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14 Architectural Trends That Will Define The Next Decade

01:00 - 5 June, 2014
14 Architectural Trends That Will Define The Next Decade, © MAD

When you think about the future, how do you envision the built environment? According to this article, originally appearing on The Huffington Post as The Architecture of the Future is Far More Spectacular than You Could Imagine, the future is closer than we might think – current projects are already answering the imagined needs and desires of the next generation. From a tower with rotating floors to a park with the ability to cleanse raw sewage, check out fourteen projects believed to embody the architecture of tomorrow, after the break.

© The Living Courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro with Hargreaves Associates and Citymakers 14 Architectural Trends That Will Define The Next Decade Courtesy of NEXT Architects + 14

Will The +POOL Be The Largest Crowdfunded Civic Project Ever?

01:00 - 25 April, 2014
Courtesy of Family / PlayLab, Inc.
Courtesy of Family / PlayLab, Inc.

Historically, large city-changing projects have depended on the personal interests of a powerful individual: someone able to swim across both political and financial waters. But recently, projects like the High Line have shown the power and potential of projects envisioned and led by local communities.

Back in 2011 we visted our friends at CASE in their West Village office and they introduced us to a small firm across the hall: Family. While the team was working hard on a model in the middle of their large table, partner Dong-Ping Wong showed us some of their recent projects. One of them immediately caught our attention. A floating pool for Manhattan. In the form of a cross, it would sit in the East River, filtering its waters into four pools. This amazing -- and seemingly crazy -- idea was tantalizing.

Four Architectural Innovations Make Time's Top 25 Inventions For 2013

00:00 - 20 November, 2013
Four Architectural Innovations Make Time's Top 25 Inventions For 2013, The Infinity Tower by GDS Architects. Image Courtesy of
The Infinity Tower by GDS Architects. Image Courtesy of

Last week Time Magazine released their list of the top 25 inventions of 2013. The list covers both fun and life-changing new ideas, covering everything from the Cronut to the Artificial Pancreas - but there are also four architectural innovations that made the prestigious list. Find out more about them after the break.

+ Pool Launches 'Tile by Tile' Kickstarter Campaign

00:00 - 18 June, 2013
+ Pool Launches 'Tile by Tile' Kickstarter Campaign, © Family, PlayLab
© Family, PlayLab

+ Pool, the ambitious project to float a public swimming pool in New York's East River, has recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund "Tile by Tile," what will be the largest crowdfunded civic project to date. Those who back the pool will be rewarded by having their name engraved on one of the pool's 70,000 tiles.

+ Pool will filter the river water to give users a clean, safe yet natural environment to swim in and provide space for all types of "swimmers, bathers and hanger-outers" in each of its four sections. The current campaign's primary aim is to fund an in-situ floating test lab which will, for the first time, prove the feasibility of filtering river water by testing various potential filtration systems.

Read more about the + Pool and the growing trend towards crowdfunding after the break...

Streetfest Tent Design Competition Winners

12:00 - 6 May, 2011
Courtesy of Family and Playlab
Courtesy of Family and Playlab

Storefront for Art and Architecture, the New Museum, and New York City’s Department of Transportation (NYCDOT), are pleased to announce that a team of emerging New York City-based designers from the studios Family and PlayLab have been selected as the winners of Storefront’s StreetFest international competition to re-envision temporary outdoor structures. The StreetFest competition asked for designs that envisioned street tents not only as shelters but also as active elements within the collective construction and understanding of the city.

More on the results of this competition after the break.