Deck Two brought all the world’s cities—or at least, most major urban landmarks—into an office kitchen. Watch as this giant, hand-drawn mural comes together.
Those endless, hard-to-love half-walls of beige cubicles were born in 1968 when Robert Propst designed a system of click-together desks and pop-up walls to democratize the workplace. The concept has gone through various iterations, but most of us still work in some version of Probst’s cubes. Bill Taylor, a data manager in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, found a way to spruce up his own cubicle. He creates incredible reproductions of well-known works by Degas, Monet, Hopper, and others, all on a dry-erase whiteboard.
These beautiful photos of tree trunk cross-sections, showing the rings that mark passage of time, remind us to slow down.
The architecture world is abuzz, gearing up for the 13th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale. Biennale board director Paolo Baratta and director David Chipperfield announced this week that the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement goes to the increasingly-decorated Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza.
Send yourself back to 1943 with 1940s New York, an online visualization of the New York City Market Analysis. The Analysis includes demographics from the 1940 census, period photography, and maps of building rents.
Hot topic: Harris Butt Architecture has built a café beside an active volcano in New Zealand’s oldest national park. It’s built to withstand heavy snowfall and winds of up to 125 miles per hour. Despite its heavy-duty nature, though, it had to be constructed from prefabricated modules light enough to be carried to the site and assembled by a helicopter.
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