design

Understanding fire risk in tall timber buildings

The development of highly sophisticated new wood products, combined with the design industry’s growing commitment to sustainability, has led to increasing interest in tall timber structures. However, building codes and regulations…

Drive change

Architects Situ Studio are helping young nonprofit Drive Change address issues of social justice through the design of a food truck that will be run by formerly incarcerated youth. We…

Innovations in concrete, past and future

Tabitha Tavolaro, a structural engineer in Arup’s New York office, has spent the past 12 years working on large-scale concrete projects ranging from skyscrapers in earthquake-prone Mexico City to university…

Building the Fulton Center Sky Reflector-Net

The construction of a large tensile structure provides an extremely interesting opportunity for close collaboration between designer, fabricator, and installer. The very hands-on process is filled with discovery, as thousands…

Teaching technology

It’s a popular topic at the moment — technology in the classroom and how it will revolutionize teaching and schools at all levels. But while there have been significant advances…

In praise of LEED

After an unprecedented six public comment periods, the US Green Building Council (USGBC) membership has just adopted the fourth version of its phenomenally popular rating system, LEED (Leadership in Energy…

Crowdfunding architecture?

“Dong, Archie, and Jeff meet for coffee. Dong wants to talk about an oddly shaped, floating, filtering pool for New York; something that had never been done before and that would…