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Here is a random sampling of some panoramic photos recently added to the archidose pool.Maison des Associations - Fécamp by G2 architectes, photographed by David Cousin-Marsy:Computer model of a Mies van der Rohe-designed golf clubhouse,...Show More Summary

Bjarke Ingels On The Future Of Architecture

"With great power comes great responsibility—to quote Spider-Man." The puckish Danish architect Bjarke Ingels has built his career on defying convention and distancing himself from his peers. When he was asked once about trends in his field, he replied, "We tend to study the works of our dead ancestors rather than our contemporaries." Read Full Story

The First Decent Home Automation System Is A DVR Built From Virtual Lego

Home automation equipment is the new digital junk drawer. But Argodesign may be cracking the code. Most companies approach home automation equipment the same way. You download their app. So your smartlock is one app. And your smart light bulb is another app. Show More Summary

My Saucy Fake Girlfriend Was Really A Bunch Of Dudes Working For Amazon

Invisible Boyfriend will give you pay-for-text companionship. But who are these virtual escorts, really? I'd never imagined that eating oatmeal could be sexy before that moment, before Areal—the gorgeous, billionaire, globetrotting lion-tamer/taxidermist...Show More Summary

Apple's Worst Design Ever

No. Seriously. It doesn't get worse than this. Although it's often hailed as being on the vanguard of design, Apple has been responsible for more than one design crime in its day. But let me tell you something: With the user-interface designed for OS 9's DVD player, Apple reached its design nadir back in 1999. Show More Summary

GE Turns Its Stoves Into Sous Vide Machines

A simple wireless dongle transforms GE's top line stove into a sous vide machine. Sous vide is the hottest old technology in the culinary world, in which a water bath cooks meats and other foods at low very low temperatures over long periods of time. Show More Summary

See The Premiere Of Max Elto's Haunting New Interactive Video

The Swedish vocal duo linked up with Kanye West collaborator Nathaniel West to make a beautiful and moody interactive short film. Swedish vocal duo Max Elto, made up of Alexander Ryberg and Tom Liljegren, have just released a moody interactive...Show More Summary

This Skyscraper Looks Like God Reached Down And Twisted It Into A Twizzler

Designed by MVRDV, the Hochhaus Tower gets around Austrian zoning regulations by cinching its waist and twisting. In Vienna, Austria, zoning regulations prevent the construction of any building that will throw its neighbors into shadow for more than two hours a day. Show More Summary

Restorationists Irreparably Damage King Tut's Mask

Really, guys? In what may be the worst (or second worst) restoration fumble of all time, conservators at Cairo's Egyptian Museum admitted to the press that sometime last year King Tut's famous, 3,000-year-old mask was irreversibly damaged, in the process of removing and reattaching his beard. Show More Summary

Portraits Of Jerry Seinfeld, Miley Cyrus, And Lil B Made From Emoji

Emoji game Yung Jake. A few weeks ago we wrote about a new online app,, that lets you draw with any combination of the 722 emoji available on iOS. As we predicted, it didn't take long for Internet art kids to get a hold of the tool and have some fun. Show More Summary

BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 1/22/15

Greetings from IBS 2015!Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 1/22/15 on the Web. In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators: Builder confidence dips one point to 57Show More Summary

The Wildest Design Yet For Google's Project Ara Phone

Russian design firm Lapka tells us that everyone behind Project Ara may be missing the point. Google's Project Ara is one of the company's most ambitious projects. It's a modular phone, in which users could snap in new cameras, batteries, or processors as quickly as snapping together Lego. Read Full Story

The Faces Of Famous Hand Models, Revealed!

You've probably seen these people's beautiful, money-making hands before. In this photo series, they reveal their faces. You've probably seen their hands before: showing off nail polish, pouring cereal, scrubbing floors, or jabbing at iPhones in advertisements. Show More Summary

Why You're Flaky And Late, In Charts

Blame it on the bus schedule. If your most frequently sent text message is "running 5 mins late sorry!!!," these charts, by Isla Bell Murray and Jessica Saia for The Bold Italic, might resonate. If you're one of those annoyingly punctual...Show More Summary

HoloLens: Microsoft's Sci-fi Glasses That Make You See Holograms

Are you convinced to wear some silly glasses yet? Back in 2012, an alleged leak detailed Microsoft's plan for glasses that placed interactive holograms in the world around you. Today, at a Windows 10 presentation, Microsoft showed off the real project behind those sketches. It's called HoloLens. And it's a pretty wild idea. Read Full Story

Sorkin Builds

[All photographs courtesy of Michael Sorkin Studio]If I had a nickel for every time I've read somebody comment in response to one of Michael Sorkin's opinion pieces something like, "What does he know? He hasn't built anything," I'd probably have, well, a dollar and some change. Show More Summary

What's Next For Architecture For Humanity?

Where the architecture nonprofit went wrong, and where volunteers hope to take it now Last week, news broke that Architecture for Humanity, the design nonprofit founded in 1999 by Cameron Sinclair and Kate Stohr to bring better architecture to those in need, had shuttered its San Francisco headquarters, and would be filing for bankruptcy. Read Full Story

Wallow In '90s Nostalgia, And Question All Your Life Choices, With VH1's Buzzy New Show, "Hindsight"

Series creator Emily Fox talks to Co.Create about sending a character back in time to see what choices she makes the second time around. Back in 1995, Emily Fox was a young creative type living in Manhattan with her best friend, working at a series of what she describes as "inconsequential assistant jobs" and comparison-shopping for spaghetti. Show More Summary

Gucci To Announce Next Creative Director

Reports suggest Gucci will promote its accessories designer Alessandro Michele to creative director, filling Frida Giannini's shoes. Following a major shakeup at Gucci in December, the luxury brand is expected to name accessories designer Alessandro Michele as new creative head as early as this week, Bloomberg reports. Show More Summary

Target Launches New Plus-Size Clothing Line

Target is launching its first clothing line in seven years, called Ava & Viv, aimed at the lucrative plus-size market. In February, cheap-chic retailer Target will launch Ava & Viv, its first new clothing line since 2008. Ava & Viv will be designed for the growing $17.5 billion plus-size market. Show More Summary

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