Architecture + Fashion: OMA And Prada's History Of Collaboration

The distance between contemporary architecture and fashion is continually narrowing, whether it’s Zaha designing shoes (for United Nude) or Zaha designing perfume bottles(for Donna Karan). Most of these architect-designer collaborations are one-offs, but the partnership between Prada and OMA/AMO has gone on for more… » 8/06/13 2:40pm 8/06/13 2:40pm

Peter Versus Peter: Eisenman And Zumthor's Theoretical Throwdown

Peter Eisenman and Peter Zumthor are among the titans of architecture, both known for their iconic work and their distinctive personalities. Eisenman, of course, has the longer track record, having emerged into notoriety as early as the 1960s with his strong interest in architecture theory, his personal ties to such… » 8/01/13 5:56pm 8/01/13 5:56pm

A Secret Museum Hidden Inside An Elevator

There is a secret one-room museum tucked away in a Tribeca freight elevator. With 80 square feet split between display space, a shop, and a cafe, it could appear on a list of the world’s smallest museums, though its featured exhibitions are far more expansive. Among the featured collections this season are “Objects… » 7/23/13 11:21am 7/23/13 11:21am

A New Office Building With Multiple Personalities

Council House 2 (CH2) is a highly sustainable office building designed by the City of Melbourne and DesignInc. Most “sustainable” buildings are tight boxes, made bland by the necessity to incorporate technology and passive techniques, but in CH2 the architects really went for broke. Featuring different materials on… » 7/19/13 10:47am 7/19/13 10:47am

An Intricate Map Of A City’s Growth And Heritage

A brilliant map shows the ages of buildings in Portland, Oregon, by color, providing an easy-to-readvisualization of urban growth and how zeitgeist relates to architecture. Created by Justin Palmer and discovered by The Atlantic Cities, “The Age of a City” draws its information from a publicly available dataset that… » 7/16/13 3:25pm 7/16/13 3:25pm

The Real Architecture Of DC: News From The Capital Of Controversy

Is the sun setting on Washington, D.C.’s sublime brutalist heritage? It sure seems that way, as a new wave of conservative design thinking dominates city discussions and projects. Several major brutalist icons are already doomed, while others are in severe danger of being subsumed by the wave of chrome-and-glass… » 7/12/13 4:48pm 7/12/13 4:48pm

Colorful Camouflage: Painting Buildings Brushes Problems Under The Rug

The movement to provide increased affordable housing in cities across the world is gaining momentum as the pace of rural to urban migration continues to accelerate. The internal reorganization of populations, coupled with rising property prices in ever-more prosperous cities, leads to the pricing out of existing… » 7/12/13 12:32pm 7/12/13 12:32pm