Julia van den Hout explores examples of contemporary experimentation with material and structure, and the creation of elaborate forms that are ornate, yet retain their essential function.
Derrick Mead analyzes themes in critical design such as designing for repair, designing for failure, and designing for “cradle-to-cradle” type life cycles.
Barbara Eldredge questions why guns are missing from museum design collections.
Ann Weiser explores the disconnect between the reality and idealized fantasy of Main Street, from the financially privileged communities of old New England towns and New Urbanist Greenfield developments, to the crumbling sidewalks of Main Streets ravaged by the methamphetamine epidemic.
Anna Kealey dissects the visual and verbal cues on food packaging–from the seemingly obvious to the far more abstract–and illustrates how they are used to create myths about food.
After researching the roles of policy and design in the failures of public housing, Erin Routson compiled a hip-hop playlist/audio tour guide which reframes New York’s most notorious housing projects as sites of creative production.
Michele Washington illustrates the ways in which the Afro has been used as a significant graphic element in the black vernacular narrative.
Katya Mezhibovskaya considers the 2002 Stephen Daldry film, The Hours, as a study of interiors and interiorities.
Zachary Sachs conjures a (fateful) day in the life of his childhood home on Rockwood Street, Dallas.
Metropolis magazine associate editor Avinash Rajagopal on the most comforting shade of pastel blue known to mankind.
On a research trip to Brazil, Frederico Duarte discovers that Marcel Rosenblum, with his massively popular “Lar Doce Lar” (Home Sweet Home) TV show, a local “Extreme Makeover” in which he and host Luciano Huck go around the country redecorating—and often rebuilding—poor families’ homes, exerts a more real and powerful influence on Brazilian culture than such celebrated design exports as the Campana brothers.
Crew journalist Mike Neal arrives at his home for the next two weeks—the Mars Desert Research Station Habitat in the Utah desert—and confronts the architecture of desolation he finds there.
The smallest living space featured in the book Tiny Houses by Mimi Zeiger
Hallucinating, in death throes from cancer and kidney failure, an old man sees the walls around him begin to collapse, as he returns in his mind to his impoverished childhood in the backwoods of Maine.
R/GA Executive Creative Director David Womack weighs up survival versus comfort as he assembles a home-away-from-home in his backpack.
Urban design critic Karrie Jacobs sacrifices her New York home to launch a magazine in San Francisco that was all about other people’s homes, gets homesick, has an epiphany during a Spider-Man movie, and finally comes home.
Artist Elizabeth Demaray sets out to solve a severe housing shortage among the hermit crab population of North Eastern America.
Writer and designer Veronique Vienne tells “Studio 360’s” Kurt Andersen about the sleek cylinder of color that is as indispensable as a Swiss army knife.
Author Jun’ichirō Tanizaki expounds on the importance of darkness in Japanese interiors in adding texture, depth, and subtle beauty to the life within.