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Times Square Design Contest Still On

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation, May 4) Tim Tompkins, the head of the Times Square Alliance, emails there are no changes in the Times Square design contest -- the city is still going ahead with processing requests for proposals for the graphics underfoot at the pedestrian plazas. The plan still stands to announce a winner later this month.

This should come as no surprise. I was in Times Square on Sunday -- as I've been after other international incidents -- the Afghanistan War Declaration in the fall of 2001, and the London subway bombings of July 2005. Each time, Times Square was a magnet -- people gathering for the sake of human contact, a need to affirm they're part of something. Bombs or no, it's the place people want to be, particularly when something is happening.

BTW - WNYC also wants to know what you think the new times square should look like...tell us here.

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I Am Happy To Have Been Served

Sunday, May 02, 2010

The late Leslie Buck (nee Laszlo Büch) had no training in graphics – he was in the cup business – but he had an eye for design, and he achieved something singular: an immortal disposable cup.  The pseudo-Grecian lettering and ornament celebrated the venerable New York institution of the Greek ...

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This Week in Swag

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Spring has officially arrived in New York City and that means getting out of the apartment--at last!--and into the parks and playgrounds.

This foot-long block of blue foam reflects this happy change: it's a miniature, pop-out playground sent to us by the Rockwell Group,  designers of

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All Apologies ... to Erin

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

A couple weeks ago, Studio 360 featured the good works of David Ellis Dickerson — former Hallmark greeting card employee gone solo.  He takes commissions at his blog, Greeting Card Emergency.  He has a real gift for making greeting cards for sticky situations. Little did we know we'd soon have one of our own.

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Power Cart

Friday, April 09, 2010

Mouna Andraos is an artist and web designer who's been fascinated by street vendors since her childhood in Lebanon. She created a working portable generator that uses a crank and a solar cell to charge cell phones and laptops, and even run small appliances.

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William McDonough

Friday, April 09, 2010

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 now works on green projects all over the world.

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Coney Island Sunshine

Friday, April 09, 2010

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 checked it out with architect Greg Kiss.

Audio Slideshow: Stillwell Avenue ...

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Cal-Earth

Friday, April 09, 2010

In Hesperia, California, architect Nader Khalili created a housing movement for the future. Khalili, who passed away in March 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

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Aha Moment: Sassoon and Bauhaus

Friday, April 02, 2010

What's the secret to great hair? Architecture. Vidal Sassoon helped define the mod look during London's swinging sixties. The world-famous hairdresser says that more than anything else, the Bauhaus style inspired his geometric cuts. A documentary about his life called "Vidal Sassoon the Movie" premieres at ...

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The Large Hadron Collider Is a Smash Hit

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

After 15 years and several false starts, the Large Hadron Collider research program has finally begun.  Early this morning, 3300 feet below the Swiss-French border near Geneva, it successfully smashed two protons at record-setting energies.

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Greeting Card Emergency

Friday, March 26, 2010

David Ellis Dickerson cut his teeth as a greeting card writer at Hallmark HQ. Now he specializes in custom greeting cards for difficult situations, such as a September 11th birthday and an apology for breaking a friend's toilet at a party. Produced by Studio 360's Sarah ...

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Cure for Cabin Fever

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Rather abruptly, an icy, slushy, uncommonly frigid winter has melted into blue skies and mellow sunshine. In New York, we're taking advantage of the thaw to head to the High Line.

The High Line is the ...

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The City From Three Stories Up

Friday, March 12, 2010

Architecture critic Paul Goldberger's new book is called Why Architecture Matters. To talk about that idea, Kurt and Paul headed to the High Line, a formerly dilapidated train track thirty feet above the street that was recently transformed into an extraordinary public park.

 

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Life on Mars

Friday, March 12, 2010

Though President Obama has spoken of a new commitment to NASA, getting humans to Mars still looks a long way off. Undeterred, a group of scientists and engineers created the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah to simulate life on the red planet. We sent reporter

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The Great Barrier Skull

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Last Sunday, I visited Volta NY to get my contemporary-art fix.  The room was tightly packed with nearly a hundred solo exhibits.  Visually exhausted after walking aimlessly for over an hour, I was struck by the simple (and eerie) beauty of one piece – a skull suspended in ...

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We Heart Glaser

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

We were thrilled to hear last week that graphic designer Milton Glaser has been awarded a National Medal of Arts. He's probably best known for his 'I heart NY' logo, along with countless designs of magazines, posters, interiors, hotels, shopping malls, and on and on. We celebrate his ...

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OK Go Out-Goldbergs Rube Goldberg

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Finally, a YouTube time-suck guaranteed to delight you with repeated viewings.  If, by the end, your jaw is not scraping the floor, you will be sporting an ear-to-ear smile of gee-whiz amazement.

The band OK Go made viral video history back in 2006 with their goofy treadmill ...

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American Icons

Monday, February 22, 2010

Move over American Idol. Presenting: Studio 360's American Icons.

Sure, Abraham Lincoln isn't most people's idea of a triple threat (though his voice was said to be a reedy tenor). But his memorial in Washington, DC, has staying power. History was made there, and continues to be made ...

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The Penny Gets a Makeover

Sunday, February 21, 2010

In this week's show, Kurt says that we can find the Lincoln Memorial on the back of any old penny. Well, that old penny is getting a new backside. Last week, the United States Mint released a new one-cent coin, in honor of the bicentennial of Lincoln's birth. ...

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American Icons: The Lincoln Memorial

Friday, February 19, 2010

Kurt Andersen explores how the Lincoln Memorial became America's soapbox, and how our yearning to connect with Lincoln speaks to the better angels of our nature.

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