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Banning Cars Can Be Good For Business

Pedestrians like to spend money without dodging traffic, according to one case study in Italy. For the past year, cars have been banished from a small stretch of cobblestone in central Rome. The street, Via Urbana, has been closed to traffic during construction on underlying gas infrastructure. Show More Summary

Step Inside Magritte's Surreal Paintings With This Virtual Reality Tour

A virtual reality demo of the painter's most famous works out-Magrittes Magritte. If any painter were built for virtual reality, it's Rene Magritte. The Belgian artist's surreal worlds—full of raining businessmen and oversized fruit and pipes that are not really pipes—just beg to be explored in 3-D. Read Full Story

Apps, Video Games, And Wearables: A Vision For The Future Of McDonald's

McDonald's chief digital officer, Atif Rafiq, reveals how the embattled fast-food chain might revamp its restaurants by 2020. Soon, you could walk into a McDonald's, sit down, maybe play a video game for a few minutes, then have your food brought to you. Read Full Story

Could We Design A Skyscraper That Casts No Shadow?

NBBJ's concept for a shadowless tower could brighten the streets of tall, dense cities everywhere. The taller the skyscraper, the longer the shadow. Walking along a street surrounded by big skyscrapers can feel like entering a world that's permanently overcast—one reason most cities have zoning laws that restrict how high developers can build. Show More Summary

A Revolving Weather Museum Shaped Like A Tornado For Downtown Tulsa

Think of the Tornado Tower as Tulsa's Space Needle, with a revolving restaurant on top. If you're an Oklahoman, there's probably no sight that would fill you with with more dread than a 300-foot-tall twister looming along the city skyline. Show More Summary

Intermediary Geologies

[Image: From "H / AlCuTaAu" by Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen]. For a project called "H / AlCuTaAu"—named after the chemical elements that comprise its final form—artists Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen created what they call "anShow More Summary

Ghosts of Home Geography

Noted scam artist and "Facebook fugitive" Paul Ceglia, hoping to escape from a recently imposed state of house-arrest, "sliced off his GPS ankle monitor and affixed it to a crudely built contraption in his rural New York residence,"Show More Summary

The Great (Weekly) Migration

Due to problems with my web host, in which my weekly web page would unexpectedly go blank from a couple lines of code, I decided earlier this year to migrate A Weekly Dose of Architecture – the website I started in 1999 and ran until 2014 – to this blog. Show More Summary

The Perfect Condo.

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Today's archidose #821

Yesterdays Michael Graves died of natural causes in his Princeton home at the age of 80. Here are some photos of MGA&D's Hyatt Regency Fukuoka (1994) in Fukuoka, Japan, photographed by Ken Lee.To contribute your Flickr images for consideration,...Show More Summary

Björk, Azealia Banks, Reggie Watts: The Week's Best Music Videos

Björk literally bares her heart; Deerhoof critiques capitalism in this week's best videos. It was a good week in music video land: Björk and Deerhoof released a pair of gems, '80s synthpop duo Tears for Fears is back in an excellentShow More Summary

Fashion Label Reed Krakoff To Suspend Operations

The luxury designer's five-year-old brand is shutting its Madison Avenue store and suspending design and production. Luxury fashion brand Reed Krakoff has announced it will be suspending operations for an unspecified amount of time while searching for an investor, according to Women's Wear Daily. Read Full Story

To Reuse This Notebook, Just Pop It In The Microwave

The microwaveable analog Rocketbook saves paper, discourages snoops, and backs up your handwritten documents to the Cloud. Whether you're concerned about your paper waste, you don't want coworkers snooping through your brilliant, top-secret...Show More Summary

What A Boring Chinese Hardware Giant Wants With An Eccentric French Designer

Huawei hires Mathieu Lehanneur, who has created everything from a 20-sided speaker to an electric tree, as its chief designer. Why? Mathieu Lehanneur is a brilliant French designer who would admit to seeing the world a bit differently. Show More Summary

The Case Against Open Design Competitions

Open design competitions might seem democratic, but they're a lot of wasted work by a lot of talented people. Maya Lin gave the nation its greatest war memorial. Never forget. But today her name is a false flag raised when it comes to public debates about design. Read Full Story

Target Jumps On The Lumbersexual Trend

Target's new locally crafted collection of leather goods, gifts, clothes, and more for men looks tailor-made for Ron Swanson's closet. On Sunday, big box retailer Target is launching Target Collective, a new umbrella program featuring six high-end, American-made men's brands. Show More Summary

Revamped Subway Map Shows What NYC Is Really Like

This is a Where Am I?-bound 1 train. The next stop is: anonymous rich people, maybe foreign oligarchs. Manhattan's subway map is good for getting you from point a to point b, but it doesn't warn you about the dangers that lurk around each stop. Show More Summary

Hate Your Soulless Office Tower? Blame The Seagram Building

Mies van der Rohe's famed New York City skyscraper is the mid-century modernist equivalent of the gigantic hit record. First, the obligatory disclaimer: Mies van der Rohe's Seagram Building is unquestionably a great piece of architecture. Show More Summary

The World's Most Overrated Architecture And Urban Design

Tiny houses, the Seagram Building, urban density—which one of these overhyped designs fires you up the most? What do two of New York's most famous skyscrapers have to do with with vertical gardens, design competitions, and Frank Gehry's uber-reflective L.A. concert hall? Read Full Story

4 Animated GIFs That Reveal The Secret To Great UX Testing

All designers should use these techniques to test their designs. Great designs don't just fall out of a designer's brain. More often than not, they're the result of rigorous testing, using a nebulous mix of scientific and not-so-scientific techniques. Show More Summary

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