Your next house

by CHRISTOPHER WYNN

To appreciate the ambition of Marc Kushner’s new book, The Future OF Architecture in 100 Buildings ($17, Simon & Schuster) you need only skim the chapter titles: Extreme Locations, Reinvention, Pop-Up, Shape-Shifters, Shrink, Social Catalysts. Kushner, an architect who co-founded the New York firm Hollwich Kushner and the industry online brain-swap architezer.com, serves up stunning examples of buildings with bang. Cases in point?A shapely reindeer-observation pavilion in Norway lined with undulating waves of timber. Or, a Madrid manse, left, built from the massive concrete beams more typically seen supporting highway overpasses—including a cantilevered U-beam reworked as an infinity-edge swimming pool. The book stems from a Kushner TED talk, so it also serves as social commentary, including how smartphones have made all of us critics of the built environment around us. Or, as Kushner writes, “even if that criticism is just ‘OMG I luv this!’ ”