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WA Installs Record-Breaking Girders

Slated to finish next week, the Washington Department of Transportation recently reported that they were installing record-breaking concrete girders at the new southbound Interstate 5 Puyall...


Notre Dame Officials Look to Lasers for Cleaning

Progress is continuing at the Notre Dame Cathedral, where a fire ravaged the 850-year-old structure in April 2019.


Man Rescued from Water Tank

In entering the winter season, officials from Lincoln Fire and Rescue in Nebraska weren’t expecting to receive a call regarding a water tank rescue near 84th and South streets.


BIG Tapped to Design Lunar Infrastructure

Bjarke Ingels Group has recently partnered with ICON, a construction technology developer, and SEArch+, to begin designed a sustainable habitat for the moon.


Drivers Cannot Stop Hitting a MO Bridge

According to reports, an onslaught of collisions with an overpass on Independence Avenue near Wilson Avenue in northeast Kansas City have become quite the oddity.


Shanghai Building Walks to New Location

To make space for a new commercial and office complex, crews in Shanghai’s eastern Huangpu district “walked” an historic school building to avoid demolition.


Bradshaw Creek Bridge Rehabilitation

The City of Chicago is seeking contractors to perform structural repairs on the Grand Avenue Bascule Bridge and Viaduct in Chicago, Illinois.


MDOT to Auction Mackinac Bridge Sections

According to reports, the Michigan Department of Transportation has made five sections of original steel grating from the Mackinac Bridge available through the Mackinac Bridge Authority.


Bids Close on Lighthouse Protection Project

According to Canadian transportation officials, tenders closed last week on a $250,000 project to protect the West Point Lighthouse on Prince Edward Island.


Bjarke Ingels Launches Masterplanet Proposal

Last week, Bjarke Ingels—founder of architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group—told reporters that he had begun drawing up plans for a more sustainable way of living for the world.


3D-Printed Boat Inspires Marine Industry

Italian start-up 3D printing company Moi Composites recently unveiled its latest project, a Motor Additive Manufacturing BOat—known as MAMBO—at the 2020 Genoa International Boat Show.


Boston Issues RFP for Urban Forest

The city of Boston has issued a Request for Proposals late last month to design an Urban Forest Plan. According to Mayor Marty Walsh and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, the city ...


PA Bridge Plaques Found, Restored

At the end of September, the Donora Historical Society in Donora, Pennsylvania, made a shocking discovery whilst searching through salvaged remains and relics from previous building demoliti...


Heatherwick Proposes Design for 'Floating' Park

Earlier this month, London-based Heatherwick Studio revealed design plans for a proposed flood-resistant ecological park in San Francisco’s South Beach neighborhood.


MDOT Bridge Inspectors Save Stranded Dog

On Sunday, two bridge inspectors from Stantec’s Bridge Inspection and Assessment team rescued a dog that had been stranded on the U.S. 84 bridge over the Mississippi River between Natchez, M...


Airport Work Halted for 200 Mammoth Skeletons

Workers at a Mexico City construction site have discovered some big findings that are causing repeated pauses in construction of the new Santa Lucia airport.


Winners Announced for Brooklyn Bridge Project

Winners have been chosen for the “Reimagining the Brooklyn Bridge” project, launched by New York City Council, along with urban-design nonprofit the Van Alen Institute.


Installation Features 'Curtained' Concrete

Seoul-based design firm SWNA has recently experimented with digital fabrication and 3D printing to create a work entitled “The Curtained Wall,” which depicts concrete as though it’s flowing ...


NY Tower Completes Etched Concrete Facade

A 20-story mixed-use tower in New York City dubbed “The Maverick” recently wrapped construction of its facade with a complex facade of geometric, acid-etched concrete panels.


World's Longest 3D-Printed Concrete Bridge Named

The world’s longest 3D-printed concrete bridge was officially named late last month by Guinness World Records in Shanghai’s Baoshan district. The bridge was built last year by a team from th...


NYC Releases RFPs for Inspirational Design

The New York City Department of Design and Construction released two Requests for Proposals last week to identify up to 30 firms to provide architectural and technical design services for wh...


UK Suspension Bridge Celebrates Bicentenary

The Union Chain Bridge—a 200-year-old link between Scotland and England over the River Tweed—celebrated its bicentenary last week with an international historic civil engineering landmark de...


TX to Host Continent's Largest Living Wall

A 26-story high-rise is planned for Dallas and, according to reports, North America’s tallest “living wall” is slated to come with it.


Reimagined Brooklyn Bridge Designs Announced

The New York City Council, along with urban-design nonprofit the Van Alen Institute, recently held a context for designs aiming to improve the experience for pedestrians and cyclists on the ...


First Carbon-Fiber Reinforced Building Underway

Technical University Dresden, in Germany, has begun the process of erecting the world’s first building made entirely of carbon-fiber reinforced concrete.


RI Bridge Connects Riverfront Parks

A decade after the City of Providence and the Rhode Island Department of Transportation headed a design competition, reports are again admiring the design of the Providence River Pedestrian ...


Middle-Schoolers Win $100K for Flood Prevention

At the beginning of the month, a group of middle-school students from Downtown Doral Charter Upper School in Doral, Florida, were named one of five National Winners in the 10th annual Samsun...


Firms Create Porcelain Church in Norway

Architect Espen Surnevik and firm Trodahl Architects collaborated to design a porcelain-covered church in the city of Porsgrunn, Norway.


Dogs Assigned to Help VDOT Move Birds

Recently, officials from the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) tasked a pack of 20 border collies to redirect a colony of migratory seabirds to a newly created habitat.


High Winds Shake Up China’s Humen Bridge

Earlier this month, a variety of online videos revealed that the Humen Bridge located in the Chinese province of Guangdong, was shaking and swaying severely while vehicles were traveling acr...


Atari Plans Video Game-Themed Hotels

Consumer brand and entertainment company Atari announced earlier this year a year with GSD Group to acquire the rights to build video game-theme Atari Hotels across the United States.


Strange Odor Sparks Concern in Calgary

Over the weekend, Calgary Fire Department officials were summoned to investigate a pungent smell after receiving nearly 100 complaints—78 calls alone last Friday (April 24)—from the northeas...


Is Urine the Key to Building in Space?

In a study conducted by the Advanced Concepts Team (ACT) of the European Space Agency—which includes Norwegian, Spanish, Italian, and Dutch scientists—urea from urine, could be used as super...


NC Artist Paints COVID-19 Message

Reported late last month, local muralist Ian Wilkinson and Ishmael completed a collaboration project in Asheville, North Carolina, on an historic silo in the town’s River Arts District.


Artist Teams Up with Lego for Installation

French designer Camille Walala recently teamed up with Lego for the launch of Lego Dots, the company’s new toy product.


Superstition Surrounds ‘Dog Suicide Bridge’

There’s a 19th-century bridge in Dumbarton, Scotland, called the Overtoun Bridge, however, over the years the structure has become more popularly known as the “dog suicide bridge.”


Belgium Store Features Plastic-Based Terrazzo

Amsterdam-based eyewear company Ace & Tate recently opened a new shop in Antwerp with a specific goal for the retail store’s interior: it’s clad with terrazzo made with chips of recycled pla...


Robot Dog Showcases Construction Capabilities

Recently, engineering and robotics design company Boston Dynamics (Waltham, Massachusetts) showcased its latest technology, Spot the robot dog.


Firm Tapped for Serpentine Pavilion 2020

Officials have announced that Johannesburg, South Africa-based Counterspace has been selected to design the Serpentine Pavilion 2020, which will sit in London’s Kensington Gardens.


Firms Unveil 'Bridge House' in CA

A new home was recently unveiled in Los Angeles that spans a few different types of design.


Researchers to Investigate Living Infrastructure

The research of Eleni Chatzi, a professor of structural mechanics at ETH Zurich, seems like something from a sci-fi novel: In one section of her research, Chatzi aims to use seeds to grow br...


3D-Printed Pavilion Combines Plastic, Concrete

3D-printing technology is continuing to grow in the Middle East, with an even more environmentally friendly twist.


River Wall Among Largest 3D-Printed Structures

In the Jiangsu region of China, west of Shanghai, 3D printing company WinSun recently completed one of the largest 3D-printed structures in the world to date: a 1,640-foot-long river protect...


Project Utilizes Plastic Bubbles in Concrete

Officials on a project in Germany are saying that by using a specific kind of concrete slabs, 136 tons of carbon dioxide has been prevented from entering the atmosphere.


Czech Bridge Connects Village, Cemetery

Ondrej Císler, from AOC Architects, working in collaboration with Petr Tej, from the Klokner Institute at Czech Technical University in Prague, recently developed a connection between the li...


MN Bridge Work Resumes After Graveyard Found

Late last month, work on a bridge project in Duluth, Minnesota, was announced to resume sometime next year, due to a delay brought on by the desecration of a Native American burial site. Bur...


China Province Closes Glass Bridges, Projects

A province in China has closed all of its glass bridges, mountain viewing platforms and walkways due to hazards and structural concerns, according to reports. The structures were part of a n...


Researchers Test da Vinci Bridge Design

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are finding that the talents of Leonardo da Vinci, one of the great artists and inventors of the Renaissance, extended to the science...


Japan Auditorium Gets 1,000-Color Makeover

An auditorium in Imabari City in Ehime Prefecture, Japan, has gotten a pop of color.


Twisting Bridge Serves as Art Gallery

Danish architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group has recently completed a twisting bridge that doubles as a museum within the Kistefos Museum and Sculpture Park in Jevnaker, Norway.


Travel Company to Launch North Pole Igloos

A Finnish luxury travel company is taking igloos to the next level with a new experience for travelers at the North Pole.


Domino's 'Paving for Pizza' Initiative Successful

Domino’s, the pizza company which had previously established itself as a hero of U.S. infrastructure with its “Paving for Pizza” initiative, recently announced that the movement would be mov...


Student Turns Plant Waste into Pigments

A graduate student in the Innovation Design Engineering program—which is jointly offered by Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art—has set out to bring pigments back to the bas...


BMW Reveals Vantablack-Coated X6

German automobile and motorcycle manufacturer BMW has recently unveiled a special edition Vantablack-coated BMW X6.


Paint Alleviates Heat for Dog Paws

Though many dog owners love to take their pets out to enjoy the summer sun, sidewalks can prove to be too hot for paws. One answer is a heat-reflective paint produced by coatings manufacture...


Kanye West Prototypes Could Face Demo

Rapper and entrepreneur Kanye West is well on his way constructing an affordable housing community in Calabasas, California. The structures, however, reportedly violate construction laws and...


Songbird Delays TX Pipeline Construction

The presence of an endangered songbird is blocking another infrastructure project in Texas, according to reports: The golden-cheeked warbler is one of a number of other endangered species li...


Designer Proposes Oceanic Filtration Skyscraper

United States-based designer Honglin Li has recently proposed a “waste-to-energy skyscraper” that would be housed in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.


Hamburger Water Tower Project Progresses

The Hamburg, New York, water tower repainting project is on a roll: The Hamburger Water Tower Committee was recently granted tax-exempt status by the IRS. According to a local news station, ...


Drones Paint Canvas for City Art Project

A project took flight in Torino, Italy, late last month when a group of drones went to work on a large-scale graffiti project with the aim to beautify the city.


Company Turns Wastewater Into Beer

Waste not, want not: In a bid to further discussions about the potential of reusing wastewater to address water shortages across the globe, global water technology company Xylem (Rye Brook, ...


Thieves Steal Rail Bridge, Investigation Launched

Mind the gap: A decommissioned rail bridge, located in the Arctic region of Murmansk, in Russia, was stolen, according to reports. A criminal investigation has since been launched.


Coatings Company Donates Coatings for UFO

Coatings company PPG recently donated coatings for the refurbishing of Mars, Pennsylvania’s iconic flying saucer, which serves as a roadside attraction.


Office Building to Get Hedge-Covered Facade

Work recently topped out at Düsseldorf, Germany’s Kö-Bogen II office block, a structure that’s slated to be covered with five miles’ worth of hedges.


Concrete Canoe Teams for National Event Announced

The Florida Institute of Technology is to host the American Society of Civil Engineers’ National Concrete Canoe Competition early next month, and schools from across the globe are showing up...


