Adapting Aging Architecture: Modern Plug-Ins for Beijing

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Cold, dilapidated and lacking modern amenities like bathrooms, Beijing's historic architecture in the Hutong districts becomes livable again with sleek modern plug-ins that make them more comfortable without significant alteration. People's Architecture Office created a modular system called the Courtyard House Plugin that acts as a temporary solution to make the spaces more desirable, minus the trouble of renovation.

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Amphibious Architecture: 12 Flood-Proof Home Designs

Instead of trying to beat back rising water levels, these innovative structures work with them, adapting from land-based to floating houses with the ease of an ...

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3D-Printed Columns Use Ancient Technique Against Earthquakes

Bringing together cutting-edge technologies and an ancient approach to resisting earthquake damage, the so-called Quake Column marries tradition and high-tech ...

Lost Soles: 10 Abandoned & De-Feeted Shoe Repair Stores

Abandoned shoe repair stores, once ubiquitous elements of the urban tapestry, epitomize small Mom & Pop stores that "progress" has kicked to the curb.

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Transformer Hotel: Tiny Room Showcases Convertible Furniture

Deploying three novel pieces of multipurpose furniture, this 240-square-foot space manages to pack in all kinds of secrets, surprises and amenities for guests ...

Capital Idea: Bridge to Elevated Park for Washington D.C.

A freeway bridge linking historically divided sides of Washington, D.C. on either side of the Anacostia River is set to become a vibrant, High-Line-style ...

Refold Workstation: Mobile Flat-Pack Cardboard Standing Desk

Two student designers have seen the future and building toward it with a flexible, foldable, affordable and recyclable cardboard desk that support the weight ...

7,000 LEDs to Cast Sistine Chapel Ceiling in Bright New Light

For 500 years, visitors were able to see Michelangelo’s famous 6,000-square-foot painting bathed in natural light, but for the last 3 decades they have ...

Radiotopia Fundraiser: Support 7 Story-Centric PRX Podcasts

Last year, Roman Mars of 99% Invisible and PRX broke records, raising $375,000 with a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign – this year, ...

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One Year Ago Today from the Archives

School’s Out Forever: 12 Crazy DIY Converted Bus Homes

Flimsy, factory-made RVs have nothing on these totally customized, cozy buses converted into compact rolling homes. Dusty, run-down clunkers of school buses ...