May 11, 2009, 5am PDT
Recent studies in neuroscience show that the design of the built environment affects the way you feel and your behavior. New brain scan technology is revealing emotional reactions to color choice, rounded corners, and ceiling height.
Fast Company
May 8, 2009, 8am PDT
Controlling fire has never been a strong suit for humans. Now, as climate change sets in, the need for better fire management is becoming dire, according to researchers.
May 8, 2009, 5am PDT
WebUrbanist gathers an extensive assortment of fantastic, futuristic, pseudo-scientific train designs, including a steamship that rolls out of the ocean on tracks.
May 7, 2009, 9am PDT
Advances in material development have brought to the market a new type of concrete that can bend under pressure and heal cracks with the addition of water.
National Geographic
May 7, 2009, 6am PDT
Once the economy bounces back, new office space development will allow for time-sharing and flexibility, said experts at a recent forum hosted by ULI.
ULI's The Ground Floor
May 6, 2009, 11am PDT
This slide show includes pictures of unorthodox bus stops all over the world, including Yellowstone National Park, Estonia, Japan and Brazil.
May 5, 2009, 5am PDT
In terms of global urban livability, American cities are not so hot. The highest ranking city, Honolulu, comes in at 29 in the results of the Worldwide Quality of Living Survey.
The Independent
May 4, 2009, 6am PDT
Builders, architects and designers are increasingly looking to nature for guidance as they try to build greener and more sustainably.
The Oregonian
May 3, 2009, 9am PDT
<em>Metropolis</em> talks with William Saunders, editor of Harvard Design Magazine, about his new book covering the evolving field of urban design.
May 2, 2009, 11am PDT
Oobject has collected videos of twelve building facades that move, either purely for effect or for ventilation.
May 2, 2009, 5am PDT
At the 1939 World's Fair, one of the most popular exhibits was the Futurama, sponsored by GM and portraying a dazzling society of skyscrapers and freeways. Today, a group of architects, engineers and planners are creating a new Futurama.
Lincoln Blog
May 1, 2009, 2pm PDT
The present threat of a global pandemic reveals the fundamental problem with visions for 'sustainable cities' relying on urban agriculture: there are important medical reasons for separating livestock operations from people.
April 30, 2009, 8am PDT
According to architect critic Witold Rybczynski, most iconic architecture never intended to be, and it should stay that way.
Finance And Commerce
April 28, 2009, 2pm PDT
The 2009 Mercer Quality of Living Survey is dominated by Swiss, German and Austrian cities, while Vancouver hangs on to fourth place, the only city in the Americas to crack the top 10.
April 28, 2009, 10am PDT
Linden Labs, creator of Second Life, has awarded a Linden Prize to Studio Wikitecture for their WikiTree project. The online collaboration uses the virtual world "to harness a groups collective intelligence in designing architecture."
Linden Lab
April 27, 2009, 11am PDT
The Wall Street Journal asked four architects (including William MacDonough and Steve Mouzon) to design an energy-efficient, sustainable house of the future. The results are in, and couldn't be more different.
The Wall St. Journal
April 27, 2009, 9am PDT
Wartime urban gardening and the Obama's White House vegetable garden should be our inspiration in our efforts to wean our food systems off of industrial-scale agriculture, writes Michael Pollan, author of "In Defense of Food."
April 24, 2009, 1pm PDT
Alissa Walker poses numerous questions about design, including that of buildings, and how it should reflect on the current economy.
Fast Company
April 23, 2009, 9am PDT
Witold Rybczynski takes a look at the new tendency toward buildings that look collapsible, rather than the solid-looking buildings of the past. Is this trend a symptom of our shaky times?
April 23, 2009, 6am PDT
Scientists are taking seriously proposals to artificially and massively change the Earth's ecosystems -- to "geoengineer" the planet -- to put the brakes on climate change.