German Researchers Create Biomimicry Pavilions

Researchers at the University of Stuttgart have designed two pavilions for the Bundesgartenschau horticultural show in Germany, with the goal of imitating nature, or biomimicry.


MO Bridge Inspection Derailed by Bird Nest

An inspection of the Mark Twain Memorial Bridge, located near Hannibal, Missouri, set to start April 8, has been delayed due to the discovery of an endangered peregrine falcon nest. A bird s...


WA University Hosts Concrete Canoe Race

Saint Martin University (Lacey, Washington) launched the 2019 Pacific Northwest American Society of Civil Engineers and American Institute of Steel Construction Student Conference just yeste...


High Schooler Develops Powder Coatings Venture

A high school student living in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, began his venture into the world of powder coatings with plans to coat his four-wheeler. Now, he runs his own business custom-coating t...


Flintstone House Owner Sued for Prehistoric Eyesores

The town of Hillsborough, California, just outside of San Francisco, is suing one of its residents who has made some landscaping changes to what is colloquially known as the “Flintstone Hous...


ID Water Tower Vandalized with Graffiti

A graffiti artist recently braved the heights of an Idaho water tower to mark the structure with the words, “Save Ferris.”


English Water Tower Could Be Transformed

The top of a redundant water tower, located in Devon, England, near the Halfway Inn, could be converted into a holiday home, equipped with a glass facade pod, if plans are approved by the lo...


Artist Coats Pieces in Silver Nitrate for Chrome Finish

Designer Pablo Limón has produced a set of metallic furniture pieces by coating them in silver nitrate, allowing for a chrome, rainbow-like finish.


CA Town Celebrates Bridge's 100th Birthday

The town of Folsom, California, is celebrating its historic Rainbow Bridge turning 100 years old with 100 days of events, including an exhibit dedicated to the structure, a bridge design con...


Company Designs Line of Architect-Inspired Candles

A design studio out of St. Augustine, Florida, has cooked up a line of candles named after prominent architects, including Frank Lloyd Wright. The candles are meant to inspire the feel of so...


Waves to Crash on Moscow Development

A crest of art is slated to adorn a high-rise complex in Moscow currently under construction, and along with it, several city skylines.


Petition Calls for Repainting Whitman Bridge

A recently launched petition, spearheaded by the Penn Libraries Kislak Center and the Streets Dept art and culture blog, is proposing repainting the Walt Whitman Bridge rainbow colors to hon...


Fatberg Haunts English Sewer

A ghoul made of grease and used baby wipes haunts the Sidmouth, England’s sewers: The fatberg, a 210-foot-long mass, is the largest discovered in Devon or Cornwall.


Researchers Look at Paint from Pine Needles

Researchers at the University of Sheffield, in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, have recently found a use for pine needles beyond holiday decor.


FL Bridge Graffiti Lives On in the Grinch

The ever-changing visual landscape of Pensacola, Florida’s Graffiti Bridge continues to evolve with a recent holiday homage, an impromptu work in 30 minutes by 26-year-old artist Monty Welt.


PPG Provides NHL with Thermochromic Coating

Pittsburgh-based coatings company PPG announced last week that its partnership with the National Hockey League will begin testing a thermochromic coating on game pucks.


Pavilion to Feature User-Controlled Facade

A pavilion proposal for the Expo 2020 Dubai will give the masses a hand in the structure’s facade.


Silver Bridge Collapse Memorialized with Mural

A mural memorializing the 51st anniversary of the collapse of the Silver Bridge, located in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, is to be dedicated this weekend.


PPG Provides NHL with Thermochromic Coating

Pittsburgh-based coatings company PPG announced earlier this week that its partnership with the National Hockey League will begin testing a thermochromic coating on game pucks.


NY Water Tower to Receive Delicious Redesign

A water tower is in Hamburg, New York, is getting a delicious redesign: Residents have been lobbying to get the rusty structure repainted, and late last month, a new design was chosen to hel...


Water Tower Bar Pays Homage to NYC Tanks

A new watering hole in Manhattan raises the bar, acting as a tribute to New York City’s industrial past: The Williamsburg Hotel’s newest bar is housed in a structure reminiscent of a water t...


Leaning Tower of Pisa is Tilting Less

The committee that monitors Italy’s Leaning Tower of Pisa has recently confirmed that the monument, famous for its tilt, has straightened by about 1.5 inches.


NJ's Yellow Brick Road to be Restored

The yellow brick road no longer exists only in Oz: A two-block road, known as Castle Point Terrace, located in Hoboken, New Jersey, is a visual successor of the movie-famous roadway, and is ...


Facade Curtain Prototype Aims to Filter Air

Architecture and design firm ecoLogicStudio (London) recently unveiled an “urban curtain” that was developed to store CO2.


Brooklyn Man Fought to Fix Bridge Spelling

Earlier this month, a Brooklyn man was honored for pushing for the correction of the spelling on the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge, which has been painted with one “z” instead of the correct two...


CA Tower Lights Up for Halloween

A group of San Francisco citizens successfully turned a petition into reality on Halloween night as the city’s Salesforce tower transformed into the Eye of Sauron, the infamous antagonist sy...


Students Create Art for PA Plows

With winter weather rolling in across the state, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation recently announced the Crawford County regional winner of Paint the Plow, a contest that encour...


Lecture Halls Made from Bubble-Wrapped Concrete

An installation at the Karolinska Institutet in Stolkhom, Sweden, is making some noise with its innovative translucent panels—composed of concrete and bubble wrap.


Historic TX Bridge Named After Local Ghosts

Lone Wolf Bridge, located in San Angelo, Texas, is well-known locally for being both haunted and home to a wealth of history. The 152-foot-long metal truss bridge, a 1922 rebuild originally ...


Geese Roost Once Again on PA Bridge

The graffiti geese of Pittsburgh’s 10th Street Bridge, often confused for dinosaurs, have once again come to roost thanks to approval from the Allegheny County Council and the original artis...


Union Using Video Games for Apprentices

A Pittsburgh-based engineers' union is combating the construction labor shortage by utilizing one key tool to help its crane operator apprentices: video games.


Artist Paints Illusions on Buildings, Tanks

Street artist David Louf—more commonly known as Mr. June—has recently finished a number of urban projects showcasing his 3D-style murals on various pieces of infrastructure and cityscape.


Family Guy Bridge Graffiti Warns of Hurricane

To help raise the alarm about Hurricane Michael sweeping along the Florida coast, artist Monty Welt added his own piece to Pensacola’s Graffiti Bridge—a portrayal of Family Guy weatherman Ol...


Verrazzano Bridge Catches 'Zs'

Staten Island’s Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge will be catching some “Zs." The name on the bridge, spelled wrong for more than 50 years with one "z" instead of two, is now being corrected thanks ...


Aggregate Pavilion is Made of 120,000 'Stars'

A project at Germany’s University of Stuttgart is looking at how self-supporting structures in nature—such as sand dunes—can translate into the architectural world.


Council Sinks Golf-Ball Water Tower Idea

A proposed golf-ball design for a water tower in Ocean City, Maryland, that some hoped would be a hole in one has instead ended up in the rough of government bureacracy after opponents raise...


Firm Building Museum Inside Sand Dune

OPEN Architecture, working in collaboration with the UCCA, China’s leading independent institution of contemporary art, recently revealed progress on a new museum made of concrete that will ...


Airline Spells Its Own Name Wrong on Plane

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but when the picture captures only two words, you want them both to be spelled correctly. For Hong Kong-based airline Cathay Pacific, a photo of...


VR Gives Tour of Frank Lloyd Wright Home

Efforts to preserve Frank Lloyd Wright’s work have reached a new level: The architect’s winter home and studio, Taliesin West, has been scanned and logged in a way that allows anyone with ac...


Amateur Restorer Paints 15th Century Statue

A 15th-century carved wooden statue depicting the Virgin Mary, baby Jesus and Saint Anne recently received a facelift—an amateur artist used bright, almost neon-colored industrial enamel pai...


Jewelry Crafted from MI Train Station Graffiti

As plans continue to move forward with Ford’s purchase of Michigan Central Station, paint from graffiti that coats much of the abandoned building is being used to create jewelry. Proceeds fr...


Old Bridge Moved, Turned into Museum

The heart of Sunset Beach, North Carolina, used to beat to the sound of cars crossing an old single-lane drawbridge. A modern high-rise span has taken its place, but local residents have pre...


Island Building Doubles as Bridge

Continuing a Faroese tradition of blending architecture with the landscape, architecture firm Henning Larsen designed the Eysturkommuna town hall, located in Nordragota in the Faroe Islands,...


Norway's 'House to Die In' Shot Down

Architecture firm Snøhetta and Norwegian artist Bjarne Melgaard have been collaborating for nearly a decade on a project dubbed “A House to Die In,” and that collab seems to be coming to an ...


Domino's Expands Infrastructure Grant Program

Domino’s, the pizza company that now moonlights as an unlikely hero of U.S. roadways, recently announced additional Infrastructure Weeks, extending its paving program to one community in eac...


WSDOT Building Highway Ramps with Styrofoam

Road construction for those in Puget Sound just became all the sweeter: What looks like giant sugar cubes are being used as fill for construction projects across the area, and according to t...


Museum Goer Falls in Hole that Looks Like Painting

On Aug. 13, a visitor to artist Anish Kapoor’s “Descent Into Limbo” exhibit took the name to a literal level when he fell into the installation, an eight-foot-deep hole painted black in such...


Wombat Mural Becomes Bridge Landmark

A wombat peeks out of its burrow in what was intended to be a temporary, practice bridge mural, located in Warrnambool, South West Victoria, but instead it’s burrowed its way into the hearts...


Psychedelic Mexican Snake Complex Comes Alive

A giant serpent coils in the hills north of Mexico City, jaws agape, ready to spring to life—and now you can rent a room in its belly through Airbnb if you’re looking for an absolutely mythi...


Apartments Designed to Recall Gasholders

Dutch architecture firm Mecanoo recently converted a former gasworks in Hilversum, located in the Netherlands, into a residential area that features cylindrical apartment buildings reminisce...


Town Set to Vote on Burger Water Tank

The proponents of a yearslong campaign to get one town's water tower painted like a giant hamburger are cooking with gas now, as a collection of design renderings are up for a public vote.


Canadian Ski Resort Opens Harrowing Bridge

If you’re both a bridge enthusiast and a thrill-seeker, Canada’s largest ski resort, Whistler Blackcomb, has the answer: a 427-foot-long suspension bridge that hangs above the ski slopes of ...


Company Builds Waterfall on Skyscraper

Sometimes architects do go chasing waterfalls: The 397-foot-tall Liebian International Building, located in Guiyang, China, now features a 350-foot-tall waterfall, the water itself being mov...


Bridge Held Up by Giant Hands

Tourists visiting the mountains of Da Nang, Vietnam, will be uplifted by the Golden Bridge, a structure that takes the shape of two hands supporting a 150-meter-long (492-foot-long) golden s...


Biologist Works to Merge Science, Architecture

University of California, Los Angeles biologist and researcher Noa Pinter-Wollman has started inquiring into the impact spaces—both built and natural—has on behavior, launching a new field o...


Artist Fined for Vegemite Mural

In a gesture of edible artistic expression, an individual painted a mural made of Vegemite, depicting an arch bridge, on the wall of Fremantle Train Station in Fremantle, Australia. Now, he ...


Book to Explore Video Game Architecture

A game developer and writer has recently completed the crowdfunding to create an atlas for virtual cities that will break down the architecture in everything from Fallout’s New Vegas to Sile...


County Greenlights Return of Geese to Bridge

The graffiti geese of Pittsburgh’s 10th Street Bridge may be returning to roost thanks to a vote by the Allegheny County Council Tuesday that approved the repainting of the longstanding work...


Artist Captures Towns, Cities as Just Facades

French photographer Zacharie Gaudrillot-Roy recently released a new batch of photos in his ongoing series “Facade,” which looks at the importance of architecture’s first impression.


Airbus Gets a Whale of a Paint Job

In late June, Airbus made a splash with the unveiling of the new design for the BelugaXL (Airbus A330-700L), a new mega-transport aircraft painted to look like its namesake—the Beluga whale.


