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The Art of Capiz

Friday, July 12, 2013

In the Philippines, seashells are more than souvenirs. Jocelyn Gonzales explains the history and craft of capiz, a species of bivalve shell widely used in design. Traditionally used in mosaic and religious sculpture, capiz has been incorporated into household decorations and jewelry ...

Slideshow: Capiz shell art

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Studio 360

Extreme Sandcastles

Friday, July 12, 2013

Sand sculptor Kirk Rademaker makes architecture out of sand — fantastical structures as high as ten feet, with arches and balconies, and sloping curves that stretch all over the beach. The ambitious sandcastles may only last as long as the tide allows, but Rademaker accepts ...

Slideshow: Kirk Rademaker’s sand sculptures

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Studio 360

Design for the Real World: Parachute Jump

Friday, July 12, 2013

Design historian Steven Heller tells the story of the parachute jump, the seaside landmark known as the "Eiffel Tower of Coney Island." Originally built as an amusement ride for the 1939 New York World’s Fair, the structure mirrored the architectural boom that was happening ...

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99% Invisible

83- Heyoon

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Growing up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Alex Goldman was a misfit. Bored and disaffected and angry, he longed for a place to escape to. And then he found Heyoon. - The only way to find out about Heyoon for someone to take you there.

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82- The Man of Tomorrow

Thursday, June 20, 2013

I’m willing to concede from the get-go that I might be wrong about the entire premise of this story, but Superman has never really worked for me as a character. I preferred the more grounded Marvel Comic book characters, like Spider-man,

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Studio 360

Will Apple Get Its Mojo Back?

Friday, June 14, 2013

Apple has just unveiled a new iOS, the software that powers its mobile devices, for a fall release. In a major shift of the company’s aesthetic, the look is “flattened.” “There was a fake three-dimensional quality to everything that really started in 1984,” Bonnie Siegler tells Kurt Andersen. Siegler runs ...

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81- Rebar and the Alvord Lake Bridge

Friday, June 07, 2013

There’s something about rebar that fascinates me. If nothing else because there are very few things that invoke a fear of being skewered. - My preoccupation with metal reinforcement bars dovetails nicely with a structure in San Francisco I’ve kind of ...

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80- An Architect’s Code

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Lawyers have an ethics code. Journalists have an ethics code. Architects do, too. According to Ethical Standard 1.4 of the American Institute of Architects (AIA): - "Members should uphold human rights in all their professional endeavors." -

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79- The Symphony of Sirens plus Soviet Design

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

For the ancient Greeks, sirens were mythical creatures who sang out to passing sailors from rocks in the sea. Their music was so beautiful, it was said, that the sailors were powerless against it--they would turn their ships towards these sea nymphs an...

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Transportation Nation

Top 20 Bike Cities Span Four Continents, But Not U.S.A

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

WNYC

Montreal is the only North American metropolis to crack the top 20 list for best cities for cyclists. The Danish design consultancy Copenhagenize scored 150 cities along 13 categories of bike-friendliness and the results are clear: American cities are not that bike friendly. 

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Studio 360

Can Trauma Be Healed With Design?

Friday, May 03, 2013

When tragedy strikes a place like a school, what should be done with the building? Destroy it? Make it a memorial? Or wait for new generations of students to forget what took place?

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78- No Armed Bandit

Monday, April 29, 2013

Americans have always had an uneasy relationship with gambling. To circumvent anti-gambling laws in the US, early slot machines masqueraded as vending machines. They gave out chewing gum as prizes, and those prizes could be redeemed for cash. -

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77- Game Changer

Monday, April 15, 2013

Regardless of how you feel about basketball, you’ve got to appreciate the way it can bring groups of strangers together to share moments of pure adulation and collective defeat. - That moment when time is running out, the team is down by one,

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Studio 360

When In Rome, Hairdo as the Romans Do

Friday, April 12, 2013

The Journal of Roman Archaeology is not exactly beach reading; the annual editions weigh in at around one-thousand pages. Recently, though, the journal published the debut article of a scholar whose advanced degree is a Maryland Senior Cosmetologist license ...

Slideshow: Recreating Ancient Roman Hairstyles

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76- The Modern Moloch

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

On the streets of early 20th Century America, nothing moved faster than 10 miles per hour. Responsible parents would tell their children, “Go outside, and play in the streets. All day.” - And then the automobile happened.

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99% Invisible-75- Secret Staircases

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Wherever there is sufficient demand to move between two points of differing elevation, there are stairs. In some hilly neighborhoods of California--if you know where to look--you'll find public, outdoor staircases. -

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WNYC News

Imagining the Future Museum

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Museums are places to see art, attend lectures, and perhaps print a plastic toy.

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Studio 360

Vegetation Goes Vertical

Monday, March 11, 2013

In densely packed cities, green space is often hard to come by. Apartment dwellers who yearn for a whiff of nature resort to potted plants on fire escapes or roof gardens. But what if you could create forest with trees that stack on top of each other? A forest that grew up instead of out? ...

Slideshow: Vertical Forests

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99% Invisible-74- Hand Painted Signs

Friday, March 08, 2013

There was a time when every street sign, every billboard, and every window display was made by a sign artist with a paint kit and an arsenal of squirrel- or camel-hair brushes. Some lived an itinerant lifestyle, traveling from town to town,

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Life of the Law

Redesigning Justice

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Red Hook is an isolated neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY, once known as the “crack capital of America.” In 2000, residents banded together to create a community justice center more responsive to the needs of the neighborhood.

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