On Education: Let Practitioners Play!

In a time where more people than ever have free access to an abundance of knowledge, educational institutions need to rethink their functional role within society. It's a shame to see some of the brightest minds take an isolated and intellectual path – one without opportunities to apply what they have learned or to refine…

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…

Lisbon’s Old and New

In her introduction to Neal Slavin’s 1971 photo book Portugal, 
Mary McCarthy observes that while people visit Portugal to see the old, the Portuguese insist on showing them the new. Having lived 
in Lisbon, I return often to visit the spots I know and love – but I am constantly reminded to visit all that…

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,…

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…

If You Build It, They Will Care

Designing Empathetic Spaces and Objects 
for the Future of Caregiving “There is no doubt whatever about the influence of architecture and structure upon human character and action. We make our buildings, and afterwards they make us. They regulate the course of our lives.” —Winston Churchill, addressing the English Architectural Association, 1924 “It doesn’t
 make you…

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…

Editing Real-World Problems

An interview with Carlo Ratti With the rise of the IoT and AI, we have begun viewing innovative technology as a standalone disruptor. The introduction of a single technological advancement now has the power to instantaneously change our everyday lives. However, this is much more systematic and evolutionary in nature. Change is created by building…