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  • English Students Continue Archigram's Sci-fi Tradition

    English architecture students at the Bartlett, part of Central London University, and the University of Greenwich carry the torch of Archigram, Aaron Betsky writes.

  • The Architecture of Consumption

    From Apple's dematerialized open windows, to Abercrombie & Fitch's material window surrounds, stores in the mall try different architectural tactics to lure consumers in, Aaron Betsky writes.

  • Light as Sculpture in Asif Khan's Parhelia Pavilion

    Asif Khan's pavilion for Art Basel, commissioned by Swarovski and using 1.5 million crystals, captures the light phenomenon parhelia, but disappoints architecturally.

  • Mies van der Rohe's Restored Tugendhat House

    Aaron Betsky tours the newly restored Tugendhat House in Brno, Czech Republic, and is reminded of Mies van der Rohe's skill as an interior designer.

  • Beauty Bash: Art Basel Miami

    At Art Basel Miami, we may find the future of architecture, Aaron Betsky says: the construction of temporary structures on liminal sites built around the notion of art.

  • City4People: Tactical Urbanism Hits Moscow

    A group of young designers and activists introduces tactical urbanism to Russia, proposing improved sidewalks, urban gardening, and community advertisement walls.

  • Flowers Harvest Metal While Cleaning the Earth

    Flowers not only make everything look better, they may now also purify toxic earth, Blaine Brownell reports, thanks to processes being developed at the University of Warwick.

  • Sinterklaas, Santa Claus, and Unreal Spaces

    Aaron Betsky recalls a Northern European holiday tradition where Sinterklaas would arrive from Spain, and if children were bad, take them back to his home in Madrid. Now that he's grown-up, that threatening possibility of going to an unreal place sounds enticing.

  • MVRDV's Book Tower to the Sky

    Despite, or maybe because of, the rise of the e-book, libraries are reinventing themselves. MVRDV's new library in Spijkenisse, Netherlands, organizes a literal mountain of books in a glass enclosure.

  • Art and Nature Come Together in Moscow

    As the first move toward a park with art in Moscow, the Garage arts center has opened a temporary pavilion designed by Shigeru Ban.