Architects typically work with fabricated materials—masonry units, metal panels, milled wood, and more. The team from Madrid- and Boston–based Ensamble Studio, however, is looking to the land for an upcoming exhibition (of sorts) at the new Tippet Rise Art Center, an 11,500-square-foot working ranch that doubles as a venue for showcasing music, art, and architecture amid nature, and is located near Fishtail, Mont., north of the Yellowstone National Park. When the center opens to the public this month, it will feature a number of site-specific sculptural installations that feature the forms and materials appearing in the surrounding natural environment. Among the art pieces is a series by Ensamble principals Antón García-Abril and Débora Mesa. Their structures, cast from the land, mirror the natural processes at work around them. “Designed as massive, craggy, beautiful extensions of the rough Montana landscape, the architectural structures were inspired by the same geological processes that formed their surroundings: sedimentation, fragmentation, and erosion,” writes Fast Company’s Co.Design assistant editor Meg Miller. Of the 30 pieces planned for the series, two are completed, each roughly 16 feet tall and made of concrete, soil, and rock that were hand-layered in a process akin to sedimentation (shown in the video above). A third structure is in the works, cast from a mold created by hollowing out an area of the ground, filling it with concrete, and allowing it to solidify before removing the surrounding soil. The work will also be represented in photos, videos, and models at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale. The result marries the worlds of fabricated and natural materials in new, compelling, and, literally, out-sized ways. [Fast Company’s Co.Design + Tippet Rise Art Center + Ensamble Studio]

ICYMI: Why aren’t more architects using energy, or performance, modeling? [ARCHITECT]

Megacities, these are not. Instead, this set of algorithm-based assemblages of fractal geometric forms were crafted by London designer and computer programmer Daniel Brown as a way to explore the unintentional artistry of urban expansion. [Wired]

How can governments and other public agencies use data to improve the availability and quality of green spaces in communities across the country? Sasaki Associates shares three approaches. [Medium]

New York is rising. Experience the city from its new heights through stories of its 121 buildings whose roof heights top 800 feet and the people who bring them to life. [The New York Times]

In Bruges, the beer flows through the streets. Quite literally. That's thanks to new a pipeline connecting a local brewery to its bottling plant in the medieval Belgian city whose history is steeped in hops. The two-mile pipeline moves 1,500 gallons of beer hourly, reducing the number of large trucks traversing the city’s narrow, cobblestone streets. [The Wall Street Journal]

Researchers at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), in Australia, are making fired-clay bricks from cigarette butts. [RMIT]

Architects in New Orleans sound off on the city’s plan to incorporate waterways into its urban infrastructure—via the Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan—that uses tactics similar to those of the Netherlands, collecting and storing rainwater rather than returning it to the city’s already-burdened levee system. [The Associated Press]