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Palace of Water and Light

[Image: Unrealized proposal for a "Palace of Water and Light" (1940) designed by Pier Luigi Nervi for the never-held 1942 Universal Exhibition in Rome; view larger. Via Oniropolis. Unrelated but potentially of interest, the "10 Mile Spiral" by Aranda\Lasch].

Unconventional Sports Require Unconventional Spaces and Landscapes

[Image: Pier Two Athletic Center by Maryann Thompson Architects, Brooklyn; via Architizer]. Unconventional sports... A profile of Reebok published the other week on Bloomberg Business—which you needn't read, unless you are really into...Show More Summary

Exodus, or the Voluntary Prisoners of the Smart (Phone).

An hommage to Koolhaas' "Exodus, or the Voluntary Prisoners of Architecture, The Strip". (Link, MoMA) content by anArchitecture [[ This is a content summary only. Visit for content. ]]

Hybrid solitary... semi-social quintet... on cosmic webs...

This afternoon I stopped by Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in Chelsea to take a look at Tomás Saraceno's exhibition Hybrid solitary... semi-social quintet... on cosmic webs...The lettering on the wall hints that the show is in two parts. On the first are clear cubes suspended in a dark room and illuminated by spotlights. Show More Summary

BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 3/27/15

Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 3/ 27 /15 on the Web. In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators: Durable goods orders declined in February as businesses cut back...Show More Summary

Watch A Calligrapher Recreate Famous Logos In Mere Seconds

Calligrapher Sebastian Lester is so good, he can draw the Google logo almost as fast as a computer can, and nearly as accurately. The best logos in the world are so precisely crafted that every aspect — from the color to the shape — has been plotted to the nth degree, typically with digital tools. Show More Summary

Today's archidose #825: Mies

Today is Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's 129th birthday, so below are a selection of photos of his buildings from the archidose Flickr pool, presented in chronological order (links are provided to project pages on the Mies van der Rohe Society's...Show More Summary

Sci-Fi QT, Pregnant FKA Twigs: The Week's 7 Best Music Videos

Plus, what it would look like if Cookie Monster directed a music video. This week's most visually striking music videos were heavy on satire—of Internet culture, product placement, and phone addiction. Rainbow color schemes and kaleidoscoping...Show More Summary

Light Up The Room With Your Dance Moves In These LED Shoes

Light-up sneakers shouldn't just be for kids. Time for a little dancing in the dark? A new shoe design by Tokyo-based studio No New Folk takes light-up soles from mid-'90s kids' wear to hip accessory for the 21st century. Almost 100 LED lights wrap around the sole of the all-white shoes. Show More Summary

A Tea Set That Feels Your Stress

This art project is a peek into a future where our objects feel us. Today, a Jawbone Up or a Nike FuelBand can quantify all sorts of things going on with our bodies, like heart rate and movement, but this information generally manifests as a number or fitness graph. It's about activity. It's about workouts. Read Full Story

10 Delightful Photos Of Famous Artists And Their Cats

These photos reveal the artist's true spirit animal, from Salvador Dalí's ocelot to Georgia O'Keeffe's Siamese. Since the ancient Egyptians dedicated a religious sect to the cat goddess Bastet and made elaborate temples in her honor, artists around the world have paid worshipful homage to the feline form. Show More Summary

Whorled Maps

[Image: "Sights" by Shannon Rankin]. I wrote about the map-based work of artist Shannon Rankin a few years back, featuring elaborately cut, pinned, sliced, and remade bits of global cartography. Rankin is currently participating in a...Show More Summary

Technology and Choreography

Negroponte (1970) pointed to the possibilities of computer-assisted interfaces for artists in the early stages as strategies to engage audiences in a dialogue. Simultaneously, the notion of generative systems in the architectural field has been developed along with the advent... Read More

Latin America in Construction

[All photographs by John Hill – see more in my Flickr set on the exhibition.]Earlier in the week I got a preview of the MoMA exhibition Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980, opening Sunday and running until July 19, 2015. Show More Summary

3 Ways Adidas Plans To Take The Sportswear Industry By Storm

Speed, focus, and maybe some robots. Adidas needs a turnaround. The athletic company's U.S. sales are plummeting. And it's going to take more than poaching Nike design talent and recruiting Kanye West to make that happen. It's going to take a new approach to the business of shoes. Read Full Story

A Pen For People With Parkinson's

A brain tumor convinced Lucy Jung to design for those in need. Her Arc Pen can help patients with Parkinson's Disease write legibly. Lucy Jung never thought much about designing for sick people. Then she was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Show More Summary

The Internet's Most-Read Stories, All In One Chart

What does the Internet think about? This graphic visualizes its most shared articles as the contents of a human mind. What does the Internet think about? More than just cats and Kim Kardashian, according to this interactive visualization. Show More Summary

Facebook's 10-Year Plan To Become The Matrix

Facebook doesn't want to live in your analog world, it wants you to move further into the digital one. In ten years, Facebook would like anyone, anywhere, to be able to strap on a virtual reality headset and share moments with their friends and family across the world. Show More Summary

The Inventor Of These MagSafe Headphones Thinks He Outsmarted Apple

But is he right? The future of his magnetic headphone adapter, Magzet, hinges on the answer. Over the last decade, untold numbers of people have taken a look at the MagSafe cable charging their MacBook and thought to themselves, "Wouldn't...Show More Summary

ISIS Threatens A Piece Of "Star Wars" History

Luke Skywalker's home planet of Tatooine was inspired by the real-life town of Tataouine, now rapidly becoming an ISIS waypoint. ISIS is determined not just to carry out ethnic cleansings in Iraq and Syria, but to wipe entire cultures, history and all, off the map. Show More Summary

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