Transmaterial

Transmaterial is a catalog of materials, products and processes that are redefining our physical environment. Edited by Blaine Brownell, the project started as a product of the week newsletter sponsored by the Seattle based architecture firm NBBJ. This incredibly comprehensive guide is as beautiful as it is informative. The entire 186 pages is available at transstudio.com as a downloadable .pdf file.

Highline Design Finalists

The Highline is an elevated rail along a portion of 10th Avenue in NYC. It was built in the 1930s and closed in 1980. Now, thanks to Friends of the Highline, the remaining elevated tracks are being converted to a park. Four finalists have been chosen in the competition to design the park. The teams will be exhibiting their visions at Center for Architecture July …

FutureShack

Designed by Australian architect Sean Godsell, FutureShack is an experiment in emergency housing. Constructed from one ready-made twenty-two-foot-long shipping container, FutureShack is equipped with a minimum of industrial materials and is entirely self-contained, which enables multiple structures to be stacked and shipped to crisis sites. Maintained by solar power, FutureShack is ready for occupancy within twenty-four hours. A prototype of the FutureShack can be viewed …