Inventive Matter

Embodied Energy and Design: Making Architecture Between Metrics and Narratives Architecture accounts for one third of global carbon emissions, energy … More

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 … More

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 … More

Material Resilience

One of the most sought-after characteristics in the built environment is resilience. Increasingly harmful natural disasters, volatile weather patterns, potential … More

Materials Experience

Materiality not only influences the physical attributes of objects and environments, but also shapes experience. In design, each material decision … More

The Catalyst

“The history of architecture is the history of the struggle for light.” Le Corbusier’s oft-repeated quote captures the obsession most … More

The Age of Concrete

Come April, the first tenants may finally be able to move into Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, now the tallest building in … More

Testing Ground

As we view the world today, we are acutely aware of the recent passage of several critical milestones. First, the … More

Design Ecologies

The world is fundamentally different today than it was yesterday. Our global paradigm is characterized by crumbling energy regimes, dwindling … More

Assembling Light

Light is essential to the realization of architecture, yet in the process of design and construction it is commonly an … More