The Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) distributed Lego kits to 10 top architecture firms to pose an interesting challenge.

Mark Wilson of Fast Company writes the challenge is to create a building of the future that will respond to the problems of the future. The museum's chief requirement was that every model had to fit inside a 14-by-14-by-18 inch display case for its exhibit, Brick by Brick. What came back?

The results...range from a self-sustaining ocean reef tower by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, which shows how we could usefully harness sea level rise in coastal cities, to a scalable, infinite lattice by Skidmore Owings and Merrill, which illustrates how architects can use minimal, simple materials to build complex structures in a resource-scarce future. Others, like Adjaye Associates, designed structures for specific future scenarios, creating a modular design for easy assembly.

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