Design

Preparing for the Inevitable: Digitally Preserving San Francisco's Oldest Building

Mission Dolores may not survive the next Big One, but a laser-assisted rendering project could help rebuild it.

Stockton Ports

Goofy Sports Logo of the Day: Stevedore Steve and the 5 O'Clock Dock

Savoring the small intersection between minor league baseball and vegetables.

Ian Springford Architects

A Hotel Room That Comes to You

An idea for a website that uses social media to bring portable, comfy hotel rooms to itinerant travelers the world over.

Mark Bergen

Can India's 'City of Architects' Green the Building Industry?

The country's national construction is on pace to heighten emissions by nearly 400 percent in less than 40 years. But these designers are trying to change that.

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Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid Designs an Alien Mothership for Tokyo

The famed architect's vision for Tokyo's New National Stadium is gorgeous and a little intimidating.

Reuters

A Polygamous Town Built Into a Mountain

A small community of fundamentalist Mormons literally carved homes into the side of a massive sandstone rock in Utah.

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This Net-Zero Cottage Takes Tiny Houses to a Whole New Level

With its shiny recycled-metal rain screen and jauntily angled rooftop solar array, the 712-square-foot cottage is charming and sustainable.

Philly Painting

Can a Paint Job Change a Neighborhood's Future?

Philly Painting mobilizes the community to bring a new look to a blighted neighborhood.

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Residential Mobility Changes the Way You Make Friends

A new study finds that moving a lot leads to loneliness — but also leads us to expand our social networks.

Reuters

The Secret to Buffalo's Farm-to-Table Culture

An interview with Christa Glennie Seychew, who's helped reinvigorate the city's local food movement.

Videos

Watch This Crazy, Creepy Sci-Fi Video Made in an Abandoned House

Artist Jeff Frost paints massive geometric shapes on walls so that they function as optical illusions, blurring the line between 2D and 3D.

Courtesy of PBS NewsHour

California Photographer Shoots in Google Street View

Doug Rickard scours Google's maps to find instances of the ordinary buried inside.

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What Does the College Classroom of the Future Look Like?

A design firm favors tossing out lectures and bringing collaboration to class.

Henry Grabar

App of the Day: A Global Map of Old Signs

Check out the unusual typography all around you.

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Courtesy of Food: An Atlas

Check Out This Food Atlas Created by 'Guerrilla Cartographers'

The book looks at everything from farmers' markets to where CSA produce comes from.

Danielle van Lunteren

High-Fashion Bags Inspired by Third World Filth

Danielle van Lunteren's "Infected" bags spread pestilence into the ultra-clean cities of the Netherlands.

Armelle Caron

Can You Tell a City By Its Blocks?

What if blocks could be extracted, stripped of all but their essential form, and lined up for inspection? Would we know a place by the sum of its parts?

Reuters

The Geography of Dog Ownership

And what that tells us about international development.

Reuters

Watching People Watch the Eclipse

A rare total eclipse momentarily darkens skies over Australia.