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The New York Times’ new ‘Tiles’ game is our current design obsession

Since launching this week, Tiles has consumed both game lovers and design lovers for its subtly addicting premise and eye-catching design. By Liz Stinson Say goodbye to your productivity. This week, the New York Times released a new mobile game called Tiles, and it’s the perfect...
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Sterling looked up photos of the Seth Peterson Cottage from every single angle to create his version of it in the game. His process begins with laying out the floor plan in the game with blank walls, followed by window placement, creating the project’s interiors with furniture, wallpaper, and decor, and ending with the project’s landscape design. Courtesy Jason Sterling

For a Community of Gamers, The Sims is a Gateway to Architecture

Drawing inspiration from iconic architects like Frank Lloyd Wright, many fans of the popular life-simulation game are using it to design virtual worlds. by Sanam Yar Nearly every morning, Jason Sterling starts his day by designing houses. He takes his time carefully fine-tuning...
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The problem with turning urban challenges into games

Tech companies like gamifying civic problems—but they often reward the wrong things By Alissa Walker I would bet that most of Waze’s 100 million users probably don’t know that it originally started as a game. If you were one of the Wazers who first got your hands on the...
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Left: Screenshot from Monument Valley, via UsTwo. Right: La Muralla Roja housing project in Spain by Ricardo Bofill. Photo courtesy of Ricardo Bofill, via ArchDaily.

Best video games for architecture and design nerds: 13 titles to try now – Curbed

From a skyscraper-hopping action game to castle designing adventure by Michelle Goldchain As children, we begin our interaction with the world through shapes, building blocks, and Legos. As times goes on, we lose that willingness to create as we fall back on more passive...
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Block’hood by Jose Sanchez

Amazing Things Architects Make When They Aren’t Architecting | WIRED

by Sam Lubell Nothing in architecture happens quickly. Designing a building takes ages, and actually building it longer still. That can frustrate architects, who have an almost compulsive need to design and create. Many of them turn to fields as diverse as filmmaking and...
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This unique waterside property comes with its own toxic oil field. Image credit: Plethora Project / Engadget

‘Blockhood’ is a beautiful game about eco-architecture

Part fun, part tool, this Early Access game has much more room to grow than its towers. What happens when an architect makes a video game? Block’hood, a “neighborhood-building simulator” from one-man developer Plethora Project. It started life as a research...
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10 Must-Play Video Games for Architecture and Design Nerds

As children, we begin our interaction with the world through shapes, building blocks, and Legos. As times goes on, we lose that willingness to create as we fall back on more passive activities, watching TV shows rather than creating our own stories, texting our friends instead of...
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