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  • 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.

  • Kitagawara: The Other Japanese Architecture

    A modern baroque style of architecture is live and well in Japan, where Atsushi Kitagawara practices. Aaron Betsky travels to Japan to survey his work.

  • New Laser-Cutting Process for Safety Glass

    So long hand cutting. Now, thanks to scientists in Germany, lasers can cut safety glass to any curvy shape.

  • Sandy Proves Our Dependence on Infrastructure

    Aaron Betsky says that Hurricane Sandy proves that we need infrastructure for our basic societal needs: travel, electricity, and commerce.