Author: Daniel Mathews

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Icebergs Become Iconic Architecture In Denmark

File under “Understatements:” a visually striking housing complex opened this spring in Aarhus, Denmark’s largest mainland city. It’s called Isbjerget, or Iceberg, for obvious reasons, but the architects insist that they did not have a berg flotilla in mind when… Read More
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Move Over, Styrofoam; The Fungi Are Here

In the entire tiny-house movement, one tiny house stands out: it sounds the kookiest, but is the most likely to transform your world some day. Called the Mushroom Tiny House, it’s now growing in the upstate New York plant of… Read More

Perfecting Wood By Curing It

Wooden rods, lattices, and louvers turn up increasingly as architects look for modernist ways to screen south windows from excessive solar heat gain. If I were an architect, I might have a sinking feeling about whether or not the contractor… Read More

Carbon-Crammed Concrete: How It Works, What It Does

Around the world, engineers are busy working out ways to reduce the carbon footprint of concrete, which accounts for somewhere between 3 and 7 percent of global carbon emissions. (We’ve written recently about self-healing concrete, bendable concrete, and concrete incorporating… Read More
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Building Affordably In A Small Dutch Town

Sophisticated prefab homes have thrived in Europe over recent decades, more than in the U.S. In one strikingly expansive example, a Dutch university town has set up a kit-home supermarket for first-time home buyers, who get to choose among diverse… Read More

Ascendent Mexican Architect Chooses Rammed Earth

Young Mexican architect Tatiana Bilbao “has emerged as one of the country’s major creative voices,” according to a glowing write-up in last week’s New York Times T Magazine. Her work is earthy, earth-centric, and concerned with leaving a light footprint… Read More