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Solar Power Cart

Friday, April 22, 2011

Mouna Andraos has been fascinated by street vendors since her childhood in Lebanon.  She’s an artist and designer with no engineering background, but she has created a working portable street generator that uses a crank and a solar cell to charge cell phones and laptops.  Ada Lee Halofsky hit the New York City streets...

Slideshow: Power Cart

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Monopoly Redesign: High Finance Edition

Friday, April 22, 2011

We're assembling a top-notch team of advisers for our Monopoly redesign. This week Kurt Andersen called finance expert William Cohan to find out how to make the rules of the game more representative of capitalism in the 21st century. Cohan is a former investment banker and the author of Money and Power: How Goldman Sachs Came to Rule the World ...

Bonus Track: Kurt Andersen's full conversation with William Cohan

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Monopoly Redesign: Do Not Pass "Go"

Friday, April 15, 2011

Later this year, Hasbro will unveil a partly-electronic version of one of the classic board games.  But Studio 360 thinks Monopoly needs more of a makeover to bring it into the 21st century.  Game designer Brenda Brathwaite says Monopoly is practically designed to be boring: it’s "literally just about waiting for people to run out of money...

Slideshow: Monopoly Through the Years

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A More Perfect Union

Friday, April 08, 2011

Artist-programmer R. Luke Dubois has his own map of the U.S., and it’s not colored with red states and blue. Dubois doesn’t need the polls; he gathered his data from 19 million dating profiles. Politics, schmolitics – he wants to know what we really think about. Who’s shy, who’s bored...

Slideshow: Mapping the Country’s Singles

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Christopher Alexander: A Pattern Language

Friday, April 01, 2011

Just over 30 years ago, an Englishman named Christopher Alexander tried to revolutionize architecture. In A Pattern Language, Alexander told architects and planners to design homes on emotional and spiritual principles – not on traffic flow. The revolution didn’t quite come. But the book had a ...

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Design For the Real World: The Periodic Table

Friday, April 01, 2011

For chemists, the periodic table of the elements is a hugely coveted piece of real estate. Writer Sam Kean explains the origins of the periodic table and its enduring brilliance. Produced by KJHK’s Becky Sullivan.

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Vidal Sassoon: Hair Architect

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Vidal Sassoon defined the mod revolution of the 1960’s with his iconic, sassy bob. Now the life of the 83-year-old British-born innovator is on display in intimate detail in “Vidal Sassoon The Movie.”

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Material Mashup: And the Winner is...

Friday, February 18, 2011

This month, in honor of the publication of Studio 360's book Spark: How Creativity Works, we asked listeners to show us how they made something creative from an unexpected combination of materials. Scores of projects poured in, and they were so good, we chose three winners.

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Material Mashup

Friday, February 11, 2011

Last week, in honor of the publication of Studio 360's book Spark: How Creativity Works, we asked listeners to show us how they made something creative from an unexpected combination of materials. Kurt talks to a few about their submissions, which include an icicle forest, a version of Hamlet staged on a Spokane off-ramp, and a painting made of coffee grounds.

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Spark: Studio 360's Material Mashup

Friday, February 04, 2011

Many of the artists featured in Spark: How Creativity Works talk about how unexpected materials inspire them to create great things. We want to know: Have you ever made something fantastic out of unexpected materials? A gingerbread high rise? A bouquet of roses out of bacon? Maybe a toy dog fashioned from an ink jar and screws? Show us your creation and tell us about what went into making it.

See fantastic entries already submitted by Studio 360 listeners!

The favorite entry (as determined by Studio 360 producers) will be posted on our site, featured on our February 18th show, and possibly more – plus we’ll send you a copy of Spark.

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Design for the Real World: Kitchen

Friday, January 28, 2011

Kitchen designer Lyn Peterson says that everything we take for granted can be traced back to the Frankfurt Kitchen, created by Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky in the late 1920s. It's the mother of all modern kitchens, and an original version was recently acquired by New York's Museum of Modern Art.

