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  • Study Reveals Design's Influence on Student Performance

    A UK university and architecture firm research the effects of classroom design on academic performance to help demonstrate the correlation between good design and human performance.

  • Biological Concrete for Living Façades

    The Structural Technology Group at the Universitat Politèctica de Catalunya (UPC) in Barcelona is developing a multilayered concrete panel system designed to support the growth of mosses, fungi, and lichens.

  • Oil Silo Transformed into Civic Space

    As port cities expand, industrial activities near urban centers—especially along waterfront properties—tend to be displaced by more-profitable residential and commercial programs. One lighting company decided to turn an oil silo in Helsinki into a piece of art.

  • Michael Graves's San Juan Capistrano Library, 30 Years Later

    Aaron Betsky takes a return trip to a Michael Graves–designed library in California and finds lots to critique, but also lots to love.

  • Fighting Disease with Molecular CAD/CAM

    The tools used for architecture and construction, from CAD to 3D printing, are now also being used to design disease-fighting DNA.

  • 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.