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Rebel Architecture - Guerrilla Architect

The first installment in Al Jazeera's six-part "Rebel Architecture" series is on Spanish "self-build legend" Santiago Cirugeda:

Emergency Exit

[Image: The SkySaver backpack in action via Kit Up!]. The SkySaver is a kind of emergency exit in a bag: a controlled-descent backpack loaded with hundreds of feet of fire-resistant cable. Just hook the line onto some fixed point inShow More Summary

What Happens When Inmates Design Their Own Prisons?

A restorative justice workshop in San Francisco allowed inmates to reimagine the design of their physical environment. Inmates in San Francisco's County Jail No. 5 recently got the chance to contribute their own suggestions for how the physical spaces of incarceration should be designed. Show More Summary

How You Get Hooked On Coffee

And how to break the habit About a decade ago, a pair of researchers taught a computer to make a cup of coffee. Over a series of lessons, the machine learned to execute specific coffee-related actions in response to certain coffee-related cues. Show More Summary

14 Vintage Pictures Of A-Frame Houses, Turned Into Postcards

These vintage illustrations make us nostalgic for the triangular house trend of postwar America. A-frame houses had their big moment in postwar America. The triangular structures were easy and inexpensive to build and maintain, and after...Show More Summary

The Changing Face Of Satan, From 1500 To Today

Over the centuries, artists have come to portray Satan as less bestial demon, more human. How did the devil's image evolve? Whether you call him Satan, Lucifer, or Mephistopholes, he's a beast with even more faces than he has names.Show More Summary

Deadly Design Flaw Is Causing Solar Plant To Burn Up Birds

Super-concentrated sunbeams are proving problematic at BrightSource's new $2.2 billion power plant. The $2.2 billion BrightSource Energy Plant, in the Mojave Desert, opened in February with good intentions: to harvest clean, sustainable solar power, by using 300 mirrors to reflect sunbeams onto a steam-producing water boiler. Show More Summary

Steve Madden Buys Fashion Footwear Brand Dolce Vita For $60 Million

Founders of the wallet-friendly shoemaker will retain control of product design Dolce Vita, the brand beloved for its reasonably priced, fashion-friendly footwear, announced last week that it has sold itself to Steve Madden for $60.3 million in cash. Show More Summary

Today's archidose #776

Here are some photos of Farmville, under consruction in Paredes, Portugal, by AND-RÉ, photographed by José Carlos Melo Dias.To contribute your Flickr images for consideration, just::: Join and add photos to the archidose pool, and/or:: Tag your photos archidose

Louise Fili Notecards Will Make A Late "Thank You" Seem Terribly Elegant

The renowned graphic designer takes inspiration from vintage pastry packaging in this series of notecards. Whether or not you know it, you've probably seen the work of Italian graphic designer Louise Fili: on packaging for Williams-Sonoma and Sarabeth's jams, in a mark for Tiffany & Co., and on thousands of book covers. Show More Summary

Infographic: What Do Architects Actually Do?

Few architects actually design buildings. So what do they do all day? When most people think of an architect, they think of someone who designs buildings. But in reality, building design is only one subset of the profession. In mostShow More Summary

Did Nature Make Plants The Wrong Color?

We all know black absorbs more wavelengths than green. So why did nature go another direction? In the 3.4 billion year history of photosynthesis, you'd think that nature would have found the most optimal formula for powering our plants. Show More Summary

The Insanely Lucrative Uniforms Of Soccer

You're looking at hundreds of millions of dollars in sweat-soaked logos. As the Premier League's gets ready to kick off another season of soccer--Americans might understand it as the NFL of England--ESPN is exploring the economics of the uniforms (called kits) in its interactive, self-ascribed "parallax-athon," More Than A Shirt. Read Full Story

Turn Your World Into A Secret Message With This iPhone App

In Knit, you can pin virtual notes to real-world locations for your friends and loved ones. Knit is a new iOS app designed by Treble Apps that aims to make your iPhone a decoder for a world of secret messages, pinned to real-world locations by your friends and loved ones. Read Full Story

What do Burger King® and Statistics Canada have in Common?

What does the fast-food restaurant chain, Burger King®, have in common with Ottawa’s data collection agency, Statistics Canada?

The Fall

[Image: David Maisel, from ToledoContemporánea]. At the end of 2013, photographer David Maisel was commissioned to photograph the city of Toledo, Spain, as part of a group exhibition called ToledoContemporánea, timed for a wider celebration...Show More Summary

Survey Says

[Image: Screen-grab from The New York Times]. Peruvian archaeologist Luis Jaime Castillo Butters "has created a drone air force to map, monitor and safeguard his country’s ancient treasures," according to the New York Times. Researchers...Show More Summary

The Arcade Racer Is Dead. Can This Game Bring It Back To Life?

Drift Stage combines the best parts of games like Out Run and Ridge Racer into a retro homage. For anyone who grew up loving racing games, it only takes one glance at the forthcoming Drift Stage to understand its appeal. Read Full S...

Watch How The Twitter Conversation Of #Ferguson Spread Across America

It almost looks like a nuclear war played out on the Internet. Since unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown was brutally gunned down by an unnamed police officer in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9th, #ferguson has become a Twitter hashtagShow More Summary

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

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