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Best of 2013: The Future of Off-The-Grid Living Looks Promising

Best Of 2013: Energy-Efficient Buildings That Go Off The Grid

The word "sustainability" in architecture is open to interpretation. In the United States, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system is perhaps the most commonly used framework to measure a building's impact on the environment. While its implementation may make a structure greener, LEED has also been blamed for greenwashing—utilizing practices and products that claim to improve sustainability, when in fact those claims have not been proven and act merely as "green" vanity accessories.

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Skip the Gym Membership: Seven Urban Guerrilla Workout Stations

Who wants to go to a sweat-filled, dark, expensive gym when you could be outside basking in the sun?


Mount Mitte in Berlin

It’s summer. Which means it’s beach season (yay!). Which, unfortunately, also means it’s time to revise your fitness plan (boo). Who wants to go to a sweat-filled, dark, expensive gym when you could be outside basking in the sun? And while programs such as those offered at Brooklyn Bridge Park (free yoga, free kayaking, and free pool access) are a step in the right direction—making working out seem less like work and more like play—there’s a need for more exercise initiatives that infiltrate our urban infrastructure.

Over and over again we are told that diabetes and obesity are prevalent problems in America (and many other countries). But no matter how often we point out the issues, actually convincing people to dedicate time, and often money, to exercise can be more onerous than climbing Mt. Everest.

Fortunately, architects and planners can encourage a fitter lifestyle through the built environment, making it more accessible physically and financially. Inspired by the Center for Architecture’s current exhibition, FitNation, which explores the concept of the urban playground as…well…just that. Based on their idea, we’ve rounded up our own favorite guerrilla tactics for gyms in the city.

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The 10 Coolest Summer Camping Forts

Architizer's roundup of some of the more playful inhabitable installations for camping.

The Cave. Photos courtesy of Co. Design.

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12 Beautiful Metro Stations That Transport You to Another World

Ride in style from one of these beautiful metro stations from around the world.

Peering down a long, dark, empty tunnel from a subway platform while waiting for the train can be agonizing—especially when you’re stuck underground in a drab, dreary station. But the best metro stations not only provide a means to get to your final destination; they transport you to another world through hypnotizing design or beautiful art. We've rounded up the sleekest, best-designed, and sometimes most bizarre subway stations—and with more than 160 metro systems in the world, there were plenty to choose from. Here are our 12 favorites:

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Earth Day Architecture: 8 Amazing Buildings With Growing, Green Walls

A list of the best architecture with living walls.

In honor of Earth Day, the annual holiday that brings awareness to the environment, we’ve decided to gather some of our favorite architecture with living walls. We’ve got everything from workplaces that grow their own lunches (yum!) to single-family homes veiled in greenery (wow!). Enjoy the green walls!

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Architecture for the People: The Stunning Winners of Architizer's New Award

Architizer has created the first democratic architecture awards, and the winners are in! Check out these amazing submissions.


We’re thrilled to announce the full list of winners of the first annual Architizer A+ Awards. But before getting into the specifics—don’t worry, they’re coming quick—we think that with the conclusion of the awards year one, we’ve accomplished our goal of breaking architecture out of the echo chamber™ (ha!). We’ve always thought that the oh-so-private world of architecture should be opened up to the public at large, where people can consume buildings (and maybe even some archi-drama) like they do the daily news, food porn, and movie trailers. We can say now that the A+ Awards helped us achieve this—in addition to the overwhelming number of submissions from over 100 countries, plus the highly-esteemed jury we amassed, Public Voting garnered 150,000 votes from every corner of the world. And with that #humblebrag, onto the winners!

A total of 87 buildings won the Jury and Popular votes for each of the Award’s 52 Typology and Plus categories. Instead of celebrating one architect and making architecture into something rarefied and arcane (ahem), the A+ Awards celebrate the diversity of the world’s architecture. The winners list runs the gamut of architectural typology and form, ranging from enormous towers to the smallest apartments and nearly everything in between. There are wind-swept memorials, a gallery/house with a pool in the middle of it, “iceberg” apartments in the Baltic, a conference center from the future, a floating chapel, a polka-dotted parametric pop-up, and the most sublime tourist path imaginable—the National Tourist Route Trollstigen by Reiulf Ramstad Architects. The latter held the title for most awards won by a single project, with a final tally of 4 awards, including two Jury awards and two Popular Choice awards.

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