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A Heat Map Of New York City's Hidden Slums

An infographic by SITU Studios maps where illegally subdivided apartments house New York City's hidden density. It's no secret that New York is an expensive place to live. Luxury condos proliferate, but affordable housing does not. More...Show More Summary

Scientists Think Synaesthesia Is Something You Can Learn

Subjects taught to see 13 letters in specific colors. A recent experiment by conducted by the University of Sussex suggests it may be possible to learn to experience synesthesia, a rare condition that mixes up brain signals and leads people to hear colors or taste words. Show More Summary

A Compass That Can Draw Digital Files

The invention can also "copy and paste" from real life. Ken Nakagaki's Comppass takes brings an age old design tool into the modern era. "The initial idea came from simple curiosity – how would it feel to draw a square with a compass?" Nakagaki told Dezeen. Read Full Story

These Dishes Are Covered In Flies, And They're Beautiful

Farm chic, forever. Rarely do flies and cattle provide inspiration for beautiful kitchen ware. "Graze," a new line of dishware from Norwegian design studio Ment, manages to pull off the idea of discovering a large fly in your coffee with grace. Read Full Story

How Decrepit Piers Inspired Thomas Heatherwick's Vision For A Floating Park

British designer Thomas Heatherwick discusses his vision for Pier55, a sort of aquatic High Line on the Hudson River in New York. Last week, the Hudson River Park Trust announced a plan to build an elevated pier park and performance space on the Hudson River in New York. It's more floating park than pier. Read Full Story

This App Is Like A Mind-Reading Robot That Helps You Avoid Conflict

Design firm Altitude created a conceptual app that uses emotion-detecting software to help keep users calm and collected. Many smartphone apps distract us from our feelings—it's hard to get in touch with crushing sadness while crushing candy. Show More Summary

The Case Against Paying Designers By The Hour

Creativity doesn't start when you punch a clock. Here's a better way to charge for design work. Someone, somewhere, at some time decided that the value of design directly correlates to the time spent solving a client's problem. Today, most design firms use an hourly rate to determine creative services. Show More Summary

2014 Holiday Gift Books, 1 of 4

This year I'm presenting a selection of 40 holiday gift books from the same number of publishers, presented alphabetically in chunks of 10. The book covers provide more information and links to Amazon, while the book titles are linked to the publishers' websites. Show More Summary

Competition / NYC Sky Condo - New York Farm Tower / AWR - Architecture Workshop in Rome

The High Line didn’t appear out of thin air, but thin air played a role in its development. For decades, the High Line had been seen as an ugly obstacle to neighborhood redevelopment. Comprehensive rezoning of the area and provisions to allow the transfer of development rights turned the structure into an asset. Show More Summary

Competition / 2014 CHICAGO PRIZE: The Barack Obama Presidential Library Design Competition / Chicago Architectural Club

The Chicago Architectural Club (CAC) announces the 2014 Chicago Prize Competition on The Barack Obama Presidential Library. In partnership with the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) a call for entries for the Chicago Prize Competition is taking place as of November 15th, 2015 with the announcement of the winning entries on February 3rd, 2015. Show More Summary

Competition / [DAKAR] Temporary Cinema / [AC-CA]

INTRODUCTION Dakar is the capital and largest city in Senegal. It is located on the Cap-Vert Peninsula on the Atlantic coast and is the western most city on the African mainland. Cinematography is the art or science of motion picture photography. Show More Summary

Competition / 2015 Tile of Spain: Passport to Creativity / Tile of Spain

Tile of Spain is currently seeking architects and interior designers to participate in a free, CEU architectural excursion from February 7-14, 2015. Winners will earn 4 CEU credits for participating. We will explore architectural sites and Spanish culture. Show More Summary

Competition / Top Knobs Challenge / Top Knobs

Top Knobs challenges you to create the next innovative hardware design. Make a hand or digital drawing of your original idea for a kitchen cabinet knob, pull, etc. and upload it along with a short description below. The winning prize is $1,000. Show More Summary

Competition / Detroit Station for the Arts / ARCHmedium

SUMMARY Detroit is the largest city in the state of Michigan and was one of the most powerful industrial centres in the country. Hosting Ford, Chrysler and General Motors headquarters, the city had a huge metropolitan area which attracted workers who stablished there on the rise of industrialization. Show More Summary

Competition / 24H COMPETITION 3rd edition / Ideas Forward

AIM OF THE COMPETITION - 24H A space where the time limit is used to stimulate your creativity. Commitment, perseverance, inspiration and hard work are the necessary bases to develop a proposal that meets the premises that will be released regularly in the brief of the competition. Show More Summary

Competition / Cycling Heaven - Sky Velodrome, Toronto City / Superskyscrapers

This international competition challenges participants to design a new Sky Velodrome in Toronto City, Canada. The competition is seeking to explore and investigate the possibility of an inspirational design or concept for a high quality high-sited Velodrome on the top a Skyscraper, with great view over the city of Toronto. Show More Summary

Competition / Off the wall - Design contest for a new furnishing metal bookshelf / Mabele

Mabele, brand of the Italian MA-BO, is looking for original solutions for metal bookshelves that might be hung on the walls just like pictures. The proposals should be able to adorn an empty wall characterising the surrounding environment in a different way with respect to the classical aesthetic canons. Show More Summary

Competition / TRENDS Excellence Awards in Architecture & Design 2014 / Home & Design TRENDS magazine (India)

TRENDS Excellence Awards in Architecture & Design 2014 is brought to you by Home & Design TRENDS magazine (India). Categories are spread over architecture, interior design, product design and visual design. Open to all architects, interior...Show More Summary

Competition / Silver Wave / Greggio Argenti

Silver wave Greggio, benchmark company in the silver world, is now looking for new applications for its technology and know-hows based on the production and working of pure silver foils available in several thicknesses to meet the various market requirements. Show More Summary

Competition / Dichotomy 21 Call for Entries / UDM SOA Dichotomy

The University Of Detroit Mercy School Of Architecture is conducting a call for entries for the 21st edition of Dichotomy. The theme of Dichotomy 21 is Odds. ODDS evokes many dichotomous conditions that defy the status quo and aim for greater fortune. Show More Summary

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