environment
NYC’s Elegant Storm-Proofing Proposal Will Probably End Up Being a ‘Big Dumb Wall’

In 2014, New York City funded a proposal called the “Big U,” a 10-mile barrier around Lower Manhattan to prevent the devastating effects of both storm surges and sea-level rise. The biggest strength of the $540 million (£419m) project was that the infrastructure would do double-duty by adding parks and public space around the perimeter of the island. But due to cost issues, those plans might not happen at all, according to a story in Rolling Stone. Read More >>

architecture
Bjarke Ingels Built a Real-Life Minecraft Structure in London

Each year, the opening of the Serpentine Pavilion heralds the beginning of summer with a temporary structure installed in a Hyde Park. This year, the pavilion was designed by Bjarke Ingels, the Danish superstar architect who was recently brought onboard to design Hyperloop One stations. Depending on where you stand, it’s either a very convincing take on a contemporary Minecraft cathedral, or a fancy modern house for Q*bert. Read More >>

architecture
This Twisting Manhattan Tower Will Have a Park on Every Floor

When you think of skyscrapers you probably think of pricey property — not leafy parks in the sky. A new 300-metre tower going up in New York provides a more interesting take: hanging gardens that twirl down the exterior of the building. Read More >>

architecture
An Architect Wants to Retrofit Battersea Power Station With Tesla Coils

A few weeks ago, the design mag Dezeen reported on a lecture by the Danish architect Bjarke Ingels at the Royal Academy in London. During the lecture, Ingels nonchalantly described a plan to turn an Battersea Power Station's ageing chimneys into Tesla coils, if only London would let him. Read More >>

design
The Middle of this Massive Indoor Maze Reveals How to Get Back Out Again

Getting lost in a museum is easy, and aimlessly wandering from wing to wing is a nice, relaxing, not-at-all-claustrophobic way to spend an afternoon. Alternatively you could venture into The BIG Maze at DC's National Building Museum, an on-site installation filled with winding paths, dead-ends, and a cool reveal at the end of the road. Read More >>

architecture
The Best Buildings in the World?

The winners of Architizer's A+ Awards have been announced, and some of the picks are awesome. Here's a round-up of the best, the most surreal, or simply the most inspiring, from private homes to international airports. Read More >>