Urban Shed International Design Competition

Re-imagined scaffolding hits the streets of NYC with three finalists' winning prototypes

by Passa C Protecting pedestrians from both debris and the rain, NYC construction scaffolding is a major part of the urban landscape yet mostly considered an inconvenient eyesore. With nearly 6,000 sheds spanning more than 1 million linear feet throughout the city, NYC Department of Buildings along with several partners challenged designers to re-think these sheds with the Urban Shed International Design Competition. The team …

Levi’s Denim Insulation

Recycled jeans inside the walls, and a challenge to design the best line-drying solution

The Levi’s headquarters in San Francisco is currently under renovation and while there are many changes and improvements in the works, an innovation that caught our attention was the use of recycled denim for building insulation. Levi’s first endeavor in this clever re-use was in 2008 for the Renzo Piano-designed California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, for which over 200,000 pairs of discarded …

Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture: Mod.Fab

by Kelsey Keith Students at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture in Arizona have developed a new prototype for a desert home, injecting modern day pre-fabricated construction methods into the prairie ethos of the 20th century architect. Though recent Wright obsession has turned its focus to the architect's love life instead of his work (including novels "The Women" and "Loving Frank"), the acolytes at …