Architecture

The life in concrete boxes

The apartment building is one of the most standardized and recognizable architectural forms in the world — in its most common form, a simple rectangular box of white-painted concrete, white steel balconies, and grey windows. It is ugly, conformist, efficient;

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Versatile engines for art

How to display art in a gallery, in three steps: (1) Pick a room. (2) Paint it white. (3) Hang art. (Note that for variety and dramatic effect, “black” may be substituted for “white” in Step 2.) The above instructions

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Better living on things that float

At first glance his works appear to be related in some way to clouds, soap bubbles, or even a micro-slice of the human brain in all of its neuron-synapse complexity. To design the work shown at left, which was exhibited

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The invisible geometry of our urban lives

Christoph Gielen’s photographs are simple at first glance, merely aerial shots of built-up areas, the kind of view one gets 30 seconds after take-off in an airplane as it banks over a city. Yet looked at more carefully, they become

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Building without borders

Though the “sans frontières” tag is most famously linked to the organization that in english is known as Doctors without Borders, its adoption by architects indicates that professional distinctions are no bar to the spread of its international and humanitarian

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