Plastic Whale 'Skyscraper' Breaches in Belgium

Brooklyn-based architecture firm StudioKCA is making waves with its installation for this year’s Bruges Triennial event in Belgium with a four-story-tall whale “Skyscraper,” made from 150 mi...


Russian Official Proposes London-to-NYC Highway

There are road trips, and then there are road trips, but this one could beat them all: Head of Russian Railways Vladimir Yakunin recently proposed a transport route that could theoretically ...


AkzoNobel Completes Van Gogh Recreation

Earlier this month, AkzoNobel color experts completed a digital color recreation that reconstructed the original color scheme world-renowned artist Vincent Van Gogh used in his painting “Fi...


Water Tower-Turned-Home Hits Market in England

If you’re a water tower aficionado, you now have the chance to live in one: The £1.5 million ($1.9 million) Cromwell Tower, a water tower built in 1930 and decommissioned in 2004, was conver...


Costco Debuts Edible Coating

Costco recently started selling avocados covered in an invisible, edible coating made from leftover plant skins and stems intended to lock in moisture and keep out gases that catalyze the ri...


Pizza Chain Bankrolls Infrastructure Upgrades

As the United States awaits its much-touted (and much-delayed) multibillion-dollar infrastructure package, an unlikely hero is stepping in to help clean up the nation’s deteriorating roads: ...


Almond Farmer Turns Water Tank into TIE Fighter

Not so long ago, on a farm far, far away, California almond farmer Erich Gemperle looked at a water storage tank on his sister’s property and saw the start of a Star Wars spacecraft known as...


Harvard Student Talks Rearrangeable Building

With the changing demands of architecture in mind, Harvard Graduate School of Design student Stanislas Chaillou proposed that today’s technology could help innovate spaces that adapt to need...


Pittsburgher Petitions to Save Bridge's Graffiti Geese

As Pittsburgh’s South 10th Street Bridge undergoes rehabilitation, a local artist has created a petition to preserve the landmark geese that are painted at the top of one of the bridge's tow...


Uber Reveals Skyport Proposals

In order to plan for the future demands of transportation infrastructure, Uber recently revealed six Skyport proposals at its second annual Elevate conference. These selections were reported...


Bridge for Sale, Slightly Used

An old Pratt through-truss span from the 1880s could be a really profitable investment! And if you believe that, I’ve got a bridge to sell you outside of Pittsburgh. No, really.


IL to Offer Frank Lloyd Wright Trail

In honor of world-renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the Illinois Office of Tourism has designated a trail that connects 13 structures designed by the architect, running as far north as ...


Winston-Salem Gets an 'Otter Tank'

A 50-foot tall otter has come to play on the side of a Winston-Salem, North Carolina, water tank—a mural that was recently completed to brighten up the white space, while also paying tribute...


CA Cell Tower Disguised as Water Tower

A North Park, California, cell tower, designed as an homage to a local historic water tower, is taking shape along the town’s skyline, marking both a shift in design focus in making cell tow...


Kanye West to Dive into Home Design?

Rapper and fashion designer Kanye West took to Twitter last weekend to announce a new venture for his Yeezy company: architecture.


David Bowie Installation Takes Over Subway Station

Images of iconic musician David Bowie have taken over a New York City subway station, acting as an extension of the exhibit “David Bowie Is,” currently being hosted at the Brooklyn Museum.


Old Tappan Zee Sections Find New Aquatic Life

Parts of the original Tappan Zee Bridge will soon be swimming with the fishes, supplementing half a dozen reefs off Long Island. The first barge of material is set to leave this week, with a...


'Singing Road' Goes Quiet After Complaints

Residents of a Dutch village are singing a different tune after the installation of rumble strips that play the regional anthem on a nearby highway: The strips were installed to keep drivers...


Chicago Boasts Frank Lloyd Wright-Themed Bar

For those looking for a strong drink and a way to commemorate Frank Lloyd Wright, they need look no further than the Prairie School bar in Chicago, which features a mixture of designs and el...


Collapsible Skyscraper Wins Design Competition

The design for a collapsible skyscraper that could bring relief to disaster zones was recently announced as the winner of the eVolo Skyscraper Competition, an annual award presented by archi...


Falcons Help Fight Corrosion on International Span

The Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge, which crosses from Michigan into Ontario, plays host to more than human traffic—a pair of nesting peregrine falcons now call the span home, providi...


NY Man Appears to Be Building His Own Thruway Ramp

A new offramp has started to take shape along the New York State Thruway, south of Buffalo, due to the efforts of a local Seneca man. The reasons for the project remain unclear, but the root...


Art of Graining Used to Restore Doors

In a bid to revitalize some of its historic assets, the University of Virginia hired John Canning Associates to “re-grain” the doors of Pavilions II, III and X, also known as Thomas Jefferso...


Artist Studio Takes Viewers Inside Painting

An art studio, in collaboration with photographers, filmmakers and visual effects artists, hasmade a film that takes viewers “inside” a painting.


Goats Rescued from PA Bridge Beam

Two goats decided to make themselves at home on a beam running along the bottom of the Mahoning River Bridge in New Castle, Pennsylvania, resulting in a rescue mission led by the Pennsylvani...


TX House 3-D Printed in Under a Day

Austin, Texas, is playing host to the first 3-D printed home that is both up to code and can house people as-is. With a construction cost of $10,000, the home may prove to be a feasible hous...


A Coat of Paint Could Stop an Asteroid Strike

Keeping asteroids from impacting Earth is more than just blowing up space rocks; for one large asteroid that may brush shoulders with Earth, all that might be required to knock it out of its...


Broom-Clad Office Offers Secret Garden Space

Nottingham, England-based architecture firm 2hD Workshop had a noise problem it needed to clean up in its home office. The solution: A small, satellite office space outside in the garden—wit...


Puget Sound Bridge Work Includes Osprey Relocation

Work on the Puget Island Bridge continues to tell the tale of eminent domain displacing residents on major infrastructure projects—namely the temporary relocation of an osprey nest.


LEGO to Launch Sugar Cane Bricks

Toy manufacturer LEGO recently announced that production of a new line of botanical-themed building bricks has begun, and emulating the renewable nature of their plant cousins, the toy block...


Woman Trademarks Bridge Graffiti

Graffiti emblazoned on the side of a rail bridge declares “Jesus loves nachos,” becoming a local icon. A woman from the Northern Territory, Australia, area has trademarked he local graffiti ...


Designer Creates Brutalism-Inspired Candy

Kia Utzon-Frank, trained goldsmith and descendant of architects, recently designed a series of sweets inspired by the Barbican Centre’s Brutalist architecture.


Toad Stops Water Tower Work

A multi-million-dollar water system upgrade for Kosse, Texas, has temporarily croaked, thanks to a single toad found on the premises of the to-be water tower.


Apple's Glass Walls Reportedly Causing Employee Injuries

Apple’s shiny, nearly all-glass Silicon Valley headquarters has come with an unexpected consequence: Employees are running into the glass and hurting themselves.


Barbed Wire Protects SC's Peachoid Water Tower

An iconic South Carolina water tower that recently underwent a peachy rehab now has a new feature: a barbed-wire fence meant to fend off vandals.


London Fatberg Stars in Horror Movies

To mark a part of the Whitechapel fatberg being on display at the Museum of London, creative agency KK Outlet created a number of low-budget horror movies to tell the story of how the sewer ...


‘Skyscraper’ Movie Had Architect Consult

Skyscraper, the newest action thriller starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, features a fictitious 1,067-meter-tall skyscraper called The Pearl, which called for consulting with a renow...


UHP Water Gun Blasts the Fire Away

Ultra-high pressure waterjetting and wet abrasive blasting with a slurry are fairly common methods of surface preparation, but one Ocala, Florida-based company is betting on a similar techno...


'A House to Die In' Creates Norwegian Controversy

A behind-the-scenes look at a controversial building proposal in Norway was recently put on display as plans for the project face an uphill battle to approval.


Woman Starts LEGO Brick Replica Business

A New York woman has created a business brick by LEGO brick.


Concrete Pipes Could House Tiny Homes

In a move to provide an affordable housing alternative for those interested living in expensive cities, Hong Kong studio James Law Cybertecture has developed OPod Tube Housing, which transfo...


Cape Town Firm Adds Skate Bowl to Interior Design

An architecture firm in South Africa has created what it calls “the ultimate man cave.”


Life-Sized Titanic Replica Under Construction

Billionaire Australian businessman Clive Palmer has his sights set on making the Titanic sail across the seas of the imagination once again, by building a full-scale $600 million replica tha...


Play-Doh-Like Substance Offers Adhesive Alternative

For those who loved Play-Doh as a kid, a London designer has made a more adult-friendly version—one that doubles as an adhesive that can bond parts of furniture together.


Blasters Go Rogue, Clean Part of 'Graffiti Bridge'

James Romero, of Gulf Breeze, Florida, is a professional blaster with an agenda—to see how many layers of paint actually cover Pensacola's locally famous Graffiti Bridge.


Construction Workers Discover Preserved Dinosaur Eggs

For construction workers in China, Christmas delivered an unexpected gift—a nest of dinosaur eggs uncovered at an excavation site.


Designer Puts (Literal) Twist on PA Addition

When New York-based designer Tom Givone was approached about an extension on an old farmhouse in rural Pennsylvania, he had a unique request on his hands.


Hamburg Water Tower Project on a Roll

The water tower located in Hamburg, New York, is rusting, but thanks to a new petition recently approved by local government, the structure may be getting a new paint job to reflect the town...


Artist Uses Refrigerator Doors as Canvasses

A Pennsylvania painter uses more than just canvases for personal expression—he uses refrigerator doors. David Berkner produces works of art on the unusual surfaces in an attempt to connect t...


Tractors Threaten Bridges in IN County

The bridges of Boone County, it seems, are under siege from an unlikely source: farm equipment.


Researchers Develop Plastic Out of Pond Scum

Dutch designers Eric Klarenbeek and Maartje Dros are adding to the world of biopolymers by taking algae out of the ponds and into our homes, so to speak.


DIY Painter Hits the Road

Some commuters get annoyed when a crew is out painting markings on the road and holding up traffic; late last month, a man in one China city got annoyed with traffic and decided to paint som...


WA Transit Agency Floats a Rail Project

Allow us to float an idea past you: What if a light-rail line crossed over a lake via a bridge that rests on pontoons?


Olympics to Feature World's Darkest Material

Vantablack, the world’s blackest material, is set to take the stage at the 2018 winter Olympics in South Korea, and will be used in an architectural design meant to emulate the night sky.


China Center Becomes Crustacean Station

In a province in eastern China, a three-story structure in the shape of a crab acts as an homage to local industry, while also providing a space for ecological studies.


PA Students Proffer Plow Art

With winter weather rolling in across the state, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has invited students to participate in a contest to paint local district snow plows with messag...


Self-Sustaining Underwater City Proposed

A new proposal for cities that could be taken over by changing water levels is a real example of thinking outside the box.


Art Installation Features Dissolving Bricks

An art installation off the coast of South Korea aims to illustrate how materials can interact with nature and how rain can literally wash everything away.


China Glass Bridge Features Optical Illusions

A new glass bridge spanning the Yellow River in China provides more than just a river view: Parts are adorned with three-dimensional murals that are custom-made for selfies.


Gator in the Pipes Delays Work at FL Site

Delays can arise on construction projects for any number of reasons: weather, permits, cash flow. Then there’s the problem that caused a setback on an eastern Florida site on Monday—an allig...


Plans Revealed for Europe's First Underwater Restaurant

Europe will be getting its first underwater restaurant, slated to be featured in southern Norway and doing double duty as both fine dining and a research opportunity.


Musk Announces World's Most Boring Hat

Billionaire and mastermind Elon Musk recently announced a new product that isn't quite as industrial as one might expect from the founder of The Boring Company.


LEGO Bricks Save Crumbling Buildings

A new project using LEGO bricks to repair masonry in public spaces has ignited the imaginations of people across the globe, and it all began with a single artist.


Lexus Took 15 Years to Make Paint

Drawing inspiration from nature and the wings of a butterfly, Lexus spent the last 15 years developing a new paint color that features an iridescent element.


