design

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…

Outer space and idle space

This Friday we’re highlighting compelling work in the built environment, from Arup and beyond. 1. Fast Company illuminates the vision behind The Hubble Cantata, an event where virtual reality headsets allowed…

The very knobby pineapple

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.   …

Pyramidal plans and Pokémon in public

This Friday we’re highlighting compelling work in the built environment, from Arup and beyond. 1. The Architect’s Newspaper highlights the earthquake-resistant design of Torre Reforma, the 57-story tower with a triangular…