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BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 2/27/15

Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 2/ 27 /15 on the Web. In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators: FHFA House Price Index up 1.4 percent in fourth quarter of 2014...Show More Summary

Fashion Week, Fractals, And Space Palaces: The Week's 5 Best Music Videos

A$AP Ferg, K-Pop duo Norazo, and Mystery Skulls released some hypnotizing new videos this week. Trippy fractal-based optical illusions, golden robot armies, and fashion week parties star in this week's best videos. Plus: K-Pop singers try to hypnotize you into liking their music. Read Full Story

Poetic NASA Visualization Shows How Everything Is Connected

NASA visualizes the 22,000 tons of life-giving dust that flows between Africa and South America. On Earth, there couldn't be a bigger difference between the Amazon rainforest and the African Sahara. The latter is a brown streak of wasteland; the former, green and teeming with life. Show More Summary

How To Make A Building Out Of Ice

The Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, is carefully crafted each fall, only to melt away by the next spring. Every year, a new hotel rises out of the Arctic wonderland of northern Sweden. The original Icehotel has been running for 25 winters,...Show More Summary

First Look: Google's New Digs By Thomas Heatherwick And Bjarke Ingels

Earlier this week, The New York Times broke the news that Internet giant Google is planning new starchitect-designed headquarters by Bjarke Ingels Group and Thomas Heat Earlier this week, The New York Times broke the news that Internet giant Google is planning new starchitect-designed headquarters by Bjarke Ingels Group and Thomas Heatherwick. Show More Summary

This Art Installation Turns You Into A Dancing Stick Figure

With a huge cartoon dong. Klaus Obermaier is an Austrian interactive and video artist currently holding a workshop at Roman's Babes-Bloyai University in Cluj-Napoca. His description of his latest work, Ego is ponderous, talking about...Show More Summary

This Photographer Make Famous Buildings Look Like Portals To Heaven

Architecture photographer Hélène Binet is a true painter of light. For the past 25 years, Swiss-French photographer Hélène Binet has been documenting the work of the world's most famous contemporary architects, like Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind, and Peter Zumthor. Show More Summary

Today's archidose #816

Here are some shots of Der Neue Zollhof (2005) in Düsseldorf, Germany, by Gehry Partners, photographed by Wojtek Gurak.To contribute your Flickr images for consideration, just::: Join and add photos to the archidose pool To contribute...Show More Summary

Lunar's First Apple Watch App Is Part Sundial, Part Time Machine

OneTime is a slick app that lets you track multiple time zones as easily as tracing a finger through the sky. It was the middle of the night, and John Edson's brain was frazzled with jet lag. He couldn't get back to sleep. The president...Show More Summary

The Layman's Guide To Virtual Reality

So many companies, so may technologies. Who can keep it all straight? We can! Here's a plainspeak FAQ to get you up to speed. Oculus. Facebook. Samsung. Microsoft. Sony. Google. Viewmaster. Virtual reality is coming, but it's a remarkably...Show More Summary

What 20th Century?

First, there was the steampunk reality of No. 15 Renwick, a residential project near SoHo by ODA Architecture:And now, in this entry (1 of 86) from the Nine Elms to Pimlico Bridge Competition, there's even more of a sense that the 20th...Show More Summary

Book Review: Workforce

Workforce: A Better Place to Work edited by Aurora Fernádez Per, Javier Mozasa+t, 2014Paperback, 160 pages[All images courtesy of a+t]Recently I picked up a couple used books that are all about work: Nikil Saval's Cubed: The Secret History of the Workplace, published last spring, and Studs Terkel's 1972 classic Working. Show More Summary

Firm Faces #21: JGMA

Many of the recent "firm faces" I've featured have been fairly humorous, evidence that architects don't always take themselves so seriously. I think that can be safely applied to Chicago's JGMA, headed by Juan Moreno.This screenshotShow More Summary

Following 432

Although far from planned, yesterday I snapped three photos of the Manhattan skyline as seen from Queens, each one of them anchored by Rafael Viñoly's 432 Park Avenue nearing completion on 57th Street.Here it is in the morning, seenShow More Summary

Vote for a Daily Dose

A Daily Dose of Architecture is one of ten blogs nominated in the Architecture category of the 6th Annual JDR Industry Blogger Awards. Given the list of great blogs in contention, I don't really stand a chance of winning, but if youShow More Summary

Mark Your Calendars, Hamptonites

Parrish Art Museum just announced three years worth of exhibitions to be held at their Herzog & de Meuron-designed building in Water Mill, New York, from next month until 2017. A few of them are architecture-related and those are highlighted...Show More Summary

Aftertaste: Inside Imagination

Parsons SCE's Interior Design Aftertaste symposium, Inside Imagination, takes place on Friday and Saturday at Parsons the New School for Design in New York. I was lucky enough to participate in last year's event, so I can't recommend it highly enough. Show More Summary

A Taste of PoohTown

Recent University College London graduate Nick Elias's PoohTown is the recipient of the Silver Medal in the 2014 RIBA President's Medals Student Awards. Below is a taste of the amazing project, in which, " 1920s Slough is revisited to...Show More Summary

Today's archidose #815

Here are some shots of the CINiBA/The Scientific Information Center and Academic Library (2011) in Katowice, Poland, by HS99, photographed by M Poplawski.To contribute your Flickr images for consideration, just::: Join and add photos...Show More Summary

Pornhub Is Pioneering An Alternative Energy Source Through Wearables

Jerking off. As wearables gain popularity, it comes as no surprise that we're seeing them address more diverse problems and concerns. Pornhub's soon to be released Wankband is possibly the first wearable device targeted at our masturbation habits. Read Full Story

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