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A Sneak Peak At D.C. Metro's New Train Cars

Friday, July 08, 2011

(Washington D.C. - WAMU) In a few years, Metro is getting rid of a quarter of its old rail cars, the ones that crumpled like telescopes in the 2009 Red Line train crash and were deemed unsafe by federal investigators. And in their place will be a fleet of all new train cars.

Officials say their goal is to develop something sturdy and safe, but also something comfortable and inviting

"The design has a physical aspect, as well as a psychological aspect," says Masamichi Udagawa, an industrial designer Metro brought on to help design the aesthetics of the new cars.

He says the interiors will be a dark blue color, rather than the traditional orange and brown Metro riders are used to.

Udagawa says the reason for the change is that brown isn’t a very popular color.

"People really didn't like seeing the brown again," he laughs. "The color is a very subjective thing. It's very, very context-sensitive. So in the context of the D.C. system, people are a bit tired and maybe bored with brown."

The Kawasaki Company, based out of Japan, is building the train cars and could have them ready by 2013. But Metro says they might be delayed because of the recent earthquake and tsunami.

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Studio 360

Pioneers of Industrial Design Get Stamps of Approval

Thursday, July 07, 2011

You know you've made it when your face is on a postage stamp.  Twelve giants of industrial design have just been given that honor with a new set of stamps released by the United States Postal Service last week. But instead of their profiles gracing the corner of your next electric bill, their enduring work is spotlighted.

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99% Invisible

99% Invisible-30- The Blue Yarn

Thursday, June 30, 2011

In 1998 Dr. Gary Kaplan, the CEO of Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle received some bad news about his hospital. It was losing money. So Dr. Kaplan started studying how other hospitals were being run to see if there was a better way to manage hi...

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Studio 360

Studio 360 Redesign: Gay Flag

Friday, June 24, 2011

All this month the Federal Reserve Bank in Richmond, Virginia, will honor Gay Pride Month by flying the rainbow on its flagpole just below Old Glory. And, not surprisingly, they’ve received a lot of angry responses. The rainbow flag has been a symbol of...

Slideshow: Worldstudio redesigns the gay flag

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Studio 360

Design For the Real World: Pop-Tab

Friday, June 24, 2011

In 1960, zip tops made opening aluminum cans more convenient — and dangerous. Those razor-sharp metal tags you ripped off and threw away were a hazard for the thirsty. That all changed in 1972, when a young engineer named Daniel Cudzik...

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Studio 360

Apple’s Newest Update

Friday, June 17, 2011

Last week, Apple’s Steve Jobs made a design presentation — not to masses of swooning tech journalists, but to the Cupertino, California city council. What Jobs unveiled this time was Apple’s future corporate headquarters. The design, by celebrated architect Norman Foster, is shaped like a giant ...

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99% Invisible

99% Invisible-29- Cul de Sac

Thursday, June 16, 2011

When people critique cul-de-sacs, a lot of the time, they’re actually critiquing the suburbs more generally. The cul-de-sac has become sort of like the mascot of the suburbs– like if suburbia had a flag, it would have a picture of a cul-de-sac on it.

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99% Invisible

99% Invisible-28- Movie Title Sequences

Thursday, June 09, 2011

More and more I’m finding that the first 2-3 minutes of a movie are my favorite part of the film. My life is devoted to the beautiful expression of information, which is why film title sequences hold a special place in my heart. On this episode,

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WNYC News

Design Jobs Poised for Big Growth in NYC: Study

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Design jobs are booming in the city — and the number of architects, industrial and graphic designers and fashion designers is poised to grow even more, according to a new study from the nonprofit Center for an Urban Future.

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WNYC News

Financial 411: New York City's Design Sector

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

A new report finds that the number of jobs in graphic design, architecture and fashion in New York has increased 75 percent since 2000. We'll talk about why these fields are poised to grow even more.

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99% Invisible

99% Invisible-27- Bridge to the Sky

Friday, June 03, 2011

There are rules that dicate what you can build and how. Rules of physics and rules of men who sit on various bureaucratic boards and bodies. These rules dictated that if silk magnate John Noble Stearns wanted to build one of those ten story towers that...

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Features

Science Meets Art and Architecture at Cooper Union End of Year Show

Monday, May 23, 2011

A mobile bread oven on top of a tricycle, a proposal for sustainable development on the Dead Sea, and a bridge made from pastel plywood boxes. These are some of the Cooper Union student projects that will be on view at the school's End of Year show, which opens on Monday, May 23.

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Studio 360

Monopoly Redesigned

Friday, May 20, 2011

Last month, Studio 360 announced plans to redesign the board game Monopoly. Capitalism and real estate have changed a lot since the Monopoly was first sold by Parker Brothers in the 1930s, and we decided the game needed a major overhaul. We collected dozens of inspired suggestions from listeners, and delivered them to...

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Studio 360

Aha Moment: Designer Karim Rashid

Friday, May 20, 2011

Industrial designer Karim Rashid creates ordinary household objects known the world over: he has more than 3000 in production, including the Umbra “Oh Chair” and the Bobble Water Bottle which filters water as you drink.  He found his calling early, when his family crossed ...

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Studio 360

Monopoly Redesign: Your Suggestions

Monday, May 02, 2011

Studio 360 is redesigning Monopoly, and to help us decide what to toss and what to keep, we’ve gotten advice from an all-star team.  The former investment banker William Cohan suggested we let players leverage their holdings and create a bank with vested interests, but former ...

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Studio 360

Monopoly Redesign: Eliot Spitzer Edition

Friday, April 29, 2011

Since the board game Monopoly first came out in the 1930s, capitalism and tycooning have changed a lot. Someone who knows that better than most is former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, who now hosts a public affairs program on CNN. Spitzer told Kurt Andersen his first lesson ...

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Studio 360

Which Monopoly Piece Are You?

Monday, April 25, 2011

The Scottie dog has all the fun. Along with the battleship, the race car, and the top hat, it’s always part of the in-crowd of Monopoly game pieces. Consistently among the first to be selected, the Scottie dog confidently strolls down Boardwalk and turns heads as it passes Go in ...

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Studio 360

William McDonough: Godfather of Green

Friday, April 22, 2011

William McDonough is a grand old man in the young field of green architecture.  In the 1970s, he built the first "green roof" in America — a corporate headquarters with a meadow on top — and is now working on a sustainable building for NASA.  Kurt Andersen asks him about the...

Slideshow:  William McDonough's Green Designs

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Studio 360

Coney Island Sunshine

Friday, April 22, 2011

The New York subway system has one of the best environmental designs of recent years: Coney Island's Stillwell Avenue terminal, one block from the Atlantic Ocean, is topped by a state-of-the-art photovoltaic glass roof.  Kurt Andersen took the F train to the last stop to check it out with...

Slideshow: Stillwell Avenue Terminal

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Studio 360

Cal-Earth

Friday, April 22, 2011

In Hesperia, California, architect Nader Khalili created a housing movement for the future. Khalili, who passed away in 2008, prototyped his dome-shaped adobes on a commission from NASA for a lunar colony.  Then he realized that his "superadobes" could take root on Earth.  Studio 360's Eric Molinsky visited...

Slideshow: Cal-Earth

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