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LED Light Bulb Becomes First Consumer Product To Use Graphene

The miracle material promises to make LED Bulbs cheaper and more efficient when they arrive later this year. Graphene is an incredible material. The substance can conduct electricity and heat with extreme efficiency and is about 100 times stronger than steel, discoveries that have made it one of the most hyped materials of the 21st century. Show More Summary

Pentagram Rebrands The New School

An algorithm-based typeface is designed to catapult one of the nation's top creative hubs into the 21st century. The New School, home to Parsons the New School for Design, is one of the most design-centric universities in the country. Show More Summary

BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 3/31/15

Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 3/31/15 on the Web. In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators: February pending home sales rose to highest level since June 2013...Show More Summary

These Dissolving Coffee Pods Are The Anti-Keurig

These sugar-covered pods dissolve in your coffee, so they're gentle on the environment. A minimally designed new coffee maker from Singapore-based designer Eason Chow fixes one of the biggest problem with single-serving coffee machines, like Keurig: their plastic coffee pods are incredibly wasteful. Show More Summary

Pentagram's New School Rebrand: Best Thing Ever or Unbearable Monstrosity?

The internet's split right down the middle when it comes to the New School's wonky new typeface. It's appropriate that Pentagram's new algorithmic typeface for the New School looks like a wonky take on the Star Wars font, because toShow More Summary

How Design Could Help Prevent Subway Deaths

Just by re-orienting subway benches, researchers have discovered that they can prevent drunken subway accidents by up to 90%. It's a rare, if particularly awful, public health problem: People drunkenly falling onto subway tracks, then getting hit by a train. Show More Summary

Book Review: Paradigms in Computing

Paradigms in Computing: Making, Machines, and Models for Design Agency in Architecture edited by Dr. David Jason Gerber and Mariana IbañezeVolo Press, 2014Hardcover, 400 pagesOne key to the direction computation in architecture is taking...Show More Summary

Net-A-Porter Merger Could Create "World's Biggest Luxury Fashion Store"

Two e-commerce sites could merge to create an online fashion market with an expected annual revenue of more than $1.4 billion. Two of the world's best-known e-commerce sites for luxury clothing and accessories— London-based online fashion...Show More Summary

Volvo Creates A Glow-In-The-Dark Paint To Save Cyclists' Lives

Life Paint is a tagger's dream and a raver's fantasy, but it's really meant for bicyclists. In collaboration with Grey London and the spray paint company Albedo 100, car maker Volvo has created a new reflective paint that is invisible in sunlight and easily washes off. Show More Summary

This App Makes It Easy To Collaborate Across The Globe

Working with someone half way around the world? Circa makes meetings a cinch. It's a series of concentric circles and looks a bit like a broken bullseye. But Circa, a free iOS app, is the clearest answer to "who can I call in what time zone?" I've ever seen. Read Full Story

Book of the Moment: Herman Hertzberger

If any architect deserves a monumental survey of their work it is the Dutch architect Herman Hertzberger. Heck, the 82-year-old architect deserves the Pritzker Architecture Prize, too. Although nothing can be done about the latter, at...Show More Summary

Reviewing UX Designs While Drunk Makes Way More Sense Than You Think

Richard Littauer's project The User Is Drunk is like Drunk History for programmers. First impressions matter online. With the overwhelming amount of choice the internet affords, designers have to be careful to not turn users (read: potential customers) away with inscrutable navigation or laggy load times. Show More Summary

Tory Burch's Ex-Husband Is Now Selling Office Furniture

J. Christopher Burch, whose "revenge retail" operation C. Wonder failed mightily earlier this year, invests in office products. I've never seen a CEO so eager to do manual labor as Randy Nicolau, chief executive of Poppin. Tall and barrel-chested,...Show More Summary

5 Lessons On Apple Watch Design From Evernote

How do you design a good app for wearing on your wrist? Keep it simple, stupid. Although the Apple Watch isn't out until April 24th, popular note locker service Evernote has already released an app for the Apple Watch. Unsurprisingly...Show More Summary

The only way is Essex

We are told this is now a ‘knowledge economy’. Strange, then, that there are so few recent educational buildings of note. An expansion of universities has not led to much… Read more The post The only way is Essex appeared first on The Spectator.

Models & Prototypes

[Image: "Dome-shaped Architectural Staircase Model," courtesy of the Cooper Hewitt]. If you liked those two staircase posts from earlier today, a reader has pointed out that the Cooper Hewitt has a whole slew of "Models & Prototypes"...Show More Summary

The Celebrity Libido Labyrinth of Hollywood

[Image: A blueprint of tunnels rumored to connect the Playboy Mansion with nearby celebrity homes, via Playboy]. This is hilarious and amazing: there may (or may not) have been secret underground tunnels connecting the Playboy Mansion to the homes of nearby celebrities, including Kirk Douglas and Jack Nicholson. Show More Summary

Breathing Is The Only Control In This Theraputic VR Game

A new Oculus Rift game uses an untraditional mechanic to help ease the anxiety of its players. Virtual reality has already been used to treat PTSD and phobias, so it seems natural that the next step would be taking on general anxiety, an affliction that is experienced by a staggering 18% of adults in the United States. Show More Summary

Landscape Architect Kate Orff Takes The Helm Of Columbia's Urban Design Program

The SCAPE founder will direct the program at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Landscape architect Kate Orff has been selected as the next director of Columbia University's urban design program, within the school's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Show More Summary

You Can Now Get A Degree To Create Awesome Public Spaces

The Pratt architecture school degree program in "Urban Placemaking and Management" will be the nation's first. This fall, the Pratt Institute will introduce a new master's program in designing public spaces through community planning. Show More Summary

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