Best Books of 2017

Transmaterial Next was selected as one of the top ten books on the environment, cities, and landscape for 2017 by The…

Embodied Energy and Design

Making Architecture Between Metrics and Narratives Architecture accounts for one third of global carbon emissions, energy consumption, and waste. And…

Bio2 Design Lab

This study abroad course in Beijing and Tianjin, China, interrogates architecture’s new relationship with nature in two geographic locations and…

Hypernatural Studio

Hypernatural addresses the changing relationship between the designed environment and the natural world—as well as the opportunities that arise from…

Transmaterial Next

Virtually every revolution in architecture has been preceded by a revolution in materials: think iron, glass, steel, concrete, plastics, or…

Activating Architecture

Plagued by fear, anger and a widespread empathy deficit, our cultural and political climate thrives on exploiting, rather than exploring,…

Heavy Air

Today’s rapidly-growing Chinese megacities represent a breathtaking urban future. Skyscrapers, shopping malls, and massive infrastructure projects continue to appear in…

Material Transformations

Throughout history architecture has been shaped by the continual transformation of material technologies and application methods. Its course of development…

Biologically Motivated

Fields from architecture and art to engineering and nano-technology are increasingly looking to biology for inspiration. Strategies such as biomimicry…

Japan: Imagining Totalscape

“Whenever one goes to Japan, one encounters this continuous landscape, which links city to nature and in which the major…

Biologically Motivated Symposium

Biologically Motivated is an interdisciplinary graduate group at the University of Minnesota that emerged from conversations among faculty from the…

4545 Roosevelt

When the owner of a 100,000 SF property in Seattle’s University District approached NBBJ to design a mid-rise office building,…

Hypernatural Exhibition

Despite the ever-growing sophistication of synthetic and digital tools, it’s the natural world that captures the imaginations of today’s vanguard…

China Lab

Today’s rapidly-growing Chinese megacities like Shanghai and Guangzhou present fascinating examples of emerging urbanism suspended between influences of tradition and…

Hypernatural

Despite the ever-growing sophistication of synthetic and digital tools, it’s the natural world that captures the imaginations of today’s vanguard…

Designed for the Future

Biomimicry and biodesign—which involve creating lifelike or living systems, products, and technologies—give me hope about the future. Several architects and…

From Matter to X-Matter

The physical materials and processes used to design and construct the built environment reveal the growing application of information technology…

Shrivel and Shrink

When building 1:1, traditional methods of evaluating scale and size seem to no longer apply. Typical architectural elements of human…