Word of Mouth: Tokyo Design and Architecture

We explore some of the Japanese capital's most exciting and alluring structures

Shrines and temples hidden in lush gardens can be found right next to futuristic glass skyscrapers in Tokyo. The dense, exciting city can verge on visual overload for many, with countless colors, shapes, textures and breathtaking views filling the landscape. Of course, architecture continues to be valued at an extremely high level in a country that excels in artistic and creative disciplines. From Yoshio Taniguchi’s sublime …

The Architecture + Color Palette of North Korea

Pyongyang, North Korea “stretches out beneath you as a pastel-colored panorama,” Guardian architecture critic Oliver Wainwright observed from the 70th floor of the 500-foot-high Tower of the Juche Idea. This, and many other surprising discoveries are revealed in Wainwright’s new book, “Inside North Korea,” published by Taschen. In addition to his analytical text, the book includes photography taken by Wainwright. It all helps to build …

Star Architect Renzo Piano’s TED Talk

“As an architect, at 10 o’clock in the morning, you need to be a poet, for sure,” star architect Renzo Piano explains during his 2018 TED Talk. “But at 11 you must become a humanist, otherwise you lose your direction,” he continues. And “at noon, you need to be a builder.” Piano magnificently delves into the ideas behind the art of housing people. He even …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Swimming pools, fireworks, Dragon drones and more in our look around the web

1. University of Tokyo’s Dragon Drone Transforms While Midair Calling the University of Tokyo’s new drone the Dragon doesn’t just reference its form, the name is also an acronym short for “Dual-rotor embedded multilink Robot with the Ability of multi-deGree-of-freedom aerial transformatiON.” Composed of several small drones, powered by a pair of ducted fans that can thrust in almost any direction, the high-flyer can autonomously …

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House for Sale

If you have a spare $23 million, you might be interested in purchasing Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous Ennis House, located in Los Feliz, LA. The temple-like creation, built in 1924, heavily features Wright’s textile block design—some 27,000 of them. Featuring Mayan-style patterns and motifs, the blocks interlock and continue throughout the home, both inside and outside. The striking 5,500-square-foot house recently underwent a $17 million …