It would be extra convenient to skip traffic or the subway every morning and just take the whirlybird to work. But there's a reason that's not really an option.
Subterranean cartographers are bringing to light the dark, tangled truths buried under the streets.
Don Greer and his wife, Helen, hid in a tornado shelter. Only he survived. Now, a team of engineers has committed to doing the impossible: building a structure that's stronger and smarter than the merciless, random powers of nature itself.
Five years after the hurricane crippled the city's transit infrastructure the MTA has barely begun preparing for the next one — in fact, they're still recovering.
Governor Huey Long was so anxious to get to the White House that he built his own in Baton Rouge. An assassin’s bullet cut short Long’s ambitions, but his gaudy knock-off survives.
What strikes us about today’s surrealist depictions of the built environment is precisely that their execution in the real world is, unlike the work of Escher and Dalí, often entirely plausible in today’s realm of mega-projects.
People laughed when ThyssenKrupp, a company synonymous with elevators, announced it was developing one that goes every which way. Who'd ever heard of such a thing?
For one, a single one costs around $900,000 to install — at least four times the cost of an ordinary escalator.
Conservatives have long opposed Modernism, but in the video age, avant-garde buildings can become potent symbols in the hands of groups like Infowars and the NRA.
All about that '80s-fresh A E S T H E T I C? You've got a specific group of designers to thank for it.
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.
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