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1. Beautifying Neglected Basketball Courts With Project Backboard Founded in 2014 by Daniel Peterson, Project Backboard refurbishes neglected basketball courts by commissioning artists to make them works of art. Initially in Memphis, the project...
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A Historic Day at the Steve Jobs Theater
“One of the ways that I believe people express their appreciation to the rest of humanity is to make something wonderful and put it out there. You may never meet the people, shake their hands, hear their story or tell yours, but somehow in the act...
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1. PIDO's Mobile Community Garden Designed by Beijing architecture firm People's Industrial Design Office (PIDO), there's a new community farm that goes further—quite literally. PIDO's mobile garden is built atop two bicycles, so the entire community...
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Freehand, Los Angeles
As a combination hotel/hostel concept, the Freehand Los Angeles is democratic by design: anyone with $49 in their pocket can stay at the Sydell Group's freshly opened DTLA digs. But, in the capable hands of Roman and Williams, democracy is also in...
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1. Mobile Architecture's New Radical Homes There's more to mobile housing units than the trailer category. As design writer Rebecca Roke notes in her new book "Mobitecture: Architecture on the Move" (published by Phaidon), everything from floating...
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Ornament is Crime: Modernist Architecture
A new work from Phaidon—written by Albert Hill and Matt Gibberd, founding directors of The Modern House—celebrates and reappraises the value of modernist architecture and its place in global architectural movements. The stunning hardcover pairs text...
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1. Early Reviews of Apple's Just-Announced HomePod At Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference, the tech giant confirmed a long-rumored and highly anticipated product: HomePod, the speaker that promises to marry high-quality audio with an intelligent...
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1. United Arab Emirates Aims to Colonize Mars by 2117 Potentially named City of Wisdom, a fully functioning outpost for 600,000 people on Mars is a new goal for the United Arab Emirates. And the target year happens to be 2117. Appropriately named...
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J Vase
Designed and made in Kennebunk, Maine, SPADONE HOME's "J Vase" draws inspiration from Frank Lloyd Wright’s gorgeous Guggenheim Museum—and, fittingly, is visually appealing from all angles. Crafted from Meganite (similar to marble) the vase is available...
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1. The Most Impressive Fossil Discovered To Date Looking through photographer Robert Clark's photo set for the June 2017 issue of National Geographic, taken at Alberta’s Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, one cannot help but feel they're witnessing...
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Karl Kolbitz's "Entryways of Milan: Ingressi di Milano"
Over the centuries, Milan's style has been defined by its geographical position and illustrious history. The Italian city lies on a plain, equidistant from the sea and the mountains, and its climate is colder than Mediterranean Italy. Of course, French...
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Design + Assemble Your Dream City With Arckit
Since its launch in 2014, Arckit has provided architectural modeling systems for individuals of all skill levels—from children to dreamers and professional urban planners and designers. Their signature snap-together pieces and comprehensive kits allow...
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PIXEL announced as winner of Lexus Design Award under the mentorship of Snarkitecture
Settling in to its fifth year, the Lexus Design Award is a global competition held annually, with an installation, presentation and winner announced at Milan Design Week. Over 1,100 entrants submitted ideas for this year's award, exploring the theme...
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Interview: Ma Yansong, Founder MAD Architects
by Alessandro De Toni When Westerners think about Chinese architecture, we oftentimes have two images in mind: old, grand pagodas settled on the top of a hill or titanic mega-projects breaking global records. Understanding the essence of Chinese...
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