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Competition / perFORM 2015 Building Design Competition / Hammer & Hand

The perFORM 2015 Building Design Competition challenges emerging architectural professionals to fuse high performance building with high design. WHAT: This year’s competition calls for architectural students and interns to design a net zero energy, mixed-use, multifamily building in the heart of Portland, Oregon. Show More Summary

Competition / Project of the Year 2015 / Architecture of Israel and the European Union

Architects, interior designers, landscape architects, researchers and students are invited to submit works planned or written since 2010. PowerPoint presentations, not exceeding 5mb, should include a short explanatory text describing the project, location, purpose, its uniqueness, date of completion. Show More Summary

Welp, This Exists: A Typeface Made Of Emoji

How has no one done this before? Emoji-based art and design has become so popular that it's difficult to think of anything that hasn't been emojified. We've seen celebrity portraits made from emoji, great works of fiction translated into emoji, even Barack Obama's State Of The Union address was summarized in emoji by The Guardian. Read Full Story

A Lightbulb-Shaped Projector Could Power The Smart Home Of The Future

The creators of Beam, a smart projector that fits into a light socket, are onto something. Beam, a lightbulb-shaped gadget, promises projects your smartphone screen onto any surface you want. Launched on Kickstarter this month, the $350...Show More Summary

Bringing Sherlock Holmes Mysteries To Life, One Doorway At A Time

An exhibit at the Museum of London interprets six Sherlock Holmes stories as interactive exhibits, designed to look like 221B Baker Street. Few addresses call to mind the same imagery as 221B Baker Street in London. Sherlock Holmes's...Show More Summary

A Guide Through The Labyrinth Of Literary Fiction

The latest by Pop Chart Labs allows you to see how books as different as David Copperfield and 50 Shades Of Grey connect. Although Brooklyn-based Pop Chart Labs has been formative in turning trendy infographics into a serious business—and created some of our all-time favorite data visualizations—they've kind of been phoning it in lately. Show More Summary

How Startups Valued At $1 Billion Or More Put Design First

Good design pays billions. Since 2014, The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones VentureSource have been tracking venture-backed private companies valued at $1 billion or more. Now, they've turned their findings into an interactive infographic that visualizes the value of 73 companies in the billion dollar startup club. Show More Summary

How Designers Built The World Of "The Grand Budapest Hotel" By Hand

Anderson's avoidance of CGI and freakish devotion to handmade, old-fashioned production design lends his latest epic its fantastical charm. In his Oscar-nominated 2014 film The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson didn't just tell a story-within-a-story about murder, purple-suited lobby boys, and prison breaks—he created an entire universe. Show More Summary

These Beautiful Photos Show The Last Residents Of A Sinking Island

Half of the Indian island is already underwater. Here are the survivors holding on. In the last few decades, as sea levels rise, at least half of the tiny Indian island of Ghoramara has disappeared underwater. In a few more decades, it may sink completely. Read Full Story

American Mine

[Image: "American Mine (Carlin, Nevada 2, 2007)" by David Maisel]. [Note: The following essay was previously published under the title "Infinite Exchange" in Black Maps by David Maisel (Steidl), as well as in Cabinet Magazine #50]. 1. In a 2011 paper on the medical effects of scurvy, author Jason C. Show More Summary

Shooting Construction

If you like tunnels, tall buildings and other large-scale constructions, head over to ENR to see the winners in their 2014 Annual Readers' Photo Contest (runners up can be found here). Here are a few standouts.[Harry Tracy Water Treatment...Show More Summary

This Site Quantifies Associations Between Words And Colors

Cymbolism lets you vote on the color you most associate with a given word, giving designers data on which colors best convey feelings. What color is the word "music?" How about the colors of words like "spiffy," "cookie," "devil," and...Show More Summary

Deception Has Been A Part Of Architecture Since Long Before Photoshop

Where now architects might use Photoshop, Sir John Soane's elaborate paintings once sold clients on big projects. Renderings do not always tell the truth. Colors and materials change, trees placed into balconies and plazas disappear,...Show More Summary

10 Things To Know About Hollywood's Worst Architect

Richard Landry, purveyor of megamansions to the stars, started out designing theme parks? Richard Landry is the favored architect of the uber rich and famous. Described by Curbed as the "king of the tasteless megamansion," his multi-million...Show More Summary

Tschumi in PA

Next week Bernard Tschumi is giving a lecture in Pittsburgh, rescheduled from earlier this year when Snowmageddon was predicted but failed to materialize. Details are below.[Acropolis Museum, Athens, 2001-2009] SoArch Spring 2015 Lecture...Show More Summary

Pop Art Posters For Best Picture Oscar Nominees Made From Stock Images

Shutterstock designers made gorgeous posters for this year's Best Picture nominees in the styles of eight major Pop artists. Most of the posters for the 87th Annual Academy Awards' Best Picture nominees aren't nearly as original as the films they advertise. (One even falls into the "white people almost kissing" movie poster cliché trap.) Read Full Story

How Better Design Could Help People Avoid Cyberattacks

Don't understand the browser pop-ups that say certain sites aren't secure? Better visual cues can ensure you don't put your data in danger. Most of us who spend vast amounts of time online aren't entirely sure how this big series of tubes called the Internet works. Show More Summary

A Rare Peek Inside The Architecture Of Antarctic Exploration

Conservationists are working to preserve the first human dwellings built during explorations to the South Pole. The race to reach the South Pole, undertaken by European adventurers in the early 1900s, was a long and arduous one. In one...Show More Summary

A Simple Web App That Makes Designing Your Own Font A Cinch

Think you've got what it takes to design the next Helvetica? Prove it with this app. Designing a typeface is an equal mixture of art and science. But what if you take the art out of the equation, and just leave the (computer) science?...Show More Summary

The Oscars' Race Problem, Visualized

In the wake of outrage over the lack of diversity among 2015 Oscar nominees, an animation visualizes minority winners throughout history. On Wednesday, Latino congressman Tony Cárdenas wrote an open letter to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences expressing outrage over the lack of diversity among this year's Oscar nominations. Show More Summary

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