The façades are essentially aluminum curtains hung from a steel structure. The architects spent months devising an aluminum extrusion that would reflect light to allow for projections from inside.

Old Market Square Stage, Designed by 5468796 Architecture

This new public pavilion in Winnipeg’s Old Market Square is more than a bandshell. It’s an example of how R+D can influence the urban environment.

To encourage movement across the site, the torus lifts up from the ground plane at the east and west ends, creating entrances to a public courtyard as well as a direct pathway from the street into the park beyond.

Phoenix International Media Center, Designed by BIAD

The latest icon in Beijing is the headquarters of China’s largest private broadcaster—and it wasn’t designed by a foreign architect.

The main entrance to Edward P. Evans Hall is flanked by two curved volumes clad in blue glazing, which house stacked lecture halls on the upper levels.

Edward P. Evans Hall, Designed by Foster + Partners

Norman Foster studied under Paul Rudolph at Yale, but his School of Management building on the university’s New Haven campus takes a different tack.

Jellyfish House, Designed by Wiel Arets Architects

This not-quite-beachside house on a hillside in Spain brings the water to the residents.

Soft House, designed by Kennedy & Violich Architecture

This complex of four performative row houses in Hamburg, Germany, designed by Kennedy & Violich Architecture, builds on years of research, including an R+D Award–winning prototype.

Liverpool Department Store–Insurgentes, Designed by Rojkind Arquitectos

A 10-foot-deep façade extension in Mexico City transforms a standard department store into an active public space, inside and out.

The addition cantilevers over the entrance to a 450-car parking garage shared by the Wallis and City Hall (beyond).

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

SPF:a’s modern addition to an existing 1930s post office complex provides a new cultural epicenter for Beverly Hills.

The new business school serves as a gateway to the Rutgers campus, part of a master plan also designed by TEN Arquitectos.

Rutgers Business School

The new TEN Arquitectos–designed facility in Piscataway, N.J., is a whip-smart interior study in non-programmed space, but don’t get distracted by the building’s “big move.”

Vault House, designed by Johnston Marklee Architects

Johnston Marklee takes a curvaceous approach to reinventing the beach house paradigm.


A new neighborhood is taking shape in Milan, and if the first completed structures—apartments by Zaha Hadid and Daniel Libeskind—are any indication, it could be a model for urban development in the United States.

Griaffes walking in front of their wood-slat-clad habitat.

Paris Zoological Park, Designed by Bernard Tschumi Architects

Bernard Tschumi has reimagined Paris’s beloved but crumbling 1934 zoo in a way that improves the experience for both the visitors and the animals.

The Kunsthal, Designed and Renovated by OMA

More than two decades after its completion, the museum and architectural icon gets a 21st-century update from the firm that knows it best: the Office for Metropolitan Architecture.

Promenade, with the rest of the cultural campus visible beyond.

Taiyuan Museum of Art, Designed by Preston Scott Cohen

With his new art museum in northern China, the Cambridge, Mass.–based architect proves that parametric form can still follow function.

Emerson College Los Angeles, Designed by Morphosis

Emerson College’s new Hollywood outpost, designed by Morphosis Architects, brings added density—and a striking silhouette—to this rapidly changing neighborhood.

Low/Rise House, Designed by Spiegel Aihara Workshop

Dan Spiegel, of San Francisco–based Spiegel Aihara Workshop, designed this single-family house with a rare quality by the standards of Silicon Valley: Restraint.

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Next Progressives series

Going Top Down

Urban-Think Tank, best known for its vertical gyms in the Caracas barrios, has a new strategy for building in Third World slums.


Past Progressives series

The California DataMart by Tanner & VanDine Architects (now Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects) glows at night, like the computer monitors once on display there.

The California DataMart

This San Francisco building reveals how our interpretation of an architectural form can change with the times.



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