A World of Light and Glass (BusinessWeek)

James Carpenter is known for startling designs that make the invisible visible. Now two New York towers that bear his mark are going up (link) (slideshow) (podcast MP3) There are a lot of things you can say about lower Manhattan: It’s the capital of global finance, the cradle of New York City, or the site […]

The Koolhaas Kids Come of Age (BusinessWeek)

Joshua Prince-Ramus explains why disciples of Rem Koolhaas are moving beyond the iconic Dutch architect’s ideas, with a more collaborative style (link) Rem Koolhaas, the Dutch architect famous for his coy theories on cities — and, more recently, for dramatic and cerebral buildings such as the Seattle Central Library — casts a long shadow. No […]

Graphing the Development Gap (BusinessWeek)

Hans Rosling’s brainchild, a nonprofit called Gapminder, uses interactive design to render global statistics comprehensible (link) (podcast) In the late 1990s, Dr. Hans Rosling became frustrated by the x-axis, which — as all middle-schoolers know — is the part of a graph used to measure time. But for Rosling’s global-development students at the Karolinska Institutet […]

Green and Gleaming Towers (BusinessWeek)

Eco-friendliness used to mean a house with a solar roof. Now skyscrapers are rising to the occasion with stunning innovations. (article link) (podcast link) “If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere,” Carol Willis, director of New York City’s Skyscraper Museum, says with a Sinatra-like twinkle in her blue eyes, as she […]

Videoconferencing Gets Real (BusinessWeek)

With the “Halo Room,” DreamWorks Animation and HP have taken virtual meetings into a new world of high-definition shared space

Amp’d: Cells for the Maxim Set (BusinessWeek)

The mobile virtual network operator aims to sell hot phones and raunchy media content to — who else? — 18- to 25-year-old men (link) Henry Ford said you could have a Model T “in any color, so long as it’s black,” and the same is true of mobile phones today: You can have any phone […]

A Museum That Puts Art First

San Francisco’s new de Young Museum shows that eye-popping architecture doesn’t have to come at the expense of function (article link) (slideshow link)  Although some say the new de Young Museum in San Francisco resembles a washed-up aircraft carrier, it also looks a lot like the golden hills of California. The roofline traces a gentle […]

Pixar at MoMA

The Art and Tech of Innovation (BusinessWeek Online Podcast) A new exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art pulls together drawings, paintings, sculpture and, of course, films from throughout animation studio Pixar’s 20-year history. In this podcast, exhibition co-curator Ronald Magliozzi talks with BusinessWeek contributing editor Andrew Blum about why Pixar belongs on MoMA’s walls, […]

How 3form Is Bending the Rules of Design

It makes an architectural plastic so revolutionary that at first, firms weren’t sure what to do with it — but they’re catching on fast. (BusinessWeek Online) When Ruben Suare leans across a Manhattan café table and says the word “plastics,” he isn’t dispensing the modern-day career advice of Mr. McGuire in The Graduate. He is […]

The Studio As Schoolhouse

Moshe Safdie & Rafael Vinoly (BusinessWeek Online Podcast) Contributing editor Andrew Blum talks to two architects who have recently set up fellowship programs within their studios: Moshe Safdie and Rafael Vinoly. For Safdie – the Israeli-born, Boston-based architect whose design for the United State Institute of Peace will rise on the last free site along […]

Architectural Wonders: Building Innovation

Architects face such challenges as terrorism and costly energy, while designing ever-higher, technologically advanced buildings. BusinessWeek Online (article) (slideshow) Nearing the end of a year that has seen a new skyscraper win the title of tallest in the world and an innovative factory redefine what a manufacturing plant can be — not to mention ongoing […]

Eos: Anything but Another Plane Jane

BusinessWeek Online While raising $87 million in capital for his fledgling airline, Eos CEO Dave Spurlock used to play make-believe on the office floor of his friend’s hedge fund in Palo Alto, Calif. He’d lay out a slice of 757′s cabin in blue tape and wheel desk chairs into the imaginary aircraft’s interior. Then he’d […]