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Mortgage applications dip 1.6 percent in latest report as rates remain unchanged

The Market Composite Index decreased 1.6 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier. The average interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages remained unchanged at 3.82 percent. READ MORE www.metrointel.com

It's Time To Put Buildings On A Diet

"It's like buying the stuff around the perimeter of a grocery store—the bakery, the produce, the fish—and avoiding Cap'n Crunch." Fast food is delicious, easy to come by, cheap, and filling. It's also deadly. You could apply a similar analogy to building materials. Show More Summary

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Here are a couple photos of Bosco Verticale (2014) in Milan, Italy, by Stefano Boeri Architetti. (Photographs: Burçin YILDIRIM) To contribute your Flickr images for consideration, just::: Join and add photos to the archidose poolTo contribute your Instagram images for consideration, just::: Tag your photos #archidose

Lessons From Running A Design Studio (Way) Outside Of A Major City

The design studio Yield moved from SF to St. Augustine, Florida three years ago. Here's how being away from the city helped them grow. Andrew Deming and Rachel Gant are the designers behind Yield, a product and furniture design studio they founded in 2012 in San Francisco. Show More Summary

In This Sci-Fi Short, Our User Interfaces Rule Our Lives

Filmmaker Keiichi Matsuda imagines a future that is half reality, half high-stakes video game. Jet-packs and flying cars once dominated our shared vision of the future, but these days the predictions take a more familiar tone. Virtual...Show More Summary

The 9 Best Ideas For Tiny Spaces From New York Design Week

At NYCxDesign, we saw tons of designers who were solving the problem of living comfortably and efficiently in tiny spaces. Here are our favorites. New York's annual design festival, NYCxDesign, brings together architects, designers, and makers from around the world to showcase their latest designs. Show More Summary

Your Facebook News Feed Really Is An Echo Chamber

Facebook feeds you political news based on the political affiliation on your profile. This graphic shows you what you're missing. The discussion about Facebook's manipulation of the media reached a boiling point in recent weeks amid claims that it suppressed content from conservative sites. Read Full Story

Tiny Apartment? Check Out These Loft Beds For Adults

The college dorm staple is being reinvented by a custom furniture designer. Designer Roberto Gil has been making custom furniture with a small team of woodworkers in his studio in Red Hook, Brooklyn, for over two decades. Though hisShow More Summary

Housing starts rebounded sharply in April but still down 1.7 percent year-on-year

Housing starts in April rebounded to an annual rate of 1,172,000. This is 6.6 percent above the revised March estimate of 1,099,000, but is 1.7 percent below the April 2015 rate of 1,192,000.READ MORE www.metrointel.com

Building permits rose 3.6 percent in April but still down 5.3 percent year-on-year

Building permits in April rose to an annual rate of 1,116,000. This is 3.6 percent above the revised March rate of 1,077,000, but is 5.3 percent below the April 2015. READ MORE www.metrointel.com

CPI rose in April at the highest pace in over three years, mostly due to higher gas prices

The Consumer Price Index increased 0.4 percent in April, while the index for all items less food and energy rose 0.2 percent. Over the last 12 months, the all items index rose 1.1 percent. READ MORE www.metrointel.com

Empire State Manufacturing Index declines sharply in May

The May 2016 Empire State Manufacturing Survey indicates that business activity declined for New York manufacturers. The headline general business conditions index turned negative, falling nineteen points to -9.0. READ MORE www.metrointel.com

How Google Designed Virtual Reality For The Rest Of Us

Google's head of VR explains how his team is designing Daydream, a virtual reality rig for everyday people. Virtual reality is broken. Oh, the feeling of VR can be amazing. But no normal human being can be expected to rearrange their furniture, and connect themselves to a surround-sound-system's worth of wires, just for the privilege of painting in midair. Read Full Story

How Photography Can Transform Social Justice In America

Harvard professor Sarah Lewis talks to Co.Design about the transformative power images have for social justice. When protests erupted in Baltimore over Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old man who died as a result of injuries sustained in police...Show More Summary

Here's A $5K Bar Cart That'll Let You Booze At Work In Stealth

Forget ping-pong tables. Buy USM's limited-edition modular bar cart instead. The Swiss furniture company USM has worked with hot-shot mixologists from around NYC to create the ultimate bar carts. Read Full Story

Bringing Wheelchair Design Into The Digital Age

The Go is cleverly designed to help reduce the common injuries for wheelchair users—and look cool, too. Human bodies come in all shapes and sizes, especially where disability is involved. But for the most part, wheelchairs are a one-size-fits-all affair. Show More Summary

How The Shape Of Your City Determines The Weather

New research shows how our streets and buildings influence storms, wind, and temperature. So could we "design" the weather? Humans have changed the planet so permanently and dramatically, scientists had to coin a special geological name—the anthropocene—just to describe it. Show More Summary

Competition / International Tropical Architecture Design Competition 2016 / BCA, SIA and SGBC

Launched in 2011, the ITAD Competition aims to reach out to students – the leaders of tomorrow, in sustainable developments and raise awareness in the areas of sustainability and mitigating climate change. The ITAD Competition encourages...Show More Summary

Competition / The Invisible Skyline / PINarchitecture

The Invisible Skyline /// Skylines are symbols for the cities above which they hover. Yet, the majority of buildings in cities lie well below the pinnacles of skyscrapers. Are skylines appropriate billboards for cities when most of population...Show More Summary

Competition / Best Home Competition / 1 Habitat 1

The Best Home Competition takes place once a year in cities around the world. It is a two stage Ideas and design-built competition with the aim of identifying innovative proposals for new free standing Residential houses that will be...Show More Summary

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