No More Time Outs: An Exploration of Playful Parenting

How Playful Parenting Is Reinventing the Parent-Child Relationship Parenting styles have always varied. Strict or lenient, hovering or independent – regardless of which way a parent bends, by integrating elements of play into their approach, they can step up their parenting game and make the menial seem more meaningful. The future of parenting may lie…

Exploring the Creative Process Through An Industrial Designer’s Lens

Industrial designers shape our world through products, services, and experiences.  Today we have vastly more powerful tools and deeply insightful methods at our fingertips, allowing industrial designers to inform the creative process as never before. As observers of user needs and identifiers of market expectations, they have a vital role to play in meeting challenges…

Hyperloop Suburb: Reimagining the Dystopian Community

The suburbs have received an increasingly negative reputation due to their poverty-stricken beginnings in the 1920s, and their continued evolution into cookie-cutter, isolated communities for the middle class American in the 21st century. When we think of these family-dominated communities, we typically feel a sense of dystopian fear, an anxiety that lingers somewhere between an…

Odile Decq and the Romance of Disagreement

Odile Decq is an award-winning French architect and urban planner, with an innate ability to bring together multiple disciplines and trains of thought to produce highly sophisticated designs. Since her first major commission for La Banque Populaire de l'Ouest in Rennes, France, she has become a radical voice in architecture research, being awarded The Golden…

Experience Art: Discover the Art of Anime and Manga

Everyday Scenes from a Parallel World, PIE International Although anime has been around for decades, there has been a notable revival in the genre as of late. Netflix is dubbing and rebooting old favorites, cutting-edge video game graphics are being pared down into nostalgic two-dimensional worlds, and the manga industry continues to stay strong, especially…

Libeskind and the Reveal of “Facing Gaia”

"I always seek to think of—what has been repressed in memory on a site? What are the voices that are whispering to us across an abyss?" Daniel Libeskind, a Polish-born, American-grown architect is an artist when it comes to visualizing the past through structure. His ability to apply a modernist style while remaining inventive, visionary,…

Designing a New Class of Luxury

An Intimate Look at the Dorchester Collection Hotel Group Resting in the mountains of Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan, sits what many believe to be the world’s oldest hotel – Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan. Established in 705 AD on the banks of a natural hot spring, its foundational magnetism came from healing and relaxing baths that, over the…

Brutal Food: The Rise of Minimalist Design in London’s Food Cultures

Brutal. Raw. Concrete. The term “Brutalism” was coined by French architect Le Corbusier when referencing his use of béton brut (raw concrete). The term was then adapted by architectural critic Reyner Banham, who used “Brutalism” to refer to elements of the 20th-century style. Brutalist architecture is characterized by structures that have 
a raw nature, evoking…

Fumihiko Maki on Conscious Design

It's undeniable our structures have changed drastically in style and material over the last century. Without a doubt, they will continue to change. In accordance with the grander evolution of our species—the houses, buildings, and skyscrapers that surround us act like a looking glass for how far we've come, and where we're going. A leader…

Sonora 113 and the Next Wave of Office Design

Today, an office needs openness, vitality, and flexibility. It should respond to the needs of the workforce as much as the specificity of its environment. With this in mind, PLANE—SITE created a short film about Sonora 113, an office space designed by architect Iñaki Echeverria—and it's undoubtedly a building that meets the particularity of 21st…