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Design for the Real World: Interstate Signs

Friday, January 21, 2011

Road signs on interstate highways have been standardized since the Eisenhower era. But the typeface is badly out of date, and it looks fuzzy in all sorts of road conditions. Graphic designer Don Meeker explains how he helped bring highway signage back into focus with a typeface called Clearview. Produced by Studio 360’s Derek John.

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Features

Helvetica: Your Biggest Fan Just Turned 80

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Helvetica is one of the world’s most ubiquitous fonts. We read it, stare at it, and pass by it every day. The font is especially prevalent in New York, where the city’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority uses the commonly seen, round-lettered type in its maps and signs. This week, Massimo Vignelli, the man credited with introducing the font to America and one of the font's staunchest supporters, turned 80.

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On Being

John Polkinghorne — Quarks and Creation [remix]

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Science and religion are often pitted against one another; but how do they complement, rather than contradict, one another? We learn how one man applies the deepest insights of modern physics to think about how the world fundamentally works, and how the u

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On Being

[Unedited] John Polkinghorne with Krista Tippett

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Science and religion are often pitted against one another; but how do they complement, rather than contradict, one another? We learn how one man applies the deepest insights of modern physics to think about how the world fundamentally works, and how the u

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Transportation Nation

More Than Getting from Here to There: Author Tony Hiss on the Passenger Experience

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Many planners, architects, and urbanists keep a copy of The Experience of Place, Tony Hiss's classic meditation on how we react to our surroundings, close at hand. Transportation planners and designers may find themselves equally enthralled by Hiss' latest, In Motion: The Experience of Travel, which similarly describes in enlightening detail what it feels like to be on the move, and why. Transportation Nation's Matt Dellinger recently spoke with Hiss in his Greenwich Village apartment about his observations and the potential for improvement in our lives as passengers and pilots.

Author Tony Hiss (MPR image/Euan Kerr)

Matt Dellinger: Your latest book, In Motion: The Experience of Travel, describes the existence and importance of a mental state you call “deep travel.” What is deep travel, and is it difficult to attain?

Tony Hiss: I think we're all deep travelers, but most of us are a little rusty at it. Deep travel to me means that state when everything around seems fresh and vivid and memorable and ready to be explored. It feels almost like waking up while you're already awake.

I contrast deep travel to the other two principle states of mind that we're endowed with and that we know a great deal about, daydreaming and focused attention. Both of them are highly valuable tools, but both of them operate by excluding the world. With daydreaming, our mind floats free, but we're not paying attention to anything around us. And with focused attention we deliberately shut out the wider world. Deep travel operates by welcoming the world. It's the “un-filter,” if you will. Sensation just floods into us and yet we're able to keep track of multiple variables. No matter how much of a hurry we're in, when we're in this state of deep travel we seem to have enough time to take everything in and not be rushed by it.

Matt: You write that a friend of yours compares it to the feeling we have when we're lost, and looking for a clue in every little thing.

Tony: That's absolutely true. Of course, that's not the most exhilarating part of deep travel but it is the state of mind that we're immediately projected into when we have lost our bearings—because we need to find immediately some thread that leads us back to some kind of grid where we know what's going on.

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Hot Rod Chicks

Friday, December 31, 2010

Julie Fisher takes us for a spin in her 1959 Chevy El Camino and asks why all new cars are "boxes or bubbles." And Coco Shinomiya tells us her old car is way more reliable than her new one. Produced by Suzie Lechtenberg.

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Low Riders

Friday, December 31, 2010

At the Dub Magazine car show at the L.A. Convention Center, photographer Jae Bueno introduces us to the customizers behind tricked-out Cadillac Coupes and fancy pin-stripes. Produced by Studio 360's Derek John and Ave Carrillo.

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Watch Out for the Giant Donut

Friday, December 31, 2010

Urban historian Jim Heimann takes Kurt on a driving tour of some of L.A.'s most imaginative roadside architecture.

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The Next Generation of Car Designers

Friday, December 31, 2010

At the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, instructors Tisha Johnson and Blair Taylor explain why car design has changed so little in the last 20 years. Kurt talks with students Ben Messmer and Lili Melikian about the prototypes they're working on. And Jim Heimann ...

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