Bjarke Ingels Tapped for Mars City Design

For scientists, going to Mars might soon be as simple as visiting the Middle East. The government of Dubai recently released plans for the Mars Science City project, tapping the Bjarke Ingel...


Manhole Designs Leave an Impression

A Berlin-based artist is elevating the lowly manhole cover to new levels as a hip piece of apparel that allows the wearer to rep a favorite city or neighborhood (or sewer authority).


Firm Experiments with Concrete Layers

Founders of South Korean architecture firm STPMJ have taken the process of altering the constituents of concrete and turning the results into an exterior design.


'Pirate Printers' Turn City Surfaces into Stamps

Manhole covers are becoming T-shirt art thanks to a printmaker based in Berlin who uses the common, everyday elements of the cityscape in a dynamic, wearable format.


The Case of the Pilfered Pavement Paint

When you think of a big heist operation, things like jewelry and cash might come to mind, not road paint. But thieves in Johannesburg had other ideas, making off with several hundred gallons...


'Fatberg' Lurks in London Sewers

A terror lurks in London’s sewers—a concrete-hard mass that looks like something straight out of a horror novel.


IKEA Lab Creates Algae-Producing Pavilion

In a move to promote sustainable living through algae, an IKEA innovation lab erected a temporary bioreactor dome, which was designed to produce a nutrient-rich food option and foster conver...


Mushroom Roots Used In Spatial Structure

You might say it's a new idea that's set to mushroom in popularity: As part of a newly opened exhibit in Seoul, an international group of architects has presented its experimentation with li...


Canadian City Looks to Paint to Light the Way

It’s well known that reflective road paints can help to magnify the effects of street lights and vehicle headlights for nighttime safety, but the city of Calgary may soon be joining a select...


Citizens Look to Water Tower to Beef Up Tourism

A rusting water tower in one western New York town has become the focus of a whopper of an effort on the part of a group of citizens, who would like to see the tank repainted—to resemble a h...


Pavilion of Buckets Crests in Mexico City

A wave of buckets crested in Mexico City earlier this year, acting as a temporary installation to inspire residents to reclaim public spaces.


Construction Crew Finds Triceratops Skeleton

Construction workers breaking ground on the future Public Safety Facility in Thornton, Colorado, discovered triceratops fossils onsite Friday.


Tank Leaves College Town in 'Staty' of Confusion

The old college try wasn't quite enough for a crew of tank painters working on a Wichita, Kansas, water tower earlier this month.


Artist Turns Garage into Giant Painting

Argentinian artist Elian Chali has turned a French parking lot into one giant anamorphic spatial painting.


Floating Bridge Design Sets Sail

A futuristic floating bridge may sail the local waters of the Mongolian city of Ordos, according to plans recently revealed by architect Margot Krasojevic.


Earthworm-Inspired Pavilion Created for Festival

The earthworm isn't often associated with a concert venue, but an architecture firm was challenged to bring that connection to life for a festival in Latvia.


Dissolving Church Plays on Sight Lines

A church made of steel dissolves from sight, and the secret lies in its construction.


Concrete Research Takes a Butt Out of Pollution

To address one of the most chronic pollution issues and add an extra punch to pavement, researchers based out of RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, have experimented with adding an unu...


A Tear in the Wall

Ripping a phone book in half is a classic strongman routine, but one U.K. artist is going a notch further, "tearing" a wall of bricks in two for the sake of art.


Self-Driving Ship to Set Sail in 2018

The world’s first autonomous ship is slated to set sail along Norway’s coastline in 2018, carrying cargo between Norwegian towns.


Art Adorns City's Utility Poles

Springfield, Missouri, has seen a profusion of artfully painted poles, and more are on the way, according to KSMU Radio.


Artists Use Graffiti to Erase Objects

A team of Russian graffiti artists have visually deleted a car and a dumpster using paint and light.


Road Crew Paints Over Roadkill

A road crew in Tulsa, Oklahoma, left behind more than just yellow stripes on a recent paint job.


Color-Changing Paint Comes with One Caveat

The ongoing war sparked by the world's blackest black paint has seen another volley, as British artist Stuart Semple has released a new color-changing paint available to anyone—except Anish ...


Minecraft Used for Urban Planning

A video game developer is pairing with a sustainable cities initiative to build new life into public spaces brick by brick—or block by block.


3-D Printed Concrete Bridge Takes Shape

The world of 3-D printed bridges continues to unfold at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands.


Brewery Crafts Sustainable Wastewater Plan

Wastewater facilities are often filled with unpleasant materials, but a plant in the works in Oregon will primarily carry a much more welcome substance: beer. Or at least, beer byproducts.


Mushrooms Pop Back Up As Sustainable Building Material

A student at Brunel University London has brought using mushrooms in construction materials back to the surface for the university’s Made in Brunel exhibition.


Build the Guggenheim Museum with Legos

Those who love the Guggenheim Museum can build their own replica of the iconic building at home, thanks to Lego.


Student Engineers Launch Concrete Canoes

Traditionally, canoes have been made from materials like tree bark, reeds or canvas; more contemporary versions are often made from lightweight composites and plastics. Then, there’s the mat...


Artist Paints Danish Coastline Pink

German artist Katharina Grosse painted part of Denmark’s coastline into a “mobile garden."


WI Water Tower Goes PG-13

Travelers near one Wisconsin town were for a short time greeted by the word “sex” emblazoned in huge letters on the town’s water tower in what amounted to a paint job gone awry that left to...


Sojourn Through Concrete Costs Teen $10K

A teenage motorist will be billed $10,000 to repair damages caused when he drove his car into freshly poured concerte on a Nebraska road.


Vivid Makeover Lures Tourists to Former Slum

A plan to apply fresh coats of colorful paint on houses in an Indonesian village has transformed a slum into a tourist mecca.


'Flying Bum' Takes Flight Again

The world’s largest aircraft currently in operation—a massive, blimp-like craft known as Airlander 10—took off again this month for its first flight since taking a crash-landing on a test fl...


Endangered Hawk Blocks CA Bridge Repair

Construction on a Bay Area bridge ground to a halt this week after crews discovered a protected species of hawk nesting in nearby trees.


Museum Made of 1.5M Plastic Bottles Still Going Strong

A three-story exhibition hall that’s made of 1.5 million plastic bottles is holding strong in Taipei, Taiwan.


Container Ship Refashioned into Luxury Vessel

A cargo ship is no small purchase as it is, but one marine company is taking the previously humble-if-pricey container ship to new, and even pricier, heights.


Electric Wallpaper Lights Up Design Fair

Two entities in the interior design world joined forces for the Collective Design fair in New York, where they turned guests on to a new form of interactive wallpaper.


Paint's Swirls, Scarcity Spur Eye-Catching Jewelry

A bygone method of painting cars in automotive factories has given rise to a market for collectors scrambling to acquire color-swirled chunks that are, for some, akin to gems.


Designers Propose Skyscrapers Nestled Inside Sequoias

A quartet of South Korean designers hopes to carve out a niche in the architectural realm with a proposal that combines technological know-how with nature.


Water Tower Paint Job Causes Public Flap

The controversy over the painting of a new city slogan on a Sacramento, California, water tower continues to roil, as an online petition to revert to the old phrase has garnered more than 3,...


Beijing Civic Center Will Have Ski Slope Roof

By 2020 Beijing will have a new ski slope. On the roof of its civic center, that is.


Asteroid-Tethered Structure Is Ultimate High-Rise

You would have to buy a spacesuit, because your residence would be at an elevation of 32,000 meters (105.000 feet). Step outside, and you would be in a near-vacuum. The temperature would be ...


New Bridge Benefits Bats

You can’t say the new bridge being built in County Galway, Ireland, is for the birds. It is, in fact, entirely for the bats.


'SL' Road Marking Makes UK Town Say 'OW'

Jurisdictional issues are to blamed for a road in one English town that simply warns drivers: “SL.”


Giant Bridge will Dive Under Sea

A massive sea bridge that includes a 4-mile stretch of tunnel is still on target to meet its deadlines, officials say, despite numerous logistic and construction setbacks.


Man Paints over Historic Clock Tower

A man has been charged with criminal and willful damage after he painted over a historic clock tower at Southern Cross railway station in Melbourne.


Building a Mars Settlement

Colonizing the Red Planet is going to take a lot of MacGyvers, according to the experts.


Rolls-Royce Unveils Diamond Dust Paint

Luxury car company Rolls-Royce Motor Cars brought the world's first diamond paint finish into the light at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show earlier this month with the unveiling of the Ghost Elega...


Seattle Underpass to get Color Splash

The concrete forest under Interstate 5 between Seattle’s Cherry and James streets is about to get much more visually appealing.


Frank Gehry to Teach MasterClass

The famed Frank Gehry will teach his first online class this spring on the platform MasterClass.


Rolls-Royce Shows Car with Diamond Paint

Luxury car company Rolls-Royce Motor Cars shined at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show with the unveiling of the Ghost Elegance, a car with the world’s first diamond paint finish.


Leeds Bridge Displays Colors for a Cause

A railway bridge in Leeds has been repainted with a rainbow of colors in a show of support for the city’s LGBT community.


Delicious Design: Architects or Pastry Chefs?

It’s becoming more and more common for architects to add pastries to their portfolios, particularly in the form of cakes. And chocolate. Japanese design house Nendo, architects Dinara Kasko ...


Architecture's Role in Fairy Tales

Once upon a time there was an Italian architect and artist whose signature creations blended art, architecture and fantasy.


Water Tower's Final Moments Caught on Tape

The water tower in Rowlett, Texas, stood for nearly 30 years, but it’s in its demise that the 155-foot-tall structure has found fame outside of the town.


Field Painting for the Super Bowl

Painting crews play a key role when it comes to the big game.


Tiny Bird, Big Bridge

They say a butterfly flapping its wings can affect the course of a hurricane halfway across the globe, but in California, some bridge contractors have witnessed firsthand the major consequen...


Super Bowl Hosts Painting’s ‘All-Star’ Team

While the New England Patriots will soon become the team with the most Super Bowl appearances ever, with nine, they can’t hold a candle to another participant in this year’s big game, who wi...


Photos or Paint? Artist Blurs the Line

Melting a metal can produce some interesting artwork that tricks the eye, one Swiss photographer has learned.


Spilled Paint Leads to Road Repaving

You probably know the saying about crying over spilled milk, but it was spilled white paint—more than 3,000 gallons of it—that caused some headaches, if not tears, on one U.K. road last week...


Bridge Refuses to Yield to Demolition

At a time when many are worried about the condition of American bridges, it’s reassuring to see that some spans, like California’s Antlers Bridge, refuse to fall—even under controlled demoli...


19th Century Painters' Trick Revealed

Oil painters of the 19th Century relied on innovative gel mixtures called “gumtions” to produce works of art with exceptional texture and volume in record time.


‘Philly the Bern’ Mural: Fate Uncertain

A building owner in Philadelphia is inviting reuse ideas for a large political mural adorning his building.


It’s Not Graffiti ... It’s Science

If a trio heads into the rocky terrain of the Swiss Alps with buckets of paint and brushes in hand, your first guess might be that some fresh graffiti was about to appear.


Architects Specify Sweet Holiday Fun

It’s that time of year: When architects turn to alternative building materials that must display strength, stability, and just a pinch of nutmeg.


‘World’s Pinkest Pink’ Comes with a Caveat

A British artist has created what he calls the pinkest paint ever developed, and you can get your hands on it—unless you’re artist Anish Kapoor.


From Water Tower to ‘Ultimate Beach House’

Most people don’t think “water tower” when they’re planning a vacation, but for those in the know, one of the most desirable beach house rentals in Orange County, CA, is just that.


Life of the Dance Party: A Cement Mixer

Usually, when a party is a “mixer,” it just means people get to mingle and meet new friends. But a French artist recently proved that a cement mixer can be the center of attention—if you dre...


Unused Highway Proposed as Memorial

It’s not unusual to see a stretch of highway named to commemorate a fallen hero or town celebrity or a bridge named to memorialize an event or public figure. To make a monument of a stretch ...


Artists’ Paint-Mixing Videos Go Viral

We’ve all heard something that’s less than thrilling compared to “watching paint dry,” but a contingent of social media users seems to be getting a kick out of another part of the process: w...


Paint Becomes Focus in Soccer Championships

Watching the painting process rather than the match became the focus of a recent soccer championship in Canada.


