February 23, 2013 From the Danish modern furniture of the 1950s to the omnipresence of Ikea, Americans have long been attracted to the austere design of Nordic countries. Now a massive festival in Washington, D.C., showcases artists and designers from the very top sliver of the globe.
January 8, 2013 One of the world's most basic cooking ingredients could be the key to protecting some of Europe's most stunning buildings. The limestone used in England's 800-year-old York Minster is particularly vulnerable to pollution. The oleic acid in olive oil, British researchers say, may provide the protective coating needed to prevent further decay.
December 7, 2012 The legendary architect was living proof that sometimes, you have to bend the rules. In doing so, he created the visual language for an entire city.
December 5, 2012 The Pritzker Prize-winning architect was known for some of the world's most famous modernist buildings, including Brasilia's crown-shaped cathedral. He was 104.
November 8, 2012 Photographer Allison V. Smith finds beauty in the abandoned spaces of Dallas' shuttered schools.
October 18, 2012 KQEDMany single people find it nearly impossible to find an affordable apartment in San Francisco. In an effort to cut rents, city supervisors are weighing a proposal to reduce the minimum allowed size for a studio apartment to 220 square feet — not much bigger than a large parking space.
September 8, 2012 Dancer Carlos Acosta left Cuba and went on to become a star with London's Royal Ballet. With the help of a renowned British architect, he hopes to return to his homeland and revive a long-abandoned, landmark ballet school. But his plans are facing opposition, including from the original architect.
August 14, 2012 KJZZThe Arizona city already logs more days over 100 degrees than any U.S. city, and climate researchers predict Phoenix will grow hotter still in the coming decades. Planners are taking the projections seriously, and are looking for ways to adapt the city and its residents to a hotter, drier reality.
August 9, 2012 The eye-catching, shiny buildings that line cityscapes can be deadly for birds. Architects are experimenting with new designs that preserve the beauty — while also preserving the birds.