The Robert N. Stewart Bridge

By Design

Over the past half-century the small town of Columbus, Indiana, has turned itself into a showplace of modern architecture

35 Who Made a Difference: Julie Taymor

Transcending genres, the designer and director creates shamanistic theater

"These places contain the residue of the many souls that have passed through over the years," says Solis of such locales as Rochester's abandoned Court Street subway station.

Tunnel Visionary

Intrepid explorer Julia Solis finds beauty in the ruins of derelict urban structures

The Dahlia necklace was produced in the Netherlands in 1984.

Man's Reach

The Cooper-Hewitt explores the wide-ranging impact of historical and contemporary designs

"This is the energy of American culture at its most useful and exuberant," says Philadelphia architectural historian George Thomas, 58, of motels like the Caribbean, whose vintage style is echoed in the 2001 renovation of the Starlux.

Doo Wop by the Sea

Architects and preservationists have turned a strip of New Jersey shore into a monument to mid-century architecture. Can they keep the bulldozers at bay?

Gaudí's most ambitious and controversial project, the boldly innovative, unfinished Sagrada Família church, has become a beacon for tourists and a symbol of Barcelona.


Gaudí's Gift

In Barcelona, a yearlong celebration spotlights architecture's playful genius the audacious and eccentric Antoni Gaudí


Of Mies and Mice


Old Sneakers Never Die

For much of the 20th century, hoopsters from pro to pickup loved their Converse Chuck Taylor All stars

Rural Studio architecture in Alabama

Class Act

In Alabama, students turn tires and bales of hay into striking architecture for the poor


Shaker Works Gallery

A compendium of thoughts on the Shakers from some quotable notables


People in Glass Houses...


Moving Big Stuff

If you can move a lighthouse, you can move anything


The Incredible Lightness of Being Renzo Piano

The maverick Genoese architect has built an international reputation with daring projects that span the globe


This Joint Is Jumping

Wearing zoot suits and skirts that twirl, Lindy Hoppers are making lots of whoopee from coast to coast


House Trailers Have Come a Long Way, Baby

The earliest models looked like horse trailers but today's mobile home is basically a house and the typical "trailer park" resembles a subdivision


Tree Houses Take a Bough

It used to be kid stuff, but these days more and more adults are building in trees to get high


"We Got Us Some Sky Today, Boy!"

It's beat the clock at high altitude as a surefooted crew builds a 500-foot communications tower


To Protect Yourself In a World Full of Peril, You Have To Dress For Safety

Art car festival in San Francisco

Designing Your Own Set of Wheels

Sporting faux fur to gold to the front lawn, old clunkers are getting decked out as art cars the ultimate vehicles of self-expression

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