Third Nature

We have been conditioned over time to view ‘nature’ as something pure and immutable, distinct from and therefore somehow ‘exterior’…

Architecture in the Floating World

Japanese architecture and design have long fascinated a global audience. The masterful combination of aesthetic elegance, functional pragmatism, technological sophistication,…

Material Strategies

Throughout history, architecture has been shaped by the continual transformation of material technologies and application methods. Material Strategies: Innovative Applications…

Living Machines

Offered in the penultimate semester of the M.Arch program sequence, the primary context of this studio is Tokyo—the largest global…

Matter in the Floating World

It seems that Japan contains a higher number of internationally significant architects and designers relative to its geographic size than…

Second Sky

In an era of active material investigation, light has become an increasingly important ingredient in the pursuit of optimal and…

The Catalyst

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

Next Generation Polymer Composites

A future of diminishing petroleum resources will contrast starkly with our generous oil-based diet today. A nonrenewable resource with limited…

Transmaterial 3

The Transmaterial series delivers critical information about new materials to architects and designers who seek to transform the structure, spaces,…

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…

The Shape of Light

In an era of active material investigation, light has become an increasingly important ingredient in the pursuit of optimal and…

Testing Ground

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

Design Ecologies

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

Material Strategies Seminar

With the explosion of new materials and technologies available for building construction, it is critical that architects confront this broadening…

Material Performance

The opportunity to design high performance “green” buildings challenges architects to create or find environmentally friendly materials and construction processes…

Light as Material

In an era of active material investigation, light has become an increasingly important ingredient in the pursuit of optimal and…

Urban Shroud

A recent forecast estimates that humankind will construct roughly the same volume of buildings within the next generation as that…

Assembling Light

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