The incineration of the 24-story London high rise, the deadliest fire in Britain in more than a century, was rooted in a regulatory breakdown.
Detroit's Silverdome used to be home to thousands of football fans. Now, it's just a place for Tyler Fernengel to get rad on two wheels.
To be fair, we don't spend a ton of time looking at drawbridges, but we're pretty confident in saying that the Slauerhoffbrug in Leeuwarden in the Netherlands is one of the coolest out there.
How the built environment of the security state reflects the anxieties of the modern age.
Tesla’s sleek new product helped clinch the company’s merger with SolarCity. We investigate its mysterious origin.
For all his criticisms, America's most celebrated architect wasn’t intrinsically opposed to cities. Instead, he urged us to examine what they had become and recognize that none of their failures were inevitable.
We don't give flattery its due credit, which is kind of ironic when you think about it.
The age of timber has officially begun, and it’s set to transform the way our cities look and feel.
DC is becoming a city of sterile glass boxes. Hulking concrete never looked better.
In earthquake-prone areas, it's a good idea to design buildings — particularly those with valuable equipment — to withstand quakes. Surveillance video of a server room in Japan during the 2011 earthquake shows how the room's special floor kept the servers basically stationary.
The Helicoide was going to be the world’s first drive-through mall. Now it is a prison that former inmates describe as hellish.
Photographing the hidden afterlives of Soviet monuments.
Lady Liberty is a towering symbol of our national vulnerability to the changing planet.
These mobile-home enthusiasts think the classist shaming of trailer-park living needs to end.
Among other details: The stone for the exterior of fitness center at the new Apple campus was sourced from a quarry in Kansas and then distressed, like a pair of jeans, to make it look like the stone at Steve Jobs’ favorite hotel in Yosemite.
Despite years of careful design and engineering, skyscrapers too often end up causing serious problems for their surroundings.
At Factum Arte, whole tombs are being recreated in painstaking detail. Why? Because while our high-tech scans can last forever, the real deals are rapidly decaying.
The United Kingdom built hundreds of miles of protected bike lanes — and promptly forgot about them.
A historic building in London’s Covent Garden, violently slashed through the middle, floats mysteriously in the air. A terraced house in Margate has its entire redbrick front slipped away from its frame and lies slumped in its own front garden. Welcome to the magical world of Alex Chinneck, a British artist known for his large-scale, mind-bending architectural illusions.
Welcome to What We Learned This Week, a digest of the most curiously important facts from the past few days. This week: An impenetrable bunker exposed, an innocent cyclist murdered and an unreachable video game room entered.
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