Links Without Buildings – 6 February

[The Ant Farm Media Van closing ceremonies, pictured above. More photos available on Flickr]. Postopolis! LA – The architecture Blogosphere’s favorite IRL conference moves to LA this year and adds a few new faces to the lineup. This year’s blogger panel includes David Basulto from Plataforma Arquitectura and ArchDaily, Jace Clayton from Mudd Up!, R�gine …

From Pits and Pendulums to Pastoral Porches: Edgar Allan Poe’s Bronx Getaway

Once upon a morning dreary, I left Brooklyn with eyes bleary, Wearily I took the subway to a poet’s old forgotten home. In 1844, Edgar Allan Poe and his young wife Virginia moved to New York City. It was Poe’s second time living in the city and just one of many homes for the peripatetic …

Design Decoded: The Secret to the Modern Beehive is a One-Centimeter Air Gap

Typical examples of modern beehives. The larger boxes at the bottom contain the brood and food for the bees. The smaller boxes, separated by a filter that prevents entry by the queen bee, contains the frames used for collecting honey. (image: jonathunder, wikimedia commons) In 1851, Reverend Lorenzo Lorraine Langstroth invented a better beehive and …

Design Decoded: Apiculture and Architecture or What’s the buzz on honeybees and highrises?

  Looking up into a skyscraper for bees, designed by students at the University of Buffalo (image: Hive City) It’s been five years now since it was reported that, for the first time ever, more than half of the world’s population live in urban areas. Such a dramatic demographic shift comes with inevitable consequences – …

Design Decoded: The Architecture of Drones

Drones can’t just destroy, they can build. Although the military uses of drones are widely debated, less discussed are their potentially revolutionary civilian implications. They aren’t yet widespread, but drones are being used by hobbyists, photographers, farmers, ranchers, and they may even herald an entirely new type of architecture. Last year, Swiss architects Gramazio & Kohler, in collaboration with Raffaello D’Andrea, …