Building Blocks Break Bridge Record

Steel, concrete, wood … plastic blocks? When it comes to bridge construction, LEGO bricks aren’t usually counted among the standard building materials. A London professional association for ...


Murals Show Transformative Effect

Murals in urban spaces often serve to uplift the surrounding community, and add some color to what might otherwise be a drab locale. But some go beyond that, truly changing everything about ...


Spare a Square for CO Road Cracks?

Halloween may have been just last week, but Devil’s Night pranksters aren’t the reason toilet paper is being found on the roadways of one Denver town.


Painters Think ‘Outside the Can’

A paint can is a paint can is a paint can… unless it’s also R2-D2, a pineapple or Iron Man. At least that’s how contestants see it in Axalta Coating System’s annual “Paint Outside the Can” c...


Hotel Gets Giant Ouija Board on Roof

An old hotel in southwestern Pennsylvania already had a reputation for being haunted, but now its owners have taken it to another level: They claim to have painted the world’s largest Ouija ...


Haunted Homes Spook the Market

Buying a home is a stressful proposition. That nice-looking house can come with all kind of strings attached: old wiring, leaky roof, plumbing problems. Then there are the houses that come w...


Border Wall Goes Pink

One recurring architectural theme of the current U.S. election cycle has been Republican candidate Donald J. Trump’s vision for a wide-ranging border wall, stretching across the country’s bo...


Muralist's Canvas: A Melting Iceberg

When you think of mural painting, you probably don’t picture a Hawaiian man on an Arctic iceberg, but the mural artist known as Hula recently undertook a project to bring awareness to the pl...


Winery, Turnpike at Odds Over Logo

“We are from New Jersey and proud of it!” reads the website for Old York Cellars’ What Exit Wines line. But the winery, in Ringoes, NJ, isn’t getting the same level of love back from its sta...


Blasted Bridge Stays Strong

When you want to bring a bridge down fast, strategically placed explosives can get the job done in a matter of seconds. Usually.


Music Inspires this Painting Robot

Those who don’t care for abstract painting often argue that a 4-year-old could produce the same type of art. But what about a music-listening robot?


Floor Art Adorns Decrepit Hotel

The floor of an abandoned five-star hotel in São Miguel, Portugal, is now adorned with an intricate and expansive spray-painted “tile” design, thanks to artist Javier de Riba and his collabo...


Not Your Average Camouflage

When it comes to camouflaging military vehicles, standard procedure is to paint the vehicle in the appropriate colors and patterns for the environment in which it will serve.


Town Loses Water Tower to Planning Error

An Alberta, Canada, town is losing its signature water tower, all because of a planning mistake.


Stadium Roofs, Seats Find New Homes

If you find yourself waiting for a bus in Indianapolis, you might well be sitting in a seat that’s seen a lot of sports history—all due to the efforts of an organization started by a local a...


Giant Peach: Fruit of Painter’s Labors

It was a big job, but for one Welsh painter, you might say it was just peachy.


Mini Bay Bridge Comes to Town

San Francisco loves its new San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge so much, it seems, that the city will be building a duplicate smaller version as part of its new downtown transit center and neig...


French Firm Touts Passive ‘Lego Homes’

A French company looking to make homebuilding quick, easy and eco-friendly has begun to expand internationally, building what some are calling a “real-life Lego home” in Spain.


Ohio’s Giant Basket Gets a Price Drop

Real estate agents are accustomed to dealing with tough clients, but you might say one Ohio broker has a real basket case on his hands. It’s not the seller, though—it’s the building itself.


Scottish Bridge Gets Unorthodox Paint Job

A bridge in Scotland just got a new coat of paint, but it wasn’t a standard job involving a crew of bridge painters and a three-coat system.


Painters Sent to Spelling Class

If part of your job involves painting words on the street, you’d think you’d be extra careful when your current project is smack dab in front of a school.


Architecture Sketches Build a Following

Though most of today’s buildings are designed on the computer, a San Francisco architect’s hand-drawn sketches may make you long for the days of old.


Longest Glass Bridge Opens

A new bridge in China’s Hunan Provice has quite a view—if you look straight down.


Painting Bees for a Cause

When you’re an artist, getting some buzz for your work is always a good thing. The murals painted by Matthew Willey, though, make a buzz all their own: They feature honeybees.


Cycling Captures Color-Changing Coating

The 2016 Summer Olympics may be coming to a close, but one bicycle manufacturer commemorated this year’s sporting event with a bold, responsive paint scheme for Olympians and the average rid...


Experts Denounce Tortoise-Painting

Tortoise shell is decidedly “in” as a design for eyeglass frames, but for some in Florida, it’s apparently not stylish enough on actual tortoises—so much so that conservation officials are c...


From Road Markings to Logo Design

The process of applying thermoplastic lettering to road surfaces recently caught the eye of one tech blogger who could barely contain his wonder.


‘Straddling Bus’ Doubles Up on Travel Lanes

When it comes to improving transportation infrastructure, relieving traffic congestion is often a top consideration.


A Jewel that Was Once an Architect

The story of Mexican architect Luis Barragán’s legacy was strange enough already; after his death, his entire body of work was bought and seemingly squirreled away by a Swiss couple, who put...


Artist Clouds Graffitists’ Tags

Many people wish the graffiti that covers some city walls and bridges would just disappear completely, but those who are more realistic might just wish the tags were at least somewhat legibl...


The Newest Paving Trend: Unpaving?

Paving can be a big expense for governments, and some are strapped for infrastructure funding these days. Enter a novel approach: unpaving.


‘Pole’ Slashed by 54 Stories

What once was planned as a 72-story high-rise that would pierce the skyline west of Central London is looking more like an 18-story “floating cube” according to new, revised plans from archi...


Don’t Poo-Poo This Roadway of the Future

Could the future of highways come from the humblest beginnings down on the farm?


Soda Landmark's New Coat

It may be a lesser-known monument than its neighbor, the Gateway Arch, but the giant Vess soda bottle, in downtown St. Louis is a local landmark nonetheless. And this week, the bottle got a ...


Vote to Preserve a Park

Twenty national historic sites and structures are in the running to receive $2 million in grants for preservation and restoration projects.


The Art of Worksites

Often, construction sites are accompanied by signs noting that they’re a temporary eyesore necessary to bring about a permanent improvement. But what if the construction site is the improvem...


Follow the Glowing Road

Could roadways of the future illuminate themselves? If research proceeds the way scientists at a Mexico university plan, glow-in-the-dark cement could light the way without the need for elec...


Grain Silo Gets 'Despicable' Paint Job

The long, flat stretches of road in rural Indiana can lead to driver fatigue, but if you’re cruising through Wells County and see a giant minion on the side of the road, don’t worry: You’re ...


Giant Mosaic Has Brush with Guinness

We’re used to works of art created with paint brushes, but a record-breaking mosaic unveiled this week in Charlotte, NC, is actually constructed of paint brushes—33,000 of them, to be exact.


A School’s Welcome Graffiti

Many schools wrestle with the issue of “art” that’s committed to the property by young wall-writers, but one British primary school welcomed a piece of graffiti, from an artist known worldwi...


When It Rains, It Shows

Boston’s sidewalks look just like any other city’s sidewalks…until it rains. A rainy day quickly exposes lines of poetry to the city’s pedestrians.


Red Phone Booth Revamp

Britain’s iconic red telephone boxes may have found their calling in the modern era—the mini office.


Belgians Brew Up Pipeline for Beer

Beer transportation probably isn’t a city infrastructure priority, unless you’re talking about Milwaukee—or a historic Belgian town.


Dubai 3-D Prints First Office Building

Dubai, working to establish itself as a global hub for 3-D printing, unveiled what it called the world’s first 3-D printed office building this week.


The Witch Will Be Back

A water tower in New England is getting a makeover, but it won’t be losing its most notable feature: the Salem Witch.


Building a Village with Bottles

Plastic drink bottles are ubiquitous in many of our lives—but in one spot in Panama, they’ll soon make up an entire village.


Vandals Take Second Shot

Graffiti artists and taggers often seem to favor bridges when it comes to places to ply their craft. One group of vandals in West Virginia, however, got the rare chance to apply more paint t...


News Team Puts Coatings to the Test

Truck owners are known to take advantage of protective coatings to safeguard the beds of their vehicles against damage from the loads they haul.


The Secret to Fresh Fruit: A Silk Coat?

You’ve heard of corn silk, but what about strawberry silk? Researchers at Tufts University say a thin coating of the material could be just what it takes to keep certain kinds of fruit fresh...


Architects in the Cards

Maybe you can’t get your favorite architect on a trading card like your favorite baseball player, but thanks to an Italian artist, you can see them on playing cards.


Richmond Seeks to Paint the Drains

It’s not so unusual to find artists painting murals on the sides of buildings, bridge abutments, roadway barriers or water towers. But can you make art out of storm drains?


Indian Crosswalk Takes on New Dimension

We’re all accustomed to the striped crosswalks we encounter while driving—but if all crosswalks looked like one that was recently painted in a city in India, we might pay them a little more ...


Construction Machines Clash in China

For some, settling workplace disputes involves calm, but heated verbal exchanges. For others, they consist of climbing into a piece of heavy construction machinery and using it as a weapon.


Destroyed Arch Gets Rebirth

ISIS forces destroyed a number of ancient buildings in Palmyra, doing irreparable damage. But one piece of the city’s past is getting something of a second act.


Burgling Brit Foiled by Can of Paint

You’ve heard of the thief who was caught red-handed, but a burglar in the U.K. recently was apprehended because of white feet.


17th-Century Painting Found in Leaky Attic

For one French homeowner, a problem leak may have turned into a $135 million payday.


Lumberjack Legend Losing Lustre

Portland’s 31-foot-tall statue of folk hero Paul Bunyan has been restored and repainted several times over the past 56 years. The accumulated repairs, however, are coming undone.


See Seattle’s Landmark Take Shape

For the first time, a collection of 2,400 photos documenting the construction of Seattle’s iconic Space Needle have been digitized.


Ship Name Campaign Goes Overboard

When the Natural Environment Research Council invited the public to name its new £200 million ($308 million) polar research ship, to be built by Cammell Laird, it was surely looking for some...


Coatings Delivery Service Takes Off

In need of a last-minute delivery? No problem. U.K. marine varnishes and anti-foul coatings manufacturer HMG Paints has announced a solution.


Spotted: Blue Drawing Studio Makes Waves

A new art studio at a university in Dorset, UK, is making a big splash.


Tunnel Painting Tricks Unaware Driver

It’s the oldest trick in the book … at least in Saturday morning cartoons.


Skyscraper Slide Installed in Los Angeles

Soon visitors and residents of Los Angeles will be able to experience unparalleled views of the city.


Norway to Invest $1B in ‘Super-Cycleways’

In an effort to reduce its residents’ reliance on cars, one Scandinavian country is aiming to spend nearly $1 billion to build a new network of highways … for bikes only.


‘Space Oddity’ Mural Adorns Hallway

Italian street artists Truly Design have painted a large circular anamorphic mural in an office building in Switzerland.


Firm Brings New Meaning to ‘Blowing up a Bridge’

You’ll find a lot of photos of bridges on social media channels, including those that are awe-inspiring, under construction, being imploded or historically significant.


Olympic Stadium Design Lacks Flame

The Tokyo Olympic Stadium has sparked media attention once again.


Upside-Down Dwelling Lures Tourists

An unusual architectural art installation has turned up in Taiwan. It’s an upside down, three-story American-style home, coated with bright blue, yellow, pink and red paint, of course


Artists See Red over 'Blackest Black'

Can anyone really own a color? If you’re artist Anish Kapoor, the answer is yes. If you’re among his fellow artists, that’s a definite no.


Hungry Mice Bring Down Tunnel Project

There are a lot of reasons repairs to a city’s infrastructure may be delayed, but hungry rodents are rarely the cause.


MoDot May Have the Bridge for You

Anyone need a bridge? The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) currently has seven bridges that are free to a good home.


Roman-Era Fresco Revealed in London

An ornate Roman wall painting buried for 2,000 years has been unearthed from 20 feet below a street in London.


