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Santiago Calatrava: The World's Most Hated Architect?

Critics blast Calatrava for wildly overbudget buildings, including the World Trade Center's new transit hub. Is he just misunderstood? At a recent symposium featuring the renowned architects Michael Graves and Peter Eisenman, talk turns to fellow architect Santiago Calatrava. Read Full Story

Condense The Magic Of Christmas Into Four Words

Holy. Hoho. Poor. Tree. Bows. Bros. Brie. Bong. Can you distill the magic of Christmas into four words better than I can? Take your best shot, Santa. Read Full Story

Yes, Even Popsicles Are Designed Now

Who thought something named N17 could sound appetizing? Nuna is a popsicle with high art aspirations. Created by architect Manu Kumar and designer Stefan Gandl, Nunas geometrical angles and gorgeous colors at least look appetizing. Attached...Show More Summary

A Reason To Go To Harvard? Renzo Piano's New Art Museum

The architect's expansion of the Harvard Art Museums melds '20s Georgian Revival architecture with a 21st-century aesthetic. In the neoclassical-contemporary mashup that is the new home of the Harvard Art Museums designed by Renzo Piano,...Show More Summary

The Visual Styles Of Your Favorite Directors, Recreated With Stock Footage

Can the aesthetics of Wes Anderson and Quentin Tarantino be boiled down to a few search terms? Shutterstock says yes. Can you differentiate between the work of famous filmmakers and stock footage? It might be harder than you think, as this new video by Shutterstock demonstrates. Show More Summary

"Doom" Transformed Into A Lesson On Brutalist Architecture

The classic video game was a paean to Brutalism all along! Love brutalist architecture? Wish you could deathmatch in the Hubert Humphrey building, or chainsaw imps at the Breuer building? Here's the next best thing: Brutalist Doom, a mod for the classic id software first-person-shooter that turns the entire game into an ultraviolent brutalist playground. Read Full Story


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A Typographic Calendar Made Of 2015 Keyboard Keys

This weird mosaic of 2015 keys is the perfect calendar for the writer or mechanical keyboard lover in your life. Normally, days on a calendar are organized in simple columned grids. Not so the 2015 Typographic Wall Calendar, a bizarre...Show More Summary

Incredible Photos Make Nighttime Look Like Day

British artist Darren Almond takes mystical-looking photographs by the light of the full moon. Since 1998, British artist Darren Almond has been taking sublime photographs of landscapes around the globe illuminated only by the light of the full moon. Now, 260 of these photographs are compiled in Fullmoon, a new book from Taschen. Read Full Story

Pentagram Skewers Corporate Jargon In This Hilarious Holiday Card

How do you say "happy holidays" in corporate jargon? The international design firm Pentagram has a storied tradition of creating elaborate, beautifully crafted holiday cards every year. This year, the firm's card pokes fun at the bane of many a designer's existence—corporate jargon—with an illustrated seven-verse rap. Read Full Story

It's Time For Industrial Design To Grow Up

Traditional industrial design can't deliver what it takes to create tech devices. Besides new skills, we need new language. I am an industrial designer by training, but it's been a while since I called myself one. Industrial design has changed, and what I do has changed, too. Read Full Story

This Home-Grown Fungi Will Eat Your Plastic Trash (And Then You Can Eat The Fungi)

Mushroom roots eat through your recycling and turn it into a (possibly?) safe snack. Here's one way to get rid of plastic waste: Eat it. A new tabletop farm is designed to use mushrooms to break down plastic and turn it into a safe and even tasty snack. Read Full Story

Sequins, Style, And More Sequins: A Look At Dolly Parton's Singular Style

Richard Christiansen, founder of Chandelier Creative, put together a one-night-only exhibit to benefit the star's Imagination Library. Richard Christiansen was starstruck the first time he saw Dolly Parton in concert. "I grew up on a...Show More Summary

Stacked Casa del Fascio?

I can't be the only person who thinks the recently completed "Aufstockung und Generalsanierung Wohnhochhaus als Nullenergiehaus" designed by Freivogel-Architekten...[Photo: Dietmar Strauß, via German-Architects]looks like Giuseppe Terragni's...Show More Summary

"Papers, Please," One Of The Best Games Of Last Year, Is Now On iPad

Despite Apple's best efforts, the game will be available with full, pixelated nudity. Papers, Please, a grim PC game developed by Lucas Pope, wherein players take on the role of a Soviet-style border guard, may not have been one of the most "fun" games of last year, but it was certainly one of the most interesting. Show More Summary

Is A More Jiggly Animation A More Realistic Animation?

These researchers are ready for that jelly. "Part of being human is we jiggle when we move," says one researcher in a video from Germany's Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, where a team has created software that tweaks the standard motion capture procedure used for 3-D animation. Read Full Story

InterContinental Acquires Design-Minded Kimpton Hotels For $430 Million

InterContinental is buying the boutique hotels chain known for its lively bar scene and unique design aesthetic. The U.K.-based InterContinental Hotels Group PLC, owners of the Holiday Inn brand, announced today it will acquire Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants Group LLC, the largest independent boutique-hotel operator in the U.S., for $430 million. Show More Summary

Stunning Observation Deck Floats Above An Active Volcano

13,000 feet above sea level, the Quilotoa Crater Overlook in Ecuador offers stunning views of a turquoise water-filled volcanic crater. Eight-hundred years ago, a catastrophic volcanic eruption in the westernmost Ecuadorian Andes formed...Show More Summary

Haunting Pictures Of America's Disappearing Rivers

Photographer Ansley West depicts seven major rivers in the United States in her latest series. In 2011, photographer Ansley West spent 25 days traveling down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. At the end of the trip, she ended up spending two nights at Lake Mead, the reservoir formed by the Hoover Dam just south of Las Vegas. Show More Summary

Answer This Smartphone By Holding The Receiver To Your Ear

It's one of many natural controls being added to Lumia smartphones. But will they actually work? Remember how easy it used to be to answer the phone? Okay, some of you don't, so here's a refresher: The phone rang. You picked it up. You spoke into it. Oh magic of yesteryear! Read Full Story

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