Interview: Design Director Marianne Kwok on Hudson Yards’ Edge

Designing a space 1,130 feet above the streets of Manhattan

With many vibrant communities and electric neighborhoods in NYC, no matter where one might find themselves within the city, something is always going on and there is always something to be discovered. On 11 March, Hudson Yards took surprise and discovery to new heights. At 1,130 feet above ground, Edge—the highest outdoor observatory in the Western Hemisphere—opened a year after its home in Hudson Yards …

Antarctica’s Architectural Wonders

In Antarctica, architecture must withstand extreme weather—temperatures that dip to -60 degrees Fahrenheit and winds that whip over 100mph—while also meeting the needs of the burgeoning population. Categorized as a research zone with bases from 29 nations, nearly 4,000 people call Antarctica home during the year. Some 70 structures exist as of right now (many of them new and designed by acclaimed architects) and there …

“Living” Concrete Made From Bacteria

Developed by researchers at the University of Colorado, a new concrete alternative could provide a carbon-free option for buildings in remote places—where lugging traditional concrete ingredients proves difficult. Only two components—photosynthetic bacteria and gelatin—make up this “living” concrete. Due to its photosynthetic nature, it starts off green before drying into a brown hue. Perhaps most impressive of all, the concrete can regenerate: “When half of …