Design Marfa

Popular Architecture's "incre-rental" proposal for the Design Marfa Multi-Family Housing Competition has been selected for an honorable mention out of 135 submissions.

Sci-Fi R&D in CLOG

Essay by Casey Mack on terraforming Japan in CLOG: SCI-FI.

Camp Hale

Popular Architecture is working with United South End Settlements of Boston on a master plan for Camp Hale, a residential youth camp founded in 1900 on New Hampshire's Squam Lake.

We've moved!

New address: 397 Bridge Street, 7th floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Graham Grant

Casey Mack's book project Digested Metabolism: Artificial Land in Japan, 1954-2202 has been awarded a 2013 Production and Presentation Grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.

Digested Metabolism forthcoming from PAP

Casey Mack's book Digested Metabolism: Artificial Land in Japan, 1954-2202 will be published by Princeton Architectural Press. Perhaps architecture's most famous concept that the fewest have heard of, Le Corbusier's "artificial land" reconciles suburban independence with urban density, envisioning buildings as platforms of plots for freestanding houses. While the idea has inspired numerous unbuilt fantasies in the West, in Japan its history is quite different. Digested Metabolism is the first book on artificial land's unique promise in a country whose natural land is in dire need of improvement, from shortage of space to omnipresent earthquakes. Explored through eleven built projects attempting to translate Le Corbusier's dream into reality, the book engages issues of housing, infrastructure, and resilience at work in Japan and beyond. Release is aimed for 2015.


The Taiwanese "street-house" is the subject of this forthcoming photobook's investigation in collective form. Out soon as print-on-demand!

Avant-Garde Real Estate: Artificial Land in Japan

Bracket has selected Casey Mack's article on Japan's evolution of "artificial land" infrastructural housing to be in its next issue, on the theme of [at Extremes]. Out Winter 2013.

Jugaad Urbanism on PBS

'Need to Know,' a national PBS show, just aired a great segment on the Jugaad Urbanism exhibition.

Pushkinsky Shortlist

Our proposal for the Changing the Face competition to reimagine the facade of Moscow's Pushkinsky Cinema has been shortlisted! Winners to be announced June 8th. We'll be in an exhibition of the shortlisted designs at the Central House of Architects from the 8th until the 20th.


We're very excited to be collaborating with Omnivore on their commission from the MTA and the Alliance for Downtown New York to design WardWalk, a new wayfinding link to improve connection between Battery Park City and the Financial District. Coming summer 2012!

Jugaad Urbanism: Resourceful Strategies for Indian Cities now open

On show until May 21st at the Center for Architecture. Coverage of our exhibition design in collaboration with Omnivore coming soon...

Actively Passive

Casey Mack has just completed the Passive House consultant training program held this summer in Boston.

NYSCA grant for Digested Metabolism book

Casey Mack has been awarded a NYSCA grant supporting his book project 'Digested Metabolism: Artificial Land in Japan, 1954-2202.'

United Nude Completed

Open for business at 25 Bond Street in Manhattan...

Jugaad Urbanism

We're very excited to have been selected to design the Center for Architecture's exhibition Jugaad Urbanism, opening February 2011. Hindi for an improvised and resourceful fix, Jugaad is the unifying theme to this show on inventive urban design in Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore.

United Nude

Popular Architecture is working with United Nude on their new store opening this spring at 25 Bond Street in Manhattan.

Center for Architecture Exhibition Design Shortlist

The Center for Architecture has selected Popular Architecture to be on its 2010 shortlist for exhibition designers.

Newark Finalist

We're delighted to have been selected as a finalist for the Newark Visitor Center competition. Announcement of the winner will be in January.

Newark Visitor Center

We just submitted our proposal for the Newark Visitor Center competition, done in collaboration with Omnivore. We eagerly await the results in January!

Radiant Redux

This year's Dynamic Exchanges/Passive Houses studio, taught by Casey Mack and Joerg Thoene at Parsons, revisits the passive solar intentions of "tower in the park" modernism: students are densifying the Farragut Houses in Brooklyn with new mixed-use housing that works with the sun.

You're on our new website!

Feedback welcome!

Parsons Bike Hub Studio

Parsons Summer Studies in Architecture program just wrapped up, where Casey Mack led a studio designing a bike transit hub for the Financial District.

Gimme Shelter

Organized by the City of Phoenix, this competition sought proposals for a "connected oasis" of shade for overheated outdoor public spaces. Our proposal Pixel Field further investigates our interests in bioclimatic and flexible architecture, in this case adaptable to all kinds of hot places.

Need LEED?

Casey Mack is now a LEED Accredited Professional.

Graham Foundation Grant

Research grant awarded to Casey Mack for the project 'Digested Metabolism: Japanese Experiments in Flexible Architecture, 1960 to the Present.'

Delta Cup International Solar Building Design Competition

Proposal for a solar primary school in Sichuan to replace ones destoyed by last year's earthquake, done in collaboration with Transsolar and Omnivore.

Avaaz Completed

New HQ for the internet advocacy organization on Union Square. In collaboration with SO-IL.

Dynamic Exchanges/Passive Houses Studio at Parsons

Junior year design studio taught by Casey Mack and Joerg Thoene at Parsons investigating passive design in some place you wouldn't expect it: Queens and on the Bowery.

Summer in China Studio

Casey Mack to lead the fourth year of NYIT's summer studio in Shanghai and Beijing.

Barnes Residence Renovation Completed

A classic design problem in NYC: how to make an extra bedroom in your loft. The solution here? Add a shower.

Building China in Domus China

Text by curator Wei Wei Shannon and photos by Iwan Baan in issue #020.

Building China: Five Projects, Five Stories

Upcoming show featuring built work by China's new generation of architects, opening at the AIA's Center for Architecture February 26, 2008. Exhibition design by Popular Architecture.

Ankook Competition

Collaboration with Lokaldesign on the invited competition for a 14,000 SF extension to the Ankook Building in Seoul, South Korea.

City of Expiration and Regeneration, Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture

Biennale research collaboration with Approach Architecture entitled "One Oil, Two Functions," investigating possibilities for a biodiesel gas station network based on used cooking oil from Shenzhen restaurants.

Pecha Kucha Gets Popular

Popular Architecture's Casey Mack presents design karaoke-style at Pecha Kucha in Shanghai and Beijing. Thanks Giel and Andre!

Summer in China Studio

Casey Mack to co-teach with Matthew Dockery and James Ke NYIT's summer studio in Shanghai and Beijing.

Digested Metabolism

Lunchtime lecture by Casey Mack at NYIT.

RSFA Completed

Reena Spaulings' new just-in-time gallery and studio is open for business.

Reena Spaulings Fine Art

Popular Architecture commissioned to design Spaulings' new home on the corner of East Broadway and Rutgers.

Strip's a TreeHugger

Thanks to Graham and Collin for getting Strip on the site.

Forms of the Informal

Guest lectures by Casey Mack at NYIT on top architects going bottom-up.