Hot Temps Ruin Cool Bridge

A team of students working to construct an ice bridge in Finland were building with strength in mind, but this week, the one thing that they couldn’t control brought an end to the project: a...


‘Cement Ship’ Cracks Under Pressure

Residents of Aptos, CA, are becoming increasingly concerned about the state of their beloved cement ship sitting off the shore of Seacliff State Beach.


Woman Paints House in Stripes as Protest

Zipporah Lisle-Mainwaring has said she would be glad to repaint her house—as long as officials stop a nearby development the English property owner has called a “monstrosity.”


Judge: Ark Builders Get Tax Break

Calling it a victory for freedom of religion, a creationist group in Kentucky is celebrating a judge’s decision that the state cannot prevent the group from collecting sales tax incentives j...


Watching Paint Dry Unlikely to Offend

Watching paint dry might be an unintended, peripheral part of your job, but rest assured that the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) censors have deemed such a program safe for view...


Burglar Leaves Footprints in UV Paint

Now, this man painted himself in a corner. Police in the UK were recently able to catch a burglar, with the help of a bright green UV paint, according to Shropshirelive.com and other news ou...


Paint Transforms T-shirts Into Sounds

Warning to parents: You might want to cover your ears. Textile designer Selina Reiterer and architect Constantinos Miltiadisin have developed T-shirts that turns kids into rock stars—and fos...


UV Paint Helps Bust Burglar

Now, this man painted himself in a corner. Police in the UK were recently able to catch a burglar, with the help of a bright green UV paint, according to Shropshirelive.com and other news ou...


A Martian Mixture for Concrete

First we have to get to Mars, but once there…how will we be build?


Own a Piece of Julia Child’s France

Perhaps the former French holiday home of renowned French Chef Julia Child will inspire its new owner to cook up some Coq au Vin while sipping on a glass of sweet Sauternes white burgundy (e...


SUV Crosses Bridge Made of Paper

Land Rover’s Range Rover bills itself as one of the most luxurious off-road SUVs on the market—capable of delivering “performance in varying terrain or conditions.”


Slippery Paint? Not Quite, Skaters Say

Non-stick coatings have their places, but a skating park apparently is not one of them.


Painter ‘Butte-tifies’ City’s Dumpsters

A street artist in Montana has figured out how to use the words “Butte-ification” and “dumpster” in the same sentence.


‘Ark’ Theme Park to Teach Creationism

Families looking for a Biblical-based vacation experience might consider a new theme park that teaches lessons on creationism—and is prepared for a major flood.


Kitten Saved From Concrete, Paint

After spending at least two days in a construction dumpster, a kitten in North Dakota is lucky to have some of her nine lives left.


Locals See Red over Double Yellows

Residents of a town in Somerset County, U.K., were scratching their heads last week when a run-of-the-mill road-painting job went awry.


Murals Color Streets During a Monsoon

What would a city look like if paintings on city streets suddenly appeared every time it rains? People in Seoul, South Korea, know the answer.


Bieber Paints Murals with ‘Purpose’

Pop-star Justin Bieber is using colorful murals to get the word out about his new album, “Purpose.”


List Offers 10 Haunted Homes for Sale

Let's say you found the perfect home. It has all the features you want, paint colors, right side of town and the price is unbelievable.


Pink Bunker Has Some Seeing Red

A group of hikers decided to give a World War II era military bunker in Hawaii a hot pink makeover to help raise awareness of breast cancer.


Airline Unwraps Its ‘Frozen’ Aircraft

Kids can get a little obsessed with their favorite Disney characters. And if your little Frozen fan finds out he or she can fly to Disney on a plane adorned with Elsa, Anna and Olaf, you mig...


Paints Teach Color Without Words

How do you describe a blue ocean that isn’t truly “blue?” What about flesh tone that is not actually "beige"?


Unwanted Paint Repair Up in Air

This case is pretty much black and white. Well, the paint involved is, but determining just who holds responsibility appears to be in a gray zone.


3D Death Star Art Painted Under Bridge

It’s that moment when Luke Skywalker ignores his computer and uses The Force to take down the Death Star, all while flying his X-Wing seamlessly through a tight trench while the Imperial Fle...


That’s a Horse of a Different Color

If you’ve ever watched The Wizard of Oz, you’re sure to remember the Horse of a Different Color.


Artist Can Keep ‘Un-Swedish’ Paint Job

Artist Bernth Uhno will be allowed to keep the paint job that officials had ordered removed after saying the choice of a gradient color was not "Swedish."


App Teaches Kids About Construction

A concrete company has launched a game app that it hopes will steer kids toward careers in construction.


Drones Build Sturdy Rope Bridge

A Swiss research team has found a way to build a rope bridge using drones.


‘Flintstone House’ Listed at $4.2M

If you have $4.2 million to spare and dream to call a piece of Bedrock your home, the Flintstone House can be yours.


Protect Your Skin, Hurt Your Car

If you Google the phrase “bug spray car paint,” you might be surprised to see a list of top posts that proclaim “Just ruined paint with bug spray! Unbelievable!”; “Just messed up my paint, H...


21 Murals, 21 Ways to Celebrate Serena

Serena Williams might be a California native, but street artists in New York are showing the tennis champion that they love her.


Game Allows Unique Bridge Designs

Have you ever thought that using a hot air balloon would be a good component in bridge building? If so, Dry Cactus has a great video game for you.


Architects Hope for Real Minas Tirith

Let’s say that in the darkest depths of Mordor, you meet a girl so fair. So of course, you want to take her to the city of Minas Tirith where she will be protected by Elves, Dwarves, the Whi...


‘Origami’ Bridge Could Aid in Disasters

An engineering professor in Japan has developed a temporary bridge that he says can be put in place quickly to advance rescue efforts in the cases of natural disasters.


Mouth-Watering Coating Tech Revealed

Strawberry lovers, rejoice! A new coating advance may help you to satisfy your cravings for a longer time period.


It’s Not Graffiti if it’s Just Dam Dirt

Sometimes cleaning off decades of industrial dirt and grime can stir the imagination.


Teens’ Mean Comments Spark Paint Job

With brushes and rollers in tow, a team of more than 100 volunteers in Oregon recently painted a 75-year-old’s house after passing teenagers poked fun at the residence, various reports say.


Coating Made to Signal Dehydration

What if you could tell when your workers were dehydrated by the shirts on their backs?


Going Green for Safety

A lot of communities want to go green in their new construction projects and materials selection—but there is a limit. Billerica, MA, selectman George Simolaris learned this the hard way.


Tall, Thin Testing Tower Goes Up

Nestled among historic towers and steeples in Rottweil, Germany, stands a 761-foot-tall concrete observation tower—the tallest in the country—built specifically to test elevators of the futu...


Artist Sees Recycled Beauty in Trash

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK--Sometimes one man’s pile of scrap wood is another man’s “Happy Mountain.”


Unwanted Paint Job Costs $90K

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA--The right coat of paint can make a masterpiece out of an already luxurious car.


Beyoncé Inspires Building Design

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA--Who says architecture is out of touch with pop-culture? An Australian firm has designed a mixed-use building inspired by Beyoncé.


Need a New Home? Contain Yourself

DETROIT--Remember when a shipping container was just a shipping container? Those hulking steel boxes (technically, intermodal freight containers) have come a long way from their beginnings a...


'A Gallon of Mmmmmm, Flesh, Please'

TUMBLR--Shopping for paint? Why not skip the regular black in favor of "The Eternal Darkness That Will One Day Consume Us All (GRO55)?" And any front door can be red, so why not reach for "T...


Breezing through a Paint Job

MARANELLO, ITALY--What's the difference between vandalism and art? About 150 mph, apparently. And a really good photographer.


Dinosaur Icon Gets a Makeover

PITTSBURGH--A prehistoric paint job is underway in Pittsburgh.


Aluminum Foil Cladding Causes Stir

Tarpon Springs, FL--When it comes to improving your home’s facade, some opt for paint; others, for tin foil.


Starship Boldly Lands in China

CHANGLE, CHINA—Attention Trekkies and lovers of science fiction, this is the spaceship, err… we mean office building, for you.


Paper Bridges Art and Nature

CUMBRIA, UK—The newest pedestrian bridge in England boasts a unique substrate—22,000 sheets of bright red paper.


For Sale: Texas-Sized Fixer-Upper

MANVEL, TX—Here’s a home where you could live with 45 friends— and no one would have to share a bedroom.


New Scam on the Block: Stealing Home

NEW YORK—What do nine New York residences, a tiny house in Texas, and a log cabin in Oregon have in common?


An Icon Very Nearly Not Golden

SAN FRANCISCO—Turn your mind's eye for a moment to a new vision of the Golden Gate Bridge's glorious orange towers.


Trending Now: Repurposing in Design

HENDERSON, CO—From mining to flooring, a Colorado company has taken the old adage “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” to a new level.


'Trolls' Nest Happily on their Bridge

URSA, IL—An old, out-of-use railroad bridge in a small Illinois town has become a cozy home for one couple.


Pothole Provocateur Presses Penile Plot

MANCHESTER—Forget those local "road hotlines." One artful Brit has found a better way to call attention to untended potholes: Festoon them with genitalia.


Floating a Future for Homes in Harmony

LONDON—Here’s a fluid design for those looking for a home by the water…err, we mean, on the water.


A Pipeline Plan from the Star Trek Man

SUNNYVALE, CA—He's famously run a starship and doled out hotel deals, but now William Shatner has a new role: Pipeline Negotiator.


WA Carries on with Novel Bridge Plan

OLYMPIA, WA—A proposal to build a bridge from retired Navy aircraft carriers has gotten a $90,000 salute from Washington State representatives.


So Long, Man Cave; Hello, She Shed

UNITED KINGDOM—Think backyard sheds are just a storage spot for gardening tools and lawn mowers? Think again.


Safety Strategy Paints Cyclists

Car manufacturers often boast the safety statistics of their latest vehicles, but one auto maker has taken its safety initiative to the streets with a reflective paint aimed at making cyclis...


Medieval World Wonder to Gleam Again

A project to reconstruct one of the Seven Wonders of the Middle Ages is underway in China.


Swiss Miss: Skyscraper Causes Stir

Chances are that when you visit the Swiss Alps, you'd expect to stay in a quaint cottage or bed and breakfast...not a luxury 82-story hotel.


Urban Treehouse Designed for Grown-Ups

Ever yearn to put down your roots in a tree? Well, in Turin, Italy, you can.


Furious Yellow: Paint Proves a Scream

Among the tens of thousands of paint colors out there, a few would undoubtedly make anyone scream. For artist Kim Beom, it's yellow.


Coating Failure Exposes Car Thief

Like so many bad ideas, it must have seemed like a good one at the time.


Artists to Paint a Pollution Lesson

Usually discreet, storm drains on the University of Arkansas’ Fayetteville campus will soon play the prominent role of canvases as part of a community awareness campaign.


Architect Proposes Body Compost Center

A Seattle-based architect has set out to give death a modern makeover.


Under Water, a Wheel-World Solution

All cities have parking problems, but Amsterdam's is unique. The city of 781,000 people has 881,000 bicycles and nowhere to legally park them.


Iconic Landmarks from Day to Night

Photos of architectural landmarks or monuments are typically taken either during the day or at night…not both.


What Color is Your Parakeet?

One would think that the world's four-legged critters are born as cute and colorful as they need to be. Alas, a disturbing recent rash of animal painting efforts suggests otherwise.


A Building that Snaps ‘Selfies’

Here’s a design even teens may find interesting—a building that can physically transform its facade to take on the appearance of the people inside it.


Street Relief Takes Steps under London

Reviving a network of abandoned subway tunnels under London could be the solution to the street congestion above them, says design and architecture firm Gensler.


A Paint Method that Mesmerizes

An artist in New York has taken pouring out paint to a groovy new level.


Pee-Induced Corrosion Fells Pole

In South Africa, if you pee on a light pole, urine for some corrosion.


Man vs. Robot: Who Paints It Better?

The aerospace sector is one area trying to determine whether robots can do a job faster and more precisely than humans.


Student Mural Fires Up a Flip-Flop

A Canadian high school is under fire for its now-you-see-it-now-you-don't response to a student mural showing two young men embraced in a kiss.


