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The racy side of Jane Austen

To mark the bicentenary of the British author’s death, the British Library has brought together the three notebooks that survive from her early years. Fiona Macdonald takes a peek.<p>“Jane Austen’s earliest writings appear to have little in common with the restrained and realistic society portrayed in …

A nude-white house in Mexico filled with natural light and golden hue to create your dream house

<b>Alberto Campo Baeza and Gilberto L. Rodrigues have completed a nude, white private residence by playing with a few colours to create your dream house</b> …

Mexico

The best free software for writers

Writing is a terrible job, and if you’re considering it a viable career path, you’re making a huge mistake. Just kidding. Writing is the best! Unlike …

Jane Jacobs was right: New ideas need old buildings

Saving old buildings is unfashionable these days; economists and writers think that we are all “nostalgists and NIMBYs” who are preventing the …

Urban Design

Tadao Ando, and the problem of architecture that's too good

Russell Smith asks: Who gets to choose our public art, the experts or the uneducated who have to live in it?<p>A building in central Manchester, England, is about to be torn down. It is a public pavilion in a public square. It was built with much celebration by the famous Japanese architect Tadao …

A Virtual Look Into Mies van der Rohe's Core House

Architecture depends on its time. It is the crystallization of its inner structure, the slow unfolding of its form. – Ludwig Mies van der Rohe<p>In …

Getting more from the grid

As a student of design, I didn’t have much time for grid theory. I perceived grids as being restrictive and counter to the aspirations of an emerging …

26 Very Long Books Worth the Time They’ll Take to Read

Binge-watching is easy; just drag the laptop into bed and go. But savoring a book of, say, 800 pages or longer is a <i>project</i>. No book that size is …

15 Ways to Decorate With Blue and White

We've got everything you need to know when using this classic combo in your own home.<p>The combination of true blue with bright white is still a timeless home decor palette. Take a little design inspiration from these 15 beautiful rooms, all of which wear the colors well.

Deployable Smocked Porch / Substance Architecture

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> This small, hand-made space was conceived as a Deployable Smocked Porch. Deployable because it is small …

Sou Fujimoto, Kengo Kuma and more propose future houses in House Vision exhibition

Japanese architects including Sou Fujimoto, Atelier Bow-Wow, Kengo Kuma and Shigeru Ban have all designed houses of the future for a Tokyo exhibition …

Architecture

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Drone Photography Reveals How Apartheid Shaped South African Cities

Cape Town-based photographer Johnny Miller captures the divisive architecture left over from apartheid.<p>In places of racial, economic, or civic inequality, architecture can play a central role in furthering that divide. In South Africa, for example, where the institutionalization of apartheid …

Stackable neighborhoods could be the way of the future for cities

In 2015, Czech libertarian politician Vit Jedlicka called the Free Republic of Liberland into existence. And now a New York architecture firm has …

8 Creative Ways Cities Are Combating Rising Temperatures

It is, undeniably, getting hotter: In India, temperatures recently reached 123.8 degrees and more than 2,400 people died of heat-related illnesses …

What Architects Make When They Play With Lego

Architects from BIG, HWKN, SHoP, and more put their Lego skills to the test. Here’s what they built.<p>Many kids who grow up to be architects get their start with Lego, but how do architects play with Lego when they’re not kids any more? To find out, the Lego Store in New York’s Flatiron District, in …

6 Examples of High-End Flat-Pack Furniture Designs

The concept of flat-pack is often derided, especially in design aficionado circles. Viewed as cheap and short-term, flat-pack evokes memories of …

14 Paint Colors That Make Your Small Space Feel Bigger

These expert-approved hues may be the secret to opening up a minuscule or cramped-feeling room.<p>The right paint color can accomplish a lot — it can flatter everyone in the room, help bring good energy to a space, and even keep you from getting sick. And luckily for small space dwellers, a …

Oddly Shaped Brick Could Revolutionize Sustainable Building

A design studio in Colombia is tackling one of architecture’s growing energy challenges by using an unexpected traditional building material: …

Architecture

Infographics for non-designers: the complete guide

Even if you're not a graphic designer, you can quickly and easily create attractive marketing infographics for your website and social media …

Obsessive Attention to Detail, Transforming Furniture and More in This Week's Maker's Roundup

Rolling, nesting whiteboards; shop organization; laser cutting veneers, and tips and tricks for your weekend projects<p>Transforming Furniture<p>The always …

Architecture Students Design Sustainable Low-Income Homes That Can Be Built for $20K

The architecture students at Auburn University's Rural Studio prove that well-designed homes can still be affordable, thanks to their initiative called the 20K Project. The undergraduate program advocates for social justice through architecture, and to demonstrate this, students have created …

These Are the Hottest Paint Colors for 2016 According to Bloggers

If you're looking for a new color for the new year, these 26 bloggers have found the best, brightest, most striking hues to use in your home. Whether you're trying a solid coat or laying down a pattern, these paint colors are exactly what you're looking for!<p><b>1. Naval by Sherwin-Williams</b><p>Project via …

Black and white posters

Posters are always a great outlet for designers giving us a canvas with fixed dimensions to explore different ideas, styles and forms. The purpose, …

Why Martian Concrete Might Be The Best Building Material In The Solar System

To colonize Mars, researchers are developing a new kind of concrete that doesn’t require water and is more than twice as strong.<p>Concrete has been critical to the colonization of our own planet. The Romans and Egyptians built their empires upon it, and when their formula for concrete was lost, …

Minimalist Color Palettes of 2015

Italian Creative Agency Dumma Branding created this gorgeous Minimalist Color palette collection of most used color of 2015. When you think of …