design

Rational poetry

Walking through design offices and flipping through archives, we’re often struck by glimpses of images that aren’t immediately decipherable — the one above, for instance. Our What’s That? series tells their stories.   …

Killer concerts and claustrophobic quarters

This Friday we’re highlighting compelling work in the built environment, from Arup and beyond. 1. The Spaces offers up a gallery of 21 acoustically and architecturally beautiful concert halls across the…

Design-build for high schoolers

On a hot, sunny August morning on Chicago’s West Side, Matt Snoap, an architect with the firm bKL, is putting more than a dozen high school and early college students…

Office visit: Product design, Arup style

On the ground floor of the Arup headquarters in London’s leafy Fitzrovia district sits a glass-walled model shop designed to support the large-scale architectural and infrastructure projects the firm is…

Design library: Penguins and Penn Station

Doggerel is always on the lookout for good books about design and the built environment. Verity Relves, an Arup librarian in Solihull, UK, pointed us to a list started by engineers…

Building permanent paths out of poverty

David Lambert, a structural engineer in Arup’s Los Angeles office, has spent several years volunteering with the Mbesese Initiative for Sustainable Development (MISD), a nonprofit focused on reducing poverty in…