Max Frommeld and Arno Mathies create a folding sled

Designers Max Frommeld and Arno Mathies have introduced modern plastic hinging to a traditional sled construction, forming a snow-skimming vehicle that can be folded flat (+ slideshow). (more…)


ineke hans enables flexible living with thin top drawer table for arco

rethinking the standard drawer-kitchen table, the furniture piece has been designed for both the home and working environment.

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studio cadena selected as finalist for marfa housing competition

rather than an object on the site, the building becomes a thickened line set within and softly buffered from the street by its surrounding landscape.

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sam irons tracks world travel through grid reference series

lonely towers under construction, empty urban landmarks, closed exhibition spaces and vacant lots comprise 'grid reference', each titled as the latitude and longitude of their capture.

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How to Choose the Right Tile Layout (14 photos)

Whether you’re splurging on a rare natural stone or standing by classic porcelain, choosing a tile type is only part of the design decision. The way the tile is installed also matters. To help you figure out the best layout for your kitchen, bathroom and beyond, here are some of the most popular options....


Intertwining staircases spiral around the glazed core of Hiroshi Nakamura’s Ribbon Chapel

Two curving staircases encircle the exterior of this wedding chapel by Tokyo-based architect Hiroshi Nakamura, meeting at a rooftop platform that overlooks the Hiroshima coastline (+ slideshow). (more…)


Touches of Cozy for Open-Plan Designs (10 photos)

Open-plan living is here to stay, but sometimes you need to divide and rule within a large room. Whether you need to create a pause between cooking and dining zones, separate a bedroom from a bathing area or create a calmer spot in a living room, here are 10 ways to do the job beautifully and in a sympathetic...


Centennial Scholars Imagine the Future of Architecture


The School of Architecture's Centennial Scholarship Fund provides scholarships and fellowships for current architecture students. The field's changed considerably since the school's founding 1913, and will continue to respond to technological advances, social demands, and environmental needs. In celebration of their awards, we asked this year's Centennial Scholars to imagine the future of architecture.

Aysegul Akturk in the sustainable design MS track. Her goal is to become an architecture professor and create new kinds of studios. For example, she noted that "I think we need to update the theory of restoration or create a 'new theory' that includes [...] sustainability, modernity, and preservation." Akturk believes that architects should help mitigate buildings' negative effects on the natural environment by designing with occupant lifestyles, public health, and material sourcing in mind. She imagines a future where "biomimicry will be more advanced. We will include sophisticated renewable energy resources to our buildings. They will follow the regenerative design approach. Sustainable design will be the law."


John Rice is in the fourth year of his BDA, and plans to design residential buildings. He believes that that architecture can have a broad and positive impact; for example, tiny houses to fight poverty in the face of overpopulation. And he thinks that design thinking will remain relevant in the face of changing technologies. "I believe that construction in 100 years will be less reliant on humans, but architecture will still need a human touch," he said. "Architects today have been swaying away from the 'master craftsmen' of earlier centuries and more to the 'artistic' side of design, but in 100 years I predict architects will become more adapted to a scientific approach because of how radically technology will change construction."

Parul Jain is also in the sustainable design track of our MS program, focusing on community-engaged design, institutional buildings, and affordable housing. Jain sees "an increasing need for awareness around taking a holistic approach towards sustainability." She thinks that as technological insights from other fields will allow architecture to reach new heights, and believes that architects have the power to transform the world. "Once we all collectively start looking at sustainability holistically - i.e. taking into consideration social, cultural, environmental and economic factors - we will be able to solve all the grand challenges like poverty and climate change."


Anthony Cherek is earning his BS in Architecture, and is interested in working in public interest design. "The role of an architect goes beyond just creating buildings that work well," he explained. Cherek thinks that designers have the power to promote sustainability and educate the public about new methods and materials, and educate the public. "In order for our planet to survive, we need to find sustainable ways to build that do not harm the earth. In order for an architect to remain competitive in the workplace, he will need to be able to comfortable working to incorporate the ever-changing technologies."

Thank you to all who gave to the Centennial Scholarship, paving the way for another century of achievement!


Artists’ small tower loft expands with vertically stacked cubbies

This clever intervention at the top of a historical building in Amsterdam builds up, rather than out.

customized DIY millennium falcon drone flies in a galaxy far far away

olivier c's DIY-made 'millennium falcon' drone has completed two test flights, showcasing the star wars-themed device flying spectacularly over a picturesque landscape.

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