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  • First Retrospective on Thomas Heatherwick

    Is there anything Thomas Heatherwick hasn't designed anew? A first retrospective on Britain's design darling at the Victoria and Albert Museum will feature his fanciful, redesigned London double-decker, Olympic cauldron, and biomass power station, among others.

     
  • Exhibit: 'Field Conditions'

    Architects describe space without buildings, and artists describe space with architectural language in a new exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art that revists Stan Allen's deconstructivist essay from 1996.

     
  • Infographic: 'The Parks of the World'

    Wanting to examine the parks that he visited last year, Brooklyn's Mikell Fine Iles created six infographics that comparatively visualize the size and qualities of seven of the world's parks.

     
  • Book: 'Furniture Studio'

    A survey of the University of Washington's furniture studio by Jeffrey Ochsner reveals the linkage between materials and making that defines the field of architecture.

     
  • Exhibit: ‘Urban Fabric: Building New York’s Garment District’

    Architects in the '20s designed the largest concentration of skyscrapers in the world, to house most of the U.S. clothing-manufacturing business. An exhibit at New York's Skyscraper Museum explores the transformation from then to today's high-end fashion headquarters.

     
  • Exhibit: 'Now Boarding'

    In the post-9/11 era, there is great potential for airports to be soul-sucking, stressful places. Working hard to make the utilitarian pleasant is Denver's Fentress Architects, which has six of its airports now on exhibit at the Denver Art Museum.

     
  • Object: Gio Ponti's Via Dezza Chair

    One of Italian architect Geo Ponti's armchairs is on exhibit at the Venice Biennale, and re-released in limited quantities by Moteni&Co and Rubelli.

     
  • Exhibit: 'Considering the Quake: Seismic Design on the Edge'

    An upcoming exhibit in Toronto highlights what kind of design emerges when buildings are designed for seismic conditions, as well as for aesthetic quality.

     
  • Tongue-in-Cheek Drawings of Olympic Venues

    The Olympics are over, but you can’t stop dreaming about the architecture, you say? No worries. Clo’e Floirat drew “comical-satirical” versions of the 2012 venues for posterity's sake.

     
  • ‘This is Now’ Websites Show Off Cities’ Visual Hallmarks

    Experience major metropolitan centers through an aggregation of Instagram photos, thanks to one Australian startup’s first project.

     
  • Book: ‘Bridges: The Science and Art of the World’s Most Inspiring Structures’

    Author David Blockley dissects bridges as something beyond common infrastructure—more like an architectural suspension of science, art, and craft.

     
  • Book: 'Design for a Vulnerable Planet'

    The future of design must address nature and her vulnerabilities, says Frederick Steiner in 'Design for a Vulnerable Planet,' especially as a larger human population necessarily means more destruction from natural and unnatural disasters.

     
  • Landscape Architecture Put to Music in Film

    A coder and a musician put landscape architecture to electronic music in a film clip that also allows viewers to travel the world.

     
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    Exhibit: 'Kevin Roche: Architecture as Environment'

    The National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., is holding a retrospective of the 1982 Pritzker Prize–winning architect, Kevin Roche. Through Dec. 2.

     
  • Book: 'Citizens of No Place'

    Jimenez Lai’s use of the cartoon as a vehicle for theory helps tone down (and poke fun at) contemporary architectural rhetoric.

     
  • Book: 'Dirt'

    A team of landscape architects wants to change your perception of dirt as "icky" through essays, interviews, and illustrations that explore the positive potential of the soiled substance.

     
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    Object: Chris Boardman's Lotus Type 108 Olympic Pursuit Bike

    An Olympic bike is one object among many featured at the London Design Museum's "Designed to Win" exhibit, about all the gear that helped athletes with their gold, silver, and bronze victories. Through Nov. 18.

     
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    Exhibit: 'Stadia: Sport and Vision in Architecture'

    Just in time for the Summer Olympics, Sir John Soane's Museum in London is showing an exhibition on how architects have used the stadium throughout history to push innovation. Through Sept. 22.

     
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    Exhibit: 'Loop Value: The How Much Does It Cost? Shop'

    A pop-up shop by the Chicago Architecture Foundation factors in all of the hidden costs that products use throughout their lives. Through 2012.

     
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    Blog: Betonbabe

    On this Tumblr site from a Princeton University School of Architecture grad student, you'll be escorted through the coolest lost-and-found of concrete items.

     
 
 
 
 

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