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Design Fail? Open Offices Roll Out The Red Carpet For Thieves

Laptops and unassigned desk setups make it easy to work anywhere, anytime. They also make it easy to snag someone else's stuff. Open offices may in fact be a bit too open. Reports of burglaries are up in San Francisco's tech-heavy neighborhoods like SOMA and the Financial District, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Show More Summary

Starbucks' Secrets To Make Every Store Feel Unique

Years ago, every Starbucks felt exactly the same. Now designers ask, can 23,000 Starbucks feel like 23,000 different coffee shops? At Starbucks' global headquarters in Seattle, a designer quietly ushers me down a shadowy hallway, tucked behind a room filled with boxes and photocopiers that it appears no one ever uses. Show More Summary

Military Cave Logistics

[Image: "Humvees are stored inside the Frigaard Cave in central Norway. The cave is one of six caves that are part of the Marine Corps Prepositioning Program-Norway, which supports the equipping of Marine Expeditionary Brigade consisting of 15,000 Marines and with supplies for up to 30 days." U.S. Show More Summary

Book Review: Book Mountain Spijkenisse

Book Mountain Spijkenisse: Biography of a Building by Nicoline Baartman, Winy MaasMVRDV/nai010 Publishers, 2013Hardcover, 260 pagesBook-length case studies of buildings are great for giving more space than a monograph or magazine in explaining the history, design, realization, and in some cases post-occupancy of a particular building. Show More Summary

Ein ehemaliges Konzentrationslager als Theater-Party-Location.

Die seit 19 Jahren an unterschiedlichen off-Orten im In- und Ausland dargebrachte Theaterproduktion „Alma“ von Joshua Sobol hatte am 15. August 2014 in der „Serbenhalle“ in Wiener... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit for content. ]]

Are These Baby-Shaped Pears Creepy Or Adorable?

Chinese company Fruit Mould lets you grow pears shaped like fat, sleeping infants, in case that's your thing. Have you ever been eating a pear and thought it could be improved by being shaped like a fat, sleeping baby? Well, if so, you're...Show More Summary

BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 8/12/14

Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 8/12/14 on the Web. In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators: Productivity rebounded sharpy by 2.5 percent during 2Q 2014 Wholesale...Show More Summary

Watch The Trailer For Björk's Epic New Documentary

The Icelandic artist's trailer for the documentary about her epic 2011 Biophilia tour is full of trippy nature footage galore. Icelandic pop goddess Björk's 2011 tour for her eighth studio album Biophilia was a pyrotechnic, multi-sensory...Show More Summary

The Explosion Cabinet Certainly Lives Up To Its Name

It explodes, but you'll have to make your own BOOOOOMPKEWPKEW sound effects. It looks like any other buffet you'd find on a modern furniture site. And then you push or pull one side, and the Explosion Cabinet, well, explodes to become a big, messy, pixelated behemoth. The piece can stretch from 5 feet to 12 feet across the room. Read Full Story

The Future T.B.D.

[Image: The TBD Catalog from the Near Future Laboratory]. The TBD Catalog soon to be published by the Near Future Laboratory is a fictional catalog of possible products, all described and illustrated like mail-order props in some unrealized...Show More Summary

Engineer 3-D Prints An Adorable Dog Wheelchair For A Two-Legged Puppy

SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE An adorable two-legged Chihuahua puppy in Indianapolis recently got a new set of wheels from a stranger with a 3-D printer. TurboRoo, who was born without his front legs, was too young and small to be fitted for a normal dog cart, so a mechanical engineer designed him a custom-printed set of wheels. Read Full Story

Happy 100th Birthday To Legendary Graphic Designer Paul Rand

In honor of the man who created the iconic logos for IBM, UPS, and ABC, here's a trove of Rand designs, interviews, and tributes. Legendary graphic designer Paul Rand is revered as the creator of logos for corporations like IBM, ABC, UPS, and NeXT, and author of many books including the seminal, recently reissued Thoughts on Design. Show More Summary

That Gorgeous Dress Too Expensive? New Website Lets You Name Your Price

A new website from a couple MIT grads lets customers haggle for high-end, locally made products. Haggling is an age-old tradition at marketplaces around the world, but price negotiations between merchants and buyers haven't quite made their way into the world of e-commerce. Read Full Story

How Close Are You To A Casino?

Passionate about losing money? Read on. The New York Times reported this week that more than half the population of the Northeast is within 25 miles of a casino, up from about 10% a decade ago. Kaching! Read Full Story

Wonder What Google Street View Is Like With Sound? (Spoiler: Awesome)

Sounds of Street View un-mutes the virtual globetrotting program, adding 3-D audio of its environments. Google Street View allows anyone with an Internet connection to take incredible virtual tours of almost anywhere in the world--now even the high Arctic. Show More Summary

Apologies From The Creator Of The Pop-Up Ad

"I'm sorry. Our intentions were good." Ethan Zuckerman, the current director of the MIT Center for Civic Media, recently published a heck of an essay in The Atlantic called "The Internet's Original Sin." In it, he deconstructs the good...Show More Summary

Tom Hanks Releases A Typewriter App For iPad, And It's Insufferably Twee

Hanx Writer doesn't understand what makes typewriters great. Academy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks doesn't want to turn you into a twee hipster doofus using a typewriter in your local Starbucks. He wants to turn you into something even worse: the twee hipster doofus who is using an app to turn your iPad into a typewriter at your local Starbucks. Read Full Story

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