Link About It: This Week's Picks
1. Mobile Architecture's New Radical Homes There's more to mobile housing units than the trailer category. As design writer Rebecca Roke notes in her new book "Mobitecture: Architecture on the Move" (published by Phaidon), everything from floating...
This Brutal World
How do crude and unsympathetic concrete structures appeal to human hearts around the globe? Graphic designer Peter Chadwick (founder of London-based studio A Popular Space) attempts to explain his fervent love for Brutalism not through too many words...
Brutal London by Zupagrafika
Paper models of buildings and animals are some of the most simple and classic children’s toys. But turning something 2D into a 3D sculpture never gets boring—and when you combine the DIY factor with interesting designs, you have the recipe for Brutal...
Skyline Gift Wrap
Rome wasn't built in a day, but you can construct quite the architectural empire with the help of SUCK UK's Skyline wrapping paper. Gift boxes become apartment buildings, storefronts and skyscrapers of varying heights, and your bounty a miniature city...
Expanding on their expansive installation visualizing the magnitude of the Netherlands' 10,000 empty government buildings at the 2010 Venice biennale, Ronald and Erik Reitveld of RAAAF partnered with a multidisciplinary team at the Sandberg Institute...
Architecture: the Whole Story
Living up to its lofty title, "Architecture: The Whole Story" satisfies designophiles and the uninitiated alike with a primer on everything we humans have built. From the pyramids to ancient temples and gothic churches, right up to Eero Saarinen's...
Build almost anything you can dream of—from ambitious room-sized structural installations to intricate table-top sculptures—with nothing more than JIX connectors and standard drinking straws. Portable and super light-weight, with JIX you're able to...
Each page of "Archidoodle: The Architect's Activity Book" contains a famous architectural wonder, incomplete without your finishing touches—so be as accurate or as imaginative as you'd like. With big time structures like the Taj Mahal, Sydney Opera...
United Nations Headquarters
Lego-nerds, poli-sci lovers and architectural buffs will adore this playful representation of the United Nations Headquarters. Just one of the models available in Lego's landmark series, the building shows how two heads are better than one, as the...
California Skateparks' Snake Run
Designed to mimic the sloping school yards and dried concrete waterways of Southern Califorinia, where skateboarding's roots reach deepest, the snake run is the most fundamental form of all skatepark designs. While most snake runs are characterized...
Decorating the foyer of San Francisco's new ultra-luxe high rise Millennium Tower, Yoram Wolberger's "CA Mission" depicts California's iconic Spanish missions in an 18' x 14' model. The nod to the state's former architects plays off of notions of...
Phoenix International Media Center
Hand in hand with China's overall rapid growth and explosive urbanization, recent years have seen a wave of high-design architecture. The Office for Metropolitan Architecture's spectacular CCTV tower, opened in 2008 to house the nation's central...
Even Austin's airport food—local famed BBQ and Tex-Mex rather than soggy tuna sandwiches—touts the city's pro-small business attitude. So when the chain known for hipping up the mid-range hotel experience came to town, they had to step...
Rafael Viñoly Architects
Many of today's up-and-coming architects are eager to design buildings with a surplus of modern bells and whistles, but even a quick study on the work of esteemed architect Rafael Viñoly shows how a true understanding of a structure's relationship...