By Building Artificial Islands

Denmark’s capital wants to put 10 manmade islands along the shoreline of its inner-city harbor. But opponents warn it will end up a "rich man's ghetto."