Meet the Rembrandt of Road Striping

Watching people who do their jobs beautifully and with joy is a rare treat. How else to explain the nearly one million YouTube viewers and thousands of Reddit fans who have sat, entranced, t...


Looks that Last: Ancient Paint Endures

Traces of red paint 2,000 years old have been discovered during an ongoing $33 million restoration of the Colosseum in Rome.


Scratching Off 5M Reasons to Smile

Santa brought Kevin Buchanan more than he realized on Christmas Day. The construction worker had stopped at the gym, then for breakfast, and finally at his local convenience store to try his...


Super Fan's Super House Gets its Day

Ashtin Fitzwater doesn't just bleed Seahawks navy and neon green. He paints it.


Paint Mogul Named Singapore's Richest

The coatings industry has been good to Goh Cheng Liang. So good, in fact, that he is now the richest man in Singapore.


TN Tape Takes Bizarre Twist

Traffic markings on a Tennessee road took an unexpected turn when faced with adverse weather conditions.


Brick Home Melts in London

Some things are destined to melt: Ice, butter, snow and hearts…but what about houses?


Sting Abandons his Sinking 'Ship'

Shipbuilding must be in even worse shape than we thought. Even Sting couldn't save it. Producers of the UK rocker's Broadway musical The Last Ship have announced that the show will cl...


Painters’ Waste Transformed into Art

A former decorative painter in California has given her used brushes a new life—as both symbol and storyteller.


Tunnel May Bury Stonehenge Mystery

The chance to solve a 6,000-year-old mystery is butting heads with the needs of millions of motorists.


Sun to Set on a Happy Cultural Clash

Question: Why is a medieval Scottish castle clad entirely in a "bold and shocking" technicolor explosion of Brazilian street art? Answer: Why not?


Beloved Bridge Lost and Found

A 5,000-pound bridge that mysteriously vanished from a Michigan property has been reunited with its owner.


Seeking the Key to the Emerald Kitty

The explanation may be more confusing than the original mystery. But the answer to "what turned the Bulgarian cat green?" appears to be: paint.


Revealing Bum Raps and 'Bum-Cracks'

Forever maligned as sexual harassers of women walking by, construction workers now say they are tired of being treated like sex objects. Sort of.


Bike Path Gets Artist's Touch

In the Netherlands, thousands of stones topped with smart coatings are lighting up a new bike path designed to invoke Vincent van Gogh's famous painting, "The Starry Night."


Moat Floats their Security Boat

The recent security breach by an armed fence-jumper at the White House has members of Congress reaching for some creative solutions.


Loopy Lane Lines a Viral Hit

Employers: If your next painting applicant boasts experience with striping roads in Russia, you might want to keep looking.


Painter Gets a Brush ... with the Law

Angry with speeding drivers, a Pennsylvania man took the matter (and a paint brush) into his own hands by painting "SLOW 25 MPH" in the middle of the street.


Home Design Spurs a Film Noir Divorce

A Brazilian architecture firm may have a career in film if design does not pan out.


Athletes Pull Off Bridge Pull-Up Record

Call it Extreme Gym Class: a competition by seven athletes in seven countries to see who could do the most pull-ups while hanging from a bridge.


Meet Canada's Living, Breathing Bridge

Mother Nature is giving bridge coatings a run for their money in Canada, where an overpass now owes its aesthetic to plants, not paint.


Subsea Robot Aims to Thwart Smugglers

A small, submersible robot under development could provide a new line of defense against smugglers trying to sneak contraband in ship hulls.


Urban Planning Takes Snarky Spin

What are S&M clowns, Brad Pitt, man caves, Asian boys on bicycles, and all-nude rooftop decks all doing in an urban planning exercise?


Incan Techniques Inspire Safer Columns

Taking a cue from ancient masons, an architectural design duo has turned out an ultra-modern column that is both seismically stable and 3D-printed.


From China, A Bridge Jump Too Far

One of the world's tallest bridges has just hosted a competition that most people would rather die than enter: seeing who could jump off of it the best. Seriously.


‘Undersea Museums’ Reveal Ghost Ships

Coastal waters outside San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge are home to an estimated 300 shipwrecks, but only a handful had been documented—until now.


Painting for the Fences

For 70 years, “The Fence” on the Carnegie Mellon University campus in Pittsburgh has been painted over ... and over … and over again.


For Sale: Lots and Lots of Lighthouses

Lighthouses, once deemed a technological marvel, are now being transferred or auctioned off at record rates by the U.S. government.


Paint Can Claims Uncork a Lawsuit

Wine-filled paint cans trumpeted in a recent marketing campaign are now at the center of a vintage trademark tussle.


Hosting the ‘Super Bowl of Graffiti’

While many communities work to banish graffiti and its purveyors, one Midwestern city has opened its doors—or, at least, its floodwall—to them.


A Wall, Long Gone, Ripe for Painting

Now, you can have your history and paint it, too. In what may be a perfect convergence of artistic, economic and historical opportunity, a German cement maker is peddling paint-your-own piec...


Graffiti Strikes a Russian Nerve

Russian officials are pleading with Bulgarians: Lay down your paint brushes, and please stop desecrating the Monument of the Soviet Army.


History Unveils Paint-Your-Own Keepsake

In what may be a perfect convergence of artistic, economic and historical opportunity, a German cement maker is peddling paint-your-own pieces of the Berlin Wall.


Skeletons Give Workers a Lift

A shipyard in South Korea is testing exoskeletons that could radically increase a worker’s ability to lift heavy objects.


Psst! Wanna Buy a Bridge?

Oregon's Sellwood Bridge is almost 90 years old, weighs over 3,000 tons, and is chock full of lead paint, but it could all be yours—if the price is right.


Smells Like Architectural Spirit

Architects worldwide have a new club, and admission is only $190. That’s what you’ll shell out for a 100 ml (3.4 ounce) bottle of "The Architects Club," a new cologne from architect-turned-f...


Water Tower Gets Townhouse Touch

When a 70-year-old water tower in Belgium reached the end of its service life, it didn't get the typical blast-repair-repaint treatment that keeps a structure going a bit longer.


Brown Lawns Paint a Pick-Me-Up

As the California drought sucks the color out of once-lush lawns, property owners are seeking ways to get their green back without triggering penalties for wasting water.


Steel Horses Stun in Scotland

Two colossal steel horse sculptures, each 30 meters tall and weighing 300 tons, are standing guard over the new Forth & Clyde Canal extension at the Helix in Falkirk, Scotland.


Man Turns Trash into Treehouse

A dumpster diving dad in Brooklyn, NY, is taking his backyard treehouse to the next level by using only repurposed materials to build the two-story structure.


Spain Denies Lion New Loins

Worried about corrosion, Spanish officials have sacked a petition to add testicles to a bronze lion statue in front of the country's Parliament building in Madrid.


The Art of Pothole Patching

While potholes are the nemesis of most drivers, for Jim Bachor, they are a blank canvas awaiting his artful touch.


Cleric is on a Blessed Roll

The leader of the Romanian Orthodox Church has devised an unusual technique for blessing hard-to-reach areas—a paint roller.


Donald’s Sign Trumps the Rest

Money may not buy happiness, but it can bring magnificence, if you’re Donald Trump.


Seeing Red, Cabbies Paint Cheats Blue

When it’s time to pay up at the end of a cab ride, it typically comes down to Driver vs. Passenger. If a fare balks, what’s a cabbie to do?


Anti-World Cup Mural Goes Viral

A São Paulo school mural skewering the billions of dollars lavished on World Cup preparations in Brazil has gone viral ahead of the games, which open June 12.


Digging Into Summer Vacation

If your idea of good clean summer fun includes a spin around the dirt in some monster equipment, New Jersey may have the perfect new theme park for you.


China Floats Plan for City on Water

Out to preserve dwindling landmass amid a burgeoning population, designers in China have proposed a new city on the water.


New Home Designed for Soggy Cities

Rainwater harvesting systems come in many configurations, now including one you could live in.


Ghastly Garages Vie for ‘Ugliest’ Title

They may be marred with graffiti, need a new paint job or barely stand upright, but residential and commercial garages across the nation are going head-to-head in a competition this summer.


Beauty & the Building Site

In the construction industry, hardhats aren’t worn with high heels, and vests are for safety, not fashion.


Game Over at Old Atari Landfill

E.T., phone home: An excavation crew and documentary team have unearthed hundreds of your game cartridges from a 300-acre New Mexico landfill.


Hotels Fit for the Quirky Traveler

Tired of the typical hotel experience? Perhaps a night in the cockpit of a 1950s Bristol freighter plane in New Zealand is more your speed.


Paint Your Way Through Happy Hour

If boxed wine isn’t your thing, one clever ad agency may have the answer: wine in a paint can.


Unveiling a Big Vision for Teeny Homes

Artists and designers in Georgia have seen the “future of urban living”—and boy, is it small.


Illinois Bridge Goes AWOL

He doesn’t know where, when, why, how or by whom, but Greene County Sheriff Rob McMillen is sure of one thing.


Tracing the Artful Roots of Asbestos

California researchers say they have discovered one of the earliest uses of asbestos—12th-century wall-painting finish coatings.


Paint Firm Funds Exorcism Ritual

An ancient Cambodian dance believed to ward off evil spirits is getting a budget boost from a paint company, just in time to save the country's fading New Year tradition.


Man v. Silo in DIY Don’t

“Don’t try this at home” proved more of a challenge than a warning to an unidentified farmer who decided to go mano a mano in taking down a large concrete silo.


New Tower: Now, You Don’t See It

If you build a skyscraper that is designed to be invisible, is it really there? The answer awaits completion of the Tower Infinity, billed as the world's first "invisible tower."


Feathers Inspire Fade-Free Paint

When pores on a bird’s feathers flock together, they give Ivy League researchers an idea for paint that never fades.


Model Project Captures Worn Buildings

Shiny new buildings may be easier on the eyes than decrepit structures. But for one artist, it's the forgotten buildings that inspire creativity and elicit emotion.


Twitter Adds Old West Cabins to Nest

High-tech Twitter is installing low-tech 19th-century cabins inside its trendy San Francisco digs, according to numerous reports.


Reindeer Hope Collisions Glow Away

Glowing reindeer are roaming around Finland, but instead of red noses lighting the way, these animals are equipped with fluorescent antlers.


House Plan Made of Old Bay Bridge

Pieces of the 77-year-old, 1.97-mile-long eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge may be recycled to build a house.


Olympic Venues Crumbling, Abandoned

As we approach the final days of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, haunting new photographs offer a sobering view of what can happen to all of that shiny Olympic construction after the party i...


Stone Made of Urine, Sand and Bacteria

Someday, our buildings may be constructed from stones made of urine, sand and bacteria.


Design Choices Affect Our Germs

The mix of bacteria living around us—on our desks, our bodies, our computers—is influenced by the design of our buildings, according to a new study.


Discovery Befitting a Skeleton Crew

A well-preserved skeleton at least 2,000 years old has turned up under a Florida highway, found by construction crews digging a trench for a new water main.


Architects Paws for Pooch Projects

If cats can command Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired cribs, then surely dogs, too, deserve designer digs.


Horse Stripes Shoo Flies

In Germany, a real-life horse of a different color is proving hot to trot against its age-old nemesis.


Architect, Contractor Rhyme it Out

Can a good rap save a geeky rep ... or even settle scores on the project team?


What is Wade Avenue Hiding?

What secrets could lie behind the doors in your neighborhood?


For Rival NFC Bridges, How Tweet It Is

Two West Coast bridges have taken to Twitter to root on their city’s teams in this weekend’s NFC championship playoff game, going “toll to toll” in a friendly battle of #bridgewars.


In Focus: Urban Living’s Big Squeeze

What does it look like when thousands of people share one square kilometer of living space?


Tiny Getaway Packs a Big View

With a picturesque backdrop of the Alps and sculpture-like surroundings, visitors to the Ufogel house in Austria might not mind its tight quarters.


‘Strange Addiction’ Coats Her in Fame

Bad practices in painting and coatings has a new poster child, and her name is Heather.


Now, a Crew You Could Take Home to Mom

No caffeine, no nicotine and no swearing. New Year’s resolutions? Maybe, but they are also the ground rules for construction workers building a new Mormon temple in Philadelphia.


