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Why Type Designer Tobias Frere-Jones Follows Trends, Not Rules

In a video, Frere-Jones shares the most important lessons he's learned during his prolific career. Co.Design has partnered with the Brooklyn design studio Hyperakt to bring you Lunch Talks, a video series of conversations with smart, creative people.—Eds Read Full Story

This Transformable Playground Invents New Games For Tiny Spaces In Crowded Cities

If you only have a few feet to play basketball, you need to make up different rules. In overcrowded Seoul, there's little room for parks. If someone wants to book time at one of the few public fields to play baseball or soccer, it can take a couple of months to get a reservation. Show More Summary

Olivetti's Legacy Is More Than Just Typewriters

The Italian company's dedication to design over pure functionalism extended beyond just its products into its brilliant graphics. Designed by Ettore Sottsass, Olivetti's lipstick-red Valentine typewriter was actually not much of a commercial success when it went on sale in 1969. Show More Summary

Redesigning Chicago's Burliest Food Experience: The Steakhouse

Chicago is full of steakhouses that are steeped in tradition. To differentiate a new one, design took center stage. "There are four or five restaurants that do more than $20 million a year in this town," says Chicago restaurateur Kevin Boehm, conspiratorily. Show More Summary

The Deans List

The other day I posted a new page to the menu bar of my blog: The Deans List. As the name should make clear, it is a list of the deans of architecture schools in the United States, a list I was spurred to make upon realizing so many deans were switching jobs in the last few years. Show More Summary

Herman Miller Never Technically Acquired Design Within Reach, Lawsuit Claims

Herman Miller bought DWR in 2014, but a lawsuit has uncovered details that suggest the merger wasn't valid. Two years ago, when the legendary furniture manufacturer Herman Miller bought the once-troubled retailer Design Within Reach, it was largely seen as a triumph in the world of high-end furniture. Show More Summary

Will Gestures Make Smartwatches Truly Useful?

An intriguing concept imagines wearables as the gesture-controlled remote for your life. We all seem to agree: It makes sense that we'll be wearing more of our technology in the future. But no one has cracked exactly how an ideal smartwatch will work, yet. Show More Summary

The Long-Lost Study That Tried To Quantify Creative Personalities

In the 1950s, a group of scientists set out to study creativity. Their subjects? Great midcentury architects, from Kahn to Saarinen. In the 1950s, the world became fascinated by creativity. World War II was over, and scientists wanted to understand subtler things about human psychology, our relationships, and our left brains. Show More Summary

Touching DuSable Park

The most intriguing thing about the winning design in Gensler's in-house ideas competition on what to do with the site of the Chicago Spire – the ill-fated Santiago Calatrava-designed tower in Streeterville – is the way the Gateway Tower, as it's called, touches DuSable Park to the east of Lake Shore Drive. Show More Summary

How People Commute In Your City

Boy do people drive a lot in Silicon Valley. Since 2009, commuting times in the U.S. have been steadily on the rise. New York, D.C. and Chicago all have average commute times of 30 minutes or more. Then there are the "mega-commuters" who travel at least 90 minutes or 50 miles to get to work: in 2013, according to the U.S. Show More Summary

The Perfectly Imperfect Rhyming Logic Of Hamilton

A new visualization shows how Lin-Manuel Miranda's prose was influenced by everyone from Lauren Hill to Gilbert & Sullivan. Hamilton has taken the world by storm. But whether it's the shockingly apropos social statement that grabs you,...Show More Summary

BIG's Pixelated Serpentine Pavilion Is Straight Out Of Minecraft

The 16th annual Serpentine Pavilion is a luminous "unzipped wall" made from stacked fiberglass bricks. Today, Bjarke Ingels Group unveiled the final design for its 2016 Serpentine Pavilion: a curvaceous "unzipped wall" that rises into a spire above the entrance. Show More Summary

Microsoft Uses Machine Learning To Construct The Perfect Sky

It's the most archetypal sky you could imagine—as seen by an artist, coder, 7 billion people, and one smart algorithm. On any given night, 7 billion people might look into the sky and see things from a slightly different perspective. Or as artist Maja Petri? puts it, "we have one sky, but the experiences are infinite." Read Full Story

These Woven Chairs Are Like Flyknit For Butts

Inspired by Nike, one designer created a custom knit textile for furniture that is lighter, stronger, and more breathable. What Nike's Flyknit technology does for your feet, Benjamin Hubert of U.K. design consultancy Layer wants to do for your butt and your back. Show More Summary

The FBI's Quest To Analyze Tattoos With Computer Vision

A debate over self-expression, iconography, and machine learning is roiling rights groups. "The modern man who tattoos himself is either a criminal or a degenerate." Those were the words used by Austrian modernist Adolf Loos to link tattoos to crime in the 1910s. Show More Summary

Can Learning To Code Be As Simple As Lego?

Osmo Coding uses simple building blocks to teach kids motor skills and programming logic at the same time. Coding is notoriously abstract, yet consensus increasingly says we need to be teaching it to our kids as early as possible. So...Show More Summary

1WTC Book Talk

For those in and around New York City, Judith Dupré is giving a talk on her new book One World Trade Center on Wednesday evening at, appropriately enough, the Skyscraper Museum in Battery Park City. Details for this free event (RSVPShow More Summary

Today's archidose #904

Here are a some of Amorphica Design Research Office's photos of their Downtown Public Steps and Open Air Stage in Tijuana, Mexico, a project included in the Mexico Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale. See many more photos...Show More Summary

REX Radically Rethinks The Glass Curtain Wall

The curved glass panels at 2050 M Street offer unobstructed sight lines and even added floor space. Floor-to-ceiling windows are highly desirable in today's real estate market, which is why many new office buildings in D.C. are mostly clad in flat panes of glass. Show More Summary

“The entire city can be considered as one large house”

[Image: “St. Mark's Place, with campanile, Venice, Italy,” via the Library of Congress]. Following a number of recent events for A Burglar’s Guide to the City—discussing, among other things, the often less than clear legal lines between...Show More Summary

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