design

Parametric play

For its annual fall installation at Place Pasteur, the Université de Québec à Montréal (UQAM) decided to create a structure that would invite the public to relax and take in…

Consider the contractor

Architects’ cocktail-napkin sketches may be more glamorous than request-for-information documents, but aesthetic inspiration is only one step in the complex process of creating a building. Over a structure’s lifetime, many…

Façade as origami

Most buildings are designed using non-structural envelopes to allow designers more flexibility when shaping their outer face. But what possibilities exist for making load-bearing façades more formally interesting? University of…

If you print it, they will come

Amsterdam-based architecture firm DUS is creating a full-sized 3D-printed house — and welcoming the public onsite throughout the process. Two of the firm’s partners, Hedwig Heinsman and Hans Vermeulen, spoke with us…

Educating the public about design and data

The Chicago Architecture Foundation’s latest major exhibition focuses on big data. We spoke with president and CEO Lynn Osmond about creating public dialogues to increase understanding of the fast-evolving field…