New Cathedral Made of Cardboard Tubing

Japanese architect Shigeru Ban surely thinks outside the box when it comes to building materials. That is, unless the box is made of cardboard.


Sky-High Paint Job Goes to a Vote

A recent merger has American Airlines saying “out with the old and in with the new.” Wait, maybe they want “in with the old and out with the new.”


Ex-Official’s House Hits the Skids

A former San Francisco building official’s house undergoing an unpopular major renovation tumbled down the city’s hilly terrain this week.


Across the Industry, All Shook Up

Sometimes, we wonder if infrastructure and construction are just day jobs for crews waiting for Hollywood to discover them.


Titanic’s Home Faces Future with Hope

An 11-acre portrait of a young girl, created from sand and soil, has briefly transformed the birthplace of the doomed RMS Titanic into a message of hope for the future.


Critter Bridges Drive Taxpayers Batty

Q: Why didn’t the chicken cross the road? A: He was holding out for his own bridge. And who can blame him, when the public is shelling out right and left to safeguard his furry road-crossing...


And Now, a Dog of a Different Color

Dogs have a million endearing qualities: affectionate, eager, loyal. But color coordinated? Not so much. At least, not until now.


Gum Wall Eschews its Excess

Seattle’s—or maybe America’s—foulest tourist attraction has finally gotten a bath.


Pipeline Crew Unearths Dinosaur Fossil

A construction worker clearing the way for a Canadian pipeline made a rare discovery—a massive dinosaur fossil—when he accidentally cut into it with a backhoe.


Google Reveals Mystery Building

One might not consider four-story structures growing from shipping containers smack dab in the middle of San Francisco Bay especially mysterious.


Lexus Hybrid Will Paint Your Potrait

What has your car done for you lately? Lexus has taken the intuitive driving trend to the next level, creating a car that paints a portrait of the driver based on his or her driving habits.


Paint Gives New Life to Closed Shops

Paint may not cure the recession blues, but it has helped change the tune for one beleaguered community in the United Kingdom.


Lip-Syncing Oil Rig Crew Goes Viral

Life at sea can get lonely and boring—unless you happen to be on an oil rig with a crew full of karaoke masterminds.


N. Korea Faked Military Jets with Camo

Apparently attempting to paint a stronger military presence, North Korea reportedly slapped a camouflage coating on several cargo planes and flew them over Pyongyang during a parade, news re...


Color-Changing Car Paint is Hot

A viral video of a car coating that changes color in hot water, à la Hot Wheels Color Shifters, has garnered 2.7 million views and sent people worldwide lining up to try it.


Painter Keeps His Eye on the Canvas

Sometimes paint is not just on the wall … it’s up the nose and through the eye.


Thief Busted by Green-Faced Giveaway

It’s not easy being green—especially for robbers doused with an invisible coating that turns them neon lime under ultraviolet light.


Kanye West Wants to be an Architect

You won’t hear it on Yeezus, but Kanye West is singing a new tune—this one, about his architectural aspirations.


Bot Boasts the Stroke of Genius

Industrial painting robots are nothing new, but their strength has always been technical precision and perfect replication—not sophisticated artistry.


IL Town Fires Up its Artistic Side

Fire hydrants in Geneva, IL, are getting an artistic makeover, compliments of individuals who “adopted” the hydrants through a new city program.


Pyramids Harness the Power of Protein

Want to increase productivity on the jobsite? Consider placing a catering order for some meat …and lots of it.


Modern Service Bridges Ancient Fears

Friday the 13th sparks all kinds of fears—and, not surprisingly, people ready to profit from them.


Music Muse: What Rhymes with ‘Layoff?’

Shipyards facing closure have found an unlikely advocate in Sting, who is penning a Broadway musical showing the hardships the workers face.


Mine Muck Sustains Painter’s Palette

The toxic sludge polluting streams from abandoned coal mines is going green—and yellow and red and orange.


AK Couple Seals Air-Tight Record

This story isn’t just off the wall. It’s off four 28-inch-thick walls.


Broken Bridges Are an India Hotspot

Man-made infrastructure marvels often attract tourist attention in countries all over the world, but in India, busted concrete piers are drawing crowds to areas usually only populated by fis...


Billionaire ‘Iceberg Houses’ Take Heat

In recent years, many of London’s extremely wealthy residents have decided to expand their mansions, not up or out, but down.


Fleshing Out a Floor Plan

When it comes to architectural drawings, the old paper and digital options have a hot new competitor: skin.


Tax-Funded Graffiti Tags Critics

Legitimate or not (and it is totally legitimate), a group called the Blight Society may occasionally find itself misunderstood.


Homeowner Brews a Canny Cladding

Some might not consider a house clad in thousands of beer cans a landmark, but Houston, TX, sure does.


Knit Wits Spin a Good Bridge Yarn

Protective coatings do a great job of keeping corrosion off bridges, but they don't exactly convey a warm, fuzzy feeling. For that, fortunately, there's Knit the Bridge, a grassroots communi...


Crew Uncovers 30 Ancient Graves

Human remains, possibly up to 2,000 years old, were discovered by construction crews in eastern Mexico.


TX Contractor Demolishes Wrong Home

A demolition contractor in Fort Worth, TX, mistakenly razed a three-bedroom home earlier this month.


Yoda Seized in Contractor Fraud

The force was strong with California officials when they nabbed a contractor who pocketed close to $2 million dollars after defrauding the California Department of Transportation.


Paint Ashes in Oven May Solve Case

Missing artwork worth tens of millions of dollars may have been burned in an oven in Romania, according to numerous reports.


Teflon Trick Makes Bridge Move Quick

A sticky situation found a slick solution when engineers in Oregon decided to move a 3,400-ton, one-piece bridge by sliding it along tracks covered in Teflon and liquid dish soap.


Architecture Served from the Sea

Seaweed is not just for salad, soup and sushi, folks. It’s also a building material that’s been hard at work on the Danish island of Læsø since the 1200s.


Mummies, Mucus and Other Pigments Past

The stuff of cattle urine, snail mucus, and mummies, it’s not hard to see why some paint pigments of the past fell by the wayside.


Artist Snags Strangers’ DNA to Create

Some describe a New York artist's 3D printing art as cool; others say it’s creepy—but it is sure to make one stop and think.


Going Green: Paint Shop Eyes Pot Op

Now, here's a protective coatings factory destined for a higher purpose and extended pot life.


Thinking Outside the Concrete Box

Imagine constructing a concrete building in less than an hour, using only air and water.


Seeing Red: Gun Pulled Over Paint Job

A Washington State man tracked a city employee to his home and pulled a loaded gun on him after being told to repaint a fire hydrant because it violated city code, police say.


Hue and Cry: Paint War Colors Election

Political history has always been colorful—you’ve got your Greens and your reds, whites and blues—but one island nation is drenched in a clash of campaign color.


City Fighting Rogue Crosswalks

After five rogue crosswalks were painted in Tacoma, WA, the city announced its plans to arrest and prosecute anyone caught in the act.


Inflatable Concrete Simplifies Shelter

Need sturdy shelter fast? Then a concrete building in a bag might be for you. Just add air and water!


Sour Grapes and Solar Panels

Trade wars, like politics, make strange bedfellows. And so it is that a fine and costly whine has erupted between the European Union and China over—sacré bleu!—solar panels and bottles of bu...


Paint Pen Lights Up Projects

Forget pesky electrical upgrades. Who has time, when you can just paint them on? Thanks to an electrically conductive paint, almost any surface can be turned into a functioning light, and th...


Temple’s Tourist Tag Stirs Outcry

Teen graffiti scrawled on a 3,500-year-old tablet at Egypt’s Temple of Luxor has triggered public outrage.


Dream Guests: In the Pink, Seeing Red

Housing bust? What housing bust? Barbie has just opened a pair of life-sized dream homes—one in Florida, the other in Berlin.


The Art of Street Maintenance

Black is a bore. Or so the city of Madison, WI, thinks, which is why City Council is currently mulling over an ordinance that would allow approved groups to decorate intersections and roads ...


Lights Bridge Art and Infrastructure

Combining art and infrastructure, two U.S. cities are marking milestones by projecting their pride in lights on bridges.


Design Elements to Satisfy Taste Buds

Designers looking for an edible element to incorporate into their creations might consider a hardtack table, chocolate chair, grains sofa, or candy coffee table.


IL No Fan of ‘Stan the Span’ Plan

Stan “the Man” Musial may be a worthy bridge namesake to his adoring fans in Missouri, but Illinoisans aren't feeling the love for the pitch on behalf of the late baseball great.


‘Stupid,’ ‘Bizarre’ Lines Draw Laughs

It was both confusing and amusing when a contractor in a UK town painted double yellow lines in an alleyway, leaving only 13 inches of space between them. But the fix was what really set peo...


Viral Video Shows Spectacular Splatter

Blowing up glass bottles of paint with firecrackers may not be the safest experiment, but it certainly makes a great viral video.


Police Pig is Back in the Pink

One Oregon police department’s prized hog has received a fresh coat of paint. No, we’re not talking about a motorcycle.


Iron Lady’s Brush with Paint Industry

Although she’ll be remembered more for politics than paint, the late Margaret Thatcher had coating industry connections as well.


Vietnam Slays a Dragon of a Project

A massive fire-breathing dragon is standing guard over a Vietnamese river. But there’s no princess to save on the other side. What this dragon is rescuing is a coagulated transportation prob...


‘Angry Citizens’ Paint Pothole Protest

Fed up with the capital's crumbling roads, a group of Moscow activists has mounted a spray-paint attack on city potholes, hoping to gain action from local officials.


Eco-Bridges Ease Wildlife Commute

Forget the carpool lane. Deer, bears, wild boar and even crabs are commuting in style, with “eco-bridges” popping up on transportation agendas around the world.


Rail Work Brakes for Plague Skeletons

Construction workers try to avoid project glitches like the plague. But what if the actual plague is the cause of the glitch?


Fowl Play: Paint Job is for the Birds

A UK building whose pale gray exterior has reportedly proved a death trap for geese may be in for a lifesaving facelift.


Design Help from Robotic Lights

Drop your paint brush and grab a stylus. University of Tokyo scientists have developed an augmented reality-based system that enables users to “paint” a room via tablet.


Ancient Organs Focus of Corrosion Study

An organ-playing chemist has found a way to combine her passion for music and science by studying corrosion in centuries-old organ pipes.


Paint Plan for NJ Eyesore

Call it "Xana-don't," if you will, but New Jersey officials say they want a paint makeover for a longtime eyesore.


Now, The Artist Formerly Known as 43

We've had Cher, Madonna, Prince (and his multiple identities and glyphs). So why not an artistic alias that's a number? Especially when that number has a unique place in American history?


Icy Design Opens in Antarctica

The Halley VI Antarctic Research Station is one icy project that’s set to become an icon for British science, architecture and engineering.


Wright Inspires Project with Purr-pose

Architecture buffs and cat lovers, unite! Florida Southern College, which boasts the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings in existence, will now feature six more struc...


Car Owner Gets Striped into a Ticket

Eager crews of city painters and parking enforcers have managed to render a legal parking space illegal, tow the car, and fine the innocent owner—all in one messy municipal mashup.


Keeping Super Bowl Paint from Freezing

With the Super Bowl fast approaching, a grounds crew in New Orleans is busy painting the turf, but the special paint had a few obstacles to overcome on its way to the big game.


Chilly, Forsaken Architecture in Alaska

About 180 miles from Anchorage, AK, stands a piece of frozen architecture.


Architect Plans to 3D Print a Home

A Dutch architect has unveiled plans to construct a modern house with no beginning or end.


Concrete Blooms a Mossy Façade

Concrete generally doesn’t remind us of lush, green gardens. But a group of Spanish researchers has set out to change that mindset.


Artist Paints to Disappear

Now, here's a guy who can really paint himself into a corner...and a magazine rack...and a bus stop...and a toy shelf.


Barbie Breaks Ground on Building Career

While Barbie has yet to give up her pink heels and silk for work boots and flannel, the blonde bombshell has broken ground in the construction toy arena.


Custom Paint Jobs Take Ugly Honors

Some cars are born ugly; others have ugliness thrust—or painted—upon them. Now, readers of the website Jalopnik have anointed the worst of the worst custom car paint jobs.


 
 
   

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