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Can A Video Game Teach Designers To Build Better Cities?

You can't win Block'hood—but you can learn from it. Minecraft, Microsoft's explosively popular Lego-like world building game, has already inspired a whole generation of kids to become architects. Block'hood is a game that aims to do the same thing for a new generation of urban planners. Read Full Story

Google Is Enlisting Artists To Paint Its Massive Data Centers

The company is asking artists all over the world to make the buildings that store our data more colorful and less ominous. Our letters, our schedules, our photos, and our memories: all the most intimate details of our lives are increasingly stored in the cloud. Show More Summary

A Designer's Guide To Google I/O

This week is Google's annual developer conference. Here's why you should care. Every year thousands of developers pay thousands of dollars to attend Google's I/O conference. Read Full Story

The Voids Beneath

[Image: Drone footage of a Cornwall garden sinkhole, via the BBC]. [Don’t forget to update your bookmarks to bldgblog.com]. One of the peculiar pleasures of reading Subterranea, a magazine published by Subterranea Britannica, is catching...Show More Summary

Machine Quarantines and “Persistent Drones”

[Image: An otherwise unrelated photo of a “Scout” UAV, via Wikipedia]. [Don’t forget to update your bookmarks to bldgblog.com]. There’s an interesting short piece by Jacob Hambling in a recent issue of New Scientist about the use of “persistent drones” to “hold territory in war zones,” effectively sealing those regions off from incursion. Show More Summary

The Clever UX Behind Hopscotch's Programming iPhone App For Kids

The company is continuing its mission of making code accessible with the first programming language designed specifically for the phone. In 2011, Jocelyn Leavitt, a former teacher, paired up with software engineer Samantha John to launch Hopscotch, a build-your-own-games iPad app that teaches kids how to code. Show More Summary

Mortgage applications edge up 0.4 percent in latest survey as rates dip again

The Market Composite Index increased 0.4 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier. The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages decreased to its lowest level since April 2016, 3.82 percent. READ MORE www.metrointel.com

Initial unemployment claims rise 20,000 in latest report to highest level since late February 2015

In the week ending May 7, initial claims were 294,000, an increase of 20,000 from the previous week’s unrevised level of 274,000. The 4-week moving average was 268,250, an increase of 10,250 from the previous week’s unrevised average of 258,000. READ MORE www.metrointel.com

An Indoor Forest Of 10,000 Tree Species From All Over The World

This "microcosmos of all the world's trees" has everything from ginko to an extinct species thought to be 390 million years old. At the University of Bristol's historic Royal Fort Garden, several blocks of Douglas fir wood in varying heights make up the facade of a new installation commissioned by the nearby life sciences department. Show More Summary

Levi's Made The First Ever 100%-Recycled Cotton Jeans

It uses a new technique that dissolves fabric and then re-spins the thread, making it even stronger than before. This newest pair of Levi's started as five old T-shirts. Using a new fabric-recycling technology, Seattle-based startup Evrnu worked with Levi's to dissolve the used clothing into a new, high-quality thread. Show More Summary

The Brutal Beauty Of The Earliest Super Computers

These early machines from Alan Turing, IBM, and more prove that even the earliest computers were still plenty sexy. To hear some people talk, computers were never even remotely sexy until Apple released the first Mac. That's a lie. Computers...Show More Summary

No 3-D Printer? Try This Compact Machine, Powered By Your Own Vacuum

Formbox brings a largely industrial process of making down to a personal scale—with a little help from your vacuum cleaner. Vacuum forming is an industrial process typically used in large factories, whereby plastic sheets are melted and then sealed against molds to create common objects. Show More Summary

10 Stunning Modernist Homes That Melt Into The Landscape

The only things more incredible than these beautifully-designed houses are their epic surroundings. Architectural photographer James Silverman has traveled all over the world to capture the most stunning examples of modern homes. InShow More Summary

8 Incredible Prototypes That Show The Future Of Human-Computer Interaction

Holographic smartphones and exoskeleton gloves for feeling in VR? Just a few of the breakthroughs presented this year at CHI 2016. Every year, the Association for Computing Machinery—the world's largest scientific and educational computing society—gathers to explore the future of computer interaction in a legendary conference called CHI. Show More Summary

Design In The Age Of The App Icon

The icon is an unlikely focal point for the new science of human computer interaction. Last night, I swiped my iPhone awake during a commercial. I had no particular destination in mind; it was an absent-minded liminal shift between two of the many screens that constantly, quietly invite me to interact. Show More Summary

Consumer confidence posted slight decline in April

Consumer confidence from The Conference Board continued on its sideways path, posting a slight decline in April, following a modest gain in March. However, their expectations regarding the short-term have moderated, suggesting they do not foresee any pickup in momentum.READ MORE www.metrointel.com

Wholesale inventories edged up in March while sales posted largest increase since last April

U.S. wholesale inventories edged up 0.1 percent in March as sales recorded their largest increase in nearly a year, rising 0.7 percent.READ MORE www.metrointel.com

Job openings rose in March to highest level in eight months while layoffs declined

U.S. job openings increased in March to the highest level in eight months and layoffs continued to decline, indicating the labor market remains fairly robust despite April’s slowdown in employment gains.READ MORE www.metrointel.com

Consumer credit use surged by 10 percent in March

Household borrowing surged in March at the fastest pace since November 2001 as financing for automobiles picked up and Americans' outstanding credit-card debt soared.READ MORE www.metrointel.com

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