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Isabel & Ruben Toledo: A Studio Visit

Friday, April 06, 2012

Over a couple of decades, Isabel Toledo quietly became one of the most sought-after fashion designers in the business. But in 2009, she experienced overnight global exposure when she designed First Lady Michelle Obama's inauguration outfit. Kurt Andersen visited Toledo's studio ...

Video: Isabel & Ruben Toledo in their studio

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99% Invisible

99% Invisible-51- The Arsenal of Exclusion

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

“Cities exist to bring people together, but cities can also keep people apart” - Daniel D’Oca, Urban Planner, Interboro Partners. Cities are great. They have movement, activity and diversity. But go to any city and it’s pretty clear,

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Studio 360

In Search of Significant Objects

Friday, March 23, 2012

It all started with a broken coffee cup. “It was a totally meaningless thing,” remembers Rob Walker, “but it happened to be a coffee cup that I had bought on a trip with my now-wife.” The ceramic casualty made Walker realize that the stories we attach to objects may be ...

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99% Invisible

99% Invisible-50- DeafSpace

Thursday, March 22, 2012

The acoustics of a building are a big concern for architects. But for designers at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC, it’s the absence of sound that defines the approach to architecture. - Gallaudet is a university dedicated to educating the de...

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The Takeaway

John Hockenberry on the "Design of the Year" Nominees

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

John Hockenberry reports from London, where he visited the UK's National Design Museum to view the "design of the year" nominations on display. With more than 80 entries in seven categories, the designs included a life-size paper hearse and a plan for a hospital in Rwanda that benefits the community.

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Studio 360

Las Vegas Takes a Gamble on High Art

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts just opened in downtown Las Vegas. Supporters hope the new $470 million cathedral to the arts shows the rest of the country that Vegas is a serious cultural destination that can host pop goddess Celine Dion and ...

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99% Invisible

99% Invisible-49- Queue Theory and Design

Thursday, March 08, 2012

In the US, it’s called a line. - In Canada, it’s often referred to as a line-up. - Pretty much everywhere else, it’s known as a queue. - My friend Benjamen Walker is obsessed with queues. He keeps sending me YouTube clips of queue violence.

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The Takeaway

John Hockenberry at TED2012: A Life with Intent

Friday, March 02, 2012

The Takeaway host John Hockenberry spoke Friday at TED2012 in Long Beach, California.

Design has always been a part of Hockenberry's life. His father, who was a designer for IBM and Kodak, taught him what good design looked like.

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Studio 360

Constructal Law: A Theory of Everything

Friday, March 02, 2012

Over the last 16 years, the mechanical engineer Adrian Bejan, now a professor at Duke University, has been working on a theory for how the world works. It’s a theory of everything: how living creatures are shaped, how lava flows down mountains. It’s called the constructal law ...

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99% Invisible

99% Invisible-48- The Bathtubs or the Boiler Room

Sunday, February 26, 2012

“I have this habit of walking into any door that’s unlocked…You start poking around, going into doors…you find the coolest things…” -Andrea Seabrook, NPR Congressional Correspondent In the eight years Andrea Seabrook has been reporting on...

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Studio 360

American Icons: Monticello

Friday, February 17, 2012

This is the home of America’s aspirations and its deepest contradictions. Thomas Jefferson was as passionate about building his house as he was about founding the United States. Yet Monticello was a plantation worked by slaves, some of them Jefferson’s own children.

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99% Invisible

99% Invisible-47- US Postal Service Stamps

Friday, February 10, 2012

Somebody might be able to do a great painting that’s 20 x 30 inches, but you take that down to 1 x 1.5 inches, and it’s a challenge to make it work. - -Ethel Kessler, Art Director for USPS Stamp Services Stamps design takes, on average,

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Design in Nature

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Adrian Bejan takes the recurring patterns in nature—trees, tributaries, air passages, neural networks, and lightning bolts—and reveals how a the Constructal Law accounts for the evolution of these and all other designs in our world. Design in Nature: How the Constructal Law Governs Evolution in Biology, Physics, and Social Organization, written with J. Peder Zane, looks at how everything—from biological life to inanimate systems—generates shape and structure and evolves in a sequence of ever-improving designs in order to facilitate flow.

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99% Invisible

99% Invisible-46- Vulcanite Dentures

Friday, January 27, 2012

Before the 1850s, dentures were made out of very hard, very painful and very expensive material, like gold or ivory. They were a luxury item. The invention of Vulcanite hard rubber changed everything. It was moldable, it could be precisely fitted,

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Rebranding Teachers

Friday, January 20, 2012

Deroy Peraza, principal and creative director at Hyperakt, and Kurt Andersen, host of Studio 360, talk about working together to rebrand teachers.

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99% Invisible

99% Invisible-45- Immersive Ideal

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Beauty Pill is band I really like from Washington DC. They have released two EPs (The Cigarette Girl From the Future and You Are Right to be Afraid) and their last album, The Unsustainable Lifestyle, came out in 2004. - In the interim,

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Studio 360

National Pinball Museum Opens

Monday, January 09, 2012

The Scene: Baltimore
From WYPR's The Signal, a weekly radio magazine devoted to Maryland's cultural scene, hosted by Andy Bienstock

David Silverman’s got a collection of almost 900 pinball machines, and he’s just opened the National Pinball Museum in downtown Baltimore.  We drop in at the museum for a crash course in pinball history. 

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99% Invisible

99% Invisible-44- The Pruitt-Igoe Myth

Thursday, January 05, 2012

The Pruitt-Igoe housing project in St. Louis became most famous at the moment of its demise. The thirty-three high-rise towers built in the 1950’s were supposed to solve the impending population crisis in inner city St. Louis.

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Studio 360

...and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas starts earlier every year, and perhaps the wreaths and peppermint mochas have you rolling your eyes. If so, too bad! It’ll be over soon enough, so light a pine-scented candle, set your Pandora to "Jingle Bells," and dig in to the Studio 360 Christmas archive. ...

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99% Invisible

99% Invisible-43- Accidental Music of Imperfect Escalators

Monday, December 19, 2011

“There’s a secret jazz seeping from Washington’s aging Metro escalators - those anemic metal walkways that fill our transit system…they honk and bleat and squawk…why are you still wearing those earbuds?” - -Chris Richards,

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