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134- The Straight Line Is A Godless Line

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Straight lines form the core of our built environment. Building in straight lines makes predicting costs and calculating structural loads easier, since building materials come in linear units. Straight lines might be logical, predictable, and efficient,

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Studio 360

When Will Lego Art Grow Up?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Lego-based art is suddenly ubiquitous — Ai Weiwei's new installation uses 1.2 million of them. But why is it so visually unimaginative?
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99% Invisible

133- Port of Dallas

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Dallas is 300 miles from the ocean. For most of its history, it wanted to be a sea port. Here's how a city moved its river in pursuit of that dream.

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The Takeaway

So You Want a Career in Manufacturing?

Monday, September 22, 2014

Forget shoulder-to-shoulder assembly lines—advanced manufacturing requires high-end production, and those who want to be successful will need high-tech skills and a good design sense.

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99% Invisible

132- Castle on the Park

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

On the southwest corner of Central Park West and 106th Street in New York City, there's an enormous castle.

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99% Invisible

131- Genesis Object

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

In the beginning, there was design. Before any other human discipline, even before the dawn of mankind its self, design was a practice passed down from generation to generation of early humans. Today, everything that has been designed–space ships,

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The Takeaway

Who's to Blame for the Torture of Reclining Airline Seats

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

The person in front of you has a choice whether or not to lean back and crush your legs, but it's the airlines themselves that are packing more seats closer together.

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130- Holdout

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Around 2005, a Seattle neighborhood called Ballard started to see unprecedented growth. Condominiums and apartment buildings were sprouting up all over the community which had once been mostly single family homes and small businesses. Around this time,

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PRI's The World

This architect says the most important feature of a mosque is its sustainability

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Mosques have huge variations in their designs and decorations. But when it comes to designing new mosques in the US, one architect wants to focus on sustainability instead of ornate designs and big chandeliers.

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99% Invisible

129- Thomassons

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Cities, like living things, evolve slowly over time. Buildings and structures get added and renovated and removed, and in this process, bits and pieces that get left behind. Vestiges. Just as humans have tailbones and whales have pelvic bones,

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99% Invisible

128- Hacking IKEA

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

IKEA hacking is the practice of buying things from IKEA and reengineering—or "hacking"—them to become customized, more functional, and often just better designed stuff. The locus of the IKEA hacking movement is a website called IKEAhackers.net.

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Studio 360

User-Unfriendly Objects

Monday, August 18, 2014

Katerina Kamprani’s work has been described as vindictive, sadistic, frustrating, and twisted. You might use those words, too, if you tried on her rain boots (with an open toe), sat in her chair (with a slanted seat), or tried to eat your lunch with one of her forks (which collapses like nunchucks).

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Judging a Designer by His Covers

Friday, August 15, 2014

When Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo came out, it didn’t look like any other book of its kind. That’s thanks to Peter Mendelsund, whose uncluttered book jacket designs are irresistible, and always come from his deep engagement with the material.

Slideshow: A Selection of Mendelsund's Covers

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Sideshow Podcast: Bea Arthur and Unicorns Teach You the Heimlich Maneuver

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

There’s one item you can find in most restaurants from New York to California: A poster telling you how to save someone who’s choking. Though required by law in many states, those simple greyscale instructions tend to fade into the wallpaper. Until now.

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99% Invisible

127- The Sound of Sports

Monday, August 11, 2014

Way back in October 2011 (see episode #38, true believers!), we broadcast a short excerpt of a radio documentary produced by Peregrine Andrews about faking the sounds of sports on TV broadcasts. It was one of our most popular and provocative programs...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Milton Glaser Takes on Global Dying

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

The legendary designer - who came up with the "I [Heart] NY" logo - has a new campaign focused on climate change.

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Studio 360

Psychedelic Paper Art or High-Level Math?

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Jen Stark's lush paper landscapes seem both psychedelic and scientific. Using trippy shapes and colors, she draws you into a place of quiet mystery.

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99% Invisible

126- Walk This Way

Monday, August 04, 2014

As humans have developed cities and built environments, we have also needed to develop ways to find our way through them. Sam Greenspan went on a wayfinding tour with Jim Harding in the Atlanta airport. Harding is one of the expert "invisibles" that do...

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99% Invisible

125- Duplitecture

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The best knock-offs in the world are in China. There are plenty of fake designer handbags and Rolexes, but China's knock-offs go way beyond fashion. There are knock-off Apple stores that look so much like the real thing,

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99% Invisible

124- Longbox

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Reporter Whitney Jones argues that R.E.M.’s Out of Time is the most politically significant album in the history of the United States. Because